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NAMI 2007 Annual Convention Multicultural Sessions and Events
Wednesday, June 20th
Leadership Institute Session: NAMI and Multicultural Outreach
The NAMI Leadership Institute offers leadership and organizational development opportunities to assist NAMI state organizations and local affiliates to meet the NAMI mission. The Leadership Institute builds the capacity of our organization by enhancing the ability of our leaders to manage, govern, teach, and advocate.
Thursday, June 21st
Multicultural TaskForce Meeting (by invitation)
In 2006, a taskforce made up of 25 individuals from leading organizations in the minority mental health field met during the NAMI Multicultural Summit to address disparities in mental health for communities of color. Beyond the priority issues identified by this first taskforce, one thing was made clear: children’s issues are very important to include. This follow-up taskforce meeting addressed the mental health needs of children in minority populations.
Friday, June 22nd
Quality of Care Symposium for Racial/Ethnic Communities
Racial and ethnic communities in the United States experience significant challenges accessing and receiving quality mental health care. This symposium discussed ways to improve the quality of care for multicultural populations. Topics include workforce issues, public education, meaningful involvement of consumers and families, and best practices in service delivery for multicultural populations.
Eliminating Disparities in Depression Care for Racial/Ethnic Communities: An APA-NAMI Collaborative
Disparities in care for racial and ethnic communities, especially care for depression, is a continuing problem in our country. Often, problems with depression and other psychiatric illnesses present differently in people of color than in whites. The American Psychiatric Association and NAMI are working together to develop a training curriculum for primary care providers on depression in multicultural communities. This innovative approach is based on consumers and providers as cofacilitators.
Networking Meeting on GLBT Mental Health Issues
Co-hosted by the Multicultural Action Center and the NAMI Center for Leadership and Development, this informal session offered an opportunity for open discussion and networking for those interested in mental health issues within GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) communities.
Disparities In GLBT Mental Health
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) individuals with mental illness face significant stigma attached to mental illness in addition to the stigma attached to their sexual orientation. The focus of this workshop was on the barriers to successful mental health treatment in this community.
Issues in GLBT Mental Health Care
Speakers in this workshop identified successful programs contributing to mental health in the GLBT community and discussed considerations for culturally competent GLBT mental health care.
Saturday, June 23rd
Aprendamos juntos (Spanish-Lanuagage Community Forum)
This Spanish-language session was an open forum for the San Diego community. Presenters will provide basic information on mental health, education, support, and how to access services, and deliver the message that recovery is possible. The session concluded with an informal meet and greet. View the flyer in English or en español.
Cultural Competence Planning and Implementation
Cultural competence is a key component for successful multicultural inclusion at NAMI. This session focused on how to plan for and achieve organizational cultural competence.
GLBT Listening Session (by invitation)
Although NAMI provides information and support to people with mental illness and their families, we recognize the GLBT community faces additional barriers when dealing with mental health issues. The Multicultural Action Center brought together an expert group to dialogue with NAMI leadership in regards to pressing issues in GLBT mental health. The resulting recommendations will provide valuable information that NAMI can use to enhance its ability to effectively advocate for the mental health needs of all Americans.