Register now for immigrant mental health conference series

Fairview, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research, is convening “Immigrant Mental Health Mini-Conference Series: Exploring Solutions, Reducing Stigma”—on Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Nov. 11, 2014.

Immigrant mental health conference seriesA diverse group of experts will talk about experiences and best practices in reducing stigma and promoting mental health and well-being.

Nov. 11 mini-conference:

The conference on Tuesday, Nov. 11, will run from 8 a.m.-noon at Saint Mary’s University Center, 2540 Park Ave. South, Minneapolis.

Register online; space is limited. Registration is $50.

Nov. 11 Topic: “One Size Does Not Fit All: Community-driven solutions to address behavioral health disparities in immigrant communities”

Keynote speaker: Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, is director of University of California, Davis’ Center for Reducing Health Disparities and an internationally renowned expert on mental health in ethnic populations.

A certificate of attendance is available. Continuing education unit (CEU) credit is subject to acceptance by professional licensing boards. It is your responsibility to determine if this program meets the continuing education requirements of your licensing board. (Possible hours for each mini-conference: 3.)

Earlier topics and keynote speakers

Aug. 19: “What Works: Exploring solutions to the effects of war, separation and immigration-related trauma”
Keynote speaker: Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and an expert on interventions that promote resilience within refugee and displaced populations

Sept. 16: “Overcoming Stigma: Role of academia, health care providers, policymakers and the community in improving mental health and access to mental health services”
Keynote speaker: Sue Abderholden, MPH, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota

Other conference sponsors include:

Target audience

All are welcome. The series should be of particular interest to physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, interpreters, mental health practitioners, policymakers, activists, professors, researchers, teachers, nonprofit leaders and staff, faith leaders, human services workers, community workers and public health professionals.

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