This year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) comes at a time when many Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) are experiencing discrimination and stigma emerging from anti-Asian narratives related to COVID-19. These narratives, embedded in a national context of uncertainty about health and safety, are increasing the vulnerability for fear, anxiety and emotional distress within API communities.
NNED organizations and API community leaders are responding to the rising needs for mental health and emotional support. The evolving circumstances have created a platform for enhanced partnership and innovation to expand the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services and ensure the safety of API populations.
This NNED Virtual Roundtable is the second of a two-part series on the behavioral and mental health impacts of COVID-19. Panelists will discuss:
- Emerging mental health needs for API communities
- Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and emotional support services to API populations
- Community approaches for addressing discrimination and stigma experienced by APIs
Population: Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian
Links to Resource:
- Watch the recording of the NNED Virtual Roundtable!
- View the slides from the NNED Virtual Roundtable (pdf)
- Learn more about the panelists
- Check out the NNED Virtual Roundtable summary (pdf)
- Coronavirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks Response Resources
- Resources for Responding to COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resources for Diverse Communities
- SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Equity page
- SAMHSA’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander page
- SAMHSA’s issue brief Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S.
- Check out the video on Mental Health in Asian-American Communities During COVID-19 from MindPath Care Centers.
- Links to resources shared by panelists/participants:
- Learn more about the Office of Minority Health.
- Learn more about the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care.
- Learn more about Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
- Learn more about Union of Pan Asian Communities.
- Learn more about Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.
- Learn more about Achieving Whole Health Program.
- Learn more about Asian American Health Initiative.
- Learn more about Stop AAPI Hate.
- Access tool kits and other resources in multiple languages from the Asian American Health Initiative Resource Library.
- Download the Public Service Announcements for AAPI families facing COVID-19 Discrimination.
- Juliet Bui | Public Health Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health
- Amanda Lee | MSW, LCSW, Director of Field Education, San Diego State University’s School of Social Work.
- Dr. Doris Chang | Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor, New York University Silver School of Social Work
- Dr. Pata Suyemoto | Co-founder, The Breaking Silences Project and mental health activist
- Perry Chan | Program Manager, Asian American Health Initiative, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
- Dr. Russell Jeung | Professor and Chair of the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University