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HUDDLE - Teleconference for VRHP Stakeholders

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HUDDLE means to come close together in a group for warmth or support.

To participate: Dial: 1800 -832-0736 Conf. Room: 8515232#

This monthly teleconference is an attempt to draw together resettlement agency staff, mental health council and coalition members, refugee communities, and stakeholders of the Virginia Refugee Healing Partnership to talk about refugee mental health & wellness. Participants can learn best practice, share innovative ideas, and collaborate on projects and events that relate to their personal and/or organization's mission, vision, or values.

The February 2018 presentation will feature the Roanoke Valley Refugee Mental Health Council - 2017 Refugee Advocate of the Year Award winner. Roanoke counicil is an autonomous, self-sustaining group of volunteers which undertakes local and statewide activities and conferences to advance refugee mental health, health equity, language access, and cultural competence. Roanoke will be hosting the 3rd Statewide Language Access Conference for Frontline Workers and a Providers Training Session on Language Access on May 4, 2018. Learn more about the successful community-based collaboration of Roanoke Refugee Mental Health Council with Katye Hale, BS, QMHP-A, Chairperson of the Roanoke Valley Refugee Mental Health Council.

For March 2018, we will feature the Fredericksburg Women Sewing group --- which did not only become a social support group but also: a) a conversational English learning session, b) an avenue to showcase the talent and artistic side of women refugees, c) offer an opportunity to increase income through home-based programming, and d) a sustainable project supported by the community. CCDA Fredricksburg oversee the program and Peer Noori, CCDA Center Manager, will elaborate on how this project continued to earn recognition locally, regionally, and statewide.

For April 2018, the focus will highlight best practice for engaging community partners towards a common goal as evidenced by Northern Virginia Coalition for Refugee Wellness' success in sustaining a strong coalition. NOVA CRW is the youngest of all the VRHP groups but they have already established a succession plan to ensure sustainability of the organization. NOVA CRW will also partner with Alexandria CSB to host the 2nd Conference on Refugee Wellness. Nhat Nguyen and Susan Jacobson, Co-chairs of the coalition, will share their leadership and management expereince.

In May 2018, discussion on the importance of having a trained mental health interpreter supporting the behavioral heatlh providers will be presented. The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services offers: 1) free session to providers on the effective use of interpreters, and 2) free training to qualified bilingual staff & refugees with health and mental health background. Having trained and competent interpreters supports the statewide effort to advance health equity to disparate populations.

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