Reducing Refugee Mental Health Stigma by Leveraging Refugee Community Leaders to Educate Providers
- Discuss strategies for reducing mental health stigma within refugee communities
- Discuss strategies for reducing mental health stigma by providers
- Understand the benefits of establishing partnerships between community leaders and mental health clinics
- Understand the benefits of performing outreach to state and health coordinators, as well as to agencies, to advocate for refugee mental health issues
Parangkush Subedi, MS, MPH, Health Policy Analyst at the Office of Refugee Resettlement
Nancy Kelly, M Ed, Public Health Advisor at SAMHSA
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- Parangkush (PK) Subedi, MPH, MS, is a health policy analyst who joined Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in early July from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. At the health department, he served as a refugee health coordinator, facilitating the evaluation and treatment of infectious diseases among newly arrived refugees and immigrants. Previously, he worked at a refugee resettlement agency (HIAS-PA) in Philadelphia, overseeing initial health screening of refugees as a case manager and health coordinator. Mr. Subedi has been actively involved in mental health and suicide prevention activities for Bhutanese refugees in various cities.
- Nancy Kelly, M Ed has had 30 years of experience in the field of education. Ms. Kelly is currently employed as a public health advisor at SAMHSA. She works for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Before arriving at CMHS, she served as a project director and senior training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center, Inc. Ms. Kelly was assigned to work with the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention providing training and technical assistance on the Safe Schools/Healthy Students project and the Tribal Youth Program. She served as Project Director for the Improving Mental Health Assessment and Service Delivery for Youth Expelled from Schools in California study funded by the California Endowment Fund. Ms. Kelly also served in grant programs related to substance abuse prevention and intervention, mental health prevention/early intervention, academic success, violence prevention, and social/emotional well-being.