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Community Engagement Post Webinar-Discussion

The National Partnership for Community Training is pleased to present:

Community Engagement: Refugee-Focused Collaboratives

This Post-Webinar Discussion continues the conversation started in the webinar Community Impact: Effective Messaging and Trauma Informed Care Approaches, further exploring the community engagement strategy of the Refugee Forum of Los Angeles.

The Post Webinar Discussion’s objectives are as follows:

  1. Discuss how community partners can utilize their local expertise to raise awareness and decrease stigma of mental health
  2. Review community engagement strategies used to build and foster community connections
  3. Share ways in which resettlement agencies can best work with national and local partners to enhance community’s mental health perspective

A PDF of the powerpoint is here: Community Engagement PWD PPT, and a link to the Community Engagement PWD Video.

Subject Matter Expert

Carolina Sheinfeld
Since 2016, Carolina Sheinfeld has served as the Chair of the Refugee Forum of Los Angeles, which is comprised of many organizations that encourage its members to create thoughtful and creative community alliances, from which refugees will accrue benefits, provide education and learning opportunities for members and to increase public awareness of the refugees and their vitality in the communities in which they have found homes. Carolina also has worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles since 2003, first as an International Human Rights Analyst and most recently as the Project Coordinator for LAFLA’s Torture Survivors Project. With a team of four attorneys and one social worker her program provides legal assistance, case management and community education to refugees and asylum seekers and facilitates the integration process of vulnerable immigrant groups.

Community Impact Webinar

The National Partnership for Community Training is pleased to present:

Community Impact: Effective messaging and trauma informed care approaches 

This webinar offers a presentation of how effective messaging and trauma informed care practices contribute to a healthy and welcoming environment for refugees.


Webinar Objectives

  1. Provide examples of effective messaging around refugee resettlement topics
  2. Highlight messaging tools to aid in reaching different audiences
  3. Explore how trauma informed care can be implemented in various community organizations
  4. Offer examples of collaborating with diverse community members to address refugee mental health

You can find a PDF of the Community Engagement PPT and link to the video here.


Meet the Subject Matter Experts

Hannah Carswell
As project manager of Welcoming America’s Welcoming Refugees project, Hannah Carswell oversees the provision of a variety of technical assistance offerings, which support refugee service providers in building more welcoming communities. After graduating from Berry College in 2008 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Hannah spent a year in Bali studying Indonesian language and culture as a Darmasiswa Scholar. When she returned to the United States, she served as the AmeriCorps English as a Second Language Counselor and New Arrivals Coordinator at Refugee Family Services (now New American Pathways). Hannah earned her Masters in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University.


Andrea Blanch, PhD
Andrea Blanch is a senior consultant for SAMHSA’s National Center on Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC).  She is also Acting Director of the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), a new national organization promoting trauma-informed public policy at the federal, state, local and tribal levels. Andrea also directs a non-profit organization, the Center for Religious Tolerance, which supports interfaith peace building and women’s empowerment in the U.S. and across the globe.


Jane Evans
Jane Evans is the Wellness Program Social Worker at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries and Church World Service, in Louisville, Kentucky. She began working as KRM’s Mental Health Coordinator in February 2012. Jane works individually with refugee clients to access mental health services and provide intensive case management, performs outreach to community agencies involved in refugee mental health to increase cultural competency and address gaps in service, facilitates adjustment support groups within the local refugee populations, and strives to promote wellness to both refugees and their helpers. She received her MSSW from the University of Louisville in 2010. She is available by email:


Additional Resources

This webinar was the first installment in a two-part series on community impact.  For further discussion on this topic, view the following links: