Aruna Rao will be presenting at this years In My Mind Conference held in October in New York: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-in-my-mind-peoples-of-color-mental-health-conference-registration-43936929539
Aruna Rao is a community mental health advocate, grassroots organizer, speaker and writer. She is currently an Associate Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (NAMI NJ). Aruna is the founder of SAMHAJ, the first program in the USA to provide support and education for South Asian Americans affected by mental illness. She has been instrumental in developing programs for immigrants affected by mental illness in New Jersey, and her efforts have resulted in NAMI NJ receiving the 2014 Advancing Minority Mental Health Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation. Her work in mental health has been recognized by the World Malayalee Council NJ Chapter, the NJ Department of Transportation Asian American Heritage Committee and Lions Club NJ. She received the 2014 Agraj Seva Kendra Notable Indian Americans of New Jersey Award, the 2011 South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Changemaker Award, the 2003 Leadership Award from the NJ Asian American Association for Human Services, and the 2002 National Multicultural Outreach Award from NAMI. She has served on the NAMI Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup and the National Institute of Mental health (NIMH) Outreach Partner Steering Committee. She makes frequent presentations on mental health to community and professional groups.
As the proud mother of a queer and transgender child, Aruna is passionate about advancing LGBTQ+ rights. She recognizes the urgent need for family acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in API and South Asian communities and is dedicated to creating a loving, inclusive world where LGBTQ+ people are welcomed into community spaces. Aruna serves on the steering committee of API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, and is the founder of Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies, a group developed to support South Asian parents of LGBTQ+ children. She speaks about family acceptance in community and professional settings and has been featured on podcasts and in newspaper articles.
MHNR Network proudly presents another In My Mind conference presenter. This year’s conference is one for the record books. The In My Mind conference endeavors to end stigma surrounding the LGBTQ community and mental health. Host, Kristin Walker, interviews Adioa Osei. Adjoa is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. She received her doctorate from Long Island University, Post campus in 2014. She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with adults diagnosed with a range of mental illnesses and experiencing various stressors. Her research interests include experiences of minority doctoral students, racial identity development, the LGBT community in Africa, and therapeutic uses of Hip Hop.
Join Melanie Vann and lead consultant and psychotherapist Rahim Thawer as they talk about authenticity and acceptance in the LBGTQ+ community. Rahim will be presenting at the In My Mind Conference in New York hosted by DBGM.
Rahim brings a nuanced cultural perspective and an interest in issues around intersectionality to his clinical and organizational practice. His work experience has encompassed program coordination, community engagement, resource development, mental health consultation, post-secondary teaching and psychotherapy.
Promoting dignified care to older adults and nursing as an opportunity to Latinos. Francisco Díaz MSN, GNP-BC , CDE Is a member of NAHN- New York. Mr. Diaz earned both of his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Nursing Science degrees in Nursing from Columbia University where he made the Dean’s List. He has been a full-time nurse for over 10 years and specializes in gerontology and is a certified diabetes educator.
He is passionate about addressing the cultural underpinnings of the healthcare delivery; particularly when addressing chronic morbidities, older adults, ethnic backgrounds and to individuals marginalized because of their sexual or gender orientation.
As an active member of NAHN, he promotes tirelessly the profession of nursing to Latinos and other ethnic group as a profession to offers not only financial stability; but because it offers an opportunity to the health status of their communities as well.
Dr. Leonard Cruz is a Dancer, Choreographer, Certified Integrative Health Coach, Community Activist, and Teacher. He was also a presenter at the In My Mind: A LGBTQ+ Mental Health People of Color conference in New York. We interviewed him live amongst the hustle and bustle of New York City.
For more information about Dr. Cruz please visit his website at http://leonard-cruz.com/. Even there you’ll see how movement is foremost in his thoughts and action as you try to navigate the site. Ingenious!
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