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World Mental Health Day, October 10

Filed in Event News by on October 4, 2017

Every October 10, the global community recognizes World Mental Health Day» as an opportunity to highlight international outreach, education, and advocacy efforts spent to reduce mental health stigma.

In 2016, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) established MIND ( Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders ) to address mental and behavioral health disparities in refugee and ethnic populations. The new coalition is a community-driven effort that utilizes collective impact strategies to address refugee mental health concerns.

As of September 2017, MIND includes 57 individuals, representing 29 cross-sector entities  / organizations, spanning eight sectors.

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September, National Workforce Development Month

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on September 6, 2017

The month of September is recognized nationally as Workforce Development Month», a period in which to highlight the efforts of professionals who play a pivotal role in promoting workforce development to meet the needs of local employers, apprenticeship programs, and job seekers.

As a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals», Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) facilitates a healthcare workforce development program for economically and environmentally disadvantaged populations. The NSDI certified nursing assistant ( CNA ) program avails skill-building training to refugees and asylum seekers / asylees to generate a diverse, culturally and linguistically proficient healthcare workforce. Regarded as an in-demand job in the San Diego region, the CNA vocation serves as a pipeline to advanced healthcare careers. In 2016, of surveyed participants who completed the NSDI CNA program, 89% expressed interest in advancing their career in the healthcare field.

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Refugee Online Publication Library Update

Filed in Services News by on September 5, 2017

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In early 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) launched its online publications library» to offer free, reliable, and current information about refugees and other vulnerable foreign-born populations in San Diego County, home to the largest number of primary refugees to the state of California. Publications in the online library include NSDI-conducted community assessments to establish the qualitative and quantitative evidence for the most pressing of contemporary refugee and immigrant issues. Other library content includes evidence-based resources, best practices, policy briefs, and literature compiled by external entities, including university, governmental, and health and social services researchers, whose information could benefit our client community.

Request inclusion in our publication library by email: info@nilesisters.org

Update: Panel Discussion on South Sudan Refugee Crisis in San Diego

Filed in Event News by on August 23, 2017

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Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is planning to host an informative panel of South Sudanese leaders and key stakeholders who will discuss the founding of ROSS ( Republic of South Sudan ), concerns over ballooning populations of refugees and IDP ( internally displaced people ), as well as the responses by international, national, and local entities.

Refugee Crisis: Spotlight on South Sudan
Thursday, September 28, 2017
3:30pm–5:00pm

The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road #200
Raymond Executive Board Room
San Diego, CA 92106

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New Education and Career Opportunities for Refugees and Asylees / Asylum Seekers in San Diego

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on August 15, 2017

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Current data from the County of San Diego indicate that unemployment rates for refugees remain high. Limited education and gainful career opportunities lead to short- and long-term disparities for such vulnerable communities.

Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) combats this challenge by availing asset-building programs, including training in careers projected to grow in the San Diego region and beyond. According to the San Diego Workforce Partnership», the number of health care jobs projected to be available in San Diego in five years is 19,105. The nursing-assistant vocation is one of the top five occupations in the healthcare industry. Refugees and asylees / asylum seekers who successfully complete the NSDI accelerated 22-day CNA ( certified nursing assistant ) program typically achieve employment within 60 days of program completion / certification.

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Nigerian Asylum Seeker Graduates Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on August 14, 2017

Julie O.* came to the United States from Nigeria in August 2015. A local attorney thought she would benefit from and recommended that Julie enroll in the accelerated 22-day CNA (certified nursing assistant) skill-building program that Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) facilitates.

Julie enjoys the nursing profession, has previously worked as a personal care giver, and has completed health care courses in addition to CNA classes. In July 2017, Julie successfully completed her CNA program and passed both portions of California State exam needed to earn her certification. She recently received a CNA job offer.

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Congresswoman Susan Davis Receives 2017 Refugee Champion Award

Filed in Event News by on August 14, 2017

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On August 5, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) hosted a community picnic» with support from the City of San Diego International Affairs Board» (IAB). The picnic provided an opportunity to share with the public the resilience and contributions of refugees and asylum seekers / asylees in the San Diego region. Since 2001, NSDI has supported refugees and immigrants in San Diego through essential services such as employment facilitation, family advocacy and education, and emergency relief.

Guests enjoyed a lively performance by Nigerian-born international performing artist, Buki Domingos». Bruce M. Abrams, Esq., IAB Chair and Dr. Kathleen Charla, PhD, IAB Vice Chair presented a special commendation» to NSDI in recognition of the organization’s contributions to diverse communities in the city of San Diego. IAB and Human Relations Commission (HRC) Executive Director, Joel Day, PhD, also described San Diego’s ongoing efforts to include refugee and newcomer communities in civic events and decision-making. And Assemblymember Todd Gloria» and Councilmember Georgette Gomez» recounted city efforts to foster an inclusive region for all San Diegans.

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Nile Sisters to Co-Sponsor National Health Conference

Filed in Event News by on August 10, 2017

Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is pleased to co-sponsor the fifth annual United States Conference on African Immigrant Health» ( USCAIH ) in the Washington, DC area. The October 5–8 event will convene at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC–Crystal City to bring together more than 400 conference contributors from diverse backgrounds, including community organizations, academia, private businesses, and government agencies.

The conference theme will be Advancing the Health of African Immigrants Through Research, Advocacy, and Community Engagement. Oral presentations, exhibits, and workshop topics will include research and practice in African-immigrant communities; education, training, and workforce development; immigration, integration, and health.

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Invitation to Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition Strategic Planning Meeting

Filed in Event News, Health Program News by on August 10, 2017

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On Friday, August 18, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) will conduct a strategic planning meeting for the Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition». The meeting will run from 9:00am to noon at the CARE Community Center, located at 12 North Euclid Avenue, National City, CA 91950.

Coalition stakeholders and community participants must reserve their places at the meeting no later than Monday, August 14, 2017. Reserve your place by email: info@nilesisters.org

Community Members and Stakeholders Convene to Discuss Refugee and Ethnic Health Concerns

Filed in Health Program News by on August 4, 2017

In July 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI), in partnership with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, assembled a three-day Refugee and Ethnic Populations Health Convening» with sessions covering technical assistance and capacity building for board members and senior executives of health-oriented, ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs).

The purpose of the convening was to provide evidence-based information to increase and strengthen the competence of ECBOs to provide culturally and linguistically proficient services to underserved minority populations as well as to build organizational capacity. A one-day training also benefited community health workers who work with recently arrived refugees and other ethnic minority populations, specifically related to the prevention and treatment of HIV / AIDS and hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

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