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COVID-19 Office Closures

Filed in Services News by on March 16, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as coronavirus, NSDI will be taking precautionary measures for the overall health and wellness of our staff and the communities in which we serve. Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, NSDI will close our physical offices in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties temporarily. Our staff will continue to work remotely. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

NSDI San Diego County Inquiries:
NSDI Los Angeles County Inquiries:

Federal COVID-19 Information
US Health and Human Services»
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention»

State COVID-19 Information
California Department of Public Health»
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services»

Los Angeles County COVID-19 Information
County of Los Angeles Public Health»

City of San Diego COVID-19 Information
City of San Diego»

FULSToP Advocacy Leads to Menthol Ban in San Diego County

Filed in Health Program News by on March 13, 2020

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors voted three-to-two in favor of a ban on flavored tobacco, including menthol. Leading to the vote, FULSToP» ( Families Uniting Locally to Solve Tobacco Proliferation ) provided legislative staff with informational resources relating to mentholated tobacco products.

The vote follows a unanimous decision to ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol, made by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. The inclusion of menthol by both the County of San Diego and the County of Los Angeles is a progressive and more encompassing approach in the field of tobacco control.

Learn more about the ban.»
Learn more about FULSToP.»

Photo Caption: Tobacco-control advocates at the County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to vote on flavored-tobacco ban.

NSDI to Host Tobacco-Control Webinar, March 2020

Filed in Event News by on March 12, 2020

Los Angeles tobacco-control program Keeping Our Lungs Safe will present a March 20 training webinar to be hosted by NSDI Los Angeles», in collaboration with The LOOP», a California Tobacco-Control Program» technical assistance provider. The webinar, named Tobacco Control: Understanding the Legislative Process, will be free to participants, provide in-depth discussion of local legislative processes, define the lines between education and lobbying, cover current tobacco-control issues, and offer techniques for strengthening the voices of tobacco-control advocates. The intended webinar audience includes tobacco-control competitive grantees, statewide grantees, coalition members, Local Lead Agencies, faith-based leaders, community-based organizations, and community leaders.

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Your Participation in the 2020 Census Helps San Diego Refugees and Asylees

Filed in Event News by on February 25, 2020

Why the Census Is Important to Everyone
Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau administers an official national census» in order to gather and record a count of all individuals residing in all 50 states and five inhabited territories. The results of the spring 2020 census» will determine how the government will distribute $675 billion among US hospitals, paramedics, roads, schools, firefighters, schools, transportation, housing, and childcare during the next 10 years.

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2020 Mission Fundraiser: Hands that Shape Our World

Filed in Event News by on August 19, 2019

Illustration of black-wire hands surrounding a globe model of the Earth.

Join NSDI» (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2019, for our 2020 mission fundraiser, Hands that Shape Our World. All proceeds will support vital NSDI programs and services». 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. Browse our success stories.»

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Register to attend.»
Make a donation, instead.»

FULSToP CAB Completes Successful First Year of Advocacy

Filed in Health Program News by on July 23, 2019

Photo Caption: The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation Executive Director Ernesta Wright, FULSToP CAB members, and Councilmember Jose F. Moreno

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez», County of San Diego Supervisor Nathan Fletcher», and City of San Diego Council President Georgette Gómez» recognized the 2018–19 FULSToP CAB» (community advocacy board) members for completing their first year of tobacco non-proliferation advocacy. For the past year, CAB members representing both San Diego and Orange counties have participated in several state and national tobacco-control activities and training sessions including . . .

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A Celebration of Refugee Mental Health Advocacy During Mental Health Awareness Month

Filed in Event News by on May 1, 2019

Photo of a Mental Health Awareness Month green ribbon.

During the month of May—Mental health Awareness Month—NSDI invites the public to helps us celebrate our strong history of refugee mental health advocacy at both local and state levels, listed below:

News Articles
Nile Sisters Focuses on Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Throughout May»
Month-Long Advocacy for Refugee Mental Health»
NSDI Leads State-Sponsored Refugee Mental Health Session»
Mental Health Matters Day at State Capitol»
Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health Round-Table»
Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego»

Mental Health Resources
MIND ( Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders )»
MIND | Institute»
Resources for Victims of Crime»
NSDI Addresses Domestic Violence in the Community»

Downloadable Publications
Advancing Equity: Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health»
MIND | Institute Resources»
MIND Toolkit»

MIND | Institute Hosts Fourth Cohort for Behavioral Health Navigator Training

Filed in Health Program News by on May 1, 2019

Slated to begin on May 14 and finish on June 11, 2019, a fourth cohort of Behavioral Health Navigators ( BHNs ) will train in MIND | Institute small-group lectures and discussions led by seasoned subject-matter experts on mental and behavioral health. To date, 31 BHNs, including individuals from refugee and immigrant backgrounds, have participated in the comprehensive training. Class sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00–7:00pm. Candidates interested in participating in MIND | Institute training must submit application documents no later than 5:00pm, Friday, May 10.

MIND | Institute Application»
MIND Overview»

Previous Cohorts
First MIND | Institute Training Begins April 9»
Inaugural MIND | Institute Cohort Completes Training»

NSDI Addresses Domestic Violence in the Community

Filed in Event News by on March 28, 2019

In collaboration with the San Diego County District Attorney» and Center for Community Solutions», MIND» (Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders), a program of Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI), convened a Domestic Violence Workshop on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The event raised awareness of domestic violence following the tragic death of a Somali resident» of the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. During the informational workshop, presenters shared facts on domestic violence dynamics, statistics, overview of the criminal justice system, and resources» for crime victims, including the Victim Compensation Board». MIND staff provided language interpretation for speakers of French and Swahili with limited-English proficiency. Twenty-five individuals, including newly arrived refugees and former refugees, advocates, representatives from County of San Diego, and other local nonprofit organizations, participated in the event.

Additional Information
Outpatient Support for Victims of Crime»
NSDI Crime Victim Services»

Upcoming Events
The San Diego District Attorney’s Annual Citizens of Courage Awards Luncheon»
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Immigration Workshop for Refugees»

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FULSToP Youth CAB Members in Their Own Words

Filed in Services News by on February 26, 2019

In May 2018, FULSToP» ( Families Uniting Locally to Solve Tobacco Proliferation ) launched in San Diego and Orange counties. The program is a community-based initiative that aims to reduce tobacco-related health disparities among refugee, ethnic, and African-American / Black communities and to make gains toward health equity through collaborative, regional approaches directed toward policy change and community education.

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