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Month-Long Advocacy for Refugee Mental Health

Filed in Event News by on May 1, 2018

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Mental Health Month, also referred to as Mental Health Awareness Month, receives annual recognition throughout the month of May, as national and local efforts attempt to raise awareness and understanding of mental and behavioral health conditions and to reduce stigma.

During 2018 Mental Health Awareness Month, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is advocating for increased action on refugee mental and behavioral health issues. The NSDI website will display the mental health signature lime-green background color to draw attention to the cause.

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First MIND Institute Training Begins April 9

Filed in Health Program News by on March 27, 2018

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Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) is proud to introduce MIND | Institute, a comprehensive training program for candidates interested in becoming behavioral health navigators for refugee and ethnic populations. MIND» ( Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders ) is a community-driven initiative that seeks to ensure that refugee and ethnic populations have equitable access to culturally and linguistically proficient mental and behavioral health resources. Through the Institute, prospective behavioral health navigators will learn key concepts for consideration when working with culturally diverse and underserved populations.The initial MIND I Institute behavioral health navigator training begins Monday, April 9.

MIND | Institute encompasses eight classes spanning one month, covering topics ranging from cultural competence and law enforcement to behavioral health. Specific subject-matter experts and the NSDI Health Advocacy Coordinator will present the material covered in each session.

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New Headquarters for Nile Sisters

Filed in Event News by on March 1, 2018

Effective March 1, 2018, NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) has a new headquarters address:

Nile Sisters Development Initiative
5532 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite 5
San Diego, CA 92115–3642

(619) 265–2959
info@nilesisters.org

NSDI also is in the process of equipping a second San Diego location from which to offer vocational training and employment development skills:

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415 Euclid Avenue, Suite K8
San Diego, CA 92114–2204

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Refugee Roundtable: Spotlight on Female Genital Cutting

Filed in Event News by on February 1, 2018

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Refugee Roundtable: Spotlight on Female Genital Cutting
San Diego State University
Tuesday, February 6
Public Welcome, Free of Charge

In observance of International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM» ( female genital mutilation ), Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) will host Refugee Roundtable: Spotlight on Female Genital Cutting ( FGC ), a discussion featuring Dr. Nina Smart, global activist against FGC. FGC and FGM are used interchangeably.

In 2004, Dr. Smart founded Servicing Wild Flowers ( SWF ), a Los-Angeles-based nonprofit organization that specializes in educating immigrant communities and eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone ( West Africa ). For her tireless advocacy, Dr. Smart was chosen as 2016 Woman of the Year» by California Senator Tony Mendoza ( District 32 ) and honored by the United States Congress.

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February 6 is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 

Filed in Event News by on January 23, 2018

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February 6 is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. FGM is an abbreviation for female genital mutilation», also known as female genital cutting (FGC.) Although practiced for several thousand years in diverse regions of the world, FGC has generated little research, and the full extent of the short-and long-term health consequences is unclear. Today, the practice of FGC is considered to be a gross international infringement on the rights of women and constitutes child abuse against girls.

However, FGC awareness is increasing. In 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health» (OWH) announced its efforts to address FGC in the United States and a practice known as “vacation cutting”, which entails travelling abroad for the purpose of FGC.

More than twenty years ago, California passed legislation» to address FGC in immigrant populations that traditionally adhere to the practice.

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Season’s Greetings from Nile Sisters Development Initiative

Filed in Recent Blog Posts by on November 29, 2017

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Dear friends, as I reflect on the close of 2017, the outpouring of love in support of courageous refugees and displaced populations around the world mesmerizes me. Whether you’ve stood #WithRefuges and welcomed new Americans for many years or whether you’re a new supporter and advocate, I am grateful for and indebted to you for contributing your portion of unwavering support that has sustained Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) and enabled the delivery of vital assistance to new Americans over the past 16 years.

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Nile Sisters Receives 2019 SANDAG Grant

Filed in Donor News by on November 3, 2017

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NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) is a recipient of a SANDAG» ( San Diego Association of Governments ) community-based organization ( CBO ) partnership grant. As the lead CBO, NSDI works in partnership with SANDAG and other CBOs to provide input on the development of 2019 San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan» from the perspective of hard-to-reach populations. NSDI aims to ensure that newcomer communities have a voice in the decision-making process.

Three Successfully Complete Accelerated CNA Training Program

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on October 31, 2017

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The CNA ( certified nursing assistant ) vocation offers tremendous growth opportunity in the San Diego region. In fact, CNA is considered an in-demand job by the local workforce development board. NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) facilitates accelerated 22-day CNA training for refugees, asylees / asylum seekers and other qualified individuals from underserved and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Between September and October 2017, three NSDI-sponsored trainees completed the CNA asset-building program. The participants hail from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Haiti, and the United States. Their primary languages are Swahili, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. One additional student, originally from Jordan, is due to complete CNA training in November 2017.

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NSDI Leads State-Sponsored Refugee Mental Health Session

Filed in Event News, Health Program News, Recent Blog Posts by on October 28, 2017

On October 28, 2017, MHSOAC» the California ( Mental Health Services and Oversight Accountability Commission ) held a community forum» in Los Angeles to discuss the impact of Proposition 63, known as the Mental Health Services Act ( MHSA ).

The Client and Family Leadership Committee and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee facilitated the forum, and NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) led a breakout session that covered the topic of refugee mental health, the first of its kind for the MHSOAC.

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Rebecca Paida, Senior Program Manager, Joins ACHE

Filed in Event News by on October 26, 2017

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Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) Senior Program Manager, Rebecca Paida, is a new member of ACHE ( American College of Healthcare Executives» ), an “international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.” The ACHE mission is to “advance its members and healthcare management.” ACHE also administers the board examination for the credential ACHE Fellow ( FACHE ).

Ms. Paida is a public-health practitioner with nearly a decade of expertise in health initiatives that support refugee and other unserved / underserved populations. She is also a CHES ( Certified Health Education Specialist ), credentialed by NCHEC ( National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. ).

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