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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.

Dr. Smart inspires others by sharing her story, Wild Flower», and she moves others to action by offering opportunities to collaborate on effective solutions to end FGM in a non-violent way.

Dr. Smart’s United Nations ( UN ) participation includes 2016 International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, at which Secretary General Ban Ki-moon coined the phrase “Education not Mutilation” to emphasize the importance of ending FGM worldwide. And, in 2018, Dr. Smart will be a member of and speaker for Soroptimist International at an event held in conjunction with sixty-second session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women» ( CSW62 ).

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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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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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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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Spotlight on Humanitarian Emergencies in World’s Newest Country

Filed in Event News by on September 28, 2017

On September 28, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) hosted Refugee Crisis: Spotlight on South Sudan» to highlight concerns over growing populations of refugees and internally displaced people in the world’s newest country, the Republic of South Sudan ( ROSS ). A distinguished panel consisting of subject-matter experts from international, national, and local entities discussed the founding of ROSS, the unfolding internal conflict, and responses by different stakeholders, as well as opportunities for San Diegans to affect positive change in the ROSS. A Facebook Live» feed of the event generated 160 local and national views.

Event Panelists
Bruce M. Abrams, Esq.
Chair, City of San Diego International Affairs Board

Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakasoro
Chair, South Sudan National Movement for Change ( SSNMC  )

Dr. David S. Bassiouni
Chair and Chief Executive Officer, The Bassiouni Group

Dr. John Chuol Kuek, MFTI
President, South Sudanese Community Council of San Diego

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

Filed in Event News by on August 23, 2017

Photo of four young smiling South Sudanese boys

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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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