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Addressing Behavioral Health Impacts on Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Gateway Cities

February 2nd, 2022
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
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Network Meeting
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[Photo credit: Rachel Napear, Lowell MA City of Lights Parade]

Please join us for a conversation to better understand the behavioral health challenges impacting immigrant communities in Lowell, and how local nonprofits are providing effective linguistically and culturally competent care to the city’s diverse population.  There are universal stressors that many face two years after the start the COVID-19 pandemic, including heightened levels of stress, rising inflation stretching budgets, and limited access to health services. Data shows certain communities, including those where people of color and immigrants reside, have been hit harder.  But in many immigrant communities, there are also unique stigmas and biases against seeking behavioral health services. This is a significant issue in Lowell, a Gateway City with a majority-minority population comprised of many different communities.  Yet, several groups have risen to the challenge and will offer their insights, perspectives, and proven methods for turning the tide.   

At this session, physicians and school leaders with deep experience connecting with, and supporting, immigrant/refugee communities will provide an overview of the challenges they observe and the strategies they have adopted to address them.  Some of the panelists will share their own personal experience as immigrants/refugees to further deepen the conversation.

Speakers include:

Dr. Diya Kallivayalil is a psychologist specializing in trauma-informed care and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Robert Marlin,  Chief of the Lowell Community Health Center’s Metta Health Center  

This program is presented in partnership by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Philanthropy Massachusetts and The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation. 

Registration type: 
Normal registration

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Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

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