Friday, May 26, 2017

May 28, 2017. 9AM. Mental Health No longer a Taboo.


Immigrant Community Services
in partnership with

Help Africa and Montgomery County’s African Affairs Advisory Group


A Community DiAlOgue on mental Health

Saturday, May 27th 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm
Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veterans Pl,
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Fenton Room

Breakfast                                                                                                                                                             9:00 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks:                                                                                                             9:30 am - 9:35 am
Mrs. Harriet Shangarai, Chairwoman AAAG                                                            
Mr. Daniel Koroma, Montgomery County Government

Introduction of Panelists: Ms. Josephine Garnem                                                                          9:35 am - 9:40 am
Moderator, Head of Health Committee, AAAG, Founder ICS

Session I (Fenton Room)

Panel Discussion                                                                                                                                           9:40 am - 10:30 am

Dr. Akua Asare, MD, DC Commission on African Affairs
Scientific breakdown of mental disorders—genetic, social, biological (10mins)

Carol Bangura, M.S.Ed., DrPH(c) & Mrs. Sombo Pujeh, MPH, Doctoral Candidate in Public Health
Findings - Mental Health Service Seeking Attitudes among Immigrants (10mins)

Dr. Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC Expressive Trauma Integration
Immigration, Stress & Therapy – Coping Mechanisms (10mins)

Dr. Rachel Singer, PhD, Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
The Importance of Early Intervention & Cultural Competent Intervention (10mins)

Q & A Session

Break                                                                                                                                10:30 am - 10:40am

Session II

Breakout Activities

Youth-Centric (facilitated by Dr. Odelya, Mrs. Sombo Pujeh & Nadia)                           10:40 am - 11:30 am
Spectrogram – You’re Not Alone (Collesville Room)                          

What Every Parent Needs to Know (Dr. Rachel Singer, Dr. Akua Asare)               10:40 am - 11:30 am
Let’s Talk About It (Fenton Room)                                                                                          

Everyone Regroups (Fenton Room)

Pastoring & The Faith-based Perspective (Rev. Kennedy Odzafi, & Imam)                                11:35 am - 11: 45 am
 (5mins each)

Special Guest Speaker                                                                                                                           11:40 am - 11:50 am
Vote of Thanks & Closing Remarks                                                                                            11:50 am – 12:00 pm
Ms. Harriet Shangarai

Special thanks to community members who came and participated, and to our panelists and speakers:

Silver Spring Civic Center Management & Staff, CUPF Program,
 African Diaspora communities, Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, SOAR, Expressive Trauma Integration, Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships, DC Mayor’s Commission on African Affairs, The Owiredu Foundation for The Arts

Image result for office of community partnerships  mdCenter for Anxiety & Behavioral Change
414 Hungerford Drive, Suite 252 •
Rockville, MD 20850 •

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