Friday, July 31, 2015

Nonprofit Pro. Making the Ask: Just Pull the Trigger!

http://www.nonprofitpro.com/post/making-ask-just-pull-trigger/#utm_source=nonprofit-pro-today&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2015-07-31&utm_content=making+the+ask%3A+just+pull+the+trigger%21-1

Making the Ask: Just Pull the Trigger!

Like most of us, I do not have a great deal of free time in my life. When I find the time for freedom, I love to read other books, articles, blogs and communication by my peers and colleagues. Whether you are 22 or 72 with nonprofit experience, you have something to share with others. This profession is so dynamic, you better stay on top of what others think. When I read something that sticks, I immediately think of prior situations where I applied or didn’t apply methods for success.
At this time of year I find myself completing a fiscal year while preparing for a new one. It is all about metrics in this business. I get frustrated when hard work and preparation doesn’t totally equate to results. This is due in part to the state and maturity of your fundraising program. In this specific instance I am talking about major gifts and face-to-face interactions.
I recently read an article by Joe Garecht of The Fundraising Authority, titled “3 Lessons Nonprofit Fundraisers Can Learn from Political Fundraisers.” Joe notes in lesson one that a “bundler” is someone who has the ability to raise a significant amount of funds from his or her network. Lesson two states that fundraising is everyone’s job. And my favorite, lesson three, is for professionals that build relationships but don’t take all day in doing so. (Which means there is a time for asking for a gift by pulling the trigger!)
I love reviewing Indiana University’s major gift process of metrics and accountability. Each major gift officer must have a portfolio and be accountable for moving that portfolio. When I meet someone with Indiana University experience, I assume they are properly trained to close gifts and move prospects. In my experience over time, I unfortunately have hired several “experienced” major gift officers that just couldn’t pull the trigger.
I worked with one individual who was the best relationship person I had ever seen. He was young, hungry and teachable—or so I thought. He knew the wealth in town and interacted easily with wealthy people. I attended an event where a multimillionaire was honored. Several slides on the stage featured the philanthropist with my young colleague. He was by far the youngest member in the slide. I developed a portfolio and sent him for fundraising training. I found out the hard way that he loved to meet and interact with people, but could not close a major gift. The only way he could engage in the process of asking for something was when it benefited him personally. He was the king of quid pro quo. He soon moved out of the fundraising profession.
I worked with another colleague who had the resume and skills for major gift success. He had worked at several universities. He was well-educated and trained. He was an excellent speaker and educator. He understood the case for support and priorities. He knew exactly what was to be sold. That said, when push came to shove, he could build a relationship, but couldn’t pull the trigger. I worked with another colleague with an excellent personality and wonderful skillset on paper. He knew what to say and was great in a group setting, but could not interact 1:1 with others. It was a strange situation. And my list goes on and on. Major gift people that can consistently pull triggers and successfully close gifts are hard to find. If you have one in your shop, keep them!
When should you pull a trigger by making an ask? This assumes you have done your homework and research on these prospects as to capacity, involvement, history, other relationships, etc. Some examples:
  1. When volunteers, board, etc. that work with you feel the prospect is ready to be asked.
  2. When the amount asked is at a low level leading to a larger ask.
  3. When the prospect gives you an indication to go ahead and ask.
  4. When there is a prior history of giving and it is time to give again.
  5. When it is a fundraising board and they are making the lead gifts.
  6. Based upon experience, timing and gut when to ask for a gift.
  7. When you are clear as to the decision maker on an ask (husband or wife).
  8. When you make a gift yourself and you are asking someone of equal donation amount.
  9. When the relationship is strong and the move is right.
  10. When the time period is right through proper cultivation.
The No. 1 reason people do not give is they are not asked. Other nonprofits are asking your prospects for a gift as we speak. When are you going to join the party and just pull the trigger?
Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last seven years and has had the CFRE designation for the last 23 years. He has also been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for over 30 years. He received his doctorate from West Virginia University with an emphasis in philanthropy, masters from Marshall University with an emphasis on resource development and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with emphasis in marketing/management. Currently he is executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division. Duke also works on special projects for G. J. Mongon & Associates and Duke Haddad & Associates. Contact Duke atdhaddad324@gmail.com.


Can the World Unite to Solve Global Issues?

http://blog.globcal.net/2015/07/can-world-unite-to-solve-global-issues.html?m=1
Friday, July 31, 2015

Can the World Unite to Solve Global Issues?

U.N.’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Under Fire 

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 29 2015 (IPS) - The U.N.’s highly ambitious post-2015 
development agenda, which is expected to be finalised shortly, has come fire 
even before it could get off the ground.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left) with Irish Minister and UNICEF
Goodwill Ambassador in Dublin. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider










A global network of civil society organisations (CSOs), under the banner 
United Nations Major Groups (UNMG), has warned that the agenda, which 
includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “lacks urgency, 
a clear implementation strategy and accountability.”

Savio Carvalho of Amnesty International (AI), which is part of the UNMG, 
told IPS the post-2015 agenda has become an aspirational text sans clear 
independent mechanisms for people to hold governments to account for 
implementation and follow-up.

“Under the garb of national ownership, realities and capacities, member 
states can get away doing absolutely nothing. We would like them to ensure 
national priorities are set in conformity with human rights principles and standards 
so that we are not in the same place in 2030,” he added.

The 17 SDGs, which are to be approved by over 150 political leaders at a 
U.N. summit meeting in September, cover a wide range of socio-economic issues, 
including poverty, hunger, gender equality, sustainable development, full 
employment, quality education, global governance, human rights, climate 
change and sustainable energy for all.

All 17 goals, particularly the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger 
worldwide, are expected to be met by the year 2030.

The proposed follow-up and review, as spelled out, lacks a strong accountability 
mechanism, “with several references to national sovereignty, circumstances and 
priorities which risk undermining the universal commitment to deliver on the SDGs,” says UNMG.

“We are wondering how committed member states will be able to ensure genuine 
public participation, in particular of the most marginalised in each society, in 
decisions that will have an impact on their lives.”

This applies also to questions related to financing (budget allocations) in the 
actual implementation of the agenda, says a statement titled
 “Don’t break Your Promise Before Making it”.

“We are keen to ensure that people are able to hold governments to account 
to these commitments so that these goals are delivered and work for 
everyone,” says UNMG, which includes a number of coalitions and 
networks who will be monitoring the post-2015 process.

These groups include CSOs representing women, children and youth, human rights, trade unions and workers, local authorities, volunteers and persons with disabilities.

Asked about the composition of the UNMG, Jaimie Grant, who represents the 
secretariat for Persons with Disabilities, told IPS that UNMG is the official 
channel for the public to engage with the United Nations on matters of sustainable development.

“Across all these groups, stakeholders and networks, we share some very 
broad positions, but there are many thousands of organisations feeding in to it, 
in various capacities, with various positions and priorities,” he explained.

Adding strength to the chorus of voices from the opposition, the Women’s Major 
Groups, representing over 600 women’s groups from more than 100 countries, 
have also faulted the development agenda, criticising its shortcomings.

Shannon Kowalski, director of Advocacy and Policy at the International Women’s
Health Coalition, told IPS the SDGs could be a major milestone for women and 
girls.

They have much to gain: better economic opportunities, sexual and reproductive
health care and information and protection of reproductive rights, access to 
education, and lives free from violence, she noted.

“But in order to make this vision a reality, we have to ensure gender equality 
is at the heart of our efforts, recognising that it is a prerequisite for sustainable 
development,” she added.

The coalition includes Women in Europe for a Common Future, Equidad de Genero (Mexico), Global Forest Coalition, Women Environmental Programme, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and 
Development, WEDO (Women’s Environment and Development) and the 
Forum of Women’s NGOs (Kyrgyzstan).

Kowalski also expressed disappointment over the outcome of the recently 
concluded conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in Addis Ababa.

“We hoped for a progressive and fair financing agreement that addressed the 
root causes of global economic inequality and its impact on women’s and girls’ 
lives. But that’s not what we got,” she said.

“We expected strong commitments on financing for gender equality and 
ecognition of the value of women’s unpaid care work. We expected governments 
to address the systemic drivers of inequalities within and between countries,
to establish fair tax policies, to stop illicit financial flows, and to address injustices
in international trade structures that disadvantage the poorest countries.”

“We were disappointed that there were no new commitments to increase public
financing in order to achieve the SDGs,” Kowalski declared.

Carvalho of Amnesty International said, “It will be impossible to achieve truly
transformative sustainable development and to leave no one behind without 
conducting regular, transparent, holistic and participatory reviews of progress 
and setbacks at all levels.”

“The agenda acknowledges the need for international financial institutions (IFIs) 
to respect domestic policy, but does not go far enough to ensure that their activities 
to do contribute to any human rights violations.”

“I think we need to strengthen the argument for the agenda to be universal – 
when all countries have to deliver on their commitments and obligations.”

These, he said, include Official Development Assistance (ODA) and tax justice.

Meanwhile, in a statement released to IPS, Beyond 2015, described as a global 
civil society campaign pushing for a strong successor to the 
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said “for the SDGs to have a real 
impact on people’s lives everywhere, people themselves must participate in 
implementing the goals and reviewing progress, and be active agents in 
decisions affecting them.”

The Beyond 2015 Campaign said it welcomes the focus on inclusion and 
participation reflected in the current draft that is being negotiated at the 
United Nations, and “we count on governments to translate their commitments into action as soon as the SDGs are adopted.”

In implementing the SDGs, it is crucial that states honour their commitment to 
“leave no one behind”.

“This means tracking progress for all social and economic groups, especially
the most vulnerable and marginalized, drawing upon data from a wider range 
of sources, and regular scrutiny with the involvement of people themselves,” 
the statement added.

Additionally, an even higher level of participation and inclusion is needed, at all 
levels, when implementation starts.

“People must be aware of the new agenda and take ownership of the goals for real 
and sustainable changes to occur.”

The Beyond 2015 campaign also welcomed the commitment to an open and 
transparent follow-up framework for the SDGs, grounded in people’s participation 
at multiple levels.

“We believe the current draft could be improved by including specific time-bound 
commitments and endorsing civil society’s role in generating data to review 
commitments,” it said.

“We insist on the need for governments to translate the SDGs into national 
commitments as this is a crucial step for governments to be genuinely accountable 
to people everywhere.”

Edited by Kitty Stapp

The writer can be contacted at thalifdeen@aol.com

Emergency Management Magazine. Personalizing Individual and community preparedness. Planning is the key.

Let Your Community Teach You Their Needs

Risk Must Be Personalized

Risk communication must be understood and believed and it has to be confirmed.

"Preparing people for emergencies is about changing the way they think, not just before disasters, but also during them. What will make our communities more disaster resilient is to use emergency preparedness outreach as training for individuals to become effective disaster decision-makers: to teach them how to think in a crisis; to know what the disaster environment looks and feels like; to adapt; and to be empowered to take the necessary actions once decisions are made"\

             http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Risk-Must-Be-Personalized.html


Emergency communication is just as important before a disaster hits as it is during and after. Reaching the public with the correct message in the correct way – or in many correct ways – is key to ensuring they know what to do when faced with an emergency.

During a crisis, the public will often communicate their needs for future communication and education by showing gaps in their response.

Taking a look over your agency’s response to an emergency or disaster is wise, but do you also take a good look at how the public responded? Their actions or inactions will tell you a lot about where to focus your energy, time, and money in the future. It will also tell which group is listening or following a specific type of media and where gaps in messaging might be found.

Another concern is the focus of your pre-disaster messaging. As Emergency Management Magazine recently stated, “if the goal of our risk communication is awareness, we’ve already lost the disaster resilience battle.” The vast majority of your community is aware of their risks, so focusing on risk is unneeded.

Transforming their awareness into action is the ultimate goal. To do that involves making the risk personal and asking for small steps towards reducing their risk, which will lead to more confidence and larger steps towards the goal.

A community’s needs in a disaster vary widely and many locales have minimal resources to spend trying to find where they can improve. By watching and listening, you can identify and address communications gaps, overlooked populations, and education needs.

(Source:  Emergency Management Magazine)




Thursday, July 30, 2015

Africa Advised to Take DIY Approach to Climate Resilience

http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/07/africa-advised-to-take-diy-approach-to-climate-resilience/



By Fabiola Ortiz

PARIS, Jul 23 2015 (IPS) - African countries would do well to take their own lead in finding ways to better adapt to and mitigate the changes that climate may impose on future  generations instead of relying only on foreign aid.
This was one of the messages that rang out during the international scientific conference on ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’ held earlier this month in Paris, six months before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), also to be held in Paris, that is supposed to pave the way for a global agreement to keep the rise in the Earth’s temperature under 2°C.
Africa is already feeling climate change effects on a daily basis, according to Penny Urquhart from South Africa, an independent specialist and one of the lead authors of the 5th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Projections suggest that temperature rise on the continent will likely exceed 2°C by 2100 with land temperatures rising faster than the global land average. Scientific assessments agree that Africa will also face more climate changes in the future, with extreme weather events increasing in terms of frequency, intensity and duration.
“Most sub-Saharan countries have high levels of climate vulnerability,” Urquhart told IPS. “Over the years, people became good at adapting to those changes but what we are seeing is increasing risks associated with climate change as this becomes more and more pressing.”
Although data monitoring systems are still poor and sparse over the region, “we do know there is an increase in temperature,” she added, warning that if the global average temperature increases by 2°C by the end of the century, this will be experienced as if it had increased by 4°C in Southern Africa, stated Urquhart.
According to the South African expert, vulnerability to climate variation is very context-specific and depends on people’s exposure to the impacts, so it is hard to estimate the number of people affected by global warming on the continent.
However, IPCC says that of the estimated 800 million people who live in Africa, more than 300 million survive in conditions of water scarcity, and the numbers of people at risk of increased water stress on the continent is projected to be 350-600 million by 2050.
In some areas, noted Urquhart, it is not easy to predict what is happening with the rainfall. “In the Horn of Africa region the observations seem to be showing decreasing rainfall but models are projecting increasing rainfall.”
There have been extreme weather events along the Western coast of the continent, while Mozambique has seen an increase in cyclones that lead to flooding. “Those are the sum of trends that we are seeing,” Urquhart, “drying mostly along the West and increase precipitations in the East of Africa”.
For Edith Ofwona, senior programme specialist of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), one of the sectors most vulnerable to climate variation in Africa is agriculture – the backbone of most African economies – and this could have direct negative impacts on food security.
“The biggest challenge,” she said, “is how to work with communities not only to cope with short-term impacts but actually to be able to adapt and be resilient over time. We should come up with practical solutions that are affordable and built on the knowledge that communities have.”
Experts agree that any measure to address climate change should be responsive to social needs, particularly where severe weather events risk uprooting communities from their homelands by leaving families with no option but to migrate in search of better opportunities.
This new phenomenon has created what it is starting to be called “climate migrants”, said Ofwona.
Climate change could also exacerbate social conflicts that are aggravated by other drivers such as competition over resources and land degradation. According to the IDRC expert, “you need to consider the multi-stress nature of poverty on people’s livelihoods … and while richer people may be able to adapt, poor people will struggle.”
Ofwona said that the key is to combine scientific evidence with what communities themselves know, and make it affordable and sustainable. “It is important to link science to society and make it practical to be able to change lives and deal with the challenges people face, especially in addressing food security requirements.”
Meanwhile, she added, consciousness in Africa of the impacts of climate change is “fairly high” – some countries have already defined their own climate policies and strategies, and others have green growth strategies with low carbon and sustainable development.
Stressing the critical role that African nations themselves play in terms of creating the right environmental policy, Ofwona said that they should be protagonists in dealing with climate impacts and not only passive in receiving international help.
African governments should provide some of the funding that will be needed to implement adaptation and mitigation projects and while “we can also source internationally, to some extent we need to contribute with our own money. While the consciousness is high, the extent of the commitment is not equally high.”
Edited by Phil Harris    
IPS is an international communication institution with a global news agency at its core, raising the voices of the South 
and civil society on issues of development, globalisation, human rights and the environment 
Copyright © 2015 IPS-Inter Press Service. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Upcoming Briefings: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and Sustainable Development Goals


As we further our outreach to assist and advise communities internationally, thhe following will be added to the BEMA 'Recommended Reading List'.
During upcoming weeks daily training briefings on:
-Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
-Sustainable Development Goals of 2015, and the
-UN Emergency Response Framework

to enhance, and provide a platform for continuing education as emergency managers, and international community organizations to further understanding of the overall strategy, planning, and response in the international arena.

CDS. CEO.  Black Emergency Managers Association.




    http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/43291

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Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 outlines seven clear targets and four priorities for action to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks: 
(i) Understanding disaster risk; 
(ii) Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk; 
(iii) Investing in disaster reduction for resilience and; 
(iv) Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to "Build Back Better" in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. It aims to achieve the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries over the next 15 years.

The Framework was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015.

View full Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (in English) [PDF 423.81 kB]

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

State Department releases Trafficking in Persons Report. Orphaned children of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone from Ebola Crisis. Address issue NOW rather then later.

There is an immediate need in addition to the revitalization and resiliency building of the nations affected by the Ebola crisis, there is an immediate need to address the children orphaned from this dreadful disease.  Children that have lost entire family members.  Children that have lost fathers, mothers, and other siblings.  Children left alone and homeless, some with no extended family members to care and provide the basic necessities to be members of their community.

Now is the time, not 3 to 5 years to collect data on abuses that have occurred to this individuals. But now is the time to consider integrating these individuals in the resiliency building efforts of their communities and nations.  These are truly the individuals with buy-in and ownership in the successful revitalization of their communities.

These are your future health care professionals.  Your doctors, nurses, nurses aids, x-ray and medical laboratory technicians, emergency managers, city planners, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, builders of the laboratories, and hospitals, that are the stakeholders that must be considered in rebuilding their nation.

Now is the time to act.

Sincerely,


Charles D. Sharp
CEO.  Black Emergency Managers Association


http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/245365.pdf

Are members of the African Union nations entitled to U.S. tax exemptions? Are U.S. Citizens entitled to income tax exemption while employed in AU member nations?

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/International-Businesses/United-States-Income-Tax-Treaties---A-to-Z


http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/when-us-citizens-living-abroad-owe-us-tax.html


Exclusions From Income

Instead of taking the foreign tax credit, a U.S. expat may elect to exclude from gross income:
  • foreign earned income of up to $97,600 in 2013, and
  • foreign housing costs up to 30% of the maximum foreign earned exclusion (with possible adjustment based upon geographic location), reduced by a base amount ($15,216 for 2013).
You need pay no U.S. income tax on these amounts.
Example: Joseph lived and worked in London during 2013. He earned $150,000 and paid $36,000 in rent on a London flat. He may exclude $97,600 of his foreign earnings from his U.S. taxable income, plus claim a $8,784 housing cost exclusion ($36,000 - $15,216 = $8,784). This reduces his taxable income by $106,304.
You can elect to use either or both exclusions. They are available to each individual expat taxpayer, so, if eligible, each spouse may claim the exclusions even if a couple files a joint tax return.
Self-employed expats cannot claim the foreign housing exclusion. They must claim the foreign housing deduction instead.
To qualify for these exclusions from income, you must have foreign earned income, your tax home must be in a foreign country, and you must be one of the following:
  • a U.S. citizen who is a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year
  • a U.S. resident alien who is a citizen or national of a country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in effect and who is a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year, or
  • a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident alien who is physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during any period of 12 consecutive months.


Sendai training for local governments

Sendai training for local governments

Source: UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction at Incheon (UNISDR ONEA-GETI); 

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe (UNISDR EUR)

Themes: Capacity Development; Civil Society/NGOs; Community-based DRR; Governance; Urban Risk & Planning


Friday, July 24, 2015

25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And?

Twenty-five years under the Americans with Disabilities Act yet many communities are still coming to terms with inclusion for all members of the 'whole community' to be involved in all phases of the emergency management process (planning, preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation).  Individuals that fall under the ADA are just one special group within the whole community.

The homeless, displaced families, poor, and inclusion of all minority and disadvantaged groups, ex-offender, and the elderly.  Each must be involved in the process as stakeholders of the community.

The recent class action suit (http://www.cleanegroup.org/blog/court-finds-nyc-disabled-not-adequately-protected-after-sandy-disaster-planning-must-include-vulnerable-populations/#.VbKRC7NViko), and settlement have many jurisdictions scrambling to hire specialist in the field to address functional needs individuals and to interface with with 'grass roots' organizations.

Twenty-fives, what is your community gauge for whole community members?  With over 20,000 emergency managers certified by other associations, or certified by the State employed in the U.S. we can't wait another 25-years for full inclusion.

Sincerely,


Charles D. Sharp
CEO
Black Emergency Managers Association


july 24, 2015


Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This milestone law prohibits discrimination and mandates equal opportunity for people with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications and guarantees the civil rights of more than 56 million Americans.  
The ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and has shaped opportunities for people with disabilities in providing equal access to education, employment and to programs and services, including transportation, communications access, public accommodations, and more. 
Integrating the needs of people with disabilities into disaster preparedness, response, and recovery planning is essential to proper emergency management.  Under the authority of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides equal access throughout its services, including:
·        508-compliant FEMA.gov, Ready.gov, and America’s PrepareAthon! websites;
·        Public materials in alternative formats for people who are blind or have low vision; and
·        Ensuring all video materials are captioned.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the ADA, FEMA and the Ad Council launched a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The PSA provides equal access to all viewers and includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreter, and audio description for viewers who are blind or have low vision

Webinars: Upcoming Webinars for African American Mental Health, and Mental Health Challenges.

FYI..

How far back in an individuals past, in a individuals culture, in the genetic pool to determine the trauma (trauma compounds itself to some extent) to determine the root cause of an individuals mental health issues.    BEMA.


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SAMHSA


Upcoming Webinars for African American Mental Health
July is National Minority Mental Health Month. During the week of July 27–31, SAMHSA is spotlighting African American mental health. To support these observances, SAMHSA is collaborating with partners to discuss African American mental health issues in two upcoming webinars.
July 28, 2015 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in partnership with HHS and SAMHSA will host a webinar to foster an interactive discussion on how we may increase the knowledge of mental health challenges faced by African American youth.
David Johns, Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will lead the discussion. Guest panelists include:
  • Richard T. McKeon, Branch Chief, SAMHSA
  • Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall, Founder, HOPE4UTAH
  • Terrie M. Williams, Mental Health Advocate
  • Lynn Keane, Parent Advocate

July 30, 2015 | 2–3 p.m. Eastern Time
This webinar will feature definitions and examples of various types of trauma—including historical trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, race-based trauma, and community trauma—that can impact mental health, student achievement, performance, and retention. The webinar will present strategies for assessing and addressing trauma among student populations at historically black colleges and universities (HCBU), with approaches such as trauma-informed care.

Suicides are increasing among African American school-aged children. SAMHSA's Suicide Safe app helps health care providers address suicidal thoughts and behaviors, even in younger patients. Learn more and download the app today.

Like SAMHSA on Facebook  Follow SAMHSA on Twitter  Subscribe to SAMHSA's YouTube Channel  Visit the SAMHSA Dialogue Blog


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The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

Team Rubicon’s Clay Hunt Fellows Program (CHFP). February 2020

True or false? Military service fully prepares us to take on the civilian careers we desire after our time in uniform. If you said ‘...

..Haiti. We will not forget.

BEMA International ONLINE STORE

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