Thursday, March 30, 2017

Diverse Populations, FOOD SECURITY- Farming Community, and Farm Bill 2018. Immigrant, Refugee Community. Plan Now


At BEMA International, we celebrate cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity everyday!

We wanted to share this new resource with you.  

As the U.S. grows more diverse, community based organizations CBOs) are serving an increasingly diverse group of children and families.  In this changing environment, developing cultural competence—behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable organizations to work effectively in cross-cultural situations—is critical. 

This guide helps users to define and understand cultural competency and identify easily accessible resources for choosing interventions, conducting a needs assessment, selecting appropriate measures and measurement approaches, collaborating with other organizations, ensuring workforce diversity, and budgeting for culturally competent programs.

 Since funders increasingly require evidence that applicants recognize the importance of cultural competence, the resource guide also aims to help better position CBOs to be even more competitive in attracting funding.

 I hope that you find this guide to be useful in your work, and encourage you to share it with others who may be interested. 


Return back to our Farms that were Earned. 
Farm Bill 2018 Plan Now

Food Security, nutrition, and diet are not only issues in other nations, but prevalent here in the U.S.

Farms, and farmers are the key to filling one of our basic needs in under privileged communities globally.  The need for food.

Urban farming in our major cities, and return to our rural ancestral farms in the southern states of the U.S., Central & South America, and the Caribbean are key to our community survival.

Each need our help and support.  We definitely need theirs.

1.       Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
For 35 years, the Association has been on a mission to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunities for rural Mississippi residents through the development of cooperative businesses and other economic strategies.

2.       National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association 
MISSION of the organization is to organize, engage, empower and provide technical assistance to Latino farm and ranching advocacy groups, farmworkers  transitioning into farm ownership, and, generally, small producers, throughout the United States and beyond. NLFRTA provides best practices training workshops on relevant farm and ranching and policy, forums and webinars, and facilitate meetings with state, local and federal elected officials and work with the Congress on the Farm Bill deliberations.

3.       National Black Farmers Association
The National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) is a non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the United States. As an association, it serves tens of thousands of members nationwide. NBFA's education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training, and rural economic development for black and other small farmers. 

Within the farming sector the ‘brain drain’ is a global predicament, and not isolated to one nation. 
Our youth leave the farm never to return.


1.       ISTANBUL, Turkey, 30 March 2017 – Refugees and migrants must be included in efforts to reduce the risk of disasters, experts said this week at a European conference.
                           A special session of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction spotlighted
                           their vulnerabilities in the face of natural and human-induced hazards, but underlined
                           that they also have an important role to play in curbing impacts.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

April 20, 2017 Learning more about tribal communities and how to work with their tribal governments?

 RHEC VIII CultComp 420 Webinar Banner
Are you interested in learning more about tribal communities and how to work with their tribal governments?

The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to end health disparities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. One of its main priority areas is to provide education and awareness of cultural and linguistic competency within the region. This year, the RHEC is hosting a webinar training series on the history of tribes and treaties, utilization of the National Standards of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities, and the impact of cultural needs assessments. Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to accomplish the following from the specific tribal perspective:

1. List three benefits of providing culturally and linguistic appropriate services
2. Identify and understand the holistic healing approach, cultural norms, customs, and protocols of the Great Plains tribes
3. Discuss effective strategies when working with the Native American population that can be shared with co-workers
4. Enhance the relationship between healthcare provider and patient by building a culturally competent workforce

DATE: April 20, 2017
TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time
 Jason Baldes, Director of Wind River Native Advocacy Center

Jennifer Kenyon, Senior Research Associate, CSRA’s Health Determinants and Disparities Practice; and Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS, Behavioral Health & Recovery Administrator, Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board

CSRA’s Health Determinants & Disparities Practice
CSRA’s Health Determinants & Disparities Practice (HDDP) has more than 50 years of combined experience in studying, writing about, advocating for, and promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), cultural and linguistic competence, and developing strategies to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. HDDP is committed to bringing CLAS and equity solutions to systems impacting health. HDDP provides training, technical assistance, and learning tools on CLAS for an array of health professionals.

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board was established to provide the tribal nations in the Great Plains region with a formal representative board as a means of communicating and participating with the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service and other Health and Human Services entities and organizations on health matters. Its mission is to provide quality public health support and health care advocacy to the tribal nations of the Great Plains by utilizing effective and culturally credible approaches.

Register Here*:

The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council is one of 10 Regional Health Equity Councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through the coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders that are committed to action. The Mountain States RHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The Mountain States RHEC envisions a nation free of disparities in health and health care.

Visit Mountain States RHEC’s website for more information:
*If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser. For webinar-specific questions, contact the moderator at

Tuesday, March 28, 2017. WH Initiative on Educational Excellence. STEAM Summit.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) invites you to attend the Full STEAM Ahead: Educational Summit on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The Initiative will host the event at the Barnard Auditorium in the United States Department of Education located at 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20202. The summit will start at 9:00 AM and end at 12:00 PM.

The summit is designed to facilitate collaborative discussion and engagement among individuals and organizations committed to addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education, especially among African American students, schools and communities. We really encourage student participation. In particular, the aim of the summit is to:

  1. Expose African American students to STEAM education fields by having leaders within STEAM engage in conversation with the students;
  2. Facilitate increased collaboration and coordination by allowing individuals and organizations to showcase their skills that fall within the STEAM fields; and
  3. Ultimately serve to increase participation in STEAM areas among African American Students.

Your participation is critical to help create and maintain a positive outlook for African American students who are interested in pursuing STEAM fields. This level of engagement is critical to ensuring that our efforts result in sustained investments to improve the learning and development of African American students, families and communities throughout the United States.

To accept this invitation, please register at the following link:

If you are associated with a school and are interested in bringing your students, be sure to RSVP for the number of students that will be attending.
Please note that registration will close on March 24, 2017. A detailed agenda with confirmed guests and a program draft will be sent to you prior to the event.

The Summit will Feature:

Kim Ford, MPA
Kim R. Ford serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Management and Planning in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Ford participates fully with the Assistant Secretary in the overall leadership, management and direction of career-technical education, adult education, and community college initiatives. Ford oversees and coordinates the responsibilities for operations and management related to: planning, budget and resource allocation, organizational performance, technology strategy, continuous improvement and innovation. Ford holds a B.S. in International Business from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joeletta Patrick, MBA
Joeletta Patrick currently serves as the Manager of the Minority University Research and Education Program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Patrick has worked with internal and external organizations, institutions, federal agencies, and the community through various Office of Education assignments. Her work has reflected her commitment to leveraging university relationships and investments, growing the number of diverse students prepared to work in STEM-based fields, supporting STEM initiatives, and serving as a spokesperson for NASA's commitment to STEM. Patrick is a native of Greensboro, N.C., where she attended North Carolina A&T State University and received a B.S. in electrical engineering. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is currently a doctoral student for a Doctorate in Management at UMUC.
Tiera Guinn
Tiera Guinn is a 22 year-old Rocket Structural Design Engineer for the Space Launch system at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Guinn designs and analyzes parts of a rocket that she claims will be one of the biggest and most powerful in history. Guinn is currently a graduating senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and she is enrolled in the School of Engineering.
Korin Reid, PhD
Korin Reid is a Senior Data Scientist at McKesson Health Solutions. She uses big data technologies to scale predictive modeling and machine learning on billions of healthcare records, reaching over 160 million people. She was also named one of McKesson's 2016 Distinguished Technologists, she also mentors youth in STEM skills. Reid is listed on the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30: Science List. Reid earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Georgia Tech.
Janett Martinez
Janett Martinez is Chief Executive Officer at Loomia - a smart fabric company voted startup of the year by Wareable. Before Loomia, Janett proposed and installed an interactive medical simulation program at AUC School of Medicine that resulted in an increase of use by 300%. As a master electrician, stage manager, director and lighting designer both in NYC (Lincoln Center) and Boston (Cutler Majestic) Janett has a deep and diverse understanding of how thoughtful design and technology can enable industries such as healthcare and entertainment. Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre/ Theatre Design and Technology form Emerson College.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Full STEAM Ahead Summit Coordinator Tori Wentz at 202.453.6877 or

We greatly appreciate your willingness to participate and look forward to our continued partnership in the future. 

2017. Webinar. Human Trafficking and Criminal Behavior Across Minority Populations.

 SHEC Cultural Competency Banner April 2017
Are you interested in learning more about cultural competency and utilizing cultural competency resources?

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in fall 2015. This guide is comprised of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders, and partners to help address cultural barriers with healthcare systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the Council develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit

To follow up with the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will host four webinars in various regions of the country.  The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency.  Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:
  1. Identify human trafficking victimization and criminal behavior;
  2. Describe the intersectionality of social determinants and human trafficking;
  3. Explain the importance of trauma-informed care through a cultural competency lens;
  4. Discuss best practices for multidisciplinary and collaborative partnerships; and
  5. Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools.

The focus of the webinar will be responding to human trafficking victimization of marginalized, masked, and missed minority populations through a cultural competency lens.

DATE: April 27, 2017
TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
 Lynette M. Gibson, Associate Professor and Director of Research in Nursing, University of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing

Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter, CEO and Principal Consultant, Sunny Slaughter Consulting, and Co-Chair of Violence as a Public Health Issue Committee, SHEC (Region IV)

Sunny Slaughter, LLC provides business and criminal consulting, training, and subject matter expertise. Ms. Slaughter offers over 30 years of executive leadership as a policy strategist, facilitator, law enforcement instructor, expert, and TEDx speaker. For the past decade, she has focused on the complexity of human trafficking schemes and the intersectionality of social determinants and the importance of responsive and responsible delivery of care through a cultural competency lens.

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners and stakeholders that are committed to action. SHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. SHEC envisions a region free of disparities in health and healthcare, where all people attain the highest level of health. Visit SHEC’s website for more information:

1 If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser. For webinar-specific questions, contact the moderator at

Problem Solving. XMIND

We all solve problems and make decisions every day—from little problems like what to wear to school, to bigger problems like whether to get a job or go to college. The problems we face can be large or small, simple or complex, and easy or difficult.

Problem-solving and decision-making are important skills for both business and life. A very important part of our life is finding ways to solve problems and find solutions. So, being a confident problem solver is really important to our success.

With XMind, you can easily work through details of a problem to reach a solution.

1. Define the problem

The key to a problem definition is ensuring that you deal with the real problem. You should diagnose the situation so that you can focus on root causes of a problem. XMind offers the Fishbone diagram, also called Cause-and-Effect diagram to help you identify possible causes for a problem.

To do an in-depth analysis of the problem, just open a blank mind map with the fishbone structure and write the effect in the central topic. Here “Missed Deadline” as an example.

2. Analyze the problem

Analysis is a process of discovery of the facts, finding out what you know about the situation. With XMind, you can quickly write down the major categories of causes of the problems.

Write sub–causes branching off the causes.

The Fishbone diagram helps you clearly and easily illustrate the main causes and sub-causes leading to the effect.

3. List the possible options

After creating a number of ideas, you can easily drag and drop them to the mind map to see how different ideas could be connected together and create a plan of action.

After creating a number of ideas, you can easily drag and drop them to the mind map to see how different ideas could be connected together and create a plan of action.

4. Select the best solution

Skilled problem solvers use a series of considerations when selecting the best alternative. In XMind, you can look at each potential solution and carefully analyze it. By using the Matrix diagram you will have a clear overview of the pros and cons of each solution. Selecting the best solution becomes easier than ever.

5. Implement solution

Now, you’ve found the best solution. It’s time to assign responsibility. Problem-solving will be meaningless when it ends without any action steps. Who exactly is going to carry out the solution or the different elements of the solution? With XMind, you can assign tasks simply in the task info view.

What do you do when you are faced with a problem before? XMind is a great tool that can be used to help you solve problems effectively.

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 31, 2017 Deadline. Application FEMA Youth Preparedness Council

Apply for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council Today

Youth Preparedness Council LogoTime is running out! Applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) close on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Teens from across the nation have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by joining the YPC. Young people on the council work to better their emergency preparedness skills to help ensure readiness and recovery in their own neighborhoods and beyond. All students in grades 8-11, who have engaged in community service or are interested in being an ambassador for emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply.

Are you an adult working with youth or emergency management? Share the application with those you believe might be interested in applying today. Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.

Applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on March 31, 2017. 

CERT Webinar. San Francisco. April 5, 2017

CERT Webinar: San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team uses Twitter to Save Lives

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division in partnership with the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) invites you to join the ”Using Twitter to save lives” training event. Members of the San Francisco NERT will share information on how volunteers can use Twitter during a disaster. This includes how to quickly report and verify the most critical information within a 140-character limit.  The team will also teach you how to gather and report information which can reduce the number of emergency calls to 911 to help make sure every call gets through to a response operator.

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Featured Speakers from San Francisco NERT:
·        Anietie Ekanem, CEO and Chief Solutions Guru, Social Niche Guru Inc.
·        Brooke Rogers, Freelance Digital Content Producer, San Francisco NERT

How to Join the Webinar:
·        Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.
·        Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.
·        This webinar will offer captioning.

We hope to that you will be able 

April 2017. Register for Diplomacy Lab Career Fair and Wonk Tank Competition Finals

The Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships at The U.S. Dept. of State will be hosting their 2nd Annual Diplomacy Lab Career Fair and Wonk Tank Competition!

University students are invited to meet with federal offices and outside organizations in the foreign policy and international development spheres who will be sharing internship, fellowship, and career opportunities for students and recent grads!

The event will take place April 7th from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
at the U.S. Dept. of State’s Marshall Center.

Institutions from across the Diplomacy Lab university network will showcase their work with the Department of State in the "University Marketplace." Additionally, three student aspiring foreign policy wonks will take the stage infront of a panel of State Department officials for a chance to win a paid summer internship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Confirmed Organizations include:
  • State Department Human Resources
  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Atlas Corps
  • IO Sustainability
  • U.S. Foreign Service Internship
  • Peace Corps
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • The Pickering and Rangel Fellowship
  • The U.S. Diplomacy Center
  • Devex
  • NASA
  • World Learning

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