Tulsa, OKLA – The 25th annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium is recognized as one of the premier behavioral health conferences in the United States. This year’s conference, occuring Oct. 3 – 4, 2019, focused on examining the human capacity to thrive amid adversity. More than 800 participants attended the two-day event providing participants with information and practical tools to create resilient communities nationwide.
The Community Service Council is pleased to announce that seven of our staff members and leaders presented over three workshops at this year’s symposium educating attendees on the work of the Community Service Council in the areas of maternal mental health in immigrant and refugee populations, resiliency in Latino communities, and connecting veterans to the mental health services and holistic supports.
CSC WORKSHOP 1: PROMOTING RESILIENCY IN UNDER-SERVED MATERNAL POPULATIONS
Attention to maternal mental health has primarily focused on prenatal or postpartum depression. However, women of child-rearing age regularly experience mental health challenges that can negatively affect family relationships and children’s development. Women’s experiences of mental health are different when born outside of the United States. In Tulsa, these women are often under-served, without adequate resources, isolated by language, cultural practices and beliefs, and must find resources that provide appropriate assistance. Healthy Women, Healthy Futures’ strategies have successfully increased women’s resiliency by fostering protective factors by support, education, and skill building.
- Su An Phipps PhD, RN, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
- Barbara N. Cargill, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
- Fran Trujillo, DNP, FNP-BC, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
CSC WORKSHOP 2: BUILDING RESILIENCY IN OUR LATINO COMMUNITIES
In many geographies, our Latino populations are the fastest growing ethnic groups, not from immigration but from the growth of family size. Local communities may be uncertain how to adapt to this reality. Emotional, legal and economic responses mix together resulting in confusion, fear, and uncertainty for many in the community. Utilizing basic mental health principles builds mutual understanding, empathy, resiliency and growth-promoting relationships to enhance opportunities for healthy futures for all concerned.
- Erv Janssen, MD, Community Service Council Board of Directors, Tulsa, OK
- Maria Elena Kuykendall, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
CSC WORKSHOP 3: CONNECTING VETERANS FOR THE JOURNEY HOME
Veteran Rally Points and Oklahoma Veteran Connections are two U.S. Department of Defense best practice models offering methods and modalities to bring our heroes home, holistically. This is accomplished via best practice mechanisms that effectively identify veterans in the community and bridge healthy social connectedness and resource connections.
- Pete Luitweiler, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
- Stacy W. Hester, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK