The thinking of Fresno County community leaders and health professionals is that gardens can help foster resiliency and a sense of purpose for refugees, especially older ones, who are often isolated by language and poverty and experiencing depression and post-traumatic stress. Immigrant families often struggle to meet insurance co-payments, and culturally attuned therapists are in short supply.
Many immigrant and refugee cultures do not have a tradition of formal mental health treatment, said Rocco Cheng, a psychologist and a director of the California Reducing Disparities Project, a statewide policy study. “Therapy is a Western concept,” he said. “The Hmong do not have a word for mental illness.” But, he said, they are well able to grasp the idea of mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellness.
Andrey Kovalenko, the director of Slavic family support services for Fresno Interdenominational Ministries, which operates five of the gardens, said that the 7,500 or so Russian-speaking evangelical Christians, including members of his own family, still contend with emotional reverberations from religious persecution, which included humiliation at school, arrests and forced exile. For many, mental health treatment is “a taboo subject, associated with the Soviet system of being locked up.” The garden, he said, “helps them to reattach.”
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The purpose of this webinar is to provide some recommendations on how to package your learning to maximize ability to implement what you found to work (replicate your program) so your learning might have greatest impact locally and statewide.
Click here to view the Webinar Recording Refining Your Model for Replication – April 19, 2012
OAC released a letter providing instructions on how to expend funds for Innovation Programs. The MHSOAC is committed to making the review and approval process as smooth as possible and will actively provide technical assistance and support to guide counties through approval.
To assist the counties with program preparation, please see the Innovation Review Tool below.
A webinar recording on INN measurement has been posted on the Measuring Learning page.
Part II of the Innovation measurement webinar was be held January 25, 2012.
New resources on measurement have been added to the Clearinghouse. Check out these new online tutorials for measuring MHSA Innovation projects listed on the Measuring Learning page