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Cambodian Association of America

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Cambodian Association of America
2390 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Phone: (562) 988-1863
Fax: (562) 988-1475
Title: Healthy Minds Project
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Kimthai R. Kuoch
Target Population: Asian Adults, Elderly
Health Issues: Mental Health

The Healthy Minds Project is a collaborative partnership between the Cambodian Association of America and Long Beach Asian Pacific Mental Health Clinic designed to address the mental health needs of the Cambodian American population living in greater Long Beach, CA. The program seeks to educate the target population about, and increase their access to, professional and culturally appropriate mental health treatment services. Healthy Minds provides outreach through cultural and community events at which education and mental health screenings are provided. Outreach focuses on destigmatizing mental illness and improving methods of accessing services. Recognition of warning signs is addressed along with how to assist individuals in obtaining help. Outreach workers have as much one-on-one contact as possible with community members. Khmer language media are used to aid outreach to the Cambodian population. A weekly radio broadcast, as well as print media are used for Public Service Announcements, editorials, and articles on the program. Culturally-sensitive in-service training for community leaders and agencies, is provided on mental health issues, trends, and service approaches. Trainings, which are held throughout the community, include direct service providers, lay leaders, paraprofessionals, and professional service providers. The Healthy Minds Program incorporates Cambodian approaches to mental health such as traditional counselors and folk traditions and rituals, alongside Western medicine. The program provides case management services for clients as well as referral services, and monthly bilingual and culturally appropriate support group activities.

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