July 2019
Welcome to our iSPARC July 2019 Newsletter!

Improving Practice
What Do You Know about Serving Southeast Asian Immigrants & Refugees?
Immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia, including Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, often do not easily talk about mental health conditions. Sometimes symptoms of stress are not seen as psychological, but are attributed to other causes or described as physical ailments. Many Southeast Asian refugees have experienced trauma, sometimes severe, in their home countries prior to leaving or during their travels to the United States. Increasing your sensitivity to the traditions and culture of Southeast Asia can help you to better serve your clients.
For more information, download SPARC's Tips for Mental Health Providers Working with Southeast Asian Immigrants/Refugees in English , Spanish and Vietnamese .
Advancing Research
Undocumented College Students, Social Exclusion and
Psychological Distress

Rosalie Torres Stone, Ph.D. is a co-investigator on the "Dreamer's" study, which examines how illegal citizenship status influences the mental well-being of undocumented college-age students. It also aims to identify what social supports can alleviate psychological stressors associated with having an illegal status. See the results of the study in her webinar and  poster . Also available in en Español
Changing Policy
⭐️  What IS WIOA Youth Program Services and can my youth access them? 
What IS WIOA Youth Program Services and can my youth access them? 

We answer that in our new  Tip Sheet , WIOA: New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get Jobs – What Families Need to Know.

A recent law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) mandates services for youth and young adults (ages 14-24) with disabilities, including those with psychiatric disabilities or mental health conditions, to help them prepare for and obtain jobs and pursue careers that offer competitive salaries and benefits. This tip sheet provides information on who is eligible to receive WIOA Youth Services, where youth and young adults with disabilities can access services, and what services are available.

Read and download it here:
Empowered to Act
iSPARC and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research have translated many of our publications into Spanish . We also have some products available in Vietnamese  and American Sign Language videos . If there's a product you think we should be translating, let us know.
MHE & You: Pet Photo Contest Winners

Here are the winners of our MHE & You Photo Contest celebrating"May is Mental Health Month" The theme of this photo contest was “How my animal helps me with my mental health.”

The Mental Health Experienced & Years Of Understanding ( MHE & YOU ) Advisory Council is the mental health consumer advisory council for the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center ( iSPARC ) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Meet Our Faculty - Featured Researcher
Jonathan Delman , an iSPARC researcher, is the lead author of “ Barriers and Facilitators to Community-Based Participatory Mental Health Care Research for Racial and Ethnic Minorities ”, which appeared in the March 2019 issue of  Health Affairs . People with serious mental health conditions, particularly members of racial and ethnic minority groups, are rarely included in prioritizing research topics or developing the tools and measures important for improving their care. Using lessons learned from a project to improve understanding of patients’ preferences and discrimination in depression and diabetes treatment, the authors describe barriers and facilitators to initiating a meaningful partnership with disenfranchised groups.
Learn more about Dr. Delman's work HERE .
Young Adult Corner - Meet Laura
We've recently introduced a new Video Series into our social media channels called "Meet Us Mondays". It's an opportunity for us to introduce you to our team here at iSPARC and Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research. You can meet Laura Golden, one of our Research Project Directors in the video below. To check out all of our featured staff so far, visit our Meet Us Mondays Playlist at Transitions ACR on YouTube HERE . Click the red "Subscribe" button while you are there and you'll be notified as we add additional videos and presentations to our Transitions ACR YouTube channel .
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Webinar - Marsha Langer Ellison, Ph.D. and Laura Golden, with Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, will be presenting a Webinar based on the Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST) Project on September 12, 2019 at 1-2pm ET.
Mark your calendars. More details will follow.
Raise the Bar Hire Conference - Work Without Limits  and the  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission  partner on the 7th Annual Raise the Bar HIRE! Conference. This one-day conference features prominent national keynote speakers, educational sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices on disability employment. We will be an exhibitor there and invite you to join us on October 10th.
Who We Are
The Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (formerly known as the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center ) is a part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Department of Psychiatry. 

iSPARC is a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Center of Excellence for Public Mental Health Services and Implementation Research that aims to improve the mental and behavioral health of all citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. iSPARC is committed to transferring knowledge and insights gained through rigorous research to improve the lives of people with lived mental health experience.

We conduct Participatory Action Research, an all-inclusive approach that ensures that every aspect of our research incorporates the voices of those with lived mental health experience.
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