Project: Filipino Family Health Initiative
Filipino Family Health Initiative is an interdisciplinary team of two occupational therapists, two pediatricians, and a psychologist in Southern California.
There are vast mental health disparities among Filipinos including high rates of adolescent suicide and suicide attempts (27%). Among Asians, Filipinos are the largest subgroup in California and the second largest subgroup in the U.S. Despite their size, they have been described as an “invisible minority” because they are one of the least understood and researched groups related to health status and needs.
Our project includes an evidence-based parenting intervention using community-based participatory research. The first phase involved a series of meetings to address barriers and needs in the community. From there, we developed a shared understanding of mental health. This informed the implementation of a culturally-congruent educational campaign to improve mental health awareness in our community.
The second phase involved training providers and parent peers to act as mental health promoters. They conduct outreach using this shared understanding of mental health to engage parents to participate in the Incredible Years® Parent Program. This curriculum will incorporate kapwa a core Filipino value defined as community, togetherness, or a sense of shared identity. We now offer the Incredible Years® Parent program in community-based settings across California.
Ultimately, our goal is significant reduction in mental health stigma in our community. We have seen a significant increase in the participation rate in the Incredible Years® Parent Program offered as a prevention service. Our program continues to expand throughout California with hundreds of participants.
Filipino Family Health Initiative Poster
- Jed David, MS OTR/L, SWC
- Horacio Lopez, MD
- Aviril “Apple” Sepulveda-Mathew, MS, OTR/L, BCP, SWC
- Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS
- Dean Coffey, PsyD
LocationLos Angeles, CaliforniaFocus Areas Community Impact
- Gift of time and language
- Leading Community Based Changes in the Culture of Health in the US
- Toolkit for Prevention of Behavioral Health Disparities in an Immigrant Community