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Prioritizing Equity in Prevention

Two Years In: Reflections on Best Practices to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Misuse Among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities Since COVID-19 


Asian Americans (AA) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) are the least likely ethnic groups in the US to seek behavioral health services. While AA and NHPI communities represent a large number of diverse ethnic groups, they share some cultural factors that can impact how they seek behavioral health services and how they respond to strategies in promoting mental health and preventing substance misuse. This Learning Session will explore best practices and cultural responsiveness in addressing mental health and substance misuse among AA and NHPI communities. 

This Learning Session will include a 45-minute presentation followed by a 45-minute facilitator-led discussion.

By the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  • Identify cultural factors that can act as barriers to seeking behavioral health services
  • Compare strategies that promote mental health and reduce substance misuse among AAs and NHPIs

Analyze trends in mental health and substance use among AA and NHPI communities since the onset of COVID-19


Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.

Please contact Karen Totten( for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele (

Registration is free!


Date and Time: 
May 23, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm