API Prevention/Early Intervention

In 2012, a mental health needs assessment in San Francisco revealed that Asian and Pacific Islander communities (particularly Cambodians, Filipinos, Laotians, Samoans, and Vietnamese) are most impacted by mental health issues due to the lack of culturally relevant services/resources to meet their unique needs and severe lack of providers from such communities.

To meet this need in San Francisco, the Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative (APIMHC) was established as a coalition between RAMS and six community-based organizations:

  • Samoan Community Development Center (Samoan Wellness Initiative)
  • Filipino-American Development Foundation/Bayanihan Community Center (Filipino Mental Health Initiative – SF)
  • Vietnamese Youth Development Center (Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative – SF)
  • Cambodian Community Development, Inc. (Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative – SF)
  • Lao Seri Association (Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative – SF)
  • Vietnamese Family Services Center (Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative – SF)

As there are no equivalent services in Alameda County, the Regional Pacific Islander Task Force advocated for Pacific Islander-focused mental health outreach. RAMS established the Pacific Islander Wellness Initiative, which provides prevention and early intervention services to Pacific Islanders (including Native Hawaiians) in collaboration with longstanding community-based organizations such as Taulama, Samoan Community Development Center, and Regional Pacific Islander Task Force.

  • Services

    Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative (APIMHC)

    • Outreach and Engagement Events
    • Non-clinical Mental Health Screening and Assessments
    • Wellness Promotion, including psychoeducation and anti-stigma presentation
    • Stigma Reduction Presentations
    • Linkages to Services
    • Serves San Francisco County

    Pacific Islander Wellness Initiative (PIWI)

    • Outreach and Engagement
    • Psychoeducation and Prevention
    • Mental Health Consultation
    • Preventative Counseling
    • Serves Alameda County
  • Who We Serve

    In both San Francisco and Alameda County, RAMS’ Population Focused Prevention and Early Intervention serves primarily Asian and Pacific Islander communities including Mongolians, Cambodians, Filipinos, Laotians, Samoans, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Tongan, and Chamarro/Guamanian.

  • Impact

    Through outreach and engagement events that range from small gatherings to large festivals, APIMHC and PIWI reaches over 50,000 individuals across the Bay Area. APIMHC’s and PIWI’s efforts in wellness promotion, screenings and assessments, and service linkages helped hundreds of adults and children learn more about mental health and access the care they need.

  • Contacts

    Natalie Tualemoso Ah Soon, MPH
    Program Manager
    Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative & Pacific Islander Wellness
    Initiative
    4020 Balboa St. San Francisco, CA 94121
    (415) 668-5998 ext. 22
    natalieahsoon@ramsinc.org

    Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative
    3626 Balboa Street San Francisco, CA 94121
    Tel: (415) 668-5955
    Fax: (415) 668-0246

    Pacific Islander Wellness Initiative
    22712 Foothill Blvd.
    Hayward, CA 94541
    Tel: (510) 856-9760
    Fax: (510) 856-9154

OUR IMPACT

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