The CiMH “Building the Evidence” Summit Conference on May 30, 2014 was a multicultural experience that presented how different ethnic communities develop community defined practices. PACS was part of the planning committee as well as presenting on the panel about “What Works in API Communities?” Dr. Terry Gock from Pacific Asian Family Center, Mariko Kahn, ED of PACS and Pisey Sok, INC clinician from PACS shared their expertise on how to develop a community defined practice and used a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony as an example of a healing practice. In addition, Rong Be, PACS case manager arranged for a blessing at the beginning of the conference from the monks of Wat Sonsom Kusal and Wat Vipassanram.
In May 2014, Executive Director, Mariko Kahn was invited to Washington, DC to participate in activities for APA Heritage Month. This was organized and partially subsidized by NAPAfASA. Thanks Myron Quon! On the May 8th, the contingent of API leaders from all over the U.S. met with Congressional APA Caucus to present priority community needs and recommendations on legislative actions. On May 9th, we participated with federal and community experts at the White House Roundtable on AAPI behavioral health and equity issues.