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

May 23, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
Virtual Event
Pacific Southwest PTTC (Region 9)

Prioritizing Equity in Prevention Series

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

Learning Session Overview and Objectives

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


Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health

This Learning Session was created in partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health* (APIC). APIC represents the unique health issues and needs of the multi-lingual, multi-ethnic Asian and Pacific Islander populations. The Caucus has been instrumental in addressing various health equity and social justice issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander communities, such as improving access to health care, recognizing Asian Americans as under-represented minorities in health research, advocating for immigration reforms and increasing recognition of complementary and alternative medicine among North American physicians, among several other efforts.
*APIC operates under cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-IP21-2106 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this program are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC/HHS.

Who Should Participate

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.

Learning Session Dates and Times

States and American Samoa
Monday, May 23, 2022     Time Zone
03:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m.    Pacific (including Arizona)
12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.    Hawaii
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    American Samoa
Pacific Jurisdictions
Tuesday, May 24, 2022,    Time Zone
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    Republic of the Marshall Islands
09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.    Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 a.m. – 08:30 a.m.    Republic of Palau
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Reataza, Marielle, MD, MS

Dr. Marielle A. Reataza, MD, MS serves as the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA), based in Alhambra, California. Dr. Reataza has a broad professional experience as a high school teacher, physician, community advocate, and in health policy and law. Paired with her lived experience as a Filipino-Chinese immigrant, Dr. Reataza strives to amplify the experiences of AA and NHPI communities in advocacy for robust culturally responsive resources, diminished barriers to care, and substance use disorder prevention across AA and NHPI communities.






NAPAFASA is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to mental health advocacy through research, efforts at public health and policy reform, and community empowerment.




Certificates of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for participating in the live event.



Register for the Learning Session – 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


Cost is Free!



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

Nevada Certification Board Approved
This learning event has been approved by the Nevada Certification Board for Continuing Education for Community Health Workers, Peer Recovery and Support Specialists, and Prevention Specialists. Counts Toward Mental Health Requirement for CHW II Applications!