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JFCS East Bay is hosting a panel discussion, “Culturally‐Informed Health and Mental Health Services for the Arabic Community” on Tuesday, March 21st, 10am-noon in our Walnut Creek Office (1855 Olympic Blvd. Ste. 200).

This presentation will cover:

-Essentials of cultural history and reasons for migration to the U.S.

-The mental health impact of pre-migration trauma (war, loss of and separation from family, cultural practices, and traditions) and the impact of ongoing stressors post-migration (acculturation, unemployment, inadequate support, and discrimination).

-Barriers Arab community members face in accessing health care, mental health treatment, and other services, and how to help.


Kholoud Nasser, M.A., is an Arabic/English bilingual mental health counselor at Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco and an MFT intern at The Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville.
Sawsan Taleb-Agha, is an Arabic/English bilingual nursing student at Samuel Merritt University and the recipient of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to provide basic health education to Arab immigrants and refugees.

Kate Goodin, M.A., is an Arabic/English bilingual Refugee Resettlement Case Manager at Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay.
Sohi Lachini, Psy.D., is a Farsi/English bilingual licensed psychologist at Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay.

Flyer:  Arab Community Health and Mental Health Flyer 03-21-17 (3)