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In partnership, MACMHP, Southside Community Health Services and Hue-MAN are co-hosting a community conversation to begin dialogue across common threads of accessing and delivering culturally sensitive mental health services. Throughout, we hope for peoples' candid thoughts about mental health and its services. We invite you to join this dynamic two-way conversation, where community members, advocates and providers come together to listen, share and learn.

This is a two-part series first bringing the community together for open dialogue around culturally sensitive mental health services. A webinar training will follow addressing key challenges, sensitivities and opportunities for mental health professionals to better provide cultural inclusive services to clients. Both events are open to anyone who is interested in joining. 

Attendance at both events is not required.


Wednesday, november 8


Historical Trauma To Healing: Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Services

In partnership, MACMHP, Southside Community Health Services, and Hue-MAN hosted the event: "Community Conversation & Healing: Let's Talk About Mental Health" on October 25, 2017. The event, held at LSS Center for Changing Lives, was a dynamic conversation between community members and community mental health providers on how to offer better serve our diverse communities. [More information on the Community Conversation.]

The key themes of the community conversation: historical trauma, listening to patient's definition of mental health, community education and importance of adapting to meet cultural needs, will be the focus of our webinar training. Our presenter will share their knowledge, expertise, and experience as a professional, offering information on how to be culturally aware in your mental health work. 

Presented by: Sam Simmons

Location:   Provided via webinar service (Click here to learn more about the platform).

Time: 1 - 3pm CST

CEUs:   Participants will receive 2 hours of continuing education credits through the MN Board of Social Work or MN Board of Psychology. Application for 2 hours of continuing education credits is in process with the MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy and MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy.

Investment:   Member: $50; NonMember Attendee of both events: $50; NonMember: $55

One registration provides one seat in the webinar for one individual viewing.

WEBINAR ACCESS:   Webinar access information will be sent to the email used during registration 1 day prior to the training.

Contact:   Ashley Driste, Events Manager with questions.






6:00 - 8:00PM

The goal of the conversation is to learn from each other, and think about how we respond and provide care to different cultures. The community conversation will give members the opportunity to engage with a panel of leaders in the field. The conversation will kick-off with our panelists providing their insight, with the majority of the event giving attendees the opportunity to engage in dialogue about cultural awareness in mental health care.

Opening Panelists include:

  • Sam Simmons, SAFE Families Manager, The Family Partnership
  • Clarence Jones, Outreach Director, Southside Community Health Services
  • Pahoua Yang, PhD, LP, LICSW Vice President, Community Mental Health & Wellness at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Moderated by Gary Norman, Manager of Behavioral Health and Director of First Street Center at Carver County

Cost: FREE

Refreshments will be provided. This is a family friendly event, so please feel free to bring your children. 


More about the Presenters

Sam Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has over 27-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families with a focus on chemical dependency, interpersonal violence and historical trauma. Sam is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American community. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community and around the country. In 2017 Sam received the Champions for Children Award for his work in making the world a better place for children from the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children. He is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”.

Pahoua Yang has worked as a mental health clinician with diverse client populations in multiple settings, including community mental health, higher education, and personnel and career evaluation. She has extensive experience serving children, adults, and families. In addition, she has served on a number of national and statewide committees aimed at advancing health equity.

Pahoua recently received the 2017 Polaris Award for Health and Human Services from the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equity and Diversity, for her ongoing commitment to creating a more responsive and equitable mental health system for communities. She currently serves on the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council and on the board of the Minnesota Association for Community Mental Health Programs.  In addition, she was named 2014 Professional of the Year from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota. 

Pahoua holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in Educational Psychology (counseling) from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and her Kindle.


Gary Norman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Hamline University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston. Gary is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has worked in public, non-profit and private sectors the past 21 years and has worked exclusively in the fields of mental and chemical health. He has served as President of the Board of Directors for a housing non-profit in Houston as well as served as a board member for a domestic violence non-profit in Houston. He has taught social work courses at the graduate school level since 2003 and currently teaches part-time as an adjunct instructor at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. His is the Director of Carver County’s Community Mental Health Center and is President-Elect for the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs.




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