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Connecting Immigrant Communities to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
Webinar
April 5, 2024

MPI Webinar

Connecting Immigrant Communities to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services

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Speakers: 

 

Melissa Buchholz, State Director, HealthySteps, Colorado

Aimee Hilado, Assistant Professor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, University of Chicago

Lillie Hinkle, Associate Policy Analyst, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI

Moderator: 

Maki Park, Senior Policy Analyst, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI

Young children in immigrant and refugee families can encounter mental-health risks related to their migration and integration experiences, ranging from discrimination and economic stress to persecution and violence in the case of young refugees. Infant and early childhood mental-health (IECMH) services have the potential to provide beneficial supports and treatment during the foundational early years for these young immigrants, promoting their healthy development and future well-being. However, many immigrant families, who are less likely overall to participate in early childhood services, face unique barriers to accessing IECMH supports across the spectrum of promotion, prevention, screening, and treatment.   

In this webinar, speakers will discuss the importance of IECMH and highlight approaches that have successfully connected immigrant and refugee families with beneficial and culturally relevant services. Featuring recommendations from a MPI policy brief being released that day, the discussion will explore opportunities to expand the accessibility and responsiveness of IECMH services to immigrant communities.

Registration deadline for this event has passed.