WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL SUCCESS?
Come join a community study
led by Dr. Joyce Javier
to LEARN MORE and HELP IMPROVE
the well-being of Filipino youth.
Come join a community study
led by Dr. Joyce Javier
to LEARN MORE and HELP IMPROVE
the well-being of Filipino youth.
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a parent education program entitled, "The Incredible Years" on the Filipino community. The goal of this program to strengthen parent-child relationships and promote the social and academic success of our children.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this study and determine your eligibility.
You may learn positive parenting skills that can ultimately improve your child's behavior and success in school, prevent behavioral problems in children, and improve family communication and problem-solving.
The proposed research will provide important information on how parenting programs can prevent emotional and behavioral issues among Filipino youth.
Enroll now to find out if you are eligible to join our online February -May workshops.
Saturday mornings 9am-11am and Monday afternoons 3pm-5pm.
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Toolkit for Prevention of Behavioral Health Disparities in an Immigrant Community
Resource List (The Filipino Family Health Initiative (FFHI) aims to provide a long-lasting and sustainable impact and support system with this comprehensive resource list. This resource list consists of a wide array of mental health resources such as accessible psychiatric clinics, community mental health centers, hotlines, support groups, educational resources, and more across different areas in California and nationwide. Also included in this resource list are accessibility resources in Los Angeles county such as food, housing, and immigration services. Identifying the important role culture plays in one’s mental health, we have also included resources that help Filipino children and families celebrate Filipino culture. With the recent rise of racial injustice issues such as anti-Asian violence, this resource list also consists of resources to heal from, educate about, and prevent racial injustice. )
Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She is a primary care pediatrician and physician scientist whose research over the past 16 years has focused on optimizing the well-being of Filipino American youth. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Health’s Eunice Kennedy National Institute for Child Health and Development and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Team Kapwa is a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and
community partners whose vision is to create a culture of mental health
and healthy parenting in the Filipino community. We are honored to be chosen for the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship, a national leadership program aimed at creating a culture of health for all.
Team Kapwa includes:
Joyce Javier MD, MPH, MS (leader), Dean Coffey PsyD, Jed David MS, OT, Horacio Lopez MD, Aviril Sepulveda OTD, OTR/L, and multiple community partners/members.
The Gift of Time and Language
Dr. Dean Coffey is a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) with a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California through the Keck School of Medicine of USC. As an Incredible Years Certified Agency Mentor, Dr. Coffey provides training and group supervision for parent group leaders.
Dr. Avril (Apple) Sepulveda is a board-certified pediatric occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Apple recognizes the value of mental health in fostering families through advocacy and program development. She is also on the Board of Directors for 2020 Mom, a national nonprofit that bridges the gaps in maternal mental health through collaboration, education, and advocacy.
Jed David is an Occupational Therapist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellow. Jed was born in Cebu, Philippines and was raised in the Los Angeles area. His hope is that the next generation of Filipino community members will continue to be connected to their Filipino roots and have a sense of kapwa.
Dr. Horacio G. Lopez is a board certified pediatrician practicing in the community of Historic Filipinotown. He completed his degree in medicine at the FEU-UNR Foundation in Manila, Philippines and has been practicing in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Dr. Lopez is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and is involved in decreasing mental health disparities in Filipino families in Los Angeles.
Dr. Karen Camero
Warren Aguiling is the head Research Assistant at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, assisting Team Kapwa in their work on Filipino American youth mental health. He hopes to pursue a clinical psychology career to address health disparities in the Filipino community. Graduating from UCI in 2021 with a BA in Psychological Sciences and Criminology, Law, and Society, Warren plans to investigate the cultural bias in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions and psychological measures.
MEET THE INTERNS!
Johanna Angeles, Research Intern
Alyssa Arbolante, Research Intern
Jessica Castro, Research Intern
Jessica is an intern here at FFHI who graduated from UCLA in 2021 with a B.S in Biology and Society. She is currently working as a Clinical Research Assistant at CHLA and is hoping to pursue public health and social work to address the health disparities (specifically mental health disparities) among the Filipino American community.
“Growing up as a Filipina American, sharing emotions or even saying ‘sorry’ was something uncommon in my household. When I faced mental health issues, it was difficult to find support within my family because mental health was a topic that faced a lot of ignorance and stigma within the Filipino community. When I went to college, I realized that the stigma surrounding mental health in the Filipino community has been an ongoing cycle for generations and is well rooted in our colonial history, Asian culture, and other influences. After learning about the mission of FFHI, I felt inspired by their mison and I wanted to join FFHI to help break the cycle of silence and stigma around mental health and advocate for the mental and social well-being of Filipino families.”
Sharmaine Cerezo (she/they/siya), Research Intern
Sharmaine Cerezo (she/they/siya pronouns) is a 1.5 generation Pilipina-American who grew up in Koreatown Los Angeles. Her parents are from Binmaley, Pangasinan and Cubao, Quezon City. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 with a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology. She currently works as a Behavior Interventionist supporting families with autism. Sharmaine started interning for Dr. Joyce Javier in 2021 to learn how to cultivate a culture of mental health and bridge mental health gaps in the Pilipinx community and other communities of color. She aspires to be a therapist, or, in her words, a "professional friend," and do the heart work in communities with limited access to mental health services.
Sharmaine enjoys watching competitive cooking shows, playing video games, setting for her teammates in volleyball, and scoring high on Magic Sing!
Paul Leo Cunanan, FFHI Research Intern
Paul is an intern here at FFHI who recently graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology and a minor in Early Development and Learning Science.
Annette Faria, Research Intern
Emily Lee, Research Intern
Emily is a senior at the University of Southern California majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She joined FFHI in 2020.
Sam Macam, Research Intern
Dylan Mesina, Research Intern
Claudette Morales, Research Intern
Hello, my name is Claudette Sargento Maloles and I’m currently a junior at the University of Southern California majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. After Dr. Dean Coffey’s presentation in my HP 200 class (Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention) with Professor Rita Burke, I was thoroughly emotional and inspired to take on the initiative this lab is providing, especially for Filipino families. As being a Filipina myself, growing up in a household where mental health was not taken seriously, I loved the idea of volunteering and being a part of something that could make a change to the culture that is presented in our Filipino community. There are many things in the Filipino culture that lack education towards mental health and improving the welfare of our children at an earlier age in life. I loved the fact that this initiative was creating a better relationship between younger and older generations of Filipinos, so that many of these children will be more comfortable with themselves and their family in the future, rather than keeping their emotions to themselves. I also loved the implementation of the Filipino culture when teaching many of the people in the focus groups, as you all can still implement the values of Filipino traditions so the people within the focus group can be comfortable with implementing many of the things they are learning.
Coycoy Martinez Puyat, Research Intern
Justin Shin, Research Intern
These free parenting workshops are offered to eligible parents enrolled in our study. Fridays at 4pm.
We are recruiting for another study for parents of toddlers with children the ages of 1-3 years old. Fridays at 9am.
Dr. Javier received honors from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity for 2021.
"Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community-focused organizations, including the Asian Community Development Council, The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center, Chinese Community Center, Filipino Family Health Initiative, and Thai Community Development Center will: engage with local communities in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and other languages where possible through in-person engagement, phone banking, social media and written resources; reach families through WIC Market Match, which serves parents with small children who are on WIC; and host weekly vaccine clinics and vaccine education classes and events."
Dr. Javier collaborated in an LA Times article talking about the influence of culture on mental health in Filipino populations.
Science Daily: Giving children the skills they need to tackle life's toughest challenges (CHLA Press Release)
American Academy of Pediatrics Blog: What is a “culturally tailored” parent engagement video? by Lewis First, MD, MS, Editor in Chief, Pediatrics
About Tayo and the Caretaker Project
The Caretaker Project was developed by FYLPRO’s COVID-19 Task Force in response to the ongoing pandemic and to tackle the specific needs of Filipinos in the diaspora and back home. The project features a virtual help desk, Tayo, which connects Filipinos with vital information and services. Tayo's pilot launch location is Los Angeles, California. Dr Joyce Javier serves as a Senior Advisor for tayohelp.
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