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2021                 San Joaquin Valley API Mental Health Convening
Enriching Mental Health and Well-Being in Asian & Pacific Islander Communities 
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 At the 2021 San Joaquin Valley API Mental Health Virtual Convening, we had our morning panel of seasoned female-identified API clinicians discuss culturally responsive therapy for API women. Our afternoon panel of clinicians and experts from public health, education, psychology, and the community helped us understand various API communities' histories and their impact on collective well-being. Our afternoon keynote speaker, Dr. Sherry C. Wang, a nationally renowned psychologist and mental health advocate, addressed the surge of anti-Asian racism since the pandemic and its mental health implications for the API community.

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   Morning Panel   

10 - 11AM

Culturally Responsive Therapy for API Women:
Perspectives from API Women Therapists  


Highlighting Filipino American, Hmong American, and South Asian American Women

For MH Clinicians


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Adeleine Conanan, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Private Practice


Lang Fang, LCSW

Licensed Clinician & Supervisor

The Fresno Center

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Shruti Mukkamala, PhD

Senior Staff Psychologist

 University of California, Irvine

   Afternoon Panel   

1 - 2 PM


Contemporary AAPI History and Its Impact on Collective Well-Being: Missing and Misunderstood Narratives

Highlighting the Filipino American, Japanese American, Sikh American, and Khmer American Communities


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David Rebanal, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Health

San Francisco State University

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Debra Kawahara, PhD

Associate Dean

California School of Professional Psychology

Alliant International University

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Naindeep Singh

Executive Director

Jakara Movement


Board of Trustee

Central Unified School District

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Varaxy Yi Borromeo, PhD

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership

California State University, Fresno

   Closing Keynote  

2:30 - 3:30PM


Asian American Mental Health Amidst Twin Pandemics:
Anti-Asian violence and the COVID19 pandemic

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Sherry C. Wang, PhD

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University


Check out our past efforts to organize API and API-serving providers and advocates!
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