Join us as we kick off the 2015 season of CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program (WLP) “Building Our Future.” WLP is an opportunity for interns and young professionals to learn about issues facing the APA community, explore careers in public service, and share their stories. Sessions include panel discussions as well as skills-based simulations.
Since 1989, CAPAL has offered the Washington Leadership Program (WLP) to interns and young professionals in Washington, DC free of charge, as a supplement to a summer internship experience. WLP has been the only educational and leadership development working series in Washington that focuses specifically on the APA community and our role in public policy.
Moderator Kelly Honda
Kelly currently serves as the Policy and Membership manager at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) where she works on education, health care, and Native Hawaiian issues. Before joining NCAPA, she served as the Japanese American Citizens League Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellow in the office of Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17). During her fellowship, she was responsible for health, health IT, and housing policy issues, as well as CAPAC appropriations. In addition, she served as the staff lead for the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and Congressional Hepatitis Caucus. Kelly also has experience in grassroots advocacy through her role at the policy arm of the California American Cancer Society and through her leadership roles in the Japanese American Citizens League. Kelly is a California native, and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.
Speaker DJ Ida
Dr. DJ Ida has over thirty-five years of experience working with Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) and has a strong commitment to the community at the local, state and national levels. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado and has a long history of organizing communities to improve the mental health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
She helped develop the AA Educational Opportunity Program on the University of Colorado campus, the Asian Pacific Development Center, a specialty mental health clinic and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) where she serves as Executive Director.
She works closely with community-based organizations throughout the country and is often asked to provide consultation and training on improving the current workforce. Her policy work and program development efforts stem directly from her years of clinical work with the community.
She has written numerous papers and articles on providing culturally-competent services for AANHPIs and was a contributing author for the President’s New Freedom Commission on the Mental Health subcommittee chapter on Reducing Disparities. Dr. Ida is the primary author for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s Integrated Care for AANHPIs: A Blueprint for Action.
She has played a major role in developing numerous curricula to improve the mental health of AANHPIs that has been used in many parts of the country. This includes the Growing Our Own curricula to train providers on how to provide culturally appropriate services for AANHPIs, Achieving Whole Health to train community members to become Wellness coaches and the Mental Health Interpreters Training which is a collaborative effort between NAAPIMHA and the National Latino Behavioral Health Association. She also helped develop and implement the Friends DO Make a Difference campaign which is designed to raise awareness around mental health among AANHPI students.
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