Building the Resilience of Immigrant, Refugee, and Asylum-Seeking Individuals Through Prevention

People who immigrate to the United States come from different cultures and sometimes languages, have different experiences, and have different reasons for immigrating. Some people who immigrate may have received a visa to live and work in the United States. Others may be fleeing violence, persecution, or economic disaster in their native country. Each individual has their own story and their own reality. Against this backdrop, substance misuse prevention professionals have a very difficult task: they must do their best to provide prevention resources, programs, and interventions for these diverse individuals and groups. This webinar will offer prevention professionals information that can be used when working with immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking individuals and groups. 




By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges that put people who are immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking individuals at greater risk for substance misuse
  • Name the risk and protective factors for substance misuse among individuals who have immigrated, are seeking asylum, or are refugees from their home country.
  • Explain the role of prevention professionals when working with immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking individuals or groups.




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training.




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Derrick Newby

Since 1997, veteran Derrick Newby has worked in the field of prevention and public health in both the public and private sector. In 2017, he was selected for a position with the University of Arkansas Little Rock and served as a Program Coordinator with MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training where he served for 5 years, helping to facilitate the growth of the prevention system.  He currently serves as a training and technical assistance specialist for the South Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center for HHS Region 6. Serving on the Arkansas Prevention Certification Board since 2020, Mr. Newby is a certified prevention consultant who earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

As a veteran’s counselor and advocate, Mr. Newby gained experience and learned about the impact of federal programs on communities. He gained additional experience serving as a special assistant to a member of the US Congress. He then worked as the Program Coordinator in Arkansas for the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center for 15 years, facilitating the education of providers interested in increasing their capacity to provide comprehensive services related to HIV including testing and treatment.


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Tehout Selmeab

Tehout Selameab is a strategic research, planning, and evaluation professional with 20 years of experience conceptualizing, managing, and evaluating community-based programs. Tehout is the founder and CEO of arcadia research & evaluation, where she led a team of women and women of color evaluators, facilitators, and community liaisons with a passion for community-based health equity efforts. She worked with clients across philanthropy, government, academia, and community organizations on project planning and evaluation, designing and delivering communities of practice, and co-creating conceptual frameworks and metrics. Prior to that she held research and planning positions with Education Development Center, Ramsey County, and Hennepin County. Tehout holds a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies, a Master of Public Policy, and a B.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Saint Paul with her family, and in her free time likes to lay in her hammock in the summer and curl up with a book in the winter.




The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Oct. 12, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Oct. 12, 2023 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
October 12, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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