Inquirer.net: SPH alum brings Filipino American mental health to attention of federal agencies
SPH alumna Krystle Canare's trailblazing efforts as an intern at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) led the federal agency to focus on mental health issues during Filipino American History Month, reported Inquirer.net.
Canare, who graduate from UMD's School of Public Health in 2014 with a degree in Health Services Administration, had only been at SAMHSA's Office of Behavioral Health Equity for two months before her interest in Filipino American mental health advocacy resulted in two events sponsored by the agency: a mental health webinar, and the screening of a documentary film about intergenerational conflicts in the Filipino American family.
"Krystle has been a catalyst in our department in the two months she has been with us,” Canare's supervisor, Roslyn H. Moore, told the Inquirer.net. “Because of her advocacy and passion, SAMHSA is given this opportunity to focus on some critical issues facing the Filipino American community. And we’re doing it to honor Filipino American History Month, which is a first in this agency’s history.”