DJ Ida, NAAPIMHA
Dr. DJ Ida received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has over thirty five years experience working with Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and currently serves as the Executive Director of NAAPIMHA. She has been a strong advocate for mental health and focuses her attention on raising awareness, eliminating stigma and improving overall quality of life for AANHPIs, recognizing the strong role mental health plays. Much of her advocacy is based on years of direct experience in the community. She served as primary author for the US Department of HHS, Office of Minority Health’s Integrated Care for AANHPIs: A Blueprint for Action and facilitated the statewide meetings for the API California Reducing Disparities project to identify best practices models for AANHPI behavioral health programs. She served as a peer reviewer for the Surgeon General’s report on Mental Health and helped co-author the subcommittee report on Eliminating Disparities for the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. In addition to her policy work she took a lead in developing numerous training programs to strengthen the current workforce including the first national training curriculum to provide culturally and linguistically competent services for AANHPIs; a curriculum to work with AANHPI Children and Families; the Mental Health Interpreter Training Project; a program to train community members and consumers to become Wellness Coaches. She is keenly interested in prevention and helping youth find ways to safely talk about mental health through NAAPIMHA’s national mental health awareness campaign, Friends DO Make A Differences.