NAMI Fox Valley is pleased to introduce Dora Fabian, who has been hired as the agency’s new Latino Advocate. Dora is charged with strengthening the agency’s relationship with the Latino community and decreasing barriers to accessing peer-recovery mental health services.
In her new role, Dora will recruit and develop a team of Spanish-speaking facilitators and educators who will work to address mental health stigma by providing education on mental illness and peer-facilitated services. With a background as a bilingual domestic violence case manager, Dora is skilled in culturally-competent practices and is excited to make mental health support and resources more accessible to the Latino community.
Her efforts are already off to a successful start. July is National Minority Mental Health Month and Dora hosted a celebration July 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Omro which had more than 30 attendees from the Latino community. During the event, Dora presented facts about mental health challenges and provided an overview of NAMI Fox Valley’s programs and services.
Ana and Juan Valdez also spoke from personal experience about their family’s journey dealing with a loved one’s mental challenge and the benefits of having attended NAMI’s Family- to-Family education program.
This just the first step as Dora will be working closely with established Latino community agencies’ that are already serving women and extended families in an effort to better address mental health issues.
This new position is made possible with a grant from the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. Thank you, Women’s Fund, for supporting NAMI Fox Valley as we work to expand our support and education programs in the Latino community!