The Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research (LZC) at the Institute for Community Health (ICH) and the Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational research (ADAPT) Coalition at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) are pleased to jointly release Measuring Well-being, a reference list for researchers and organizations wishing to measure the impact of mental health and well-being interventions for immigrant population, developed as a companion resource to Weaving Well-Being.
“While there is still great need in Asian immigrant communities to access formalized and clinical mental health services and resources, we recognize the need for alternative models of mental health support in the Greater Boston area. Because of the stigma we are still countering around being undocumented, or facing deportation due to a past criminal record, the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) planned and convened a monthly community wellness and mental health support space for undocumented Asians and loved ones of Southeast Asian community members facing deportation throughout the summer to fall of 2022. These spaces brought impacted community members together to build relationships, foster a network of support with each other, and inform our organizing strategy. Through our collaboration with ADAPT, MOIA, and the Leah Zallman Center, we were able to document and evaluate our pilot using some of these measures described here.”
– Kevin Lam, AARW Co-Executive Director
Measuring Well-being offers a snapshot of selected validated scales within the domains of Discrimination (Racism); Resilience; Stress, Anxiety, and Depression; Trauma; Well-being; and the COVID-19 Pandemic. This reference list stems from a mental health initiative of the City of Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and a separate, simultaneous evaluation of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) that ADAPT led.