On April 29, CNAY staff member Teddy McCullough and 2013 Champion for Change Sarah Schilling participated in a panel on Mental Health, Self Care, and Collective Healing as a part of the Indigenous Justice Professional Development Day for The Bill Emerson National Huger Fellows Program.
The panel discussion explored issues of mental health among American indigenous communities, including the effects of intergenerational trauma, collective healing, and transcending constructs of mental illness.
The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.
The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and social inequality, particularly racism. We seek to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and partner organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.