Cultural Humility & Community Collaboration: Ensuring access and Reducing Stigma for Asian American & Pacific Islanders
Andrea Cabrera Jakucs MSW, ACSW, has extensive work experience providing mental health services to adults. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Pace University and Master in Social Work from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She is an active member of the Filipino Mental Health Well-Being Summit Planning Committee, California Social Welfare Archives, and is a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is currently working as a Care Coordinator for Special Service for Groups– Alliance in Los Angeles where she provides individual psychotherapy to a range of clients to include Filipino survivors of human trafficking, adults with developing symptoms of mental illness, and adults diagnosed with severe mental disorders. She was born in the Philippines and lived in Batangas City before moving to California when she was 13 years old.
Tiffany Tran (she/hers) is a clinician on the API FSP, RRR, and PEI teams at SSG-Alliance. Tiffany finished dual masters programs in Asian American studies and social welfare at UCLA in 2019. She received her BA in Asian American studies and gender studies also from UCLA in 2016. She grew up in the San Gabriel Valley (more specifically Monterey Park bordering East LA) in a working-class, Chinese-Vietnamese refugee household. Tiffany's research interests include mental health and intergenerational trauma among communities of color, Chinese diasporas in Southeast Asia, critical refugee studies, and Southeast Asian deportations. Tiffany is currently a member of Asian Pacific Islander Reentry & Inclusion Through Support & Empowerment (API RISE), an organization that support formerly incarcerated/impacted Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Tanya Samaria Sapa is First-Generation Sāmoan college graduate. She received her Bachelors in Social Science: Emphasis in Psychology as a USC student-athlete. She was the founder and served as USC Pacific Islander Students Association Co-Chair. She was the Mana room Lead in EPIC’s PILOT (Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow) summer program for 2 sessions. She currently works at SSG Alliance as a Case Manager and Community Outreach. She facilitates MH workshops with ANHPI community groups and is a certified MHFA Instructor.