Reclaiming Our Health (R.O.H) is a community-based initiative focused on creating healthier and more resilient communities.
Reclaiming Our Health (ROH) or roh, is a community initiative that focuses on destigmatizing mental health issues in the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) community. ROH is a holistic model that focuses on a resiliency-based approach to our work. This allows us to focus on intergenerational experiences for refugees, immigrants, and low-income communities.
Our name, roh, means soul in Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. We hope, through this initiative, our community members find peace in their soul, support in their communities, and self-empowerment.
We aim to strengthen the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian community through resiliency and community-based partnership.
Reclaiming Our Health’s vision is to reduce the stigma of mental health and increase access to services to the AMEMSA community, through the lens of a collaborative care model.
Our work centers on destigmatizing mental health and increasing access to mental health services, which are completed through our work groups. Work groups produce the ideas and tools necessary for programs and events in this initiative. Work groups are based on the life cycle and focus on adult, youth, and mature adult concerns regarding mental health and resiliency; this approach allows us to address community challenges through a multigenerational and intersectional lens.
Community voices are integral to this initiative and are an essential component of our work. To ensure that we are inclusive of all voices, we invite members to join our monthly meetings. For example, when we hold our youth work group meetings, we are intentional and include AMEMSA youth as part of these discussions.