Community Collaborative Projects

Community Collaborative Projects

As part of its community outreach efforts, MAMI staff engages in special projects.

Better Health and Safety for our Refugees and Immigrants Starts with Education

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently awarded MAMI a grant to offer a series of culturally-modified health seminars for our limited English communities in Utica and Syracuse. The seminars will cover such topics as nutrition, lead poisoning, the importance of vaccinating our children/who gets flu shots and why, dental care, fire safety, stranger danger and CPR training. The sessions will be presented by speakers in the field and facilitated/interpreted by interpreters who will also help administer pre and post tests which will be translated.

The goal is to get families to be more pro-active in relation to their own health and safety. This understanding should then be reflected in better choices in establishing better eating habits, improved dental hygiene and increased visits to dentists, getting children tested for lead poisoning/follow-up care, increased vaccinations for children/flu shots for adults, following fire safety procedures in the home, following specific guidelines for greater protection of children from strangers, knowing how to access help in case of a heart attack and what to do while waiting for help or an ambulance.

MAMI appreciates the support from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. It will make a difference in the well-being of our limited English communities locally.

United Way-Funded Interpreting Services

Photo13One of our latest projects has been to provide free interpreting services to small doctors’ offices as well as non-profits thanks to a grant from the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. Through this program, individual limited-English speakers can choose their own providers and request interpreters personally, rather than being dependent on their provider to ensure interpreting for them.

MAMI hopes to raise more funds to extend this vital service to the community. If you would like to be involved in this community cost-sharing effort, please send your tax-deductible gift to:

287 Genesee Street, Suite 101
Utica, NY 13501

Recently, MAMI has also been involved in the Disaster Preparedness event sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department, the Racism Roundtable sponsored by the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office and facilitated by Patrick Johnson as well as Give Kids a Smile sponsored by Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare’s Dental Health Center and the Mohawk Perinatal Network. We are able to provide interpreters at these events, allowing the entire community to be informed and enabling refugees to participate.

MAMI staff is also involved in a variety of coalitions that serve the refugee populations in the cities where we interpret along the thruway corridor of New York State.

In 2016, Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield is funding MAMI for a series of seminars in Utica, NY and Syracuse, NY for limited English speakers to help them improve their understanding of nutrition, health and safety and CPR.

Survival English Class

KidsSmile1Refugees face the daily struggles of being parents and dealing with common situations in a strange culture. These classes teach “survival” language (Read More)

SMILE Project

MAMI, in partnership with W.I.C. (Oneida County Health Department), Eat Smart NY (ESNY), the Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network, The Neighborhood Center and Cornell Cooperative Extension, provided (Read More)

United Way

MAMI received funding from United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, which allowed us to offer trained, free-of-charge interpreting to (Read More)

Photo21Disaster Preparedness Event

Nearly 300 families participated in a Disaster Preparedness Event, including some 25 refugee families accompanied by trained interpreters from MAMI. (Read More)

Give Kids A Smile

MAMI has assisted with interpreters and photography at the “Give Kids a Smile” event. Give Kids a Smile is a national program sponsored by… (Read More)