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Tuesday, September 8

10:00am PDT

Utilizing Collective Impact to Transform Student Mental Health
Complex social problems require multifaceted solutions. Learn how Beach Cities Health District serves as the backbone organization and utilizes a collective impact approach to address higher levels of substance use, suicidal ideation and anxiety in local youth. Through a common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities and continuous communication, 8,000 residents have been engaged in the Beach Cities Partnership for Youth coalition of students, parents, providers, schools and policymakers.

Participants will:
- Learn how to engage and educate the parent population
- Acquire practical skills to activate the student voice in addressing mental health
- Establish foundation to deliver high-quality social-emotional curricula in schools
- Learn how to engage local mental health providers in school-based solutions

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Ali Steward, MPH

Director of Youth Services, Beach Cities Health District
Ali Steward, MPH, is currently the Director of Youth Services at Beach Cities Health District, a preventive health agency that has served the communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach since 1955. Steward oversees 15 programs that increase physical activity, improve... Read More →

Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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12:30pm PDT

The Expected and Unexpected Lessons from the Camp Fire
As the 2018 Camp Fire wiped out the towns of Paradise and Concow, educators evacuated well over 3,000 students to safety. At some schools, 90% of students AND staff lost their homes, neighborhoods, and daily ways of life. The impacts of trauma and loss remain pervasive and deep. Although the presenters had over 70 combined years working in schools, new lessons continue to unfold. In this workshop we will review our multi-tiered approach to disaster response, roles of disaster agencies, and unique lessons for large scale disasters in educational settings (think: leave the intensive trauma training on the shelf).


Roy Applegate

Co-Coordinator Trauma Response and Recovery, Butte County Office of Education
Roy Applegate, Ed.D., is Co-Coordinator of Trauma Response and Recovery for Butte County Office of Education, leading the school-based mental health responses for student and staff in response to the 2018 Camp Fire. He has spent 45 years in public education at K-12 and university... Read More →

Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
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Wednesday, September 9

10:45am PDT

Be the Spark! Healing Communities Through Connection
This session will briefly review ACEs science, and then primarily focus on sharing strategies from the field for applying ACEs science through community building. Presenters will discuss how interrupting the cross generational transmission of ACEs results in healthier children, families and communities. Schools cannot do this work alone, it is essential that work in partnership with communities so all families can thrive.

ACEs Connection resources, including the ACES's in Education site, are designed to support local leaders as they develop a deeper understanding of strategies for accelerating their local ACEs initiative. In this session, special emphasis will be placed on strategies for starting and growing geographic and interest based communities. This session will appeal to all educators, family and support personnel, as well as community based organizations seeking to join the work of building resilient communities.

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Lara Kain, MPA

Southern California Community Facilitator, ACEsConnection
As the Southern California community facilitator for ACEs Connection, Lara brings her deep understanding of the importance of schools as community drivers for change. Lara is an experienced educator and consultant who speaks nationally on implementing trauma-informed practices in... Read More →

Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
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10:45am PDT

Responding to the Demands of 21st Century through the University and Community Partnership
To illustrate the strategies used in creating big scale partnerships for training and capacity-building. The university developed large scale partnerships with community agencies to elevate the MSW training program and create access to university resources for community capacity-building.
To provide specific examples of further University-community collaborations to further enhance capacity-building leading to an expansive micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice exposure to MSW graduate student for better workforce development.


Suh Chen Hsiao, DPPD, MSW, LPCC

Associate Professor & Associate Director, University of Southern California
Suh Chen Hsiao, DPPD, MSW, PPSC, LCSW, a USC MSW alumna of 1990 and a former field instructor, is currently the Clinical Associate Professor & Associate Director, Field Education at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She received her second Master degree in Education from... Read More →

Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
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Thursday, September 10

1:30pm PDT

Building a Parent Network to Support Parents, Students, and Schools
Thank you for joining us!  Today we will discuss
- How the Parent Network Evolved
- How it works
- Benefits
At approximately 2:00, we will break into small facilitated group discussion for 15 minutes. We invite you to turn on your camera and actively participate, though it is fine to simply listen in.
The last 15 minutes will be an interactive Q&A.

You will learn
- Why 60% of parents of 6th-12th graders join these parent-led discussion groups
- How the monthly meetings function to support parents
- How the organization sponsors parent education in the community
- How leaders work together with school administrators to support student wellness
- Key elements of training facilitators, including access to our facilitator-training curriculum
- How to start a similar parent network in your school or community

Thanks so much!

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Sarah Pearson, MD

Pediatrician & past President, Piedmont Board of Education, Piedmont Unified School District
As a pediatrician, parent volunteer and member of the Board of Education, I've worked on policies and programs to support student mental health in our schools and community. I helped start the Wellness Center at Piedmont High, I'm a long-time facilitator for the Piedmont Parents... Read More →

Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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2:30pm PDT

Making Meaning of Our Wellness Together Experience
Conferences can be a lot of sit and get, moving from inspiring session to inspiring session and trying to soak it all up and it can be overwhelming!

This yea the Meaning Making Collective is hosting processing and dialogue circles at the end of every day.

What struck you? What did someone say that you are still thinking about? Was there something that activated you? Made you curious?

Join us to make meaning of our Wellness Together experience so that we can have the time to exhale, reflect, connect, integrate, and experience this conference with...wellness!

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Judith Fernandez, MA

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Meaning Makers Collective
Judith Fernandez (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based educator, facilitator, and coach. She recently worked as a resilience and trauma-informed practice coach for a national initiative on school employee well-being. Judee began her work in school wellness as a consultant for First Generation... Read More →
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Michelle Kurta

Co-Founder, Meaning Makers Collective
Hi! I am here with my co-founder, Judee Fernandez, representing Meaning Makers Collective. We work with schools and organizations to create cultures of healing and justice. I am passionate about the possibilities for meaning, healing, and transformation that are generated when people... Read More →

Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
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