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Building the Movement Session 2: Education & Healthcare Systems

Speakers, Organizations, and Contact Information

  • Dan Press | Co-Founder & General Counsel, Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice

  • Lee Johnson III | Senior Policy Analyst, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Zero to Three

  • Dr. Iheoma Iruka | Research Professor in Public Policy and Director of Equity Research Action Coalition, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • Dr. David Adams | Chief Executive Officer, Urban Assembly

  • Dr. Karen Oehme | Research Associate, Institution for Family Violence at Florida State University

  • Dr. Dana Milakovic | Mental Health Specialist, Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist, and Trauma Lead, Pennsylvania State Department of Education

  • Debbie Watson | Principal, Sunset Elementary, Newton Public Schools, Kansas

  • Dr. Sandra Bloom | Professor, Health Management and Policy at Drexel University, and Co-Founder, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice

  • Maggie Bennington Davis | Chief Medical Officer, Health Share of Oregon

  • Dr. Angela Diaz | Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

  • Dr. Stan Sonu | Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Public Health/Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

  • Dr. Laura Jana | Pediatrician, Health Communicator, Author, and Adjunct Faculty, Pennsylvania State University

  • Marsha Morgan | Founder and CEO, Resilience Builders

Workshop Agenda

  • 00:08:09 | Dan Press | Introduction to Webinar

  • 00:17:14 | Lee Johnson III | Panel 1 Opening: Educational System

  • 00:29:00 | Dr. Iheoma Iruka | Centering the 3Ps to Address Racial Traumas: Asset-Based Programs and Policies that Support the Wellbeing of Racially Minoritized Children

  • 00:47:28 | Dr. David Adams | From Preventing Trauma to Promoting Growth: Using a Social Emotional Learning Framework for Whole Child Development

  • 01:04:01 | Dr. Karen Oehme | Trauma and Resilience in Higher Education

  • 01:20:30 | Dr. Dana Milakovic | Trauma Informed Practices in PA: Mental Wellness and Trauma Specialist Office for Safe Schools

  • 01:42:00 | Ms. Debbie Watson | Lived Experience from the Field

  • 02:16:44 | Dr. Sandra Bloom | Panel 2 Opening: Health Care Systems

  • 02:28:00 | Maggie Bennington Davis | Health Share of Oregon Life Study

  • 02:43:00 | Angela Diaz | Building a National Movement to Prevent Trauma and Foster Resilience-Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

  • 03:01:30 | Dr. Stan Sonu | Pediatric Primary Care Clinician’s Perspective on How to Cultivate Resilience Focused Relational Health

  • 03:18:10 | Dr. Laura Jana | Connecting the Dots

  • 03:48:03 | Marsha Morgan | Helping Change the Medical System from Within

Workshop Overview

This workshop is divided into two panels. Panel 1 focuses on the educational system. Frameworks are provided (such as the 3Ps and Social Emotional Learning) to help us understand and provide trauma-informed educational systems. This panel includes a range of perspectives including, from researchers, a mental health specialist, a school principal, and a policy analyst.

Panel 2 focuses on the healthcare system. As such, it includes the perspective of a range of health care providers. Panelists present the work and programs they have been involved in, offering information on the current state of healthcare systems and tactical steps towards making the field more trauma-informed. At the end of both panels there is a Q&A where panelists briefly respond to specific questions.

Why is this Workshop Important?

Education and healthcare are two of the most effective ways to reach children. This webinar is an opportunity to learn from experts about their experiences pioneering trauma-informed practices in their fields. From frameworks to powerful stories, this webinar offers a range of information that presents the current state of trauma awareness in both education and the healthcare system.


00:40:00 - 00:40:39 | Dr. Iheoma Iruka | “What is it that marginalized populations including black people have been doing in response to being denied housing, loan, education, humanity, right? There are responses that communities actually do and for black people and other people of color there are cultural assets, and I call them resistance assets that you bring when you are being denied opportunities, access and experiences similar to those who may not look like you.”

02:33:23 - 02:33:46 | Maggie Bennington Davis | “It’s sort of a reverse of the medicalization of social issues and stories, we call it the “storyalization” (...) of our medical system. We’re trying to get the medical systems to recognize the social and emotional factors much more than they have historically.”

02:41:50 - 02:41:55 | Dr. Sandra Bloom | “It’s pretty basic, it’s pretty simple. Just take care of children and young families.”

02:48:36 - 02:48:36 | Angela Diaz | “Those that were (sexually) abused were more likely to have a history of running away. So when you see a kid running away, don’t just say ‘it’s a teenager running away, that’s what they do’. No, find out what are they running away from.”

02:50:06 - 02:50:26 | Angela Diaz | “When you see one (type of) abuse, look for others. 100% of the youth were sexually abused but also 68% were physically abused, 59% emotionally abused and 28% had had other sexual traumas.”


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