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Keynote and Workshop Descriptions

Keynote Presentation

Community Health Worker (CHW), Best in Class: Approach to Population Health

Sharon L. Greer, MSN, RN

This presentation will provide a general overview of Population Health. Sharon will introduce CHWs to best practice strategies in value based care. This presentation will explore and reveal how the CHW role impacts Population Health as it moves from volume to value. 

Keynote Presentation

The Program Pitfall: Why Civic Engagement is Vital to Eliminating Health Disparities

Jeremy Moore

Research tells us that health is significantly tied to factors such as wealth, race and zip code, and we are in an era where wealth gaps are increasing, targeted racial equity work is politicized and cities remain segregated. None of these factors are addressed by walking into a doctor’s office or participating in a health program. These factors, instead, are addressed by factors ranging from an individuals’ situatedness within networks and power structures to housing, hiring, policing and subsidy policy. If these policies are so vital to the health of our communities, how can those on the front lines ensure they are both advancing an individuals’ health as well as advocating for positive systems change in society? Jeremy Moore is co-chair and co-founder of Equity PAC, a political action committee focusing on advancing equity-minded officials, policy and practice. He will focus on the complex interrelatedness of our countries’ history and health, the failure of current institutions to account for this history and the vital importance of civic engagement as a tool to eliminating health disparity.

Being Intentional in the Engagement of Fathers and Male Caregivers in Your Work and Practice

Colbert Williams, BS

This workshop will identify factors impacting why fathers are not presently engaged. Then Cole will examine and reflect on stereotypes, bias and cultural norms that interfere with father engagement work. He will also discuss how to establish and maintain connections with fathers in the lives of their children.

CHWs/Promotores de Salud and Community Navigators: The Role They Can Play in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Situations in Their Communities

Laura Bahena, CHW

This presentation will discuss the importance of CHWs/Promotores de Salud and Community Navigators in helping their communities stay safe during an emergency or disaster. Laura will explore with the audience proven strategies and walk through steps for setting up a disaster plan.

Culturally Intelligent Innovation

Valissa Armstead, MBA
Mary Brown, MA

This presentation will introduce CHWs to key elements that create a climate for culturally intelligent innovation. The presenters will define cultural intelligence (CQ) and explain why it matters to the roles of CHWs. They’ll also discuss the relationship among diversity, cultural intelligence and innovation.

Grace Under Fire: Surviving and Thriving in Health Care (Using Resilience & Strengths-based Skillset)

Sharon L. Greer, MSN, RN

This workshop will provide a general overview of the skills of adaptive resilience and strengths-based practice. CHWs will learn how their practice can be re-energized and discuss strategies to help them survive and thrive with calm and grace.

Introduction to Medical Ethics

Ruth Sanborn, DBioethics, MA 

Ethics involves reflecting on what is valuable and important so that we can navigate personal relationships and life. Clinical ethics is the branch of ethics that deals with these value questions as they arise in health care settings. The core principles of clinical ethics are Beneficence, Non-maleficence, Respect for Patient Autonomy, Justice, and Integrity and Professionalism.

Meeting Clients Where They’re At: Using a Stage Approach to Facilitate Engagement

Leanne Mauriello, PhD

This presentation will provide an overview of the Stages of Change (Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change) and the efficacy of using the model to facilitate client engagement and behavior change. Characteristics of individuals across the stages of readiness will be discussed. Key principles of using a stage approach to facilitate engagement and successful intervention will be reviewed.

Move More: Steps for a Healthy Life

Kim Delafuente, MA, ACSM-CPD

This workshop will define the financial impact that physical inactivity has on individuals and society as well as the impact of physical activity on brain health, diabetes and cancer prevention. Kim will also discuss the concept of chore vs. gift model for framing physical activity choices. 

Panel: Community Health Workers: Telling our Stories



Tania Bermejo, BA; Stephanie Fuller, CHW; and Adnoris “Bo” Torres, CHW 

This workshop captures the unique stories of CHWs from the field. The three panelists will share stories of compassion, advocacy and success in the community with clients from all ethnic backgrounds, races and social economic status. The wonderful and inspiring work of CHWs comes to light in this presentation of stories in their own words.

PIE: Performance, Image and Exposure

Mindy Ysasi, SPHR

Mindy will share the importance of your image and exposure as well as performance in the workplace. She will share the differences between coaches, mentors and sponsors. You will leave with an adaptive leadership plan.

#Stop This Traffic: A Necessary Understanding of CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children)

NiKeidra Battle-DeBarge, BS

Through community education and collaboration, the Manasseh Project provides support for victims of human trafficking and empowers the people of West Michigan to end modern day slavery. The Manasseh Project’s presentation will be focused on identifying victims of sexual exploitation, effective interventions, and treating victims of sex trafficking. 

Your Story Has Power

Mariano Avila

What power does your story have? Who has a similar story? Knowing your own narrative and being able to tell it effectively will show you the power you have in our society—no matter who you are. Your story can help bring light to issues, it can mobilize communities, it can inspire individuals or simply give you a better sense of what you bring to the table. Mariano Avila, award-winning journalist and TV host with NPR/PBS affiliate WGVU, will help participants better understand their own narratives and then engage in their own, positive storytelling, be it in conversation, in writing, online or on air.