A Conversation about Recognizing your Light
among the Darkness

Presenter: DeAntwann “DJ” Johnson

Synopsis: Description for Youth Presentation: In this presentation, we will have a conversation about overcoming your own adversity to make way for the greatness that is waiting for you. DJ will share a story about his chaotic life, as well as tips that will be helpful as you position yourself to become the person you want to become. 


Description for Adult Presentation: This presentation will focus on the importance of building a community where families can flourish and individuals whose stories closely resembles DJ's, can have an opportunity to be successful in life. DJ will share a story about his chaotic life as well as create a conversation about what helped him be successful despite having to deal with adversity.


Active Shooter & School Safety: Are We Prepared

Presenter: Fred Alvarez

Synopsis: This presentation will provide vital information and discussion for parents, educators, community members and law enforcement related to events relating to active shooters. Designed to educate attendees on what, where, and when an active shooter situation can occur. 


Addiction, Families & Healing

Presenter: James Hill

“A Starting Point for Families & Communities”

Synopsis: This presentation will explore the nature of addictive behaviors in general and there effects on the family system and what families can do to support themselves and their loved one(s) during this challenge. Discussion of coping skills for family members including healthy boundaries, healthy expectations and utilizing outside resources that will enable the recovering person to build a foundation for their recovery as well as allowing family members to be part of the foundation through a better communication and understanding of the disease of addiction.


Addressing the Needs of the Transgender Population

Presenter: Dr. Monideepa B. Becerra

“ Not Your Typical Pronoun ”

Synopsis: Currently there are no national studies that provide estimates of how many transgendered individuals are in the U.S. In the Inland Empire there are an estimated 27,000 transgendered individuals; though this number is highly underreported. Most population estimates are based on only those who are seeking services at gender clinics or those who receive GID diagnosis; thus not truly reflecting the actual population. Another major issue of identifying the population is that those in post-transition may no longer identify as transgender, though their needs remain higher than those who identify as cis-gender. Transgendered individuals face a plethora of barriers to care, often founded upon inadequate pronoun usage, access to care, and continuum of care stemming from stigma. Furthermore, non-healthcare related services that transgender individuals need are often similar to others, such as, day-to-day activities, and yet stigma and stereotypes can often limit their ability to obtain basic services. In fact, 41% of trans people have attempted suicide, while 57% have reported that family members have stopped speaking to them, and 60% have reported that a doctor has refused services. So what are some of the basic steps that can done to ensure that isolation of trans people are limited. In this presentation, we will discuss and practice the best practices that have been shown to work with such a population in order to increase health and behavioral outcomes. These include, but not limited to, usage of appropriate pronouns and two-step method of identifying transgendered population when needed to provide adequate services. 


Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning – Rural Community Impact and Response for Preparedness

Presenter: Dr. Kuldip Thusu, PH.D


Advancement in technology is transforming healthcare as we know it today. Innovations in AI and Internet of Things (IoT) enable and enhance how we provide care for our patients, especially in underserved areas. More and more jobs are being replaced by machines but at the same time new types of jobs are also created. The way to embrace this change is to be prepared through education and training.The presentation focuses on 3 main components: 1) 3rd Industrial Revolution 2) Internet of Things (IoT) and AI 3) Jobs in Healthcare.  Dr. Thusu will also give the audience insights on ways we can be prepared for the future.


Building bridges through Community Health Work

Presenter: Silvia Ortega

Synopsis: Silvia Ortega is one of the pioneering Clinical Community Health Workers in Loma Linda University Health. This session will empower you to look at integrated work as an essential part of building healthy and strong communities. Building bridges to eliminate health and social barriers are key in complex systems; come and witness how CHW lead the way.


Child Abuse Risk Reduction: A Dual Approach. Nurturing Parenting and Matrix Outcomes Model

Presenter: Scott McGrath

Synopsis: There are many options for parents in San Bernardino County to access parent education. Models range from online curricula to weekly meetings either in group or one-on-one, in-home settings. There are also many opportunities for parents to obtain support and stability through case management. The Family and Community Support and Partnership initiative, funded by First 5 San Bernardino, couples these two services in a way that helps families achieve economic stability, safety, health and wellness while addressing parental attitudes and practice that are associated with risk of child-abuse and neglect. The Nurturing Parenting Program and the Matrix Outcomes Model were chosen and designed to interact with each other in a way that optimizes participating families success. Learn about these two interactive tools, the results they achieve and an exciting plan to bring this initiative to a larger scale across the county to the benefit of more families. Also, hear from two successful service providers who will share their programs successes and challenges.


Demystifying the Funding World

Presenter: Dr. Margarita Luna

Synopsis: The funding world has become more competitive as more and more organizations rely on grant dollars to accomplish their goals. Philanthropy is a big industry, yet PHILANTHROPIC giving in San Bernardino and Riverside counties remains among the smallest in California. The Funders Alliance is charged with building the capacity of our Inland Empire non-profit sector, while serving as ambassadors to advocate for greater investment in the region.  In this Funders Alliance-sponsored session you will learn about three lesser-known types of funders (private, corporate and Native tribal-giving institutions) and their grantmaking processes in an effort to provide some necessary transparency and demystify the funding world.

Destigmatizing Mental Health in Communities of Color

Presenter: Nicole Rojas

Synopsis: The Healing Communities Collaborative is a group of organizations that are founded on the principle that we, as individuals and as communities, are responsible for our own healing. We work for an equitable approach to funding community based, non-punitive mental health efforts and organizations. There is a deeply entrenched stigma with mental health in the United States in many communities of color. Many communities have and continue to face great barriers to accessing mental health services and resources in addition to the stigma associated. These same communities face the highest rates of poverty, homelessness, addiction, incarceration, low educational attainment, suicide and abuse. National and local efforts to destigmatize mental health don’t often connect to the rich traditions of community approaches to holistic health. In this presentation we will uplift native and indigenous practices that address mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Discover Your Purpose

Presenter: Steve Ward


This interactive event will motivate and change the lives of students and adults with valuable tools and information to aid in self-discovery and development of a solid career path. Participants who attend will: Discover the key building blocks of success, learn how to use their strengths, interest and personality to discover their career purpose, be empowered to make positive life decisions, and gain knowledge about creating plans and executing personal goals.  


Empowering Students and Building Resilience in Schools

Presenter: Steve Russo


This session will take a fresh look at how to stop violence in schools by empowering students to be the change on their campus. We will discuss how to help students learn to identify lonely people at school; classmates who are stressed out and being overwhelmed by life issues; help those on campus with serious anger problems and students being bullied. The session will also look at how to help students come together in respect for others and put the needs of others first as they practice the “Golden Rule.”
In this session we will take a fresh look at how to stop violence in schools by empowering students to be the change on their campus. Students have the power to bring about change now - if educators and parents will equip and mobilize them. We will discuss how to help students learn to identify lonely people at school; classmates who are stressed out and being overwhelmed by life issues; help those on campus with serious anger problems and students who are being bullied. This session will also discuss how to help students come together in respect for others including teachers, coaches and administrators;
As well as put the needs of others first as they practice the “Golden Rule.” The tone will be positive as clear, concise and practical ideas that work will be presented which can help bring about positive change and resilience in schools as well as the community.

“Enhancing Maternal Mental Health Care in Our Community” Ways to improve maternal mental health care and how our community can help.

Presenter: Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter, DSW, MSW  


This workshop will address ways to improve maternal mental health care in a primary (hospital) and secondary (clinic) settings. In addition, presenters will also discuss Maternal Mental Health concerns among Black and Latina women. There will also be a brief overview of maternal mental health implications for mother who have had perinatal loss and those who have babies in the neonatal ICU. Presenters will discuss the significant barriers to seeking mental health services faced by minority women. Furthermore, presenters will provide a synthesis of interventions that are most beneficial when providing maternal mental health care to Black and Latina women. We will also go into describing a local resource in the Inland Empire regarding Maternal Mental Health, the Inland Empire Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (IEMMHC).


Equity, Sustainability and Prosperity: A Food System
For a New Century

Presenter: Gurumantra Khalsa

Synopsis: The GrowRiverside initiative is a social and economic development strategy. Created by community, it’s designed to grow farmers, create local jobs and value added products, reduce food waste, expand food access and build a robust distribution network to make it all work. Riverside’s per capita income was the highest in the nation at the turn of the 19th century. That was largely due to the impact the citrus industry had on creating California’s second gold rush. Riverside still owns the same water system. It has nearly 5.000 acres of zoned agricultural land within the City limits and it has a large and eager population willing to fill food systems related jobs. The convergence of agricultural technologies with urban populations is causing many cities to reexamine what eating their landscapes might have to offer. Economic development combined with social capital often gives rise to creative strategies for turning underutilized assets into highly productive and generative ones. The GrowRiverside initiative is an example of one community’s adaptive recreation of its heritage and of its aspirations for its community’s health, prosperity and equity. What began as a local initiative has now become a regional conversation. Agencies, non-profits and investors are beginning to share resources and offer support for local food development projects.This overview is designed to showcase the GrowRiverside initiative and to spark connections we can offer support to and further collaboration. 


Advancing Precision Medicine in the Inland Empire

Presenter: Jay Goth 

Synopsis: Genomic sequencing is essential to understanding DNA, the building blocks of life. Murrieta Genomics provides access to next generation sequencing technology for researchers in the health, veterinary, agriculture, forensics and direct to consumer industries. The company is a true business incubator, offering mentorship and guidance from both the scientific and business perspective to aspiring genomic-related entrepreneurs. In addition to low-cost incubation, the company provides hands-on consulting and will provide seed funding to qualified incubator graduates and connections to next-stage funders. This is one of the few facilities of this type in the entire country, and is poised to propel the region’s innovation community to the national stage.


Gangs: From the Inside Out

Presenter: Evelyn Essenwanger

Synopsis: Gang culture in and out of schools has a powerful negative impact that interferes with building a positive school climate.  The best way to learn about gangs and keeping youth out is by being taught by the gang members themselves. Therefore, this workshop will provide a question and answer panel discussion by male and female former hard core gang members from different races and backgrounds.  Come hear their stories and ask your questions to get a genuine inside view of the gang culture and strategies to keep youth out.

GIS Mapping for Transformation

Presenter: GIS Mapping for Transformation

Synopsis: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to enhance engagement and data-driven decision making. This presentation focuses on the application of GIS across multiple sectors to educate, inform, and identify opportunities to collectively address social determinants of health negatively impacting the quality of life of San Bernardino County residents.

"Great Expectations", When Proactive Partnerships Produce Capacity in the Community

Presenter: George Lamb, Shannon Dicus,  Sheriff John McMahon

Synopsis: The topic of discussion will address collaboration of Faith Based organizations and Law Enforcement. You are invited to participate in this discussion as a part of a 10 member panel. The topic of discussion will address collaboration of Faith Based organizations and Law Enforcement. You are invited to participate in this discussion of a 10 member panel which will consist of 5 Administrative level Law Enforcement representatives and 5 prominent Pastors from Riverside and San Bernardino County’s.  Our special guest moderator for the discussion will be Greg Devereuax former CEO of San Bernardino County.

Discussion content will be relative to Public Safety and the impact as a strategy this kind of innovative proactive partnership can do to aide in the reduction of crime, with an emphasis on recidivism reduction. Discussion content may relate to the impacts of recidivism based upon most recent legislation which includes: Prop 36; AB109; Prop 47; and Prop 57 and their subsequent impacts on the community and law enforcement. What’s the current Community impact? What’s the current Community Capacity? What’s are some recommended solution or initiatives? What current Community Oriented policing models and best practices can we model, or innovate?

Healthcare Access and Service Utilization:

What's literacy got to do with it?

Presenter: Dr. Benjamin J. Becerra

Synopsis: Low health literacy is a significant barrier to healthcare access and service utilization; however, there are few studies that have evaluated the factors associated with having low health literacy, especially among immigrant minority populations. We aimed to find the key determinants of low health literacy among immigrant Latino adults in California using the California Health
Interview Survey, the largest population-based state health survey in the United States. We found that those living in poverty were 63% more likely to have low health literacy. Similarly, having low English language proficiency was related to over 200% higher likelihood of low health literacy. The results of this study demonstrate that language proficiency, in addition to other key
sociodemographic characteristics, can significantly posit limitations to health literacy. In this presentation we aim to identify key methods to outreach the immigrant Latino population in order to increase health literacy.

HIV: The Mythological Creature

Presenter: Robert Avina

Synopsis: HIV is a public health burden, especially among young adults. The objective of this study was to conduct a mixed-methods analyses on HIV literacy among college students utilizing results from focus groups and quantitative surveys. Results show an overall trend towards low HIV literacy. Nearly 40% of respondents noted that a person with HIV also has AIDS. Also, 25% of respondents also believed kissing could spread HIV, 15% believed there was a vaccine to prevent HIV, and 23% agreed that all pregnant women with HIV will always have children born with AIDS. The participants were aware that HIV and AIDS are distinct but showed little literacy on prevention and treatment beyond contraception with limited understanding on the modes of transmission. Our study shows that HIV literacy among young adults remains limited, and campus-based initiatives that incorporate health education measures on transmission knowledge are needed.

How to Connect With, Engage and Influence the
Teens in Your Life

Presenter: Kati Ann

Synopsis: Trying to connect with and talk to a teenager at times can leave you confused and frustrated. This session will approach relationships with young adults differently. We will look at how to get real and connect with teens to help lead them in navigating life. Help them discover and learn life lessons for themselves so they can grow as individuals. We will discuss how to engage teens so we can talk with them about life issues including love and respect for themselves and others, healthy relationships with family, friends and in dating, dealing with abuse and bullying. You will receive new and effective strategies for dealing with youth and helping them grow and become leaders amongst their peers.

How to Create Logic Models for Health and
Prevention Programs

Presenter: Dr. Robert LaChausse

Synopsis: This session will show participants how to create and use logic models in a wide variety of health and human service programs. Logic models is can be useful to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and increase organizational effectiveness.
A fundamental issue in health and human services is uncovering the links between program activities and program outcomes. Professionals have been encouraged involve grant funders and other stakeholders to develop a logic model that links program activities to anticipated results. An innovative approach to developing logic models will be demonstrated that can be used by program staffing developing useful logic models in a wide variety of health and human service programs. 

How to prepare for the robot revolution

Presenter: Johannes Moenius

Synopsis: In this session, learn how many jobs will likely be lost, which healthcare jobs are at risk, and what health care providers, businesses, economic developers, and local governments can do to prepare.


Huerta del Valle strategies for garden-based transformation

Presenter: Arthur Levine, Maria 

Synopsis: Participants will engage with the speakers and one and other to learn from the story of Huerta del Valle and how they can play a role in a growing movement for health and equity through gardens, policy change and social organization


“SlingShot to Health: Meeting the Workforce Needs of Employers and Jobseekers", “Health Sector Report”

Presenter: Thi Kim Pham, Carol Allbaugh, Diana Fox, Stephanie Murillo

Synopsis: One of the toughest issues our region faces is a lack of health professionals to meet the needs of our residents.  It’s also one of the biggest economic development opportunities.  This engaging session will unveil the 2018 Inland Empire Health Workforce report, and dig into how, as a region, we can have significant impact in training, hiring and retaining a diverse health workforce in the Inland Empire.  Learn how your organization can be a partner with a new cross-county initiative in this critical work that transcends economic, education, and health boundaries.   


If You Want to Change Your City, Why Aren’t You Investing in Your People?

Presenter:Josie Gaytan, Asst. Director of Policy at Reach Out; Laura Roughton, City Councilmember, City of Jurupa Valley;  Diana Fox, Executive Director at Reach Out;  Lt. Michael Lujan, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; Francisco Ramirez, Community Program Specialist II-DPSS; Emilee Fox, Independent Grantwriter; Pauline Cook, Small Business Owner/Farmer’s Market Manager, Ana Gamble

Synopsis: Too often, city leaders want to make big changes for health and quality of life, but they try to do it through a lens of city leadership, rather than being community led.  Learn how to meaningfully involve resident-leaders for long-term outcomes through a process known as the Center for Civic Policy & Leadership.  Reenergize your Healthy City initiative, engage residents, and invest in your current and emerging leaders by creating a Fellowship program that teaches policy, advocacy, social determinants of health, power analysis, and evaluation. 

Immigration – Where are we? Where do we go from here?

Presenter: Luz Gallegos

Synopsis: In this workshop TODEC will explain the current reality for undocumented immigrants in the USA. Including community education that will include Know Your Rights, DACA, State laws that protect all residents of California regardless of immigration status, and free legal resources.

Pursuing Systems Change through Collaboration: Strategies, Success Stories and Lessons Learned

Presenter: Joelle Greene

Synopsis: Joelle Greene, PhD, is a Director at Harder+Company Community Research. She bring more than 20 years of experience as an evaluator and researcher to her work with a wide array of community organizations and public systems. Joelle couples her sophisticated technical skill with a passion for making research findings accessible and meaningful to diverse communities. She is particularly committed to using the tools of evaluation and planning to support community change initiatives and cross-sector collaboratives. In recent years, Joelle has worked with clients such as First 5 San Bernardino, San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and Kaiser Permanente. Her areas of research experience and expertise include child development, behavioral health, housing-based services, and homelessness. Before joining Harder+Company in 2011, Joelle was director of research and evaluation for National Community Renaissance (CORE) and previously served as executive director of evaluation, research and planning for the Urban Education Partnership.  Joelle can be found most weekends cheering on her daughter from the sidelines of a soccer pitch somewhere in Southern California


Leadership that Empowers a City

Presenter: Barry E. Knight, BA, MA, PCC

Synopsis: He is the author of the book, “Impactability: Your Call to Massively Impact the Kingdom of God,” as well as a 3-part audio series entitled, "Mastering Servant Leadership." He graduated from Faith Evangelical College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, and later, a Master of Arts in leadership. Barry is also a Professional Certified Coach with International Coach Federation.  
As a business leader and minister, Barry has masterfully blended his experience into an electrifying and captivating coaching, training, and speaking style that helps leaders massively impact those they lead and serve. His services have been contracted by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, county governments, nonprofit and human service agencies, universities, school districts, churches, and motivated individuals to help achieve their goals faster and more effectively. 
Barry has an impeccable ability to discern the needs of those he serves and delivers life changing strategies that help individuals and organizations prosper and thrive

Maternal Mental Health

Presenter: Dr. Katayune Kaeni

Synopsis: Coming Soon



Chevonna Gaylor

Dr. Monica Wilson

Kiaundra Jackson

Mental Health Panelist

Presenter: Chevonna Gaylor, Dr. Monica Wilson and Kiaundra Jackson

Synopsis: A dynamic trio of licensed mental health professionals will bring careers in their industry to life. Three professional, successful and captivating women will reveal the impact you can make in your community and the world, through a mental health.

"I believe in and am passionate about the emotional healing of all individuals." - Chevonna Gaylor

"Wellness, mind, body and spirit incorporates integration of physical and behavioral health for individuals to live their best lives through the compassionate care they receive." - Dr. Monica Wilson

"All health starts with mental health…I have a desire to see people manage life’s difficulties with ease." - Kiaundra Jackson


Men in DV Agencies: Setting a Trend

Presenter: William Long 

Men Have a Vital Role in Domestic Violence Awareness

Synopsis: This workshop will address how men working in domestic violence agencies can make a positive contribution and build a trust with women, who are victims of domestic violence.  An overall contribution of a qualified male in this environment of domestic violence treatment can prove to be very rewarding to all parties involved.  The building of healthy relationships can take place, especially through the experience of a positive, male role model at these facilities.


Mobilizing for a Tobacco-Free Generation

Presenter: Eddy Jara

Synopsis: The tobacco industry continues to develop new products and strategies to attract new customers (i.e., youth) despite significant achievement among California cities to curtail tobacco access and appeal. Presenters will facilitate activities to highlight how we encounter tobacco industry efforts in our everyday lives. Participants will explore opportunities to partner with city planners, community-based organizations and residents to mobilize for a tobacco-free generation.


Mobilizing the IE Community by Using Super Heroes to
Promote Health & Wellness

Presenter: LuAnna Jauregui & Diana Alvarado

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s IEHP Superheroes!

Synopsis:  IEHP strives to mobilize the Inland Empire community by promoting health and wellness through Superheroes. Join us as we touch on the history of IEHP Superheroes, hear inspiring community stories, and learn how the superheroes can support your local community initiatives and programs. The IEHP Superhero Team has been embraced by the community and forms an integral part of IEHP’s mission to mobilize our communities to lead healthier lives.


Parent Power – It starts with YOU!!

Presenter: Evelyn Essenwanger

Synopsis: From a prosecutor's point of view, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Essenwanger teaches those that interface with parents how to teach parents to develop stronger and more positive relationships with their children, how to deal with rebellious and defiant children, and how to deter children from delinquent and risky behaviors.
This presentation addresses the key factor that many gang members come within our families’ in our communities. Though there are many complex societal reasons why youth join gangs, the fact remains that what parents do or do not do while raising their child is the single most important influence in the development of their child’s behavior. To achieving healthy communities that are free from the ravaging effects of gang violence, is to focus on developing healthy family dynamics that will deter youth from participating in gangs. Accordingly, this presentation teaches parents why youth get involved in gangs, the warning signs, how to construct healthy and positive relationships with their children, and more specifically, what parents need to know and do to keep their children out of gangs. 


Partnering with Artists in Planning and Development

Presenter: Jennifer Kane 

Synopsis: Through dynamic approaches to traditional outreach, artists are driving innovation as embedded professionals in both urban and rural contexts.  Come explore how local and regional government agencies, organizations and other non-profits are partnering with artists to engage in community planning and development, challenging the traditional artist-in-residence model and giving the arts a voice in driving conversations forward about community health and economic prosperity. You will walk away inspired to engage with the arts and artists in your own work and project planning and steps to make it happen.


Pipeline to Practice

Presenter: Vernita Todd 

Synopsis: This session will focus on trends in the health care workforce, identify current challenges, and encourage participants to find creative solutions. The keynote presentation is a big picture look at the health care workforce that is heading our way in the next decade. Despite being one of the fastest growing industries, the health care workforce will not keep up with growing demand. The "Baby Boomer" generation will impact the health care workforce significantly: creating a large vacuum of retiring providers while becoming a large portion of the patients needing care. Creative strategies are needed for the health care pipeline (in all disciplines) and for those currently in practice. 


Planning for Health - People Powering Planning"

Presenter: Jazmine Johnson 

Synopsis: This presentation will explore the community-based participatory research methods employed to develop transformative policy solutions aimed at mitigating and eliminating the harmful impacts of incompatible land use. More specifically, presenters will discuss the multi-faceted approach used in the 500 Feet Project, which combined data collection and visualization, as well as community engagement and collaboration to address poorly sited industrial land use in South and Southeast Los Angeles. Attendees will engage in activities conducted during community workshops, including games and activities used to teach residents about the importance of careful land use planning and the consequences of the contrary.


Preconception Health to Improve the Health of Future Generations:  Opportunities for Resume Building and Community Involvement.

Presenter: Dr. Susan Jetton

Synopsis: The United States ranks extremely poor in infant morbidity and mortality, when compared to other developed countries. Statistics from 2017 show that the number of preterm deliveries and low birth weight infants is climbing.  This presentation will focus on this issue and how the community can work together to improve birth outcomes.  The importance of preconception screening, education, and health using a life course perspective will be discussed.  Attendees will learn how to become Certified Preconception Peer Educators (PPEs) if they are college students, &/or the benefits of using PPEs as volunteers to promote health throughout the community.


Putting the Care back into Healthcare

Presenter: Dr. Anthony J. Ratkovic, D.C.

Synopsis:  Although there is a growing need for more healthcare services and professionals, can we provide a high standard of quality care? Yes. Dr. Ratkovic’s patients and interns praise his office’s personal and professional manner of his private practice.  His talk will give specific steps he uses in training interns and teaching through workshops to help our present and future healthcare professionals become the caring persons their patients should expect.


Social Media Knowledge

Presenter: Ceara Holloway

Synopsis: Social media can be a positive tool for youth, but there are also cons to social media. Social media can have a major impact to the overall well-being and mental health of participants. In this workshop there will be a facilitated discussion via PowerPoint presentation about the pros, cons, cyber bullying, and safety advice for social media. The participants will receive a key-chain incentive that reads, "Before you post, THINK (Is it: T-True, H-Hurtful, I-Illegal, K-Kind ?)


Student Driven Safety on Campus

Presenter: Daniel F. Marmolejo

Synopsis: This presentation teaches a quality response to events in a “gentler” way to bridge the gap in building a culture of trust in schools. This allows professionals a way to understand the basic communication skills in building positive youth relationships in our school culture. This presentation demonstrates an empathetic approach to maintain goal focus and general voluntary compliance in creating trust. This presentation is intended for professionals that work in the capacity of a school resources officer, campus safety officer, administrator, teacher, secretary, and custodian, in addition to professionals representing law enforcement agencies and private industries.


Stop the Bleeding that Unchecked School Crime is Costing!

Presenter: Susan Aguilar

Synopsis:  What do you do when you know of an act of school violence that will happen at your school, but you’re afraid to say something out of fear for own life? What do you do when crime occurs, and no one will come forward? You need a tool in your toolbox to keep students and campuses safe!!! Learn from this hands-on exercise about the only ANONYMOUS crime reporting hotline with 46 years of experience and a 100% SUCCESS RATE!


QPR Training

Presenter: Marwa Mohamed

Synopsis: QPR is a training that prepares participants to become trained in the warning signs of a suicide crisis, how to respond and or reduce suicidal behaviors. This training prepares participants to recognize warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Participants will become trained gatekeepers and learn three basic principles of how to assist individuals with suicidal thoughts.


The Health Promoter Role in Social Change

Presenter: Alma Esquivel

Synopsis: Workshop participants will hear about the history of the Promotor/Community Health Worker social Change Model, roles and Characteristics of the promotores and how effective is in build bridges between organizations and community to promote change to the well-being of the communities they serve. Will provide examples of the promotores work in San Bernardino/Riverside and their impact in the community.


The importance of CRA funding and how it impacts
our communities

Presenter: Margarita Luna, Tristen Cali, Clemente Mojica, Dawn Lee, Robert De Acevedo

The Influence of Social Norms on Teen Drug Use;
Creating a Positive Community.

Presenter: Jessica Folmer

Synopsis: One way to create a positive, healthy community for our youth is to examine what people in the community value, believe, and do. The perception of “normal teen behavior” can be a strong predictor of actual teen behavior. Misperceptions of teen drug use puts teens at high risk for drinking, smoking and other drug use. During this session we will recognize how social norms and community acceptability can influence the decisions of teens, and discuss how one local community is flipping the idea of “normal” to create a healthy environment for its youth


The looming crisis of opioids: How are you involved?

Presenter: Dr. Salome Mshigeni

Synopsis: According to the CDC, 115 Americans die every day due to opioids. This crisis is becoming a public health issue. Every year, the United States spends over $78 billion in costs. This crisis has resulted in increased incarceration, school dropouts, healthcare cost, and not to mention loss of productivity. We aim to discuss the early warning signs of an opioid addiction, the risk factors, and the current trends that help identify the most at-risk populations. We supplement our findings with voices of the population that suffer the epidemic every day. The final goal of the presentation is to brainstorm potential solutions based on best-practices.


The Root Causes of Health Disparities

Presenter: Andrew Subica

Synopsis: Health disparities pose an enduring challenge to building healthier cities and communities, often resisting the best efforts of local public health agencies and coalitions to reduce health disparities in their communities. This presentation will review the underlying root causes of health disparities and present a novel public health approach for addressing these root causes using community organizing. We will discuss the principles and practices of community organizing for health, in which community residents mobilize to design and lead health interventions that target the social and environmental problems driving poor
community health.


Weaving LGBTQ Culture into Clinic-Patient Services

Presenter: John Anthony Madrigal

Synopsis: This session is designed to empower your staff to serve your LGBTQ patient or client population in a sensitive a respectful manner.


Young Adults and Behavioral Health

Presenter: Jessica Cuevas

Synopsis: Presentation will be an open dialogue summarizing the most common mental health issues facing youth. This includes depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. We will review the causes, signs, and symptoms for each disorder, as well as discuss some positive coping strategies. This presentation will increase the understanding of social media and its impact on these disorders. There will also be an open conversation to understand the link between social media use, cyber-bullying, mental health disorders, and how they can contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This presentation will end with resources and strategies to strengthen resiliency within ourselves and those around us.