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A Case Study: Teen Substance Abuse and Accessibility

Presenters:Jessica Folmer,  Robert LaChausse, Ph.D and Taylor Vandenbossche

Synopsis:  This is an interactive workshop aimed at teaching professionals about cultural sensitivity and how it applies to working in a multicultural organization. It is designed to have several activities which will help promote communication and engagement regarding issues surrounding cultural competence.

New significant changes have occurred in adolescent drug use in recent years. Many U.S. teens have used and are currently using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD). There are several reasons as to why a teen uses drugs, but a prominent factor is availability to drugs in their community. With grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Reach Out has partnered with the Healthy Jurupa Valley Committee, the City of Jurupa Valley, and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department to enforce new ordinances to combat the availability of drugs to teens. Members of the Healthy Jurupa Valley Committee and other attendees working in the field of drug-use prevention and health education are urged to join this presentation to learn how drugs are impacting teens in Jurupa Valley. Findings from this presentation will help to inform their work and drive public health policy.


A Closer Look: Using Story Maps to Examine Tobacco-related Disparities in Communities

Presenter: Corie Goldman,  Bethany Balisky and Victoria Cantu

Synopsis: This workshop will provide an interactive look how we can promote health equity and reduce tobacco related disparities. This unique presentation will use a story map, which is a fusion of images, stories and maps, to guide a conversation about how tobacco availability influences youth smoking rates and impacts health in our communities. We will explore tobacco density issues, popularity of flavored tobacco and electronic cigarettes, and how tobacco changes the way our neighborhoods look and feel. The story map will allow us to look at the big picture of how tobacco impacts our health at the local level as well as taking a closer look at what neighborhoods look like when tobacco advertising and sales are abundant. How does tobacco change the look of neighborhoods? How are youth influenced by tobacco availability and advertising? How can tobacco policies create healthier communities and reduce economic burdens in communities?

An Intermediary Solution- The Inland Health Professions Coalition

Presenter: Carol Albaugh,  Rehman Attar and Marina Mejia


Community-building initiatives bring together a number of stakeholders to set goals and implement activities to enhance educational institutions. As part of this process, educational institutions seek ways to incorporate community input and increase community engagement. Intermediaries and technical assistance organizations provide strategies and best practices to solicit community ideas and to them to participate in the process of building comprehensive educational opportunities. Building relationships between education and the community is integral to the development of innovative and relevant curriculum. Intermediary organizations can find success in helping communities recognize and build upon their own assets while applying this to the needs of the educational sector.

There are multiple strategies that provide a framework in creating relationships needed for the development in fostering a local competent workforce, one of which is a strategies utilized by the Inland Health Professions Coalition through its Learning Inspired Field Experience Program. This program uses different avenues of community, educational and industry engagement to provide opportunities for students to gain real-world insight within the field of healthcare.

AUMA Gosh: Understanding California's Prop 64

Presenter: William Staggers-Seals

Last year Californians' passed Prop 64, or the Adult use of Marijuana Act. This presentation will go over a basic overview of the law and what California can expect. Also covered will be, licensing laws, what communities can do, and more.


Breaking Barriers United Workshop

Presenter: Ryan Tillman

Synopsis: Condensed version of a workshop/training for professionals and nonprofessionals, interested in learning, and creating better ways to assist with the breaking of bindings and barriers of stigma that separates us all, not only by race and gender expressions but also from our community.



Breaking Down Silos to End the Cycle of Poverty

Presenter: Dr. Bradley Gilbert,  Dr. Nancy Kelly and Steve PonTell 

Synopsis: In an increasingly competitive and complex world, three elements- broadly defined as health, housing and education-form the nucleus of a successful community. Unfortunately, they rarely work in unison- instead, operating as silos, each focusing on its own daunting technical and social challenges, while missing the bigger opportunity to transform lives and entire communities by operating as a while rather than a sum of parts. By underscoring, and reinforcing, the connections between health, housing and education, we strongly believe the bar can be moved. All three are essential building blocks to a successful community development strategy and must work together- as integrated partners and no silo’s- to effect positive, meaningful change.


Building Healthy Cities One Neighborhood at A Time

Presenter: Emilee Fox, Pauline Cook, Anna Gamble and Sharron Lambeth 

Synopsis: You can talk the talk, but can you walk The Walk? Come learn about Healthy Jurupa Valley’s (HJV) place-making initiative to engage the community and businesses in the Rubidoux neighborhood in the city of Jurupa Valley.  This interactive, engaging conversation, with the HJV Action Team Leadership, will provide tools and insights that you can share with your own community to ignite positive change.  This panel session will discuss community empowerment, networking, and the power of building social capital to cultivate community unity.  Come take a walk with us!  

Building Resilience in Communities

Presenters: Ariane Marie-Mitchell, M.D., MPH, PhD

Synopsis: This presentation will summarize the data on adverse childhood experiences, and describe why this data matters. Participants will learn how communities are becoming trauma-informed and resilience-building. Initiatives by the ACEs Task Force of San Bernardino County will be shared as an example.
Learning objectives: 1) Define ACEs, resilience, and trauma-informed; 2) Understand the data on the prevalence of ACEs and protective factors that build resilience; 3) Identify the milestones in building resilience by communities; 4) Provide specific examples of initiatives that build resilience in communities.



Changing Health Behaviors

Presenter: Robert LaChausse, Ph.D

Synopsis: Years of research and practice have been aimed at getting people to change their health behaviors related to alcohol and drug use, nutrition and physical activity, unprotected sexual intercourse, violence, and delinquency. Every few weeks in the United States, we hear of some approach that has dramatically affected the lives of children and their families. However, when we examine these programs and interventions more closely, we often find that they may not actually do what they claim. This interactive session will examine the factors that shape the health behaviors of children and teenagers and uncover what we know about effective health promotion and prevention programs. Participants will learn which approaches work and why and how to increase the effectiveness of their own programs aimed at youth and their families. 

Child Abuse Prevention and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Presenter: Lesford H. Duncan, MPH and Ariane Marie-Mitchell, M.D., MPH, PhD

Synopsis: According to the former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Robert Block, adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today. Child abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction are epidemics in our community that require a collaborative approach, including all members of the community, to be addressed. This presentation will highlight the major forms of childhood maltreatment; their impact on the child, prevalence within our community, and effects on individuals and communities over the long term. We will also discuss the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, conducted by Drs. Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda, in a very practical way that will add meaning to your practice as a professional, or awareness to you as a parent, caregiver, or concerned community member.


Common Challenges and Possibilities in Addressing Health Inequities

Presenter: Brightstar Ohlson

Synopsis: The workshop will begin with an introduction to the purpose of the workshop, which is to share common challenges to addressing health inequities and lessons learned based on our experiences with other health equity efforts. Participants will then engage in a small pair share activity where they answer the following questions: what are the biggest health inequities in your community and what have you found to be challenging in addressing them? We will have a brief discussion on what was generated. We will then move into the presentation part of the conversation, where we will share common challenges with addressing health inequities and lessons learned. We will then engage in a whole group question and answer phase. Depending on the length of the workshop, we will break into like groups based on the questions that were generated for small group discussion.


Community Health Improvement Plans: Lessons Learned from

Riverside University Health System-Public Health

Presenter: Dianna Leibrandt, MPH,MSC and Wendy Hetherington, MPH 

Synopsis: Strong Partnerships and a common vision are vital to improving the health of a community. In October 2016 the Riverside University Health System-Public Health (RUHS-PH) published its first Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which is a long-term systematic plan to provide guidance in addressing issues identified in the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Local Public Health System Assessment (LPHSA). Priority areas with goals, objectives, and strategies were created by workgroups consisting of key stakeholders and community partners to guide progress over the next 5 years. Due to the nature and novelty of these plans, RUHS-PH and its community partners are currently navigating through implementation by using program impact theory and implementation logic models as guides. Specifics discussion during this session will focus on the process of creating a CHIP, incorporating evaluative theories and logic models, challenges to implementing and evaluating CHIP measures and strategies, a well as potential solutions.  


Culture and Climate Program Implementation

Presenter: Ami Davis

Synopsis: This workshop describes the only LGBTQ specific program of its kind in San Bernardino County, Reach Out's Culture and Climate Program. The workshop will walk through the year one pilot implementation, hardships, successes, data results, and resources gathered. The Culture and Climate Program is designed for school districts and business to assist with compliance, understanding and implementation of California law and best practices regarding LGBTQ folks.

Data-Driven Practice in Community Programs

Presenters: Scott McGrath and Karini Pereira, M.A.

Synopsis: The term "Data Driven Practice" has become a buzzword in the field, yet providers often struggle not only with how that practice impacts their work but what it even means! Data reports are often received as a report card based on unrelated measures outside of the actual work being done. "Story trumps data" it is often said. This workshop will put forth for consideration the idea that Story IS data". Observational and experimental data is collected and analyzed by service providers constantly in their work. A well designed evaluation framework will reflect what the provider sees in practice in an accessible, tangible and manageable way giving them a tool that is useful in driving their practice and maximizing outcomes for their clients and the community. This workshop will demonstrate through a real-world partnership between an evaluator and community program director, how these data types can interact and inform best practice.



Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Presenter: Anne-Michelle Ellis

Synopsis: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is designed to give a broad overview of Human Trafficking, narrowing in on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the United State. In addition, it provides a background to understand the factors that contribute to the initial recruitment and ongoing victimization of young people by traffickers. Identifications and assessment of victims is addressed and the training session concludes with a focus on national and local resources that are available.



Equity in Transportation: Partnering with Community to Develop Rural Transportation Policy

Presenters: Daisy Ramirez,  Mariela Magaña, and  Amber Amaya

Synopsis: This session will highlight the work of the 2016 Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) – Riverside County Rural Transportation team, which is built upon existing research conducted by the Building Healthy Communities – Eastern Coachella Valley’s (BHC-ECV) Youth Council who in 2014 identified bus shelters as an area of concern in their community. In the ECV, residents of these unincorporated rural areas often walk more than three quarters of a mile to the closest transit stop and wait at bus stops without shelters (shade structures) for more than 15 minutes in order to get to work, shop for food, or go to the doctor. Through policy, community advocacy and collaboration with the local transit agency and community partners, the team seeks to address the need for bus shelters to prevent negative health outcomes due to prolonged exposure to extreme weather conditions and incentivize community members to use public transit.

Gender Discovery

Presenter: Don C. Morton

Synopsis: Gender Discovery Workshop, is an extremely condensed version of a workshop/training developed for professionals, and non-professionals who are interested in learning, and creating better ways to assist with the breaking of bindings and barriers of stigma that separates us all, not only by race and gender expression, but also from our humanity.

This workshop/training contains a short PowerPoint introducing the struggle of a Female to Male transsexual-myself, with a questions and answer session following, where attendees can ask those personal, and sometimes embarrassing questions, that they may find too uncomfortable to ask in a professional, therapeutic, or social setting; fearing misunderstanding, anger, ridicule, or aggression.

Good Jobs AND Better Health-We Can Have Both

Presenter: Dr. Juan Carlos Belliard, Margo Young, T. Kim Pham and Stephanie Murillo

Synopsis: Investing in a robust Community Health Worker training program is a strong strategy for creating better health outcomes while also developing living-wage jobs.  From training to employment, the panelists will discuss how Community Health Workers are demonstrating a high return on investment in both clinical and community-based settings.  Dr. Belliard will discuss the LLU Gateway College3-tiered certificate programs that prepare CHW’s for the workforce.  Dr. Young and Ms. Garcia-Robles will discuss how Dignity Health deploys CHW’s in their emergency department to ensure that patients are able to navigate the healthcare system and receive the services that help to reduce readmissions.  Ms. Ruffolo and Ms. Pham will discuss the aligned efforts of both counties’ Workforce Development Boards in investing in Community Health Worker training as a strategy to increase employment in the thriving healthcare sector, which employs over 9% of all workers in the Inland Empire

How to Limit Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana In Your City Using Policy, Collaboration,
Enforcement, and Media

Presenter: Fred Alvarez

Synopsis: There are five stages for a city or county to begin regulating alcohol, tobacco, and decrease synthetic drugs in retail establishments in their cities. These stages are introduced into city and county governments by ordinances. In turn these ordinances help communities bring its alcohol and tobacco retailers into compliance, lower over concentration levels, decrease the availability of alcohol to minors, and lower the availability of synthetic drugs. This presentation will look at each stage, the process of enacting such ordinances, and the results of using each or all the stages. Cities and counties that understand the importance of these stages and ordinances are able to raise the quality of life in their communities.

Improving Air Quality and Public Health through Policy, Government Programs,

Technology and Partnerships

Presenter: Dr. Jo Kay Ghosh,  Vicki White,  Dr. Andrea Polidori,  Dr. Olga Pikelnaya and  Daniela Arellano

Synopsis: Air quality in the southern California region has improved significantly over the past several decades, although this area is still among the smoggiest regions of the United States. Staff from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will discuss the programs and technologies that help improve air quality and our understanding of the impacts of air pollution, including programs being implemented in many environmental justice communities. SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the major portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Improving The Health and Well-Being of Residents Of The Inland Empire

Presenter: Nikki Shipley,  Dr. Kelly J. Niles-Yokum,  Keith Schidt,  Marisol Morales and  Dr. Brian Clocksin 

Synopsis: This session comprises a panel of Faculty members from the University of La Verne (ULV) supported by a Randal Lewis Grant who are working closely with community partners to enhance the health and well-being of residents in the inland Southern California region (Inland Empire). This is being accomplished by the integration of community engagement across their curriculum that included service-learning experiences that enhance each student's educational portfolio; and, empowers students with the skills, tools and commitment to be lifelong community engaged citizens who become a part of the solution for addressing the regional community needs.

These projects are aligned with the ULV’s 2020 Strategic Vision to identify and implement distinctive academic and co-curricular programs and its mission to connect students to our region's needs; and, the Lewis Family Engaged goal of coordinating with community partners to integrate, meet and advance the community health needs of the inland southern California region. 

Innovative tools for Healthy Communities Development in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Presenter: Miguel A. Vázquez,  Matt Burris, Josh Lee and Michael Osur 

Synopsis: Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have a long history of collaboration in many areas. Public health and its relationship to the build environment has become a great area of opportunity. Recently, two bi-county organizations have partnered together improve health outcomes by developing strategies and approaches design to integrate health as part of planning processes. This session is intended to introduce new innovative planning tools tailored to addressing the specific needs of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Healthy Development Checklist and the San Bernardino County Healthy Communities Initiatives evaluation strategy will be presented at length.

Integrating a Trauma Lens into Healthcare Career Pathways

Presenter: Patricia Maguire, La’Quana Williams

Synopsis: Trauma resulting from abuse, neglect, poverty, and community violence affects a majority of the population. Although workforce and education practitioners in health care pathways programs are not clinicians, applying a trauma lens can be critical to pathways participants' success. This interactive session will explore ways to incorporate this into programs so as to better understand and serve participants.

Mastering Servant Leadership

Presenter: Barry E. Knight

Synopsis: You've heard it before that, "Everything rises and falls on leadership," as well as, "Leadership is influence." But the engine and driver of influence is relevancy and innovation. Elevate your leadership and influence and massively impact those you lead and serve by mastering key principles of a servant leader. In this session you'll learn how to: 1. create a cohesive and healthy team/organization (overcome team dysfunction and silos), 2. the value of rewarding the person as well as their performance, 3) the 11 visions a leader must have at all times and 4) the 10 characteristics of a servant leader and how to master them and create a servant leader culture: a place where objectives are met faster and more effectively.

Networking as the Recipe for Successful Healthy Communities Initiatives

Presenter: Miguel A. Vázquez,  Salomeh Wagaw, MPH, Jennifer Ward,  Isabel Carlos and Eddy Jara, DrPH

Synopsis: The healthy communities’ movement in the Riverside/ San Bernardino region has grown significantly in the past five years. This growth is the result of an ongoing effort to build relationships between traditional and non-traditional partners. Examples include coalition building, joint applications for grant funding, connecting social, environmental and social advocates and issues to health perspectives and professionals partners and more. This session will explore how regional agencies and local governments can achieve common goals when collaboration. Specific examples from the Riverside University Health System-Public Health; the Western Riverside Council of Governments and, the cities of Perris and Riverside will be shared.

Overcoming Cultural Disparities in Our Community for Breast Cancer Patients

Presenter: Kamesha Miles

Synopsis: Breast cancer is the most common breast cancer among African American women with the highest mortality rate of 41% as well the effects Hispanic  and other cultures suffer. The workshop will enhance education on what affects breast cancer has had on our community. Providing resources to raise awareness and help reduce the mortality rate. Those who attend will understand the importance of being culturally competent to overcome barriers of care and provide better cancer care to low income and undeserved community.

Parent and Student Educational Rights in Public K-12 School in the State of California

Presenter: Sherman Garnett

Synopsis: Attention Parents and Students Are you keenly aware of your rights and responsibilities at public schools including charter schools in the state of California? This highly interactive workshop will expose you and fully to you, your rights as a student and parent in our schools. This session will be highlighted by distribution of Sherman Garnett’s Top 10 Parent and Study Responsibilities brochure for usage by all statewide. 

Parent Power

Presenter: Evelyn Essenwanger

Synopsis: 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.[NR7]  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. This presentation is the one most requested, and it is not uncommon for attendees to comment that this presentation will forever change their family dynamics.

Pathway to Park Use

Presenter: Socorro Chacon and Dina Cruz

Synopsis: The workshop shows participants how grassroots data collection helps to inform our work and assists in identifying strategies that help overcome barriers to park use and increase health and safety. This interactive workshop will show participants how to develop plans that can activate parks and recreational spaces as well as the importance of incorporating preventive strategies in the built environment.

Raising the Bar on Literacy: Supporting the Vision2Read Initiative in

San Bernardino County with Footstpes2Brilliance

Presenter: Jennifer Gateley and Earl Smith

Synopsis: In support of San Bernardino County’s Vision2Read initiative, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Preschool Services Department, First Five and Children’s Fund have partnered together to make footsteps2brilliance available to the families in San Bernardino County. Footsteps2Brilliance is an engaging and innovative, game-based technology platform that supports early literacy and language development. As a Footsetps2Brilliance Model Innovation County, San Bernardino children age 0-5 have free access to Footsteps2brilliance on any technology device! Participants will receive support with registration and learning in the Footsteps2Biliance program. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to make reading at home a fun experience for our youngest readers! 

The Built Environment

Presenter: Josh Lee and Mary P. Wright

Synopsis: San Bernardino County’s Community Vital Signs Initiative (Vital Signs) is a community-wide initiative charged with implementing the Wellness element of the Countywide Vision. Access to Health and Wellness is one of the priority areas of the Community Transformation Plan and highlights the importance of built-environment in its impacts on community wellness. The session will focus on some of the built-environment tool kits currently available in the region in addressing complete streets and health element in a city’s general plans.

The Bullying Epidemic: Helping Families Learn how to Effectively Handle Bullying

Presenter: Danielle Matthew

Synopsis: This is a workshop that addresses all aspects of the area of bullying. The lecture begins by defining a clear definition of bullying and the four types. The latest statistics are presented as well as a case example to illustrate all the concepts throughout the lecture. The impacts of bullying along with signs to look for are also discussed in depth. There are videos to illustrate the concepts and engage the audience in further dialogue. The educators and parents will learn hands on strategies to address bullying within their schools as well as guidelines of when to home school a child who is being bullied. The lecture concludes with helpful resources.

Transforming Health Through Collective Impact and Evaluation

Presenter: Dori Baeza,  Scott Rigsby and Tamara Vehige Calise, DRPH, M.ED

Synopsis: Collective Impact Occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. Healthy Communities and the Community Vital Signs Initiative are using this approach to transform the health of San Bernardino County. During this discussion, Healthy Communities and Community Vital SIgns will share their collaborative approach to improving population health, addressing social determinants of health, and evaluating efforts. 

Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Students for Greater PBIS/MTSS Gains

Presenter: Dr. April Clay and Valerie Medina 

Synopsis: This workshop will provide educators with information to enhance the educational and cultural climate of schools through educating and equipping staff, teachers and administrators. Essential to the workshop's success is our ability to build upon educators’ knowledge and skills, increasing their ability to identify and address mental illnesses that hamper students’ ability to succeed in school. Session activities and discussion will train and equip educators with strategies to address common mental illness and resulting behavioral concerns seen in school. Explicit instruction will be offered to provide educators with tools to assist parents who's children struggle with mental illnesses and resulting behavior concerns in a culturally competent and relevant manner.

Using Data and Open Performance across Multiple Sectors to Improve Public Health

Presenter: Trudy Raymundo, Josh Lee and Andrea Rodriguez 

Synopsis: In recognition of the complex interconnected factors that influence public health, the Community Vital Signs Initiative strives to improve public health outcomes among San Bernardino County residents through cross-sector collaboration and collective impact. Data is fundamental to the success of such an effort, to generate stakeholder buy-in and participation, inform prioritization of public health concerns, set goals, and monitor progress toward goal achievement. Session attendees will: 1) learn how one sector uses data to drive their participation and impact health outcomes related to the built environment, and 2) receive an update on goal progress-to-date and gain access to related data via a demonstration of Community Vital Signs’ data and open performance portal,  

Your Work is My Work: A Multi-Tiered System of Support

Presenter: Kathy Estes

Synopsis: In California, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is an integrated, comprehensive framework that focuses on California Core State Standards, core instruction, differentiated learning, student-centered learning, individualized student needs, and the alignment of systems necessary for all students’ academic, behavioral, and social success. This model is intended for ALL students by implementing continuous improvement processes at every level of the system. When focusing on aligning an entire system of initiatives, supports and resources and systematically addressing support for all students this framework maximizes the potential of equitable access to all students in addressing their educational and social/emotional needs. By using an integrated data collection and assessment system, including universal screening, diagnostics and progress monitoring to inform decisions the groundwork is laid for a problem-solving systems process and method to identify problems, develop interventions and, evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention in a multi-tiered system of service delivery.

In actuality, this is just a different way of looking at the need, the work and the targeted outcome. Each person at the table is asked to consider how he/she can contribute to resolving the needs identified. Some individuals in times past might have wondered how they can possibly contribute to dropout prevention in their roles within the community. How does the PE teacher, the cafeteria manager, school nurse contribute to this cause? We will discuss and consider how each of us are an integral part of this system of support.