Addressing Trauma in School-Aged Children


Welcome Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy Forum: Addressing Trauma in School-Aged Children

Since 1999, the Institute for Health Policy’s (IHP) mission has been to shape policy and practice with evidence and experience from the nation’s largest private integrated health care delivery and financing organization through publications, expert roundtables, and conferences.

In support of that mission, IHP presents the forum Addressing Trauma in School-Aged children on July 11 in Washington, D.C. at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health.


Featured Speakers

The Institute for Health Policy brings together organizational leaders, industry experts, policymakers, academics, and more who will engage and inspire attendees.

Peggy Agron, MA, RD

Peggy is the National Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools initiative. Thriving Schools is an effort dedicated to improving the health of students, staff, and teachers in K-12 schools. This work in schools is focused on four key areas: healthy eating, active living, school employee well-being, and resilience. The effort also works to further the alignment of education and health policy agendas at the local, regional and national levels. 

Peggy holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.

Anthony Barueta
Anthony Barrueta

Tony is senior vice president of government relations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in Oakland, California. He oversees development of Kaiser Permanente’s public policy positions, in collaboration with senior leadership throughout the organization, to ensure that Kaiser Permanente maintains a common voice in support of the interests of the organization, its members, and the communities it serves.

Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tonier CainTonier Cain

Tonier Cain-Muldrow is a trauma survivor and internationally recognized trauma informed care expert. Tonier’s work has focused on heightening awareness of the characteristics and effects of trauma and improving the performance of service providers, businesses, government agencies and others who interact with trauma victims and survivors.

Imelda Dacones, MDImelda Dacones, MD 

Imelda is the President and CEO of Northwest Permanente, leading 1,700+ physicians, clinicians and administrators to provide care to 600,000+ Kaiser Permanente members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In 2011, after five years as West Service Area’s lead hospitalist, she became the physician leader for Kaiser Permanente’s new Westside Medical Center. She later became Westside’s Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer.

She holds undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago, where she also completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Sharon HooverSharon Hoover, PhD

Sharon is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2010, Dr. Hoover became the principal investigator and co-director of the national Center for School Mental Health (CSMH). Trauma-responsive schools and trauma exposure among youth and families has been a major emphasis of her research and clinical work, and she has trained school and community behavioral health staff and educators across the U.S. and internationally. She received her medical and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Don Mordecai, MDDon Mordecai, MD

Don is the national leader for mental health and wellness at Kaiser Permanente, and director of mental health and chemical dependency services for the Permanente Medical Group in Northern California. He is also an adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School.

He holds a doctoral degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and is board certified in psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Vivek Murthy, MDVivek Murthy, MD

Vivek served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. As The Nation’s Doctor, he brought both passion and innovation to the challenges of leading America’s national healthcare initiatives.

He emphasizes emotional wellbeing as the unexpected key to a healthier and stronger America. He talks about the science behind emotional well-being and its implications for the addiction crisis in America, chronic disease, community violence, education, creativity, workplace productivity, and educational outcomes.

Before serving as Surgeon General, he practiced and taught internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Yale University.

Douglas Newton, MDDouglas Newton, MD

Douglas serves as the national clinical lead for pediatric behavioral health at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute and the national physician lead for mental health and wellness with Thriving Schools for Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health. He also served as regional specialty chief of integrated behavioral health and chief for child psychiatry for Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado region.

He holds a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in public health from Yale University, and completed his psychiatry training at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Ellen PaisEllen Pais

Ellen is the president and CEO of the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP). With more than 25 years’ experience in community building, community relations and the law, she was the driving force behind LAEP’s expansion and development of community collaboratives and community-school partnerships and its holistic school transformation model.

Ellen holds a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Stephen ParodiStephen Parodi, MD

Stephen serves an associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group with responsibility for hospital operations, inpatient quality, patient safety, care of complex and special needs populations, skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice, and external communications. He is also executive vice president for The Permanente Federation with duties that include external affairs, government relations, communications, and brand. Additionally, he serves as a liaison for Kaiser Permanente’s engagement in local and international healthcare delivery initiatives.

Stephen holds a medical degree from Georgetown University and completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and infectious disease fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Affiliated Program in Infectious Disease.


Chelsea PraxChelsea Prax, MPH

Chelsea directs children’s health & well-being programs at the American Federation of Teachers. She supports affiliates with research, advocacy, strategic partnership and more to address union members’ priorities: mental health, access to healthcare and food security.

She earned a teaching license with Washington, D.C.’s Center for Inspired Teaching and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Maryland.

Kiersten StewartKiersten Stewart

Kiersten Stewart is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Futures Without Violence, a US-based non-profit that works to end violence against women and children in the US and around the world. Prior to leading the organization’s  Washington D.C. office, she was the Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), overseeing all legislative and communications activities and managing his successful 1998 campaign.

In her more than 17 years at FUTURES, Ms. Stewart has helped guide the creation, implementation and funding of several major pieces of legislation addressing violence against women and children and has been a frequent spokesperson and trainer on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, children’s exposure to violence, and gender-based violence globally.  Stewart has a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Shaun Toy Trotter LMFT

Shaun-Toy Trotter, LMFT

Saun-Toy is the program director of school-based behavioral health programs at the University of California, San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

She brings over 20years of experience providing services to adolescents and families, including practice at school health centers, residential treatment, inpatient psychiatric units and youth development programs.


Tonette WalkerTonette Walker

Tonette Walker, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the First Lady of Wisconsin. She currently works in the development department for the American Lung Association.

She uses her role as First Lady to help improve the lives of the people of Wisconsin, working with foundations and nonprofits to better recognize, understand, and address the effects of trauma on the lives of children and families through her Fostering Futures initiative.


Sandra Wilkniss, PhD

Sandra is program director for the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices’ Health Division, focusing on issues related to behavioral health and social determinants of health and the innovative integration of these into health system transformation efforts. She leads the NGA Center’s technical assistance work with states advancing programs for high-need, high-cost populations.

Sandra holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University.

Agenda Preview

Wednesday, July 11

9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introduction

9:30 a.m. Keynote Address

10:00 a.m. The Youth Perspective 

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. On the Front Lines: The Provider and Educator Perspective 

12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch

12:45 p.m. The Federal Perspective 

1:30 p.m. Panel: Solutions

2:45 p.m. Themes Emerging from Today’s Forum

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

How to Register

Washington D.C.

The Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy Forum: Addressing Trauma in School-Aged Children is an invite-only event. To register for the event, hosted at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health, click the registration button below.  

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