Addressing Trauma in School-Aged Children

About the Forum

On July 11, Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy hosted a forum titled Addressing Trauma in School-Aged Children, which brought together nearly 100 leaders from a variety of backgrounds to learn about the causes of trauma and its impact across the lifespan, and highlight innovative approaches and policies to address trauma in communities. The forum took place at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C. 

Forum Materials: About the Institute for Health Policy | 20+ Years of Addressing Childhood Trauma in Communities

Featured Speakers

The forum brought together organizational leaders, industry experts, clinicians, policymakers, academics and advocates who shared their unique perspectives throughout the day.

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-Muldrow

Tonier is a trauma survivor and internationally recognized trauma-informed care expert. Her 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.

Joyce Dorado, PHDJoyce Dorado, PhD

Joyce is Director and Co-Founder of UCSF HEARTS, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She is an appointed member of the California State Supreme Court Justice’s statewide steering committee for the Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts initiative, as well as the Lead Curriculum Developer and a Master Trainer for the San Francisco Department of Public Health Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative. She has worked with trauma-impacted children, youth, and families for 27 years, has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences and events, and is a published author.

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.

Jennifer Kubista

Jennifer Kubista, EdD

Jennifer is the superintendent at Central School District 13J in Independence, Oregon. Hereducational philosophy is focused on the learning and achievement of students, effective teaching and learning by staff, and the opportunities to partner with families and community for the best interest of every student, every day. She was recognized as an emerging leader (2014) and influence leader (2016-2017) through the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

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. 

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 is the director of public policy and advocacy for Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), a U.S.-based non-profit that works to end violence against women and children in the U.S. and around the world. In her more than 17 years at FUTURES, she 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.  

Kiersten holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Shaun Toy Trotter LMFT

Saun-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.

 

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.

Tonette WalkerTonette Walker

Tonette, 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.

 

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Welcome

Cecilia Echeverria, MPP, MPH
Senior Director for Public Policy, Strategy, and Operations, Institute for Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente
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9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks

Don Mordecai, MD
National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness
Kaiser Permanente
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Anthony Barrueta
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Kaiser Permanente
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9:20 a.m. Morning Keynote Address

Joyce Dorado, PhD
Co-Founder and Director, HEARTS
University of California, San Francisco
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10:00 a.m. Healing from Trauma: A Survivor’s Story

Tonier Cain
CEO
Neen Cares, Inc.
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10:45 a.m. Break

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

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Moderator

Don Mordecai, MD
National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness
Kaiser Permanente
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Panelists

Doug Newton, MD, MPH
Chief of Integrated Behavioral Health and Adolescent Psychiatry
Colorado Permanente Medical Group
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Saun-Toy Trotter, LMFT
Program Director
University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
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Jennifer Kubista, EdD
Superintendent
Central School District, Independence, OR
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Chelsea Prax, MPH, CPH
Assistant Director, Children’s Health and Well-being
American Federation of Teachers
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12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch

12:45 p.m. The Federal Perspective

Moderator

Imelda Dacones, MD
President and CEO
Northwest Permanente

Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA
19th Surgeon General of the United States
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1:30 p.m. Panel: Solutions

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Moderator

Cecilia Echeverria, MPP, MPH
Senior Director for Public Policy, Strategy, and Operations, Institute for Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente
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Panelists

Ellen Pais, JD
President and CEO
Los Angeles Education Partnership
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Kiersten Stewart, MA
Director of Public Policy
Futures Without Violence
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Sharon Hoover, PhD
Associate Professor and Co-Director, National Center for School Mental Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Tonette Walker
First Lady of Wisconsin
Co-Founder, Fostering Futures
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Sandra Wilkniss, PhD
Program Director, Center for Best Practices, Health Division
National Governor’s Association
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2:45 p.m. Themes Emerging from Today’s Forum

Don Mordecai, MD
National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness
Kaiser Permanente
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Anthony Barrueta
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Kaiser Permanente
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3:00 p.m. Closing

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