B3: Advancing Health Equity: From Theory to Practice

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Do you struggle with viewing health through various lenses? This presentation will focus on health across diverse populations.

Learning objective(s):

•Describe the need for a more humanizing and healing approach to social and emotional learning. 
•Identify the correlation between religion and health in Blacks affiliated with the church.
•Identify at least two health disparities related to dementia. 
•Analyze the Health Stigma and Discrimination Framework to intentionally address stigma and discrimination when selecting, planning, and implementing health interventions. 

Featured presentations:

•Educator Perspectives: Liberating Social and Emotional Learning - Dena Simmons, EdD, CHES® and Sukhminder Kaur, MD
•Health Promotion: Through the Lens of Black Churchgoers - Taquina C. Davis, PhD, MA
•An Alzheimer’s Curriculum to Advance Health Equity - Kayleigh Jones, MPH, CHES® 
•The Health Stigma & Discrimination Framework: From Theory to Practice - Holly Raffle, PhD, MCHES® and Katrina Wyche, PhD

Rebecca Rich, PhD, CHES® (Moderator)

Adjunct Faculty Member

West Chester University

Dr. Rebecca Rich is an assistant professor in the Department of Health at West Chester University. Her teaching responsibilities are primarily in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. Dr. Rich's research focuses on women's sexual health, and health and sexuality education pedagogy. Much of her work is done with a feminist theoretical lens.

Dena Simmons, EdD, CHES

Loyola University of Chicago

Dr. Dena Simmons is the founder of LiberatED, a liberatory approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) that centers radical love, healing, and justice. She is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Racial Justice at Loyola University of Chicago. Before LiberatED, she co-led a university center, where she supported schools to use the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society. Prior to her work there, Dr. Simmons served as an educator, teacher educator, diversity facilitator, and curriculum developer. She has been a leading voice on teacher education and has written and spoken across the country about social and racial justice pedagogy, diversity, emotional intelligence, and bullying in K-12 school settings. Dr. Simmons’ research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K-12 school setting, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the intersection of equity and SEL—all in an effort to ensure and foster justice, belonging, and safe spaces for all. She is the author of the forthcoming book, White Rules for Black People (St. Martin’s Press).

Sukhminder Kaur, PhD


Dr. Sukhminder Kaur is a consultant at LiberatED where she feels incredibly fortunate to combine her love of social and emotional learning; social justice; and research methods to help better the way we do and think about education. Previously, Dr. Kaur used her background in Health Education to help individuals live their best life with life coaching. Dr. Kaur loves watching people grow and develop into their best selves and enjoys facilitating that process. When not working with kids or their parents, Dr. Kaur enjoys swimming, cooking, and reading.

Taquina C. Davis, PhD, MA

Prisma Health

Dr. Taquina Davis has over ten years of experience demonstrating the ability to partner with multiple sectors effectively, including managing and assisting with advocacy, health and racial equity, community engagement, and health care delivery. She has the experience working for and with organizations that help strengthen and implement strategies designed to achieve health equity. Her experience includes program development, management, community health, population health, complementary and alternative health, chronic disease prevention, and wellness. As a leader in the community health department, she works in and with communities to substantially impact and improve community health outcomes. Currently, her responsibility includes developing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining comprehensive, evidence-based chronic disease prevention and wellness programs for community members who are underserved and uninsured. In addition, she can work closely with clinicians and community-based organizations to provide optimal care to patients and community members. As the current chair for a local coalition, she oversees the development and design of plans, logic models and cultivates resources with new partners to support community health and health equity priorities. In this role, she leads proposal development and writes proposals to secure further funding opportunities. Serving as an advisor on related projects and initiatives on various local community coalitions, boards, advocacy committees, she assists with advancing state and local public health practice interventions to help achieve health equity. Taquina has her MA in Health & Wellness with a concentration in alternative medicine and her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion.

Kayleigh Jones, MPH, CHES

Emory University

Kayleigh Jones, MPH, CHES is a Health Communications Coordinator with the Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. In her current role, she works in diabetes prevention with training for National Diabetes Prevention Program and has written and co-designed a new online curriculum in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Holly Raffle, PhD, MCHES

Ohio University

Dr. Holly Raffle, Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs, leads the Programmatic Partnership for Community-Based Prevention. As an engaged faculty, she is responsible for a portfolio of work in the area of community health, promotion and prevention, which has generated nearly $10.5 million in external funding since 2009 from partner organizations such as the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and 22 other sponsors. During that timeframe, the Partnership for Community-Based Prevention has collaborated to provide intensive leadership development, training, technical assistance, and evaluation services to 84 Ohio communities as they address critical needs and issues related to mental health and substance abuse. In 2013, Dr. Raffle was the recipient of the Firefly Award from the Fairfield County Family, Adult, and Children First Council recognizing her commitment to community-level prevention. In 2014, Dr. Raffle was the recipient of the OhioMHAS Prevention Champion Award, recognizing her efforts to help state agencies, ADAMHS Boards, and prevention providers rethink or redesign their prevention systems through the Strategic Prevention Framework. Additionally, she is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist an active member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) as well as the Ohio SOPHE, where she served a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

Katrina Wyche, PhD

SheRays and TTJ Group

Dr. Katrina J. Wyche has been in the human services field over 25 years on a volunteer and professional basis. Wyche currently serves as the Regional Director for SheRays and TTJ Group, LLC. She obtained her Doctorate of Education Leadership (Ed.D), with a focus on Cross-Cultural Leadership and Organizational Development & Design from Xavier University where she is also an Adjunct Professor. She is the founder of Luv U 2 Life, LLC, a suicide prevention and mental health awareness organization. She is also an Associate Trainer for Faith Partners, LLC. Wyche currently provides board leadership and consultation to FuturePromise, a group home for emotionally disturbed adolescence. Also, she serves on the Advisory Council for the Matthew B Schooner Educational Center at Prevention Action Alliance and on the board of directors for Empowering Education. She is a founding member of Wyoming Community in Action, an organization dedicated to social awareness and justice. Independently, she provides consultation services for organizations, school districts, and businesses to raise cultural awareness (using Courageous Conversations curriculum), develop and design training programs and curriculum, and general organizational improvement. She holds a life coaching certification and has a special focus on post-traumatic growth. She is a certified Ohio Prevention Consultant and working to obtain Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant (CDCA) Certification. She is a trainer for the following evidence based and model programs: Celebrating Families!, Minimize Risk, Maximize Life: A low risk drinking course for adults, Botvin’s Life Skills, and Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. She provided training and consultation for Interact for Health, PreventionFirst!, Dearborn County CASA (Indiana), and Dearborn County Schools and Juvenile Detention Center. She served on the board of directors for the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Association of Ohio. Wyche also is the Co-developer of the Building Prevention with Faith: A Faith-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Toolkit. With her published dissertation, Factors Contributing to Leaders Leveraging Traumatic Experiences for Post-Traumatic Growth in their Leadership Capacity.


B3: Advancing Health Equity: From Theory to Practice
03/22/2022 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 03/24/2022
03/22/2022 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 03/24/2022
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1.50 Entry CECH credits  |  No certificate available
1.50 Entry CECH credits  |  No certificate available