Please see this learning opportunity from our friends at the Kempe Center and CO School of Public Health:
PATHWAYS TO PREVENTION
Translating Child Maltreatment and ACEs Prevention Research into Practice
The Injury and Violence Prevention Center and Kempe Center are pleased to announce a new partnership that aims to connect prevention workers with the latest science on protecting children.
This program provides free monthly webinars designed for those working in public health organizations, social services, child welfare, and the non-profit sector. These virtual learning experiences feature researchers working on various topics in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Through these sessions, people working in prevention can learn more about the latest scientific research to apply in their work, while also helping to inform researchers about on-the-ground issues and priorities. This partnership continues the work of the Child Maltreatment National Peer Learning Team that launched in 2017 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The webinars are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10 Pacific/11 Mountain/12 Central/1 Eastern time.
If you are interested in learning about future events, please view the website. Upcoming webinars in the series include:
The Empower Action Model™ offers a framework for preventing child maltreatment and promoting well-being for all individuals through the intentional building of protective factors. It is a process and a commitment to building health, well-being, and resilience for children and families in a way that is racially equitable, sustainable, and meaningful.
During this session, Ullrich will describe her work to develop a conceptual framework that makes visible Indigenous child wellbeing. She states "I fulfill the following roles: Daughter of Cathie and Gordon (both deceased), Granddaughter of Nancy Felton (Senungetuk), Mother of Uiganna and Atqaq, Tribal member of Nome Eskimo Community, descendant of Native Village of Wales. Assistant Professor at University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work. Previous Alaska child welfare trainer, supervisor, ICWA specialist, and frontline social worker. Current researcher, educator, and storyteller. Healer of my own childhood trauma. Future ancestor. I love our sacred children."
During this webinar, Austin will describe research on substance use among pregnant and parenting people, examples from programs in North Carolina, and implications for practice.
Her current research centers on the primary prevention of adverse childhood experiences, specifically child abuse and neglect; substance use among pregnant and parenting people; and population-level strategies, including those that address material hardships, to prevent injuries and violence and promote child and family wellbeing. She has experience and interest in applying advanced statistical methods, linking existing survey and administrative data sources, and partnering with state and local agencies to advance the maternal and child health research and practice agenda.
During this webinar, attendees will learn about how a large city used a systems approach to identifying and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences. Colleen Bridger, MPH, Ph.D., formerly the Assistant City Manager and Interim Health Director for the city of San Antonio, will share the innovative work of the South Texas Trauma-Informed Care Consortium, including training and certification programs. Bridger, MPH, Ph.D., started her career in 1990 working with a Migrant Farmworker Clinic in Eastern North Carolina. The bulk of her work has been in local government, leading local health departments in NC and San Antonio.
Raissian and Bullinger will discuss their research on policy approaches to prevent child maltreatment and the importance of addressing neglect in prevention efforts. Russian's research focuses on child and family policy with an emphasis on understanding how policies affect fertility, family formation, and family violence. Raissian’s research is interdisciplinary and draws on principles from program evaluation, economic demography, and applied microeconomics. Bullinger's research examines how public policies affect children and family's health and well-being, especially low-income families.
Dettlaff’s work focuses on improving outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system through examining the factors contributing to racial disparities and improving cultural responsiveness. His research and consultation with state child welfare systems have led to significant policy and practice improvements that have resulted in reductions in the overrepresentation of African American children in these systems. Dean Dettlaff has also conducted groundbreaking research to identify and understand the unique needs of immigrant Latino children and families involved in child welfare. This research resulted in the first national data on the presence of Latino children of immigrants in the child welfare system and their risk exposure.