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2019 Agenda for Doing What Matters for Alabama's Children

 

Time
Topic
7:45 - 8:30AM
Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits
8:30 - 8:35AM
Welcome, Invocation and Presentation of Colors

Amanda Lightsey,
Executive Director, Tuscaloosa's One Place, A Family Resource Center
The Reverend Cathy C. Hoop, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Tuscaloosa County High School JROTC
8:35 - 8:45AM
Opening Remarks

Mayor Walt Maddox,
 City of Tuscaloosa
8:45 - 8:55AM
America's Promises

Dr. Charles Nash,
 Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, UA System
8:55 - 9:25AM
State of Children in Alabama

Stephen Woerner,
 Executive Director, VOICES for Alabama's Children
Introduction: Kristy Brown, Training Coordinator, The University of Alabama, Child Development Resources
9:25 - 10:05AM
Together for Families: Expanding the Strengthening Families Framework in Alabama

Sallye Longshore,
 Director, Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Robin Mackey, Executive Director, Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers
Introduction: Teresa Costanzo, Field Director, Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
10:05 - 10:45AM
Put Alabama To Work: The State of Workforce Development

Donny Jones,
 Chief Operating Officer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama
Introduction: Tamika Alexander, Director, 2-1-1/Information and Referral, United Way of West Alabama
10:45 - 11:00AM
Exhibits and Networking
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Breakout Sessions

Suicide Prevention
JacQuan D. Winters,
 President/Founder, Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation, Inc.
Mary Turner, Attorney, Turner Law Group
Introduction: Marilou Baker, Program Coordinator, S.P.A.N. of Tuscaloosa County

Circle the Red Wagons: How the Five Promises Can Help to Build Resiliency in Youth
Dr. Margaret Purcell, Faculty Member New College LifeTrack & Political Science, The University of Alabama
Introduction: Kristy Brown, Training Coordinator, The University of Alabama, Child Development Resources
Alabama Opioid Crisis
Kathy House, Executive Assistant for the Associate Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division,
State of Alabama Department of Mental Health
Introduction: Teresa Costanzo, Field Director, Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Strengthening Families - The Protective Factors and the 7 strategies that bring them to life.
Tracy Plummer, Deputy Director , Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Robin Mackey, Executive Director, Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers
Tish MacInnis, Coordinator of Family & Community Partnerships, Alabama Partnership for Children
Introduction: Misty Renfroe, Director, Pickens County Department of Human Resources
Depression and Children with Trauma
Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell, Associate Professor, The University of Alabama School of Social Work
Introduction: Audrey J. Ellis, Coordinator of Social Services, Tuscaloosa City Schools
 
12:00 - 1:00PM
Lunch and Round Table Discussions
Facilitator: Dr. Charles Nash, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, UA System
1:00 - 1:15PM
Exhibits and Networking
1:15 - 1:45PM
The Importance of High-Quality Early Learning

Lee Johnson III,
 Director of Office of Early Learning and Family Support, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education
Dr. Tracye Strichik, Senior Director, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education
Introduction: Amanda Lightsey, Executive Director, Tuscaloosa's One Place
1:45 - 2:30PM
Serving Immigrant Children in Alabama

Julia Sosa,
 Prenatal Outreach Coordinator, Whatley Health Services, Inc.
Introduction: Lee Andra Calvin, Alabama Department of Public Health, West Central District
2:30 - 2:45PM
Exhibits and Networking
2:45 - 3:45PM
Breakout Sessions

Suicide Prevention
JacQuan D. Winters,
 President/Founder, Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation, Inc.
Mary Turner, Attorney, Turner Law Group
Introduction: Sherri Presley-Dumas, Program Coordinator, Nurse-Family Partnership, Easterseals West Alabama

Prison to Work
Brad Newman,
 Plant Manager, ZF Chassis Systems, LLC
John Covington, CEO and owner, Chesapeake Consulting, Inc.
Introduction: Tamika Alexander, Director, 2-1-1/Information and Referral, United Way of West Alabama

Homelessness in Children
Valencia Curry, Office of Foster Care Program Manager, Alabama Department of Human Resources
LaDonna Rudolph, State Homeless Coordinator, Alabama State Department of Education
Introduction: Audrey Ellis, Coordinator of Social Services, Tuscaloosa City Schools

What's hAPPening on Social Media?
Pamela Casey, District Attorney, 41st Judicial Circuit
Introduction: Suzette Wyatt, Attendance Officer, Tuscaloosa County School System

Serving Immigrant Children in Alabama
Julia Sosa, Prenatal Outreach Coordinator, Whatley Health Services, Inc.
Introduction: Lee Andra Calvin, Alabama Department of Public Health West Central District
4:00 - 4:15PM
Where Do We Go From Here: Creating A Common Agenda to Address the Wellbeing of Our Children

Teresa Costanzo,
 Field Director, Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
4:15PM
Door prizes and CEU Distribution