Chasing Zero: Chasing Zero Maternal and Infant Deaths: Advancing Equity by Investigating Historical Trauma
Zea Malawa Director, Expecting Justice Heluna Health
Zea Malawa is a pediatrician and public health professional committed to improving health outcomes for children of color. She currently works at the San Francisco Department of Public Health leading, Expecting Justice, a collective impact initiative to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes. Zea runs a program that addresses racial disparities in birth outcomes in San Francisco. She researched best practices for teaching anti-racism to health care providers and public health practitioners for her master’s thesis.
john a. powell Director, Othering and Belonging Institute Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies University of California at Berkeley
john a. powell is Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, and prior to that, the founder and director of the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. john formerly served as the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging” to effect equity-based interventions. john has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. His latest book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.
Monday, March 23
The Role of Public Health Communication in Promoting Climate Resiliency
Edward Maibach Distinguished University Professor
Edward Maibach – a Mason distinguished University Professor – is a communication scientist who is expert in the uses of strategic communication and social marketing to address climate change and related public health challenges. His research – funded by NSF, NASA and private foundations – focuses on public understanding of climate change and clean energy; the psychology underlying public engagement; and cultivating TV weathercasters, health professionals, and climate scientists as effective climate educators. From 2011 to 2014, Ed co-chaired the Engagement & Communication Working Group for the 3rd National Climate Assessment, and he currently advises myriad government agencies, museums, science societies and civic organizations on their climate change public engagement initiatives. Previously, Ed has served as an Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and as Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International. Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University, his Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University, and his BA in psychology at University of California, San Diego.
Surili Sutaria Patel Director, Center for Climate, Health and Equity Deputy Director, Center for Public Health Policy American Public Health Association
Surili drives strategic development to bridge the gap between public health programs and sound policies. As Director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity Surili works to inspire action and advance policy that addresses climate change at the nexus of health equity. As Deputy Director for the Center for Public Health Policy, Surili leads the organization’s most notable environmental health programs, including water safety and security, children’s environmental health, tribal public and environmental health, environmental health messaging, transportation and health, and healthy community design. She applies her role in both Centers to champion diversity and advance health equity and environmental justice while promoting public health solutions.
Tuesday, March 24
Inside a Teen’s Mind: Empower Youth Empower You
Welcoming Remarks: Senator Tim Kaine
Senator Tim Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012 and serves on the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees.
Tim has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. As co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, Tim focuses on expanding access to job-training programs to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the modern economy. Tim has also led successful efforts in the Senate to reduce unemployment for military families and veterans.
As a Senator from one of the states most closely connected to the military and the father of a Marine, Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. He works to ensure that the military has the resources it needs to keep the country safe and that servicemembers and veterans receive the benefits and care they have earned. He has also been the leading voice against Presidents starting wars without a vote by Congress.
Tim believes that health care is a right, not something reserved just for those who can afford it, and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care. This includes legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance and to combat the opioid abuse epidemic.
Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. His parents taught him the value of hard work and showed him how small businesses and technical skills strengthen this country every day. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he started his public service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. He trained teenagers to become carpenters and welders, equipping them with skills to lift up themselves and their communities.
He was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city councilmember and then Mayor of Richmond. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. He is married to Anne Holton, who served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 until 2016 and currently serves as the Interim President of George Mason University. They both revel in the adventures of their three grown children and live in the same Northside Richmond neighborhood where they moved as newlyweds more than 30 years ago.
Sonny Kelly Speaker & Facilitator
Sonny Kelly is a master of storytelling, acting, Shakespeare, theater arts, poetry, spoken word, group facilitation, interpersonal communication, performance studies, training and teaching. He captures the attention and imaginations of audiences of all ages with the power of words. Whether he is speaking English or Spanish, this artist knows how to use humor, energy, drama and intellect to engage all crowds, both large and small. With over 20 years of experience as a professional actor, over a decade of youth work, and a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies, this artist knows the smart way to tap into the minds of students and workers of all ages. As a scholar, Sonny's focus is in Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Performance Studies, Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies, and Critical Pedagogy. He has taught: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Performance Studies, Performing Literature, and Performing Culture. He has been a Teaching Assistant for: Intro to Interpersonal & Organizational Communication, Intro to Performance, Intro to Media Production, Performing African American History, Organizational Communication, and Business Communication.
Jason Vitello Health Equity Officer for the Colorado Public Health Association Community Activist
Jason Vitello is a public health professional, the Health Equity Officer for the Colorado Public Health Association, an academic and a community activist. He is a national speaker on social justice, health equity, criminal justice reform, father engagement, trauma, resilience, masculinity and mental health.
Prior to his career in Public Health, Jason was a social worker and therapist who provided advocacy, mentorship, case management and clinical services to specialized and general populations. He has performed these interventions at the individual, family, and community levels in multiple settings from small non-profits to county and federal level systems. It should be noted that before he was ever a provider of human services or family assistance - he was a recipient of them.
His ultimate interest is in the betterment of the human condition through fierce compassion, difficult conversations, collaboration across struggles, the peaceful obliteration of structural inequalities and comprehensive paradigm transformation.