Vital Village is a network of residents and organizations committed to maximizing child, family, and community well-being. Vital Village is based at Boston Medical Center.

www.vitalvillage.org

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Sessions

Concurrent Session Block A (9:45-11:00AM)

Sessions

Getting the Policy Agenda Adopted

A panel discussion on how community-centered groups and organizations can impact policy.

  • Bharti Wahi, Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota; Voices and Choices for Children Coalition

  • May Losloso, Senior Organizer, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota; Voices and Choices for Children Coalition

  • Kim Sykes, Director of Education Policy, New York Immigration Coalition

  • Representative Marjorie Decker, Massachusetts House of Representatives, 25th Middlesex District

Equity in Education

Panel discussion unpacking how equity in education, beginning in early childhood, can impact the trajectory of a child's life.

  • Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, Massachusetts Commissioner of Early Education and Care

  • Neva Bandelow, Early Learning Program Manager, Alameda County Office of Education; California Consortium for Equity in Early Care & Education

  • Latoya Gayle, Executive Director, Boston School Finder

  • Joseph Graham Jr, Student Equity Advocate, Global Research Solutions, Inc.

  • Adrienne Troy-Frazier, Executive Director, Berkeley County First Steps; Berkeley Eduation and Early Care Collective

  • Dr. LaWanda Wesley, Director of Quality Enhancement & Professional Development of Early Learning, Oakland Unified School District; California Consortium for Equity in Early Care & Education

Coalition Building

Panel discussion highlighting approaches and strategies of various groups to build and maintain coalitions focused on maternal and infant well-being.

  • Pauline Erices, Jefferson County Public Health - Colorado, Moving Ahead Adelante

  • Richie Simone Lee, Community Champion, Berkeley Early Education and Care Collective

  • Doug Kress, Director of Health and Human Services, City of Somerville

  • Melody Cunningham, Vital Village Network's Boston Breastfeeding Coalition

*Spanish Interpretation

 

Workshops

Human-Centered Design - Part 1

A workshop to learn how to identify and scale solutions through collaborative efforts using design strategies.

  • Augusta Meills, Candace Brooks, and Lou Whiting, Agncy

Building Beloved Community - Part 1

A workshop to learn principles and practices for building more equitable communities.

  • Nikotris Perkins, Senior Strategist, Ubuntu Research and Evaluation

  • Dr. Monique Listen, Chief Strategist, Ubuntu Research and Evaluation

Please note that session titles, descriptions, and schedule may shift.

Concurrent Session Block C (1:15 - 2:30PM)

Sessions

Data-Driven Decision Making

What story does your data tell and how to use it to align cross-sector efforts.

  • Efren Aguilar, GIS Unit Chief, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, & Communities 

  • Ginneh Baugh, Vice President of Strategy and Knowledge, United Way of Greater Atlanta

Community-Centered Engagement

Panel discussion highlighting key takeaways of lessons on how to authentically and meaningfully engage and build relationships with members of the communities we seek to serve and support.

  • Amy Crosby, Agency Corodinator, West Alabama Food Bank; Young Child Wellness Council

  • Rosazlia Grillier, Community Organizing and Family Issues, POWER-PAC IL

  • Dr. April Kendrick, Director of Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor, Child Development Resources, The University of Alabama; Young Child Wellness Council

  • Marisa Luse, Vital Village Network's Village Strategists of Boston

  • Marv Neal, Executive Director, 365 Dads

  • Adrian Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnerships, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

*Spanish Interpretation

Workshops

Building your Brand Strategy

How to use branding to tell the story of your social impact work.

  • Pam Daly, DK Brand Strategy

Pre-Father Care: Prenatal Care for Fathers​

Interactive workshop highlighting exercises and strategies to support fathers connect and reconnect with their children.

  • Leonard Tshitenge and George Boakye-Yiadom, Father's Uplift

Innovation Pitch (continued)

Listen to peers pitch promising new ideas, prototypes or solutions to a challenge facing children, families and communities to experts judges. Sign-up here.

  • Guest Judges:

    • Lola Adedokun, Child Wellbeing Program and African Health Initiative Director, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    • Dr. Charles Carter Jr. LICSW, Senior Evidence Director, Project Evident

    • Martha Davis, Senior Program Office, Robert Wood Johnson foundation

    • Brian Gold, Early Childhood Program Officer, The Boston Foundation

Please note that session titles, descriptions, and schedule may shift.

Concurrent Session Block B (11:15-12:15PM)

Sessions

Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

A panel discussion on economic opportunity and mobility. How do social enterprises merge business strategies and social impact? How can those who experience injustice design solutions?

  • Kymberly Byrd, Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University

  • Dr. Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator, Children’s HealthWatch; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

  • Jessica Taubner, Greater Boston Director, Family Independence Initiative

*Spanish Interpretation

 

Trauma-Informed Transformation

Panel discussion on what it means to foster and nurture a trauma-informed community.

  • Spencer Coats, Director of Health and Wellness, Downtown Women's Center

  • Leslie Lieberman, Senior Director of Training and Organizational Development, Health Federation of Philadelphia

  • Dr. Beverly Lynn, Executive Director, Programs for Parents; Essex County Council for Young Children

  • Crystal Wyatt, Real Resilience Prison Wife Life, Philadelphia ACE Task Force Steering Committee

 

Workshops

Human-Centered Design - Part 2

A workshop to learn how to identify and scale solutions through collaborative efforts using design strategies.

  • Augusta Meills, Candace Brooks, and Lou Whiting, Agncy

Building Beloved Community - Part 2

A workshop to learn principles and practices for building more equitable communities.

  • Nikotris Perkins, Senior Strategist, Ubuntu Research and Evaluation

  • Dr. Monique Listen, Chief Strategist, Ubuntu Research and Evaluation

 

Innovation Pitch

Listen to peers pitch promising new ideas, prototypes or solutions to a challenge facing children, families and communities to experts judges. Sign-up here.

  • Guest Judges:

    • Lola Adedokun, Child Wellbeing Program and African Health Initiative Director, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    • Dr. Charles Carter Jr. LICSW, Senior Evidence Director, Project Evident

    • Martha Davis, Senior Program Office, Robert Wood Johnson foundation

    • Brian Gold, Early Childhood Program Officer, The Boston Foundation

Please note that session titles, descriptions, and schedule may shift.

 

 
 
 
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