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Agenda

Wednesday, October 16 

8:30am 

Sponsor Exhibits Open

8:30am–10:00am

Registration

10:00am–12:15pm

Opening General Session:

  • Welcoming Remarks

    • Chevon Kothari, CWDA President, Human Services Director/Shelter Branch Director, Mariposa County

    • Luis Alejo, District 1 Supervisor, Monterey County Board of Supervisors

    • Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

  • Keynote Address: The Working Poor: Invisible in America

    David Shipler - Reporter and author of "The Working Poor: Invisible in America"

12:15pm-1:15pm

Lunch Buffet

1:00pm-5:00pm

Sponsor One-On-One Client Meetings

1:15pm-2:00pm

Dessert Break with Sponsors

2:00pm-3:30pm

Breakout Session One:

  • Featured Mini-Plenary: A Vision for California Health and Human Services Under Governor Newsom: A Conversation with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.
    Moderated by CWDA Executive Director Frank Mecca.

  • CalSAWS Buzz

  • New Services to Seniors: CalFresh & Home Safe

  • Popping the Bias Bubble - Thought Leaders Share Their Perspective

  • Systemwide Partners Take Transformative Steps Toward Integrating a Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Lens

3:45pm-5:00pm

Breakout Session Two:

  • County of Orange Adult Protective Services Simulation: Training Beyond the Classroom

  • Expanding CalFresh Employment & Training Through Fresh Success

  • Love All Our Kids: Finding Ways to Connect the Community with the Needs of Foster Children

  • Navigating and Addressing Unconscious Bias - (Limited to 30 participants - registration and additional fee of $25 required. Click for more information.)

  • The Impact of Domestic Violence, Trauma and Neglect on Families

  • Understanding Poverty Measures Used to Assess Economic Well-Being in California

5:00pm-6:30pm

All-Attendee Opening Night Reception

Thursday, October 17

7:30am

Sponsor Exhibits Open

7:30am-8:30am

Breakfast

8:00am-12:00pm

 

Platinum/Gold Sponsor one-on-one client meetings

8:30am-10:15am

General Session Two:

  • Opening Remarks and Panel Introduction
    Frank Mecca, CWDA Executive Director

    Chevon Kothari, CWDA President, Human Services Director/Shelter Branch Director, Mariposa County

  • Kim Johnson, Director of California Department of Social Services

  • Keynote Panel: Critical Issues in Aging Policy

    • Kim McCoy Wade - Director California Department of Aging (CDSS)

    • Donna Benton, PhD - Research Associate Professor of Gerontology USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

    • Kathy Greenlee, JD -Visionary Thought leader, Policy Expert, and Advocate

10:30am-11:45am

Breakout Session Three:

  • CalFresh Expansion for SSI Recipients

  • Child Care: A Critical Support for CalWORKs Participant Success

  • Connecting the Dots - Innovative Collaborations to Address Homelessness in Monterey County

  • Enhancing Services to Immigrant Families in an Uncertain Time

  • Family First and Beyond: A Mindful Look at Serving Children and Families in a Post-Waiver Environment

  • Navigating and Addressing Unconscious Bias - (Limited to 30 participants - registration and additional fee of $25 required. Click for more information.)

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch Buffet

1:00pm-1:30pm

Dessert Break with Sponsors

1:00pm-5:00pm

Platinum/Gold Sponsor one-on-one client meetings

1:30pm-2:45pm

Breakout Session Four:

  • Cal-OAR: Program Management in the Spirit of Continuous Quality Improvement

  • Peer Support Teams and How They Can be Effectively Used to Reduce the Effects of Primary and Secondary Trauma on Social Workers

  • Successful Training Outcomes Using Technology

  • The Paintbrush is Mightier Than the Sword: Art and Games to Fight Bias - (Limited to 30 participants - registration and additional fee of $25 required. Click for more information.)

  • The Restaurant Meals Program

2:45pm-3:15pm

Light Refreshment Break

3:15pm-5:00pm

General Session Three:

  • Opening Remarks
    Chevon Kothari, CWDA President, Human Services Director/Shelter Branch Director, Mariposa County

  • Keynote Address: Overcoming Trauma to Become a Successful Adult & Advocate for the Well-Being of Children

    Christina Meredith - Former Foster Youth, Advocate, And Author of "Cindergirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope"

Friday, October 18

7:30am

Sponsor Exhibits Open

7:30am-8:30am

Breakfast

8:30am-9:45am

Breakout Session Five:

  • It Doesn't Stop Here - Wrap Around Services After Housing Placement

  • Lights, Camera, Collaboration

  • Serving Nonbinary Customers and the LGBTQ Community

  • ABAWD Work Rule: Year 1 Implementation Learnings and A Look Ahead

  • Youth Homelessness and Violence: Intersections of Criminalization, Violence, and Homelessness Among San Francisco Transition Age Youth

10:00am-12:00pm

Closing General Session:

  • Opening Remarks
    Chevon Kothari, CWDA President, Human Services Director/Shelter Branch Director, Mariposa County

    Ann Edwards, CWDA President at Large, Director of Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

  • Keynote Address Breaking New Ground: Building Public Will to Advance Affordable Housing and Inclusive Communities

    Dr. Tiffany Manuel, PhD - President and CEO, TheCaseMade

  • Closing Remarks and Sponsor Bingo Drawing
    Chevon Kothari, CWDA President and Director of Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency

 

 

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