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Implicit bias predicts and determines decisions and actions; it determines how we positively or negatively respond to the youth we serve. It is important to recognize that we all have biases; this is how we process and organize information, how we make sense of the world around us.  

This interactive workshop will discuss how bias affects us every day and how we can adjust our perceptions to develop a more inclusive world view. During this presentation, we will: 

  • define bias and the different types of bias; 
  • understand how our perception plays a role in bias; and 
  • increase knowledge of how to recognize any personal bias. 

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Gina Forrest, PhD, MPH

Title: Consultant, Instructor – Consulting Services with Gina, LLC

Gina Forrest in a Hoosier native with more than 10 years of experience in the public health field where her expertise is in conducting needs assessments, program planning and evaluation. She also specializes in training and facilitating discussions in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness. Gina has taught at Butler University and Indiana University in the areas of health disparities, program planning, public health administration, and others.  

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Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for Indiana youth between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents, with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row. According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults.  

Join us for this presentation to learn more about the mental health struggles facing youth in our community and across Indiana. We will discuss the impact of mental health challenges on youth and families and build awareness of what we can do as a community to have a positive effect to make a difference. 

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Brandi Christianson

Title: Executive Director, Mental Health America of North Central Indiana

Brandi Christianson has been a crisis counselor and volunteer with local agencies in Kokomo and in Iowa and is proud to serve our region. Brandi is a certified instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid and Public Safety Mental Health First Aid. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children must have good mental health to reach their full potential. Mentally healthy children reach developmental and emotional milestones, learn beneficial social skills, and have a positive healthy quality of life in home, school and in their communities.  

Mental Health America reports that 76% of youth in the United States do not receive treatment for mental health issues. Stigma is a key barrier that prevents youth from seeking or continuing the mental health treatment they need. By reducing stigma, we can create an environment that offers hope and acceptance to those who currently suffer in silence. 

Join us for this presentation to better understand what stigma is and the impact stigma has on individuals and communities. We will discuss how to identify and overcome stigma in ourselves and our communities in order to help improve mental health outcomes for youth. 

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Jessica Hanna

Title: Education and Outreach Specialist, Mental health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Hanna provides training to further understanding about mental health awareness and substance use disorders for the community. Jessica is a certified trainer for QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

Jessica Ryan, MSW, LCSW

Title: Community Advocate and Educator, Mental health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Ryan connects individuals and organizations with resources in Fort Wayne and surrounding counties. She also serves as a mental health educator with trainer certifications in QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Harrison County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 

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Indiana Youth Institute

Title: Impact & Data Solutions Team

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, high-quality early childhood care and education prepares children for long-term educational success in elementary school, middle school and high school. Among Hoosier children younger than six years, 68.3% have all parents in the labor force and likely need some form of care. The Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee reports that only 16% of children likely in need of care are enrolled in a high-quality program. 

Providing children with high-quality early learning increases readiness for school and the work world, and businesses benefit by having parents more fully present in their work. Investing in early learning can provide long-term benefits for children, families and communities, socially and financially. 

Join us for this presentation and discussion to better understand: 

  • the short and long-term benefits of early brain development;  
  • the connection between high-quality childcare and high-quality workforce; and 
  • how to involve business and community sectors in improving childcare options to broaden early learning opportunities for all families. 

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Jeri McCorkle

Title: Coordinator, First5

Jeri McCorkle is working to increase local understanding of early brain development. The First5 coalition is also studying Rush County’s SWOT to determine where to best focus the community’s energy and efforts. Jeri has over 25 years of experience as an elementary educator and is passionate about helping her community thrive both now and in the future. 

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According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents, with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row.  

This presentation will address how the presence of anxiety and depression in a child’s life impacts all aspects of that child’s life. Together we will: 

  • discuss the different types of anxiety and depressive disorders and their causes; 
  • learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth; and  
  • explore ways to talk with and support youth experiencing anxiety and depression 

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Susan S. Jefford, LCSW, MSW

Title: Clinical Manager – Western Division of LifeSpring Health Systems

Susan Jefford earned a Master of Social Work from UCLA and has worked more than 30 years extensively with children and adolescents who struggle with trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC-Kaiser ACE Study, children who experience multiple adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life.The findings of the ACE Study show that leading causes of health, learning, behavior and productivity problems are often rooted in the cumulative impacts of childhood adversity.  

Nearly half (47.3%) of children in Indiana have experienced one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). To support these children in a meaningful way, youth workers must have an understanding of the impact that trauma can have on the children they serve.  

This presentation and panel discussion will address trauma, the forms it takes in children and youth, and practical applications for those who interact with children in a non-therapeutic setting. You will: 

  • learn about trauma and its impact on development; 
  • understand adolescent behaviors in the context of trauma; and 
  • identify how to begin addressing ACEs with the youth and families they serve. 

Panelists will include a pediatrician, a wrap-around services supervisor, a school administrator and other local professionals. 

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us to learn about the top challenges for kids in Decatur County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth.  

You are encouraged to bring a personal laptop or tablet for hands-on experience learning to search and navigate the KIDS COUNT Data Center and other resources to incorporate data in presentations, proposals and everyday work. Wi-fi will be available. 

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Indiana Youth Institute

Title: Impact & Data Solutions Team and Strategic Engagement Team

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National polls show that 95% of teens in the United States have access to a smartphone, which affords easy access to content, media and social interactions that can be either helpful or harmful. Recent research has shown a link between social media and emotional distress among adolescents. Excessive screen time and mobile phone addiction is a recognized stressor for youth. The upward trend in suicide rates among youth has also followed the same curve as the rise in mobile phone and social media use.  

Join us for a presentation and discussion about developing new ‘digital life’ health habits. It is imperative to arm young people with tools to appropriately self-moderate their technology interactions and to teach them how to practice good digital citizenship. During this workshop you will: 

  • understand the potential harms of online technology use; 
  • learn about current trends in smartphone and social media use; and 
  • identify guidelines and tools for a healthy digital life from trustworthy sources.  

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Tammy Toscos, PhD

Title: Research Scientist – Parkview Health; Manager Informatics Research – Mirro Center for Research and Innovation

Tammy Toscos holds a PhD in Informatics from Indiana University. For 15 years she has conducted research aimed at developing technologies that empower people of all ages to make better decisions about their health. Dr. Toscos currently leads an interdisciplinary team focused on youth mental health research. 

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The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future?  How might we, as a nation, do better? 

In this film these questions are investigated through different lenses: 

  1. What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body?  
  2. What it is like to be a parent today? 
  3. What policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?  

Join us for the viewing of the first installment in the documentary series which covers all three of these issues. We will then have a solutions-based panel discussion about how to reframe the way we look at early child health and development and how the community can make a difference. For more information about this film visit www.raisingofamerica.org 

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