Posted by: Admin | August 31, 2009

September 10 – Building Blocks Symposium

What if all children in Alameda County started life with the same opportunities?

healthy babies ~ healthy moms and dads ~ healthy families ~ safe, clean neighborhoods ~ quality child care ~ ready for school ~ good schools ~ living wage jobs ~ parks ~ economic security ~ housing ~ transportation ~ healthy food ~ planned pregnancies ~ safe births

We are seeking partners!

~ education, health care, economics, housing, environment, community ~

Start to see yourself and your organization as partners in a larger system.

Come for learning and inspiration from national experts as we start to create a vision of how we can ensure lifelong health and well-being from birth for all children.

8:30-8:45 Welcome

Anita Siegel, RN, MPH

Alameda County Public Health Department

8:45-9:30 “We Each Have a Role: Health and Social Equity in Alameda County”

Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH

Alameda County Public Health Department

9:30-10:45 “Reinventing Maternal and Child Health:  A Life Course Perspective”

Michael Lu, MD, MPH

David Geffen School of Medicine & UCLA School of Public Health

10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:15 “Achieving Health Equity in Alameda County:

Strategic Intent, Reinventing MCH & Advancing Upstream”

Mario Drummonds, MS, LCSW, MBA

Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

12:15-12:30 Discussion
12:30-1:30 Lunch/Networking
1:30-2:30 Film: Unnatural Causes

Facilitated by:

Barbara Bunn McCullough, PhD, Brighter Beginnings

Dana Cruz Santana, MPH, Alameda County Public Health Department

2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:45 Panel Discussion: Cross Sector Partnerships

Moderated by: Ellen Strunin, Alameda County Public Health Department


Irene DeCredico, Alameda County Public Health Department

Loren Farrar, First 5 Alameda County – Every Child Counts

Hellen Howard, Sobrante Park Time-Banking

Angela Louie Howard, Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center

Cheri Pies, Contra Costa Health Services

Aditi Vaidya, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

4:45-5:00 Closing

Sandra Witt, DrPH

Alameda County Public Health Department

Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Nile Hall, Preservation Park
1233 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA 94612

For Parking/Transportation information, visit:


Alameda County Public Health Department

First 5 Alameda County – Every Child Counts

Ethnic Health Institute

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services



Symposium Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify social inequities that underlie health inequities in Alameda County.
  • Discuss the Life Course Perspective and how events during pregnancy and early life can affect lifelong health and well-being.
  • Describe strategies and tactics for creating a Life Course organization to address social determinants of health.
  • Discuss local level examples of cross sector partnerships that can improve population health.

Optional Continuing Education Credits

Register on site.

The $30 fee for 6 CE units is payable at the door. Checks should be made payable to “AC Public Health Fdn.”

RN: This conference is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing under Provider #13872 Alameda Maternal and Child Health, for 6 contact hours.

MFT/LCSW: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences has approved Alameda Maternal and Child Health, Provider #PCE 2349, for 6 continuing education hours.

CME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Institute for Medical Quality and the California Medical Association‘s CME Accreditation Standards (IMQ/CMA) through the Joint Sponsorship of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and Alameda County Public Health Department. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education

Speaker Biographies

Anthony Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH is the Alameda County Public Health Department Director and Health Officer. Dr. Iton’s primary interest is the health of disadvantaged populations and the contributions of race, class, wealth, education, geography, and employment to health status. He has asserted that, in every public health area of endeavor — be it immunizations, chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, STDs, obesity, or even disaster preparedness — local public health departments must recognize that they are confronted with the enduring consequences of structural poverty, institutional racism and other forms of systemic injustice. He further asserts that the only sustainable approach to eliminating health inequities is through the design of intensive, multi-sectoral, place-based interventions that are specifically designed to identify existing assets and build social, political and economic power among a critical mass of community residents in historically under-resourced communities.

Michael C. Lu, MD, MPH is an associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and public health at UCLA. Dr. Lu received his bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University, master’s degrees from UC Berkeley, medical degree from UC San Francisco, and residency training in obstetrics & gynecology from UC Irvine. He is widely recognized for his research, teaching and clinical care. Dr. Lu received the 2004 American Public Health Association Young Professional Award for his research on health disparities. He recently served on the Institute of Medicine Committee (IOM) on Understanding Prematurity, and is currently serving on the IOM Committee to Reexamine IOM Weight Guidelines. He is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Panel on Preconception Care, and a lead investigator for the National Children’s Study in Los Angeles. Dr. Lu sees patients at the faculty group practice in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA Medical Center, and has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005.

Mario Drummonds, MS, LCSW, MBA is the Executive Director/CEO of the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Inc. (NMPP), a Harlem-based maternal and child health agency working to improve the health status of pregnant and parenting women in Northern Manhattan. His twenty-seven years of professional experience ranges in the areas of program administration and planning. He brings to the table experiences with child welfare theory, practice and policy development, maternal & child health, social marketing, information technology and public policy development. Over the last twelve years, Mr. Drummonds diversified NMPP’s funding base and grew the agency from three small MCH programs and a $800,000 annual budget to an agency with a $5.2 million dollar budget, four sites, nearly 120 staff members and nineteen funded programs. He has the ability to blend the best practices within the business, public health and social service fields to transform the lives of his clients and advance the social-economic development of his community.



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