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Addressing Trauma in Pediatric Primary Care: Insights from the Field

Thursday, October 24, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Addressing trauma is an important goal of pediatric primary care. Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is often considered a critical component of this goal and momentum around universal screening is growing. Within California, several legislative efforts, including the passage of AB340, have facilitated this momentum at the state level.  As California prepares to roll out universal ACE screening for the state’s Medi-Cal program and the policy landscape continues to unfold, very practical questions exist around how to best integrate screening into the care setting and how screening fits within an overall approach focused on addressing trauma and building resilience.

Within this context, Genentech Charitable Giving and the Center for Care Innovations partnered to implement the Resilient Beginnings Collaborative, a learning collaborative to support seven safety net clinics in transforming their care environments to screen for and address trauma. Members are one year into this 24-month collaborative. Through a panel and group discussion, program attendees will have the opportunity to learn about practical insights from their implementation, including workflow, follow-up services, and reimbursement as well as explore larger questions such as how screening fits into the larger goals of addressing trauma and the role of organizational culture in supporting this transformation.


Lishaun Francis, Associate Director, Children Now

As part of the health team, Lishaun supports Children Now’s mental health/trauma efforts.

Prior to joining Children Now, Lishaun Francis was an Associate Director at the California Medical Association. She provided policy support and analysis for California physicians on the issues of Medi-Cal, Workers’ Compensation, and Health Information Technology. Lishaun spent over two years with the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO where she provided fiscal and policy analyses to the State Legislature on issues of mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug programs. In Washington, DC Lishaun Francis worked as a Program Analyst for the U.S Department of Education, providing fiscal support on issues of higher education. 

Lishaun Francis received her Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

Dayna Long, Co-Director, Center for Child and Community Health, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals

Dr. Dayna Long is a primary care pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is the co-Director of Center for Child and Community Health. She dedicates her career to eliminating childhood health inequities that lead to poor health, financial and educational outcomes for families and young children on both individual and population levels. She is co-Principle Investigator the Pediatrics Adverse Childhood and Resilience Study (PEARLS). She developed the hospital’s Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND), along with FINDconnect, which address the social and environmental factors affecting children’s health outcomes. As a steering committee member of First 5 Alameda County/Help Me Grow, Dr. Long advocates for children. In 2014 she received the prestigious National Service Award from the Corporation for National Service for the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. She is the 2016 Girls Inc., Alameda STRONG awardee and received 2018 Genius Leadership Award from Kapor Capital and Genius Plaza. Dr. Long received her B.S. from Stanford University in Biology and a B.A. in African and African-American History. She attended medical school at George Washington University and completed her residency and an infectious disease fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and was subsequently a Harvard Macy Institute Faculty Scholar.

Jessicca Moore, Associate Clinical Director, Petaluma Health Center

Jessicca Moore is the Director of Innovation and a Family Nurse Practitioner at Petaluma Health Center in Petaluma, CA. She started her career as a nurse working in Pediatric Intensive Care units, first at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, then at UCLA Children’s Hospital. While she enjoyed the challenge and reward of caring for critically ill children, she wanted to be involved in upstream work aimed at preventing some of the morbidity and mortality she witnessed. Jessicca was drawn to community health and primary care and went on to receive her Masters in Nursing from UCLA and a certificate in Rural and Community Management from Sonoma State. She has spent over a decade actively engaged in improvement work at the local and regional level in team based care, patient engagement, cardiovascular health, and social determinants of health. Jessicca has led Petaluma’s Resilient Beginnings team for the past year focused on building resilience and addressing toxic stress in our families with children zero to five.

Megan O’Brien, Senior Program Manager, Center for Care Innovation

As a Senior Program Manager, Megan oversees programs at the Center for Care Innovations (CC) aimed at building capacity and cultivating innovation within organizations that provide health services for low-income and disadvantaged populations. She has a longstanding commitment to California’s healthcare safety net as a trainer, facilitator, consultant, and direct service provider. Before joining CCI, she worked at Health Outreach Partners, where she led projects aimed at strengthening access to healthcare services and provided training and technical assistance to FQHCs across the country. Previously, Megan also worked at the Shanti Project, a San Francisco-based non-profit that provides care and support to clients living with life-threatening illnesses. She also spent almost a decade as a lay health worker at the Berkeley Free Clinic. Before relocating to Bay Area in 2008, Megan lived in Washington, DC, where she earned her BA and MA in international peace and conflict resolution.

Rajni Dronamraju, Associate Director, Charitable Giving, Genentech (Moderator) 
Rajni Dronamraju is the Associate Director of Charitable Giving at Genentech. She oversees strategy and programs for Genentech’s corporate giving portfolio, totaling over $40 million in grants per year to improve health outcomes, strengthen pathways for STEM careers, and support local communities adjacent to Genentech sites. She also leads the company's multimillion dollar signature program dedicated addressing the health impacts of childhood trauma in the Bay Area - The Resilience Effect. Formerly, she was an Associate Director at FSG, a social impact consulting firm. At FSG, she worked with clients such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, LEGO Foundation, Coca-Cola Brazil, and Eli Lilly and Company to develop and strengthen philanthropic and shared value programs. Rajni holds a Masters in International Development from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University. 

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This event is open to NCG members and nonmember funders.


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