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Preconvention Institutes 2022

Preconvention Institute Sessions on Thursday,

October 27, 2022 9:00 am – 12:15 pm or 1:00 – 4:15 pm (CT)

There are three sessions – all are half-day sessions

  • Laura Zumdahl, PhD President and CEO of New Moms
  • Timika Anderson-Reeves, PhD, MSW
  • Pilar Meyer-Dunning, LCSW, Rachel Ostergaard, LCSW, and Michael A. Smith, PhD, LCSW

Option #1 Full Day Session

Thursday, October 27, 2022

9am-12:15 pm Central Time (3.0 CEs)

Laura Zumdahl, PhD

More than Buzz Words: Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship in Social Services

Whether you are a traditional social service agency or starting a new social enterprise, in this session you’ll learn the mindsets and tools needed to go deeper in your mission by leveraging innovation and social entrepreneurship models and concepts. Building off brain science and the lessons from seasoned social entrepreneurs, you’ll learn principles and practice techniques to invigorate your mission in new ways.

Laura Zumdahl, Ph.D, is the President and CEO of New Moms, a social impact organization focused on helping young moms achieve economic mobility and create strong families. She also serves as CEO of New Moms’ social enterprise, Bright Endeavors.

Laura’s career has been focused on growing and developing effective nonprofit organizations. She’s served in a variety of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector in capacity building, legal aid, higher education, and child welfare. Laura earned a B.A. in Sociology from Trinity Christian College; a M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Trinity Christian College and the Mission Sustainability Initiative at Forefront, as a board member for AMPT: Advancing Nonprofits, and is a Commissioner for the State of Illinois Youth Budget Commission.

You can follow her on Twitter: @LauraZumdahl.

Option #2 Half-day Session

Thursday, October 27, 2021, 1:00 pm- 4:15 pm Central Time (3.0 CE)

Timika Anderson-Reeves, PhD, MSW

Using a Patient-Centered Medical Home Approach to Address Health Disparities Among Maternal, Paternal, and Child Health Populations in a Community Health Setting

Conference attendees will gain knowledge of the benefits of integrating health disparity-focused programs, such as Healthy Start, when engaging maternal, paternal, and child health patient groups to improve health disparities within community health settings.

Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) providing comprehensive community-based primary and preventative health services. ACCESS’ patient population is historically underserved due to systemic racism, and there are significant disparities (geography, race, and ethnicity) throughout Chicago and ACCESS’ target area. Perinatal health disparities such as infant mortality (IM) help determine the life expectancy of a population; there continues to be a trend where infants do not survive their first year of life in communities across the nation[1]. While national IM rates have declined since 2018, in which there were 5.7 deaths per 1,000 live births[2], some communities continue to be impacted by perinatal loss. In the City of Chicago, the average IMR (2013-2017) is 6.6 deaths per 1,000 live births[3]; however, on the Westside of Chicago in the community areas of Austin, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and Humboldt Park the average IMR is 11 deaths per 1,000 live births, 1.67 times the Chicago rate. To improve perinatal health disparities linked to IM, ACCESS established the Westside Healthy Start (WHS) program over 25 years ago on the westside of Chicago (Austin, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and Humboldt Park).  Extending beyond the walls of the medical home, outreach coordinators connect with community members and provide innovative health education topics in an interactive “house party” workshop format. House party workshops allow free-flowing discussion to educate pregnant and parenting women, alongside their family and friends, on topics aimed to improve perinatal health disparities. Health education topics include pregnancy health, family planning, smoking cessation, nutrition, self-image, and stress. Social workers attending this presentation will understand the importance of engaging patients in a community health setting and how a team-based supportive program can be a valuable option to improve health disparities.

[1] http://www.amchp.org/programsandtopics/data-assessment/InfantMortalityToolkit/Documents/Why%20Focus%20on%20IM.pdf

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/infantmortality.htm

[3] https://www.chicagohealthatlas.org/indicators/infant-mortality

Dr. Timika Anderson Reeves has worked in the Maternal Child Health community for over 18 years and is enthusiastic about assisting pregnant and parenting mothers with essential resources that promote positive birth and health experiences. She advances in the social work profession by staying relevant and knowledgeable on maternal-child health and reproductive health justice topics. To support this passion, she obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Saint Francis (2002) in Joliet, Master of Social Work (2007) from Chicago State University, and Ph.D. in Social Work from Walden University in 2020.

In her professional capacity, she serves as the Director of Maternal Child Health & Women’s Health Community Integration at Access Community Health Network, an integrated network of over thirty community health centers serving medically underserved communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. In addition to this role, she also serves as the Westside Healthy Start Project Director, a community-based infant mortality reduction national initiative that aims to develop innovative social action among impoverished communities to provide high-risk case management and empowerment services to marginalized women, men babies, and their families.

Energized with a passion for improving the most vulnerable lives, she has dedicated her life’s work to volunteering with initiatives with a mission to enhance and transform the lives of those residing in communities experiencing social injustices. As a Past President of the National Healthy Start Association, she has continued to educate and frame national awareness messaging on the social determinants of health; and how communities have a unique influence on creating grassroots social change movements to address health disparities, such as infant and maternal health mortality. She has continued to serve on many community-based coalitions, including the Illinois Department of Public Health Fetal Infant Mortality and Maternal Mortality Case Review committees, which have continued to develop strategies to improve families’ health care practices and resources. Past community-based work has also included serving on the Head Start Policy Council, which aims to empower parents and community members to exercise their voice to create a social change culture that promotes equitable access to early childhood services. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being a sports mom.


Option #3 Half day Session

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central Time (3.0 CEs)

Pilar Meyer-Dunning, LCSW, Divisional Services Director, The Salvation Army Western Michigan,

Rachel Ostergaard, LCSW, Program Manager, The Salvation Army STOP IT Program

Michael A. Smith, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Territorial Social Services/Pathway of Hope Director

Trauma-Informed Practices that Promote Healing for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Through brutal emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, human traffickers enslave vulnerable persons in situations of labor and sex exploitation. Such inhuman treatment results in complex psychological trauma for many survivors. Even when safely removed from trafficking situations, untreated complex trauma often results in survivors experiencing chronic feelings of anxiety, fear, hypervigilance, and understandable confusion as to whom to trust.

Appropriate trust of safe persons is a prerequisite for full trauma healing.  Understanding and adhering to trauma-informed principles give the best opportunity for Christian caregivers to promote healing and establish trust with survivors.

Upon completion of the workshop attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify three symptoms of complex psychological trauma and how trust is impacted.
  2. List four principles of trauma informed practice that enhance engagement and trust.
  3. Describe three strategies that empower survivors to heal and establish healthy relationships with trustworthy professionals and others.