2nd Annual Northern California
Summit on Children and Youth
2011: Healthy Families, Thriving Communities

Presented by


Michelle Poehlman 
Richmond Community Foundation 
(510) 234-1200 


Thursday May 5, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT

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Richmond Civic Center Auditorium 
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA

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Summit Agenda:

8:00am-9:00am - Registration, Breakfast Buffet, and Viewing of "Unnatural Causes"

9:00am-10:25am - Opening Plenary Session: Panel Discuassion

10:35am-12:20pm - Workshop Sessions

12:30pm-2:00pm - Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment

2:00pm-2:15pm - Healthy Stretching Session Lead by Weight of Life

2:20pm-4:15pm - Workshop Sessions

4:20pm-4:30pm - Closing Remarks


Presenting Sponsor:



Cal Endowment

Gold Sponsors:
First 5

 Silver Sponsors:


Bronze Sponsors:
Zell and Associates

mech bank

Supporting Sponsors:

23rd Street Merchants Association

Genser and Watkins, LLP



The Northern California Summit on Children and Youth, 2011: Healthy Families, Thriving Communitieswill illustrate innovative approaches, research driven models, and best practices for supporting healthy families and building thriving communities.  Presenters will be leading exciting workshops where attendees will not only learn from a broad range of professionals from throughout Northern California, but will also discuss how their efforts impact the health of our families from diverse socio-economic communities.

Opening Plenary Session - Are We Changing The Way We Think About Health?

The 2011 Summit will open with a panel discussion focusing on the health of children and families in our communities.

Panel Moderator:

Heather Kulp, Manager, Community Engagement, Chevron. (Full Speaker Bio)


Panel Speakers:
Edward Miller, Senior Researcher for the United States Alliance for Childhood. (Full Speaker Bio)



Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO of the California Primary Care Association and President and CEO of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (Full Speaker Bio)



Loel S. Solomon, Ph.D., M.P.P., National Director of Community Health Initiatives and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente. (Full Speaker Bio) 

Keynote Speaker  
Dr. Robert K Ross, M.D., President and Cheif Executive Officer, The California Endowment.

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000, and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia from 1990 to 1993.

During his tenure at The California Endowment, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex-offender populations, and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions.  In 2006, Dr. Ross was named by Capitol Weekly as one of California’s most influential civic leaders in health policy.

View Dr. Robert K. Ross's Full Bio Here

Workshop Presentations  (click here for workshop descriptions)

"Building Healthy Communities Through Public Engagement" Presented by Gabino Arredondo, City of Richmond and Shannon Ladner-Beasley, Contra Costa Health Services.

"Community Reorganizing – Building Social Networks for Real Community Change" Presented by Molly Clark, Vested Intrests and Kathy Renfrow, Monumnet Community Partenrships.

"Creating Thriving Communities with Youth" Presented by Alissa Kronovet, Young Planners Network and Deborah McKoy and Ariel Bierbaum, Center for Cities and Schools. 

"Digital Connections: An Essential Link in Building Healthy Communities" Presented by Luis Perez, Building Blocks for Kids.

"Health Shack" Presented by Melissa Binger and Maria Catrina Virata, Wind Youth Services.

"How Neighborhoods Influence the Health and Life Chances of Young Men and Boys of Color" Presented by Arnold Chandler and Lisa Quay, Warren Institute, UC Berkeley Law School.

"Promoting Gender Respect" Presented by Reetu Mody and Sharon Turner, STAND! For Families Free of Violence.

"Restoring Children's Play in the East Bay: Local Models for a National Movement" Presented by Priya Shimpi, Mills College; Edward Miller, Alliance for Childhood; Toody Maher, Pogo Park; and Gina Moreland, Habitot Children's Museum.

"Self Assessment, Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy Development in Child Care Settings: a Critical Step in Childhood Obesity Prevention" Presented by Mary Ann Ferrera and Kitty Lenhard, Contra Costa Child Care Council.

"The Critical Impact of Community Health Centers" Presented by Barbara Bunn McCullough, Brighter Beginnings; Cheryl Johnson, Brookside Community Health Center; and Kathryn Lewis, Native American Health Center.

“Health ExChange Academy: Primary Prevention for Change” presented by The California Endowment.

* Registration Fee:  $55.00 Early Bird (when you register before 4-20-11), $70.00 Regular (when you register after 4-20-11)