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Bakersfield College

Persistent Poverty and Its Effects on Rural America: A Central Valley Perspective

POSTPONED: 2020: HEAL Summit

Persistent Poverty and Its Effects on Rural America: A Central Valley Perspective

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bakersfield
3100 Camino Del Rio Court

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Agenda subject to change.

Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Sonya Christian
Bakersfield College

About Dr. Christian

Health Equity Defined

Dr. Tania Pachecho-Werner
Co-Assistant Director
Central Valley Health Policy Institute

About Dr. Pachecho-Werner

Persistent Poverty Discussion

Jim Clyburn
House Majority Whip, U.S. Representative
Congressional District 6

About Majority Whip Clyburn

TJ Cox
U.S. Representative
Congressional District 21

About TJ Cox

Panel #1
Economic Development in the Central Valley

Lisa Mensah
President and CEO
Opportunity Finance Network

About Lisa Mensah

Keynote Address:
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine –“A Roadmap to Reducing Childhood Poverty”, presentation of findings

Greg Duncan
Distinguished Professor
UC Irvine

About Greg Duncan

Panel #2
Adverse Childhood Experiences

Jason Williams
Fresno County Trauma & Resilience Network
Co-Founder and Trauma-Informed Coach/Consultant
Brain Wise Solutions

About Jason Williams

Panel #3
Healthcare Workforce in the Central Valley

Thelma Hurd
Director of Medical Education
UC Merced

About Thelma Hurd

Dr. Marie Gilbert
Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing

About Marie Gilbert

Russell Judd
Kern Medical

About Russell Judd

Resources and Links


The DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield is the official hotel for the summit. The event will take place at the DoubleTree Ballroom and a block of discounted rooms is made available for summit attendees. Book a room at the discounted rate.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield
3100 Camino Del Rio Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661) 323-7111

Twitter Engagement

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Speaker Handles

Speaker Title Twitter
Dr. Nancy Burke Professor Public Health, UC Merced @ucmerced
Dr. Sonya Christian President, Bakersfield College @sonyachristian
Jim Clyburn Majority Whip, U.S. Representative, Congressional District 6 @WhipClyburn
Cindy Collier HEAL Collaborative Lead @cinbillcollier
TJ Cox U.S. Representative, Congressional District 21 @RepTjcox
Greg Duncan Distinguished Professor, UC Irvine @UCIrvine
Marie Gilbert Director, Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing @FresnoStateCHHS
Dr. Thelma Hurd, MD MPH Director of Medical Education, UC Merced @ucmerced
Russell Judd CEO, Kern Medical Center @KernMedical
Dr. Julianne McCall Science Officer, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research @Cal_OPR
Lisa Mensah President and CEO, Opportunity Finance Network @oppFinance
Dr. Tania Pacheco–Werner Co-Director, CVHPI, CSU Fresno @taniahlthplce
Norma Rojas-Mora Director of Communications and Community Relations, Bakersfield College @BAKcollege

Symposium Sponsors and Partners

Our event would not be possible without our summit sponsors, including:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Questions or Concerns?

For more information about the event or to request accommodations, email conference@bakersfieldcollege.edu.