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For Release: March 27, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications- (405)271-5601
Mini Conference on Child Abuse Prevention Emphasizes Community Involvement
You can make a positive difference in a child’s life! To learn how, attend the “Community Engagement /Community Building” Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) mini conference on Tuesday, April 3, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel and Conference Center, 1 North Broadway Ave. in Oklahoma City.
The CAP Day mini conference is an afternoon event that immediately follows morning events on April 3 for Child Abuse Prevention Day at the State Capitol. This mini conference is free and open to the public. Organizations, communities and individuals are welcome to attend to share information and learn how to get involved to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
“We want to encourage anyone to attend who is interested in child abuse prevention and wants to make a positive difference in a child’s life,” said Annette Jacobi, chief, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Family Support & Prevention Service.
The agenda for the CAP Day Mini Conference follows:
1:00 p.m. Welcome Address
Annette Jacobi, Chief, OSDH Family Support & Prevention Service
“What Makes People Care? How Does Knowing the Answer, Impact Our Work?”
Pat Stanislaski, Director of Partnering for Prevention (a NJ consulting firm)
2:15 p.m. Choose from five workshops (45 minutes each):
How Communities Can Utilize People Who Care
Pat Stanislaski, Director of Partnering for Prevention, New Jersey
Poverty and the State Budget
David Blatt, Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute
Culture, Communities & Children
Dr. Paul Spicer, Professor, University of Oklahoma
Conducting Community Cafés
Grace Kelley, OSDH Family Support & Prevention Service
The Front Porch Project and Other “Takin’ It to the Streets” Programs
Kathleen Benfield, Steve Hahn, Jacque Gallegos, Karen Harvey
The Parent-Child Center of Tulsa
3:15 p.m. Choose from five workshops (45 minutes each):
Dancing the Rhythm of Community Engagement
Byron Jackson, Possibilities Inc.
Stacy Hawthorne, Center for Children and Families, Inc.
Jessa Olson, Parents Assistance Center
Building Resiliency in Military Families
Dr. Teresa Baird and Wendy Nix
Oklahoma National Guard Family Program Office
The Basics of Reporting Child Abuse
Kelli Litsch, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
PANEL: What Oklahoma Is Doing – Growing Community!
Sundra Flansburg, VOICE Education Fund
Rev. Lance Schmitz, Capitol Hill Church of the Nazarene
Kristen Vails, Plaza District
Georgie Rasco, Neighborhood Alliance, Inc.
4:15 p.m. Closing
“How to Change the World”
Dr. Deb Shropshire, Pediatrician and Foster Care Champion
Advanced registration is due April 2 and can be done online by following this link:
http://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/calendar/calendar.php?calendar_seq=32. Registration will also be accepted at the door but space is limited.
For general questions about Child Abuse Prevention Day activities at the State Capitol on April 3 and the mini-conference that afternoon, call Sherie Trice, OSDH Family Support & Prevention Service at (405) 271-7611.
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