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2017 Learning Conference

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Morning Keynote

Michael Gibson, Executive Director, EMS Corps, Alameda County Public Health Department


Luncheon Keynote

Ericka Huggins, Activist, Former Political Prisoner & Black Panther Leader, Professor Peralta Community College District


Lived Experience Panel


Steve Jackson, Director of Criminal Justice Programs, Center Point, Inc.


Respondents Panel

Wendy Still, Chief of Probation, Alameda County Probation Department
Richard Valle, County Supervisor, District 2, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Venus Johnson, Director of Public Safety, City of Oakland
(Moderator) Hon. Ursula Jones Dickson, Assistant Presiding Judge — Juvenile Division, Supervising Judge of Dependency, Alameda Superior Court


A Capella Performance

Black Men Speak



Vilaska Nguyen



  • Grantee: California Institute For Behavioral Health Services
  • Innovation Project: Medi-Cal Readiness Certification Dashboard (MRCD): A Tool for Assessing Agency Capacity and Readiness for Billing Medi-Cal for Specialty Mental Health Services
  • Presenters: Karen Kurasaki, PhD, Sr. Associate, Kristee Haggins, PhD, Sr. Associate
  • Project Details
  • Grantee: Youth UpRising
  • Innovation Project: Youth Voices for Service Providers
  • Presenter: L. Aaron Smith, Senior Career Coach
  • Project Details | Video Highlights
  • Grantee: Roots of Labor Birth Collective
  • Innovation Project: The Community Doula Project
  • Presenter: Monica R. McLemore, Assistant Professor, UCSF
  • Project Details
  • Grantee: The Reset Foundation
  • Innovation Project: Stakeholder Empowerment, and Retention
  • Presenter: Khalid Elahi, Life Skills Coach
  • Project Details
  • Grantee: Centerforce
  • Innovation Project: A Provider Training to Support Successful Reentry to Alameda County
  • Presenter: Kristina Harootun, Attorney
  • Project Details | Video Highlights
  • Grantee: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Innovation Project: A Fair Hiring Strategy for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
  • Presenter: Kristina Harootun, Attorney
  • Project Details | Video Highlights
  • Grantee: Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Innovation Project: Reducing Recidivism Through Cultural Empowerment
  • Presenters: Ben Wang, Co-Director; Eddy Zheng, Co-Director; Harrison Seuga, Reentry Director; Ke Lam, Reentry Coordinator
  • Project Details | Video Highlights
  • Grantee: The Gamble Institute
  • Innovation Project: Street Scholars Peer Mentoring Program
  • Presenter: Ron Moss, Executive Director
  • Project Details | Video Highlights
  • Grantee: The Mentoring Center
  • Innovation Project: The Transformative Leadership Institute
  • Presenters: Celsa Snead, Executive Director; Scott Blake, Project Coordinator
  • Project Details | Video Highlights
  • Grantee: Roots Community Health Center
  • Innovation Project: Reentry Engagement Framework
  • Presenters: Dr. Noha Aboelata, MD, Chief Executive Officer; Jessica Travenia, Development Specialist; Earl Simms, Health Navigator
  • Project Details
  • Grantee: Bay Area Community Services
  • Innovation Project: FREE Care & Case Management
  • Presenter: Jamie Almanza, Executive Director
  • Grantee: Bay Area Legal Aid, Homeless Action Center
  • Innovation Project: SSI Advocacy
  • Presenters: Raegan Joern, Attorney, Project Coordinator, Bay Area Legal Aid; Nyla Moujaes, Attorney, Homeless Action Center

Conference Planning Committee

Rodney Brooks, Alameda County Public Defender’s Office

Carol Burton, Jeweld Legacy Group

Neola Crosby, Alameda County Department of Probation

Karen Meredith, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Ron Moss, The Gamble Institute

Tunisia Owens, The Reset Foundation

Jessie Warner, City of Oakland

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Staff

Rashad Eady, Program Specialist

Sophia Lai, Innovations In Reentry Program Manager

Deante Young, Administrative Assistant

Conference Coordination provided by Health & Human Resource Education Center (HHREC)

Nzinga D. Mpenda, IIR Conference Coordinator

Colette Winlock, Executive Director

See more conference photos in the slideshow below