Join Janette Cordero, LCSW, Carl Settles Jr., Dr. Jane Champion, and Dr. Michele Rountree as they discuss ways to build upon the strength and resilience of communities of color to ensure youth-serving programs stay strong in the years to come. Our panelists will explore best practices, lessons learned, and personal experiences related to the following topics:
- How to incorporate the resiliency youth have already developed into health related programs
- How to bolster resiliency of the professionals who provide/facilitate programs and services specifically in communities of color
- How to cultivate the sustainability of programs that address the needs of youth in communities of color
ABOUT Dr. Jane Champion
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Champion is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Through her interdisciplinary clinical research program, she developed evidence based community interventions for urban and rural populations of African-and Mexican-American women, including adolescents with STI, substance use, unintended pregnancy and abuse. Translation of these findings into community health programs internationally is consistent with recommendations for expansion of community engagement as an essential strategy for increasing health care access and eliminating health disparities. Dr. Champion has modeled her professional career to serve as a community-engaged scholar and has contributed significantly to improving the standard of care and reducing health disparities for rural and urban ethnic minority women and adolescents through findings from these primary care-based intervention studies.
About Carl Settles Jr.
Founder and Executive Director
Carl Settles Jr. is the Founder/Executive Director of E4 Youth, an Austin, TX based non-profit that bridges the gap between under-served creative youth and creative careers. A former science teacher, Mr. Settles has over 20 years of hands on experience in educational publishing, interactive development and advertising.
He embodies the principle that “Great educators teach students, not subjects” and has spearheaded the creation of E4 Youth’s professional development, soft skills curriculum and after school enrichment services to fulfill that purpose.
About janette cordero, LCSW
ALMA Therapy, PLLC
Janette has been working with adolescents and their families since 2007. She earned her master's degree in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and proceeded to worked with children and teens that have survived abuse. Janette also managed the counseling program in the local juvenile detention facility, providing crisis counseling and short-term therapy to detained youth. With encouragement from family and friends, Janette launched ALMA Therapy, PLLC to provide bilingual counseling for adolescents and adults.
about dr. michele roundtree
Institute for Policy Research and Analysis
The University of Texas at Austin: School of Social Work
In the course of her academic career at University of Texas at Austin Dr. Rountree has created an interconnected body of research, teaching, leadership, and service that focuses on health promotion, health prevention, and health equity. Specifically, Dr. Rountree focuses on the nexus of experiences related to co-occurring and independent complexities of substance abuse, intimate partner violence (IPV), and HIV/AIDS on health and mental-health outcomes. She is particularly concerned as a scholar about the disproportionate rates of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, maternal mortality, mental health concerns and incidences of IPV within the racial/ethnic minority communities. As a researcher she seeks to address and redress health disparities by developing and testing prevention interventions, understand and impact those structural determinants that contribute to health and mental health outcomes.