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FPG FRONTIER Seminar — Prioritizing Possibilities for Child and Family Well Being: Building the EcoSystem to Take the Science of Healthy Development to Scale

November 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This seminar will focus on translating the science of healthy development into practical evidence-based approaches to foster the well-being and resilience of children, families, and communities. The promise for healing the trauma and adversity concentrated in many of our communities is enormous when the provision of needed services and programs are shaped and coordinated with a common objective to promote positive and relational health and fully engage families and communities to build on strengths, identify priorities and partner in care. Christina will explore the issues at play that need to be considered when research to policy models are not sufficient and the way forward involves larger societal values and mindsets especially critical for promoting child health. Success requires policies that prioritize health equity, foster dignity, support skills building and enable and incentivize coordinated systems of care across health, education and social services. Participants will be inspired to shift the narrative from trauma and toxic stress as the problem, to relational health and systems integration as the solution to build the ecosystem to take healing, equity and flourishing to scale.

Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth, families and communities.  With roots in systems change, financing reform and social epidemiology, she is the founding director (1996) of the national Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI). She has worked to advance family centered measurement, data and tools to enable family engagement in systems, policy and health care and leads. She leads the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health ( and the design and testing of the Cycle of Engagement (COE) and Well Visit Planner family engagement model and tools. Christina shaped a widely endorsed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote healing.  Christina earned an MBA an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Healing Through Revealing methods and is an avid student of human potential for flourishing amid adversity.

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November 5, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Denni Fishbein
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