Webinars & Presentations


Date: June 8, 2021

Presented: Kornel Chang -  Assoc. Prof. of History & American Studies, Rutgers University (Newark), Maneesha Kelkar - former Exec. Director, Jersey Promise,     Mary Chao - Reporter, Bergen Record

Description: The 2nd series of webinars on Anti-Asian Racism was held on June 8, 2021 with 3 distinguished panel of community leaders:

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Anti-Asian Racism: An Authentic Conversation

Date: May 11, 2021

Presented: Keynote speaker and panelist:  Dr. Su Wang, MD, MPH - Dir. of the Center for Asian Health at St. Barnabas Medical Center and panelists Dr. Su Wang, MD, MPH - launched & directs the highly successful Chinese Health Initiative at SBMC Jackie Lou Raia - Exec. Dir., Alexena Consulting, NJSNCC Leadership Team member Zenaida Steinhauer, RN, MPA - former QA Specialist, DOH (retired), NJSNCC Council Member & Secretary

Moderated: Robert Like, MD, MS, Chair, NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence

Description: Our 1st series of webinars dealing with the alarming rise in hate and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) was held on May 11, 2021. Explore how the AAPI community can move forward in a safe, bold and effective way.

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Addressing the Plight of New Jersey’s Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Marginalized, Stigmatized, Heavily Impacted by the Pandemic, and on the Frontlines of the Battle Against the Virus.

Date: May 29, 2020

Presenters: Johanna Calle, Senior Policy Advisor on New American Integration, New Jersey Office of New Americans; Sara Cullinane, Executive Director, Make the Road New Jersey; Elisa Neira, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Human Services and Katy Sastre, Outreach Coordinator, NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice.

Moderated by: Nicholas V. Montalto, President, Diversity Dynamics


This webinar will help you gain insight into the special problems posed by the Coronavirus pandemic to immigrants and refugees in New Jersey and learn about some of the policy reforms and practice initiatives designed to address these problems. The webinar will also identify a variety of resources available to serve newcomer populations as well as discuss the role that immigrants are playing as essential workers in healthcare and other fields.

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Health Disparities: You know there's a need, now prove it!

Presenter(s): Kate Flewelling, MLIS, Executive Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, University of Pittsburgh

Date: June 20, 2017


Most of us can see with our own eyes that inequity exists, including in health access and outcomes. How do we prove it to policy makers, grant funders and other decision makers? Are there model interventions that we can replicate? This entry-level presentation will explore online sources of reliable health statistics, research and evidence-based community interventions. The emphasis of this presentation will be on free information resources and may be of particular interest to community-based organizations, public health workers, public library staff and others who do not have access to academic library resources.

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Immigrant Integration: A Challenge for Our Time

Presenter(s): Nicholas Montalto, PhD., President, Diversity Dynamics, LLC

Date: February 8, 2017


While immigration policy continues to spark partisan controversy, the question of how immigrants are integrated into the social, economic, and cultural life of the nation has received noticeably less attention. Yet, our response to this challenge will have important consequences for the quality of life in the United States and the continued success of the “Great American experiment” in human relations. In this webinar, we will discuss the meaning of immigrant integration, why it is deserving of careful attention by policymakers and practitioners, how the U.S. compares to other countries in its integration outcomes, and what policies and practices show promise of fostering immigrant inclusion and participation.

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A Collaborative Approach to Providing Effective Fire and Emergency Services to Diverse Groups

Presenters: Michael Allora, MAS, EFO, Deputy Fire Chief of the Clifton Fire Department

Date: October 25, 2016


The population of the U.S. and N.J. is becoming increasingly diverse. Fire and Emergency Services organizations provide a wide range of all-hazard services to diverse populations. To effectively address the physical and psychological trauma associated with fires and other emergencies, especially in diverse populations, Fire and Emergency services agencies must collaborate with Health, Social and Human Services and other partner agencies. The upstream approach to providing effective services to diverse populations includes the best and promising practices of the Health, Social and Human Services, Fire and Emergency Services, and other professions including the Medical, Legal, Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) and Military services. Barriers to effective service delivery can include the culture of the organization and its personnel.

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Cultural Implications of Screening for Families from Diverse Backgrounds


Deepa Srinivasavaradan, NJ's CDC-funded Learn the Signs, Act Early Ambassador and SPAN Family Resource Specialist at the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH)

Jeannette Mejias, Coordinator of SPAN's Quick Peek Screening collaboration with Children's Specialized Hospital and Family Resource Specialist at CSH's Autism Medical Home Pilot

Diana Autin, SPAN's Executive Co-Director for Health and Family Support

Date:  June 2, 2016


Because the issue of disability has so many racial and cultural implications, screening to identify disabilities, developmental delays, and special healthcare needs can also be emotionally charged. Evidence suggests that children from diverse backgrounds, especially children in non-English speaking households, are less likely to be screened than children from white, English-speaking families. Further, families from diverse backgrounds do not take the next steps after their children "fail" screening at the same rate as white, middle class families, leading to a greater % of under-served children being "lost to follow up." This webinar will share information about the cultural implications of screening for families from diverse backgrounds as well as lessons learned from projects funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NJ Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism.

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The Impact of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Disability Services and Supports

Presenters: Shellyann Dacres, Training and Consultation Specialist, Elizabeth M. Bogg Center on Developmental Disabilities.

Kasey Dudley, Autism/Family Resource Specialist, SPAN

Carolyn Hayer, Director, Parent & Professional Development, SPAN

Date: February 25, 2016


In this workshop, participants will learn about ways for exploring and discovering the values and beliefs systems that shape the behavior of various ethnic groups and the ways that various cultures approach the understanding of disabilities, services, and supports. Parents from different cultural backgrounds will share the ways that culture impacts how they utilize services for their children. We will explore ways that a commitment to cultural competence is crucial for effective relationships with people in many areas of concern and practice.

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Unconscious Bias: Uncovering Our Blind Spots

Presenter: Cheri Wilson, BA, MA, MHS

Date: December 2, 2015


Have you ever wondered why sometimes our thoughts don't match our actions? Learn more about unconscious bias and how it affects our daily interactions, everyday lives, and decision-making, such as hiring. Following the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify unconscious bias as an element of cultural competence
  • Discuss how unconscious bias works in everyday life
  • Examine microaggressions, stereotypes, and assumptions
  • Adopt tips and strategies for combating unconscious bias

In preparation for this presentation, please visit the Implicit Association Test (IAT) website at: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

(under "Social Attitudes," continue as a guest and click "Go."). Complete the “Race IAT” and another IAT of your choice.

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Racial/Ethnic Minority Fathers of Individuals with Autism: Considerations for Care and Support

Presenter: Michael Hannon, PhD, Assistant Professor at Montclair State University and co-founder of the Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center for Childhood Disabilities, Inc. (GETAC)

Date: May 21, 2015


Supporting fathers of children with special needs is an important, but largely overlooked consideration in research and practice. This interactive webinar discusses the presenter’s research on what fathers of color report to be helpful support from service providers and schools. Webinar participants will gain a deeper understanding of the psychosocial aspects of autism spectrum disorder on the family system, with a particular focus on fathers. Participants will also learn about the factors that influence racial/ethnic minority fathers of individuals with autism describe the rewards and challenges of their fathering experiences.

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Community Interpreting and the Challenge of Serving Limited English Proficient People

Presenter: Hank Dallmann, MA & CMI, Instructor & Director New Brunswick Community Interpreter Project, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Date: April 16, 2015


What is the state of the art in professional interpreting and translating? During this webinar, we will discuss the professional activities of translation and interpreting, and the skills and qualifications needed to do each one effectively. Our focus will be on Community Interpreting and the different types, and skill levels, of interpreters employed in this sector. Lastly, we will discuss the current national standards for training for community interpreters and how these standards can be realistically applied within different programs and systems. Resources for further learning will be provided.

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Becoming a Culturally Competent Medical Home: A Model for Providing Patient- and Family-Centered Care to Children and Youth

Presenter: Helen Dao, MHA, Dao Consulting Services.

Date: March 24, 2015


Children and youth with special health care needs are as diverse as our nation, representing all racial and ethnic groups, ages, family income levels, and functional abilities. These children need to access a wide range of medical and support services to maintain their physical health, mental and emotional health, and development. This webinar will explain the culturally competent medical home model, the role of care navigators in implementing the model, and how this model produces positive results for children and their families.

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