The John F. Kennedy University Holistic Research Center’s Annual Symposium brings together the JFKU community to celebrate the scholarship of HRC research fellows while learning about their exciting projects. We will receive updates from the fellows on their work and be treated to a special keynote address by Suzzette Celeste Johnson, MSW, MPA, who will discuss Contra Costa County’s 15-year Life Course Initiative to eradicate health outcome disparities between black and white families.
Join us to get a glimpse at what community-based, holistic research is all about, to learn about issues pertinent to your community, and be inspired by our presenters’ unique approaches to them.
Light breakfast and snacks will be served.
There will be an option to join online via ZOOM from 10-11am.
Schedule of Events
9:30 – 10am: Light breakfast served
10-11am: Keynote speaker (online ZOOM option)
11am-12pm: Open format for research fellow table presentations and discussion
Suzzette Celeste Johnson to Discuss the Life Course Initiative
For 15 years Contra Costa County has engaged in the Life Course Initiative to eradicate the health outcome disparities between black and white families. This evidenced-based program is in its sunset phase and Suzzette Celeste Johnson, one of the lead administrators, will join us to share about what has changed as a result of this program, and what still needs to change.
Suzzette Celeste Johnson, MSW, MPA, is currently a Public Health Program Manager in Contra Costa Health Services, Public Health, Family, Maternal & Child Health Programs. Her career encompasses more than 20 years of planning, administrating, implementing and teaching best practices for informed interventions in public health, mental health, criminal justice, and education. She is an experienced facilitator, speaker, educator, and workshop/seminar leader.
Ms. Johnson’s professional and personal mission is to achieve social and health equity through developing transformational leadership approaches, fostering collaborations and coalitions, changing organizational practices, and educating providers and policy makers. She has a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration. She has been a Centers for Spiritual Living licensed practitioner since 1997.