CHLA Conference 2017


StoryCon 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 12-4 pm

Alumni House, UC Berkeley

The Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL) thanks everyone who joined us for our 5th annual conference: StoryCon 2017: The Policy Puzzle!

Every day, policy determines the rights and freedoms we exercise in our individual lives. As public health leaders, policy plays an integral part in influencing health and has the ability to improve lives. Storytelling is essential to the legislative process. Through storytelling, we can advocate for policy change to improve population health, secure grant money for our research and organizations, and tell the stories of our communities we serve.

“The Policy Puzzle” reflects the complex nature of policymaking. Who are the key decision makers? How does the legislative process operate? How might we, as public health practitioners influence policy? We hope StoryCon 2017 will inform public health students and practitioners about the legislative process, initiate engagement with policy and inspire individuals to play an active role in shaping policy in their respective fields. 

This conference:

  • Informed students and public health practitioners about the legislative process
  • Initiated engagement with policy through storytelling
  • Inspired individuals to play a role in shaping policy

Resources from the Conference:

Download our flyer here

Keynote Speaker:

ThuQuachThu Quach, Ph.D. is the Director of Community Health and Research at Asian Health Services (AHS), a federally qualified health center in Oakland, California, providing culturally competent health care to over 27,000 patients in English and 12 Asian languages. In this role, she oversees community outreach, patient engagement, and health policy advocacy efforts. In addition, she leads research projects such clinic-based interventions, quality improvement, and payment reform analyses. As an epidemiologist, she has focused much of her work on examining the influence of environmental and socio-cultural factors on the health of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders population. In addition to AHS, she also works at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California as a Research Scientist, where she leads research studies on environmental health issues affecting disadvantaged populations, including occupational chemical exposures for Vietnamese nails salon workers. Dr. Quach is involved in local, statewide, and national research and policy efforts to promote health equity, including data warehouses, community-based participatory research, civic engagement, and health policy. She received a Masters in Public Health at U.C.L.A. and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at U.C. Berkeley.


Workshop: Partnering with Youth for Health Policy Reform
Presented by Anna Johnson, Lewis Cohen, and Tisha Ortiz

AnnaJohnsonAnna Johnson is the lead policy analyst at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) working on reducing overmedication of foster youth and improving access to community and therapeutic services for youth. With a master’s in public policy from UC-Berkeley, Anna works with young adults and current foster youth to ensure their voices influence policies affecting foster youth. Passion for this work originated from 6 years of classroom experience in under-resourced schools. Prior to working in policy, Anna taught at Urban Promise Academy in Oakland Unified School District for four years, at Potter Thomas Bilingual Academy in Philadelphia, and in Madison, Wisconsin serving homeless youth and families in the CASPER program and witnessed how traumatic experiences, stress, poverty, and environmental factors impact children’s development and relationships. Creating and maintaining a safe, supportive classroom environment was the primary focus of their work as an educator. Anna knows that providing services, care, and attention to youth who live under the daily stress of violence, poverty, and other forms of abuse can help young people build resiliency and thrive in the short and long term. Anna remains proud of her student’s accomplishments and leadership in their communities. Anna dedicates NCYL policy efforts toward partnering with youth and young adults to improve the treatment of young people in schools, communities, homes, and neighborhoods. Anna holds degrees from UC-Berkeley (MPP), UW-Madison (BA-Social Work) and U-Penn (Urban Ed). Follow @AnnaMaureen83 on Twitter.


LewisCohenLewis Cohen joined the National Center for Youth Law NCYL in 2014. He has an extensive background in public policy, advocacy and journalism with a particular focus on education. Lewis is a former Deputy Mayor of Oakland, California and served as the Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Education. He has also worked for the Oakland Public Schools as the Assistant Superintendent for Government, Policy and Legislative Affairs. In addition, Lewis was Executive Director of one of the nation’s best-known school-reform organizations, the Coalition of Essential Schools. Prior to working in the education arena, Lewis worked in television as a producer, and was National Affairs correspondent for Pacifica Radio. He earned his B.A. in Sociology at the University of Michigan.


Student Speakers

LinhChuongLinh Chuong
Graduate Student - 1st year MPH, Health Policy and Management
Linh Chuong is a 1st year MPH candidate in Health Policy and Management. She was formerly the health policy advocate with the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building. She handled their state-level health policy advocacy work and also trained direct service providers, community members, and students on advocacy. Prior to this, she was a fellow in Taiwan working with Vietnamese immigrant women married to Taiwanese men and migrant workers on the topics of immigrant integration and labor rights.


IreneCalimlimIrene Calimlim
Graduate Student - 1st year MPH, Health and Social Behavior & MCP, Environmental Design and Healthy Cities
Irene Calimlim is a current first year in the joint Masters in Public Health (Health & Social Behavior) and Masters in City and Regional Planning program (Environmental Design & Healthy Cities) with an interest in the built environment and instituting equity focused policies in marginalized, low-income communities of color. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Human Biology concentrated in health in underserved communities from Stanford University. After graduating, Irene worked in rural India with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project to learn about their model of empowerment and development working with women village health workers; in southern Japan teaching English at a medical school; and in her hometown of Stockton to local community organizing in Stockton around health justice with Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and Reinvent South Stockton Coalition. Currently, she is working with The Greenlining Institute, a racial justice policy organization, around directing nonprofit hospital community benefit spending to the social determinants of health and to increase opportunities for girls of color to enter into the health careers pipeline.

Irene first got involved in policy last year from working with Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, a grassroots nonprofit organization with a history of getting those impacted by the criminal justice system involved in the policy advocacy both at the local and state level. There she helped to organize statewide advocacy campaigns for several large coalition lobby days such as Quest for Democracy, California Parks Now Coalition, and Having Our Say Coalition, as well as various other advocacy lobbying around bills of interest in criminal justice, trauma recovery, racial equity, educational equity, and health justice. Locally, she led an effort to pass a local ordinance to require restaurants serving kids meals to make water the default beverage and put on a community forum "Greenlining the Hood" to raise awareness of historical redlining practices in Stockton and the potential of statewide Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds to bring resources to Stockton disadvantaged neighborhoods.


PierceGordonPierce Gordon
Graduate Student - PhD
As a dual National Science Foundation (NSF) and Chancellor's Fellow in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Pierce researches frameworks, methodologies, and contexts for evaluating innovation for global poverty issues. As an inaugural member of the Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering, he investigates how socially-minded organizations practice design thinking to generate value for target community members, and characterizes current best practices for developing novel products, agnostic of geographic, temporal, or cultural context.

Pierce is also passionate about developing methods to spread innovation practice as forms empowerment; by co-founding Reflex Design Collective which consults and practices design thinking for social justice, and by co-running the Design for Social Impact section of Alice Agogino's BEST Laboratory, where he simultaneously develops research in his field and mentors undergraduate students in rigorous research practice.

He has been involved with a wide variety of organizations on campus: Black Graduate Engineers and Science Students, the Development Impact Lab's Idea Team, the Diversity and Social Media Committee of the Energy and Resources Group, and many other Berkeley organizations.

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