Events | Trainings

Our full lineup of workshops and presenters will be announced in February.


Keynote Presentation

Addressing Racism to Create Healthy Environments for All our Children

Monday, April 19 | 8:25 – 10 a.m. CST

David Williams, PhD, MA, MPH – Harvard University

This presentation will explore research on the adverse effects of racism on children and persistent racial/ethnic inequities that impact child well-being, including both mental and physical health. Drawing on existing research, it will highlight that distinctive social exposures linked to race––at the individual and institutional level––adversely affect access to needed opportunities for children of color to reach their full potential. It will examine interventions targeted at individuals that can dramatically close gaps in mental health and educational outcomes for children and youth. It will also explore interventions in upstream factors (such as housing, neighborhood conditions, economic well-being and investing in early childhood development) that can effectively enhance the potential for all children.

Dr. David R. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His research has enhanced our understanding of the ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. He is the author of more than 475 scientific papers and the Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is the most widely used measure of discrimination in health studies. He is currently working on identifying a comprehensive but brief measure of the key stressors and resilience resources that contribute to the levels and impact of toxic stress on the health of infants and children.

Dr. Williams is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is inequality Making Us Sick? His research has been featured in the national print and television media and in his TED Talk.

Watch Dr. Williams’ TED Talk: How Racism Makes Us Sick


Keynote Presentation

The Other Healing:
Trauma and Mental Recovery After COVID

Tuesday, April 20 | 8:55 – 10 a.m. CST

John Moe, Author & Podcaster – The Hilarious World of Depression

The impact of COVID-19 is usually measured by infections, hospitalizations and its economic devastation, but even those who do not personally contract COVID must grapple with long term mental health consequences. Long after a vaccine emerges and spreads, we as a society will need to deal with our trauma going forward. You simply can’t go through all that depression, anxiety, despair and disruption unscathed. During this keynote presentation, author and podcaster John Moe will explain how to understand our individual and collective suffering and what can be done about it. Drawing from his experiences and conversations around simple and complex trauma, John tries to understand what it means in the short term, what it means in the long term, and how to address it.

John Moe is the host and creator of the award-winning hit podcast,“The Hilarious World of Depression,” as well as an in-demand speaker around the country. The author of three books (Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences; The Deleted Emails Of Hillary Clinton; and Conservatize Me), his writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Seattle Times and many more publications. He has hosted nationally distributed public radio programs such as Wits, Weekend America and Marketplace Tech Report, and his radio work has been featured on Marketplace, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Check out The Hilarious World of Depression Podcast

Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way.