During this session, presenters will share, through their unique experiences, the importance of culture to prevent adversity and/or promote wellness. Following the presentations participants will be asked to consider ways their culture has facilitated healing.
Mandy Davis, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon
Mandy Davis, LCSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker. Dr. Davis is Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, a program primarily funded by the Oregon Health Authority, to advance trauma informed care throughout organizations and systems through training, consultation, and implementation resources. Dr. Davis teaches and lectures on implementing trauma informed care and trauma specific services. Her current interests include measuring change when organizations and systems implement the principles of trauma informed care, the impact of toxic stress on the workforce, intersectionality between equity work, and the impact of systemic oppression.
Panel: Culture as Healing
Leslie Gregory, Founder & Director, Right To Health
Leslie Gregory, MSBS, PA-C, is recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a 2017 Pinnacle Professional in the field of Healthcare.
Gregory is Founder and President at Right to Health, which specializes in nonprofit health services. In her role, she utilizes extensive expertise in primary care medicine and preventative cardiology, and works to mitigate the effects of racism on health. Prior to this year, she was managing the basis mostly on her own, and claims that her new team has been incredibly helpful.
Gregory says that she created Right To Health, “out of frustration that our nation had made so little progress in addressing the hate and ignorance around ethnic disparities and America’s problems with its history and founding principles of inequity.”
“Health disparities and other racist results of that legacy are costing our nation untold billions in dollars,” she goes on to say, “and massive numbers of citizens and healthcare funding that we cannot afford. Join me in saving our national soul as well as the most important resource we have: our humanity.”
Gregory earned her Master of Biomedical Science degree with a focus in Physician Assistant Studies and Medicine from the University of Toledo/Medical Center for Health Sciences. While she was a student, she earned several honors, including induction into the Gold Key Honor Society, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Commission of Physician Assistants.
To further her professional development, Gregory is a member of the American Health Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the NAACP, and Uniting to Understand Racism Dialogues. She also serves as a Go Red for Women Ambassador. Gregory also cites Dr. John Lake and Dr. Michael Brodeur as her professional mentors.
When not working, Gregory enjoys music production and performance, martial arts, exploring the mind-body discipline connection, precision and distance swimming, inquiries into intercultural communication and exploring the peace process.
Additionally, she volunteers time to campaigning against the health effects of racism and being a “minority” health advocate. She dedicates this recognition to both her mentors, and in loving memory of her father, Raymond D. Gregory.
Rosanna Jackson – Methamphetamine/Suicide Prevention Coordinator, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Carlos Chavez – Executive Director, Morpheus Youth Project
Carlos Chavez is the co-founder and Director of Morpheus Youth Project, which was established in 2011. He’s been working as a youth advocate since 2007 providing creative, historical and cultural workshops, events and programs in the Portland community and in youth detention centers in Oregon. He is a muralist, graffiti artist and a bboy. He also presents at Portland State University through their Criminal and Juvenile Justice Capstone courses and has co-facilitated a number of PSU’s Inside / Out courses at MacLaren Youth Corrections. Before pursuing his passion as a youth advocate, he spent 13 years in the financial world as a Project Manager and Consultant. He has also been a radio producer and journalist at KBOO Community Radio since 2001.