Friday, June 4, 2021

Upcoming Research to Practice Webinar: From Frameworks To Families: Understanding the Impact of Early Life Stress and Resiliency





TUESDAY JUNE 8TH, 2021 | 12 - 1 PM MT / 2-3 PM ET



Exposures to adverse experiences early in life can have lasting impacts on health and wellbeing across the lifespan. In fact, the impacts can even span generations. Dr. Olvera Alvarez will present a framework for understanding the ways in which these stressors correlate and are moderated by low socio-economic status and the multigenerational implications.  Mr. Miller and Ms. Santillano, with the Office of Early Childhood at the Colorado Department of Human Services, will describe the services provided to families in Colorado in the attempt to counterbalance the impact of these pathways and build resilience in children and families. 



Hector Olvera Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E. 

Hector Olvera Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research at the  School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University. His research focuses in understanding how social and environmental factors interact and drive health disparities. His current research includes both experimental and epidemiological research on human exposure to nature and its impact on health.


Aaron Miller, MSW

Aaron Miller is the Family Strengthening Director in the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood, Division of Community and Family Support. This position provides leadership for the state’s family strengthening programs including home visiting, family resource centers, and the primary and secondary child maltreatment prevention programs and strategies. He serves as the state lead on the Strengthening Families National Network and a co-chair of the Colorado Strengthening Families Network.  Mr. Miller has led two state sponsored evaluations of the Colorado Community Response to understand the effectiveness of the program for preventing child abuse in neglect.  Mr. Miller received his master’s degree in social work from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013. His degree focus on macro-level social work ignites his passion for identifying large scale social problems and collaborating on solutions that make a positive change at the state and community level.


Esmeralda Santillano, MA

Ms. Santillano is the Family Resource Center Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood. In her role, Ms. Santillano is the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) state lead and supports CBCAP and Family Support Services programs to enhance family protective factors across the state of Colorado. Prior to joining the Colorado Department of Human Services, Ms. Santillano was responsible for the development and delivery of child maltreatment prevention programming and services for the City and County of Denver, as well as developing partnerships with community-based organizations and service providers. Ms. Santillano also served as a bilingual licensed professional counselor where she developed and implemented culturally responsive behavioral health programs that focused on reducing the stigma of behavioral health among culturally and linguistically diverse communities and in increasing their overall wellness.


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