The 2nd Symposium on Health and Violence 

Date(s) - 06/18/2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Desert Willow Conference Center

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The 2nd Symposium on Health and Violence

Through the trauma informed lens: transforming how we provide health related services

AACHC will host the 2nd Symposium on Health and Violence on June 18, 2019 to provide guidance on the intersection of health and domestic and sexual violence and the neurobiology of trauma informed/patient centered care. Symposium topics to include: BH and IPV, trafficking, marginalized populations, and Trauma Informed Care.


  • Understand the impact of trauma informed care.
  • Understanding the role of the health provider in identifying, interviewing and advocating for, and working with trafficking survivors.
  • To better understand how behavioral health may play a role in meeting the needs of survivors.
  • To better understand the needs of marginalized populations experiencing domestic and sexual violence.
  • Better understand the importance of self-care for staff working with victims of domestic, sexual violence and general work place stressors.
  • The Symposium will enhance the skills of staff in health centers who have, or are in the process of implementing a screening and brief education/intervention process in their clinics as well as those who would like to know more about the providing trauma informed care and its impact on the health of their clients.
  • The Symposium will enhance the skills of domestic and sexual violence provider partners in the use of trauma informed care, behavioral health issues effective survivors, as well as working with marginalized populations.


Keynote: Matt Bennett, MBA, MA, has a master’s degree in community psychology and executive development (nonprofit management), as well as a master’s in business administration in health care. Mr. Bennett specializes in the delivery of trauma-informed care, quality improvement, results-based leadership, and Motivational Interviewing. Mr. Bennett has successfully combined his academic pursuits as a researcher, blogger, podcaster on the Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast, and published author of articles and the book Connecting Paradigms: A trauma-informed and neurobiological framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation and Talking about Trauma & Change with his practical experience in leading nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to develop research-based solutions to improve the health of individuals, organizations, and systems.

Kimberly S.G. Chang, MD, MPH, is a Family Physician at Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland, California. In 2015, Dr. Chang completed the Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard, examining the role of federally qualified health centers in addressing human trafficking. Previously, Dr. Chang was the inaugural Clinic Director at AHS’ Frank Kiang Medical Center, and has provided care for many commercially sexually exploited children. She has trained thousands of front-line multidisciplinary professionals on the human trafficking healthcare intersection, provided invited expert testimony to the US Helsinki Commission on “Best Practices in Rescuing Trafficking Victims”, serves on the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States, and co-founded HEAL Trafficking. In August 2018, she was elected as the Vice Speaker of the House on the Executive Board of Directors for the National Association of Community Health Centers. She has been nationally recognized with a Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession.

Erin Callinan, author of “Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look into Mental Illness,” speaks statewide and nationally on behavioral health issues. She has over ten years of experience working in domestic and sexual violence, working in a shelter and providing training and advocacy at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is currently the Assistant Director of Mental Health America of Arizona.
Doreen Nicholas is the Domestic Violence Response Manager at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV). Doreen has over 40 years of experience both personally and as a worker in the Anti – Sexual and Domestic Violence Movements.
Panel of survivors and providers reaching vulnerable populations.

Who Should Attend: Providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, behavioral health providers, nurses, medical assistants, patient representatives, Community and shelter based Domestic Violence partners, and any other staff that provide direct client services.

CEU’s will be available for this training from the Greater Valley Area Health Education Center.


Scholarships available: contact us about possible scholarships

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! we cannot accept anymore registrations. 

For questions and more information contact:

Dorothy Hastings | | 602-288-7576

Aya Al-Najjar | | 602-218-3919


Bookings are closed for this event.