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Southeast PTTC: Health Equity Series

Publication Date: Sep 14, 2021


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We all know that to be successful and sustainable, coalitions and prevention providers must be able to plan and implement prevention strategies that are data-driven, evidence-based and promote health equity. Over the course of these two informational sessions (Foundations & Needs Assessment) coalition members, prevention providers and emerging professionals will build their capacity to promote health equity in prevention processes and strategies.

A virtual Community of Practice will be offered to session attendees looking for a deeper discussion and planning around the application of health equity. To facilitate discussion and hands-on learning, registration will be limited to 50 community participants. Preference will be given to folks living in the Southeast Region (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN). There is an expectation that those who register for the community of practice will participate in the entire Health Equity series (2 sessions + 2 communities of practice).

Health Equity Series: Session 1 – Foundations

Wednesday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET


Session 1 begins the conversation of health equity and its importance in the field of prevention.  In this session, we will define terms that are essential to the discussion as well as discuss the roots of how inequities are formed.  We will also discuss what populations are most impacted by health inequities, before ending in what roles those in the field of prevention can play to help lower disparities while promoting a more equitable environment. 

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this Health Equity Series - Session 1, participants will be able to:

  1. Discover how health disparities and other inequities play a role in behavioral health and substance use/misuse.
  2. Define terminology linked to the discussion of health equity
  3. Become aware of their individual responsibility in the goal of attaining equity
  4. Describe the overarching role of prevention in moving towards equity
  5. Learn the foundational elements of prevention that equip our field for equity work


Register for Session 1

Health Equity Series: Session 2 – Needs Assessment

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET


Session 2 – Needs Assessment training introduces to participants to the process of conducting a needs assessment to identify health equity problems. The training session outline the steps and components involved in conducting needs assessment, including data collection and the identification and prioritization of the problem, and contributing factors.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this Health Equity Learning Community Session 2, participants will be able to:

  1. Discover how health disparities and other inequities play a role in behavioral health and substance use /misuse.
  2. Become aware of the processes involved in a needs assessment
  3. Explore how to infuse health equity concepts into your needs assessment


Register for Session 2

Health Equity Community of Practice

Friday, October 1 and Friday, October 22, at 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET

Remember, the community of practice is limited to 50 participants. Preference will be given to prevention folks living in Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN). We will have a wait list.


Series Instructors:

headshot of rayletteRaylette Pickett-Johnson, COO

Raylette’s professional career began as a nurse providing direct patient care. She was eventually employed by RAND as the Field Representative/Interviewer for the serious mentally ill/HIV study, which served clients in California and New York. In 2007, Raylette co-founded, SheRay’s & Associates, LLC a consulting firm that provides mental health, HIV and substance use disorder prevention trainings and technical assistance across the United States. Raylette is skilled at developing and implementing culturally sensitive community-based programs and Training/TA services. She is active in the community, with particular interest in working with organizations serving inner city youth and young adults. In 2015, Raylette joined The TTJ Group, LLC as the Chief Operating Officer with the purpose of servicing organizations in the areas of specialized trainings, organization and economic development and technical assistance.



headshot of albertAlbert Gay, MS

Albert Gay was ordained into the ministry in 1994 and since that time he has worked with youth and communities in many capacities. Albert has been in full time ministry as a youth pastor, where he counseled urban youth in positive directions and provided them with alternative solutions to the “streets.” Albert expanded into the Prevention field in 1997 when he was employed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana as a Prevention Coordinator. He has received credentials as a Certified Prevention Professional by the Indiana Association of Prevention Professionals in 1999. While attending ministry school in Florida, Albert worked as a Behavioral Specialist with troubled youth. Albert Gay is currently a Master Trainer for TTJ Group, LLC by providing services to non-profit, faith-based and community organizations and governmental entities in developing and implementing technical assistance and training services in an innovative and practical format.

Albert Gay obtained his B.A. in English Arts from the historically distinguished, Hampton University in Virginia, and he obtained his Master of Science in Management from Oakland City University in Indiana. He received ministry training from Christian International’s Ministry Training College in Florida.



headshot of tashaTasha Wilkerson, MA

Tasha Wilkerson holds an MA in Training and Instructional Design and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Preventionist, with over 26 years as a professional trainer and community activists. Tasha has a broad knowledge organizing, coalition building and staff capacity building. Tasha has focused her efforts on strategic planning and community capacity building for many years, spending many hours working with adults and faith leaders to help build a safer community. Tasha training collection includes Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), coalition building, capacity building, evaluation, cultural competency, designing and delivering training, facilitation skills, environmental strategies, community organizing, Health Disparities and equities and evaluation to name a few. Tasha has a fervor to support the adult learner and incorporates adult learning theory and practices in all her training designs.