Webinar: Innovative Strategies for Engaging Underserved Populations

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Presented by: Wanda Boone, PhD, Together for Resilient Youth and Teresa Bishop, Roundtable of St. Lucie County


Reaching underserved populations is often a dilemma for coalitions, agencies, and organizations. This presentation will help participants explore the causes of community disengagement and provide tips and strategies for facilitating meaningful participation of underserved populations in community change efforts.

Learning Objectives:

1.    Identify the causes of community disengagement for underserved populations.

2.    Describe the role of the Prevention Specialists in bridging the grassroots/grass tops divide to reach underserved populations.

3.    Utilize strategies to empower and engage underserved populations in meaningful community change efforts.

About Dr. Wanda Boone

Dr. Wanda Boone’s career in prevention spans over 30 years. She founded Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) in 2003.

Together for Resilient Youth has received local, State and National recognition. Dr. Boone is a guest speaker and technical advisor on all things related to the Strategic Prevention Framework, Trauma, Resilience and Disparities. She has earned the title Social Justice Warrior.

She currently:

Works collaboratively locally, around the State of NC and nationally to address health disparities and associated challenges.

Uses the Disparity Impact Guidance to construct and distribute information and outcomes based on demographics and sectors (youth, young adults, parents, community neighborhoods, law enforcement, faith, health, local government, business, and schools.

Addresses the outcomes of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Behavioral Health Disparities, as they impact vulnerable community members and to ensure resilience is built back.

Develops and carries out Developmental Asset Training sessions

Works with multiple sectors to uncover their self-designed “Resilience”

Develops Principles of Trauma Informed Care in Institutional settings

Focuses on evidence-based, culturally competent environmental strategies at the community level across Durham County and collaboratively Statewide.

Provides leadership in carrying out a strategic plan implemented by the community coalition members.

Helps ensure engagement of culturally representative key stakeholders

Provides cultural competence training

Publications include:

Duke University School of Medicine Medical Student Research Day (AOA Day), Durham, NC, August 2010.“How do you engage community when there are cultural, educational or socioeconomic differences within the community as well as between the community and the researchers?” Section 2c of “Challenges in Improving Community Engaged Research,” Chapter 5 of CTSA Community Engagement Key Function Community Task Force on the Principles of Community Engagement, Principles of Community Engagement, 2nd edition. Washington, DC: National Institutes of Health 2011 (in press-#11-7782). Boone, Wanda Johnson. “Regulating Outlets That Sell Alcohol in Predominantly African American and Hispanic Neighborhoods.” In Preventing Alcohol-Related Problems: Evidence and Community-Based Initiatives, edited by Norman Giesbrecht and Linda M. Bosma, 397–408, n.d."2018 Social Stigma and Recovery, WJ Boone 2019, Trauma and Resilience in the African American Community, WJ Boone 2019

About Teresa Bishop

Teresa Bishop is Executive Director for the Roundtable of St. Lucie County. 

She is also the Founder and Director of Provision Training and Consulting, LLC and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Personnel Management,  from the University of Central Florida  Over the past 25 years, she has worked both nationally and abroad, to improve capacity of  communities, federal and state agencies, as well community and faith based organizations, to achieve positive outcomes.  She has focused her efforts in the children and family arena and in recent years has championed causes around community development, youth development, and juvenile justice issues.  Ms. Bishop has provided support to a number of federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Labor and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She has and continues to work closely with state, local and grassroots organizations to provide training and technical assistance to improve staff and program development, strategic planning  and organizational development to impact community change and system reform.  She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, a 501(c) organization, and works closely with executive level leaders, to accomplish system change that results in improved outcomes for youth.

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