Christine Gerchow leads “Breaking the Chain: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline” event with Contra Costa County health leaders and UC Berkeley public health professor

Christine Gerchow leads "Breaking the Chain: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline" event with Contra Costa County health leaders and UC Berkeley public health professor On November 10, 2021, Christine Gerchow, Ph.D., facilitated a panel entitled, "Examining Risk and Resilience: Developmental Predictors of Justice System Involvement." Panelists included UC Berkeley Public Health professor Darlene Francis, Ph.D., Contra Costa County (CCC)...
Christine Gerchow leads “Breaking the Chain: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline” event with Contra Costa County health leaders and UC Berkeley public health professor

Christine Gerchow leads “Breaking the Chain: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline” event with Contra Costa County health leaders and UC Berkeley public health professor

On November 10, 2021, Christine Gerchow, Ph.D., facilitated a panel entitled, “Examining Risk and Resilience: Developmental Predictors of Justice System Involvement.” Panelists included UC Berkeley Public Health professor Darlene Francis, Ph.D., Contra Costa County (CCC) Perinatal Equity Initiative Coordinator, Natalie Berbick, MSW, and CCC physicians and detention health leaders Drs. Sefanit Mekuria and Sonia Sutherland.

Hosted by St. Joan of Arc, a Catholic parish in San Ramon, the goal of the panel was to engage members of CCC’s faith based communities in a discussion about childhood experiences that can prevent or place one at risk for involvement in the justice system. Dr. Gerchow situated the panel with a public health lens, noting that no discussion of public safety is complete without considering public health, equity, and race.

Participants learned about social determinants of health, health inequities in CCC, and the profile of persons incarcerated in CCC. Participants were also encouraged to support CCC programs such as Deliver Birth Justice, Nurse Family Partnership, the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Doula Program, and the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC).

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