Healthy Mind, Healthy Future Symposium

The Children’s Partnership and California Immigrant Policy Center have come together to host a symposium on the impact of anti-immigrant activities and rhetoric on the mental health and wellbeing of children in immigrant families. The event will also highlight the findings from Healthy Mind, Healthy Future, a joint research and policy project. The event will be held on March 8th at The California Endowment’s Oakland office.

This symposium will provide service providers, advocates, funders, legislators, teachers, and community stakeholders with the opportunity to learn about and engage in policy and programmatic recommendations that aim to protect and advance the health and wellbeing of children in immigrant families.

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We look forward to seeing you on March 8th! This page contains additional programmatic information and logistical details that we hope will answer any questions you may have.  


Plenary I: Immigration Policy Landscape; speakers include:

  • Layla Razavi, Policy Director, CIPC
  • Vanessa Ceceña, Human Rights Program Associate, American Friends Service Committee

Plenary II: The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Children’s Mental Health; speakers include:

  • Vilma Reyes, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, Child Trauma Research Program

Plenary III: Healthy Mind, Healthy Future: Promoting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children in Immigrant Families; speakers include:

  • Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
  • Aracely Navarro, Policy and Government Relations Manager, The Children’s Partnership
  • David Mermin, Partner, Lake Research Partners

Breakout Sessions:

  • Workshop I: Community Safety
  • Workshop II: Improving Access to the Safety Net
  • Workshop III: Continuum of Mental Health Services for Children

Closing Panel: A Dialogue on California’s Role in Advancing the Health and Wellbeing of Children in Immigrant Families

  • Mayra E Alvarez, President, The Children’s Partnership
  • Gina Da Silva, Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Toby Ewing, Executive Director, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
  • Giannina Perez, Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Marcela Ruiz, Chief, Immigration and Refugee Programs Branch, California Department of Social Services


For the full symposium program please click here.

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And don’t forget to read our report findings and recommendations on what you can do to protect and advance the health of our children.

If you’re interested in joining the waitlist for Healthy Mind, Healthy Future Symposium, please email Nancy Olivares at and we will respond if any seats become available.


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