This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore the link between historical trauma and current disparities impacting the African American community. The workshop will discuss the importance of being aware of unintended consequences and harm that policies and traditional approaches can have on communities of color. It will also discuss practical culturally sensitive trauma informed promising practices.
Speaker: Sam Simmons of Samuel Simmons Consulting
Sam Simmons has over 30-years’ experience as an alcohol and drug counselor and behavioral consultant specializing in culturally sensitive trauma informed strategies and working African American males and their families. He received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community and around the country. In 2018 Sam received Public Health Hero Award for his innovative, and culturally specific trauma informed work from the City of Minneapolis. Sam is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues important to the urban community. Sam is co-creator of a conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary”.