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SMALL TALKS--The Lost Year: COVID-19 and the Impact on Children
Join Dr. Gigi Chawla, Chief of General Pediatrics, Children’s Minnesota, Erin Bailey, Assistant Commissioner of Children’s Cabinet, Shirley Toby, LFCC, and Angela Kapp, Owner of Midwest Child Development and Teachers for Tots, in a conversation facilitated by Fred Senn, Founding Partner at Fallon World Wide Services, as we turn the focus of Think Small Institute "Small Talks" speaker series towards children's mental health.

As we try to rise above the traumatic experiences of this past year, we must also turn our attention to the next pandemic, children's mental health. 

Our Small Talks panel will
• discuss the lingering effects of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of children

• explore COVID-19 as an adverse childhood experience (ACEs) and the importance of trauma-informed training for educators, families, and community leaders

• share ways to advocate for funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to be shared equitably

Questions will be taken at the end. If you have a question for the panel, but will not be able to join us live you can submit it to Meredith Burks, MBurks@thinksmall.org by Monday, September 27.

Sep 30, 2021 08:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Gigi Chawla
Chief of General Pediatrics @Children’s Minnesota
Gigi Chawla, MD, MHA, pediatrician, and hospitalist, is the chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota with oversight over primary care, rehabilitation services, behavioral health, med/surg inpatient care, value-based care, and after-hours triage care. Dr. Chawla is also instrumental in advancing the organization’s forward-looking efforts around population health and community engagement. Through internal efforts to better integrate school-based care, primary care with behavioral health, social support services for families, as well as external advocacy with government groups, she works to create an environment for child health that extends beyond the clinic.
Erin Bailey
Assistant Commissioner @Children's Cabinet
Erin Bailey, assistant commissioner of Children’s Cabinet, has been a lifelong advocate for children and health care for communities too often left behind. She launched and served as the inaugural Executive Director at the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, which is dedicated to raising national attention to the issues facing Native American youth. Most recently, Erin served as the Director of Executive Initiatives at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul where she worked on a variety of strategic initiatives, including advocating for children who have disabilities and complex medical conditions.
Shirley Toby
Licensed Family Child Care Provider
Family child care provider Shirley Toby says she gravitated to little ones ever since she was a young girl growing up in Liberia. She took care of the kids of her older siblings, and then after moving to the United States, she watched the children of friends, as well as raised four daughters of her own. Toby’s been operating a child care business for 15 years, and like many child care providers, she made the decision to stay open when the pandemic started.
Angela Kapp
Owner @Midwest Child Development
Having worked in the early childhood field since 1989, Angela has a lot of experience to offer. Over the years, she has been a Teacher, Director, Trainer, Consultant, Child Development Associate (CDA) Specialist, Head Start Manager/Advocate, and National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Assessor. Currently, Angela owns and operates two child care centers in St. Paul.
Fred Senn (Facilitator)
Founding Partner @Fallon World Wide Services
Fred Senn is a founding partner of Fallon World Wide Services, one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and creatively driven branding companies. Fred’s many roles have included Director of Account Service and later Chief Learning Officer, running Fallon University and guest lecturing at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. A native of Minnesota, Fred is very involved in local business and non-profit organizations. Since 1986 he has directed the agency’s pro-bono efforts for the Children’s Defense Fund. A past member of Governor’s Early Learning Council, Fred currently serves on the boards of Close Gaps by 5 and Think Small.