More about our Keynote Speaker: Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Dr. Bethell is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. She liberates population based data through the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (www.childhealthdata.org), leads the Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network and other projects focused on engaging children, youth and families and advancing evidence based policy, practice and advocacy; with a special focus on promoting well-being by advancing research, policies and practices related to social, mental, behavioral and emotional determinants of health.
Founded in 1995, Child Advocates – Denver CASA advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Denver Juvenile Court through the services of trained community volunteers from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
CASAs play an essential role in both the child welfare and legal systems, not just as advocates but also by providing an important sense of stability to the children they are representing. After other professionals rotate out of the case (as commonly occurs in both systems), CASAs are often the only people familiar with the case history and, equally important, the most able to forge close and trusting relationships with the child. Denver CASA is committed to advocating for a safe and nurturing environment in which children can thrive. To date, the organization has advocated for more than 4,800 child victims of abuse and/or neglect, giving these children the best chance of a successful outcome. In 2017, more than 250 CASA volunteers advocated for 527 child/youth victims of abuse and neglect cases. In 2018, Denver CASA aims to advocate for more than 665 children/youth by the year’s end.