Stepping Forward Together 2019:  Promoting Cultural Competence and Equity in Communities

Stepping Forward Together 2019: Promoting Cultural Competence and Equity in Communities

Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

8:00am – 5:00pm

Stepping Forward Together 2019:  Promoting Cultural Competence and Equity in Communities

March 14, 2019

University of Vermont, Davis Center

Thanks to all who have registered. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

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Vermont Care Partners will be holding its annual conference to continue the discussion with national, regional, and local speakers about health care disparities, cultural competence and ways we can improve our service delivery to the Vermonters. The 2018 conference was incredibly successful with people asking for more opportunity to learn about and discuss the topics of racism and cultural blindness. Vermont Care Partners is working closely together with the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND) at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and the University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion to present this important opportunity.

The day will be filled with workshops and panels with the following invited workshops:

“Toward a Deeper Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion: Knowledge and Practices for Successfully Working with Diverse Communities” presented by Jesús Treviño, Ph.D. Senior Diversity Officer and Laurie Lind, OT, Senior Diversity Officer, The Lind Group, LLC, Tucson, AZ

“Separate Is Never Equal – Healthcare Inequities In the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders” presented by Joe Parks, MD, Medical Director for the National Council for Behavioral Health & Aaron Williams, Senior Director of Training and TA for Substance Use for the National Council for Behavioral Health

“LGBTQ+ Clinical Competence and Affirmative Services” presented by Markus Bidell, PhD., Associate Professor of Counseling, Hunter College, New York

Other workshops provided by your colleagues, include:

  • Communicating with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities
  • Creating a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Communication for All: Building a Community of Support for Communication
  • Cultural Competence or Cultural Humility? Best Practices to Raise the Bar for Equity and Social Justice in Organizations
  • Deaf Experience: It’s Not Equality, It’s Equity Presuming Competence:  The Right to Communicate and be Included
  • Disentangling Wellness from Whiteness: Examining Dominant Power Structure in Social Services
  • Introduction to Microaggressions
  • Lessons from Psychiatric Survivors
  • Preventing Suicide in Health and Mental Health Care Systems: Evidence-based Principles and Cultural Considerations for Practice Improvement
  • Sizeism
  • The Collaborative Network Approach
  • The Relationship between Chronic Absenteeism and Health: The Vermont landscape and Planning for our Future
  • The Truth Comes from Us: Self-advocates Speak out about Unlearning Ableism and Supporting People with Disabilities who are LGTBQIA
  • We’re all in this together: How peer support acknowledges trauma, builds resilience, and strengthens our communities
  • Woof 101: Service Animals, Therapy Animals, and Companion/Emotional Support Animals – What are the Differences and who can Benefit?

All human services providers, medical providers, educators, state officials, translators and other interested in promoting equity in Vermont should attend. Join the conversation!


Includes the full conference, continental breakfast, lunch, and parking. CEU’s are pending.

General admission:

  • Group Rate: $125 per person for a group rate of 5 or more (includes entire conference, breakfast, lunch and parking)
  • Individual Rate: $150 per person (includes entire conference, breakfast, lunch and parking)


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the Davis Center at UVM? Registered participants will be sent information about parking, including a parking permit, the week prior to the event.There will be a shuttle running from the parking area to the Davis Center.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact us at [email protected]

Is my registration fee transferable? If you are unable to attend the event, you may transfer your ticket 7 days prior to the event by contacting us at [email protected]

If I am unable to attend, can I have my registration fee refunded? We will refund registration fees 10 days prior to the event.  We are unable to refund registration fees after that point. We do not provide refunds due to inclement weather.

Are there CEUs available for this event? CEU’s are currently pending.  We are anticipating CEUs for LCMHCs, Psychologists, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors, and Social Workers

Do I have to pre-register for the workshops? Only people who are participating in the CALC training need to reserve their workshop spot.  Other workshops will be filled on a first-come first-served basis the day of the event.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors



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Event Location

University of Vermont Davis Center
590 Main St
Burlington, VT, 05401

Event Fees

Individual Fee
$ 150.00
Group Rate
$ 125.00

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