Building Resilient Communities for Children & Youth
Dr. Glenda Wrenn is the Director of the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity, and leads a national conversation on the challenges facing people living with mental health and substance use disorders, with a focus on the opportunities we have for advancing parity, equity, and community resiliency. Dr. Erica Fener-Sitkoff, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, leads an organization that advocates for policies that create safe, healthy, educated children that are connected to family and their community. Join us for a conversation on strengthening resiliency in our communities from the perspective of two mental health experts.
Dr. Glenda Wrenn, Director, Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity
Dr. Wrenn is Director of the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she also serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She completed undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy at West Point; earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and completed psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania where she was Chief Resident. She currently oversees the Smart and Secure Children Quality Parenting Program and Integrated Care Leadership Program and their related research initiatives. Her other research interests include strengthening resilience in vulnerable populations, addressing the disparity in help seeking for post-traumatic stress disorder among African Americans, and culturally sensitive collaborative care models.
Dr. Erica Fener-Sitkoff, Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children
Dr. Fener-Sitkoff took the helm as the Executive Director for Voices for Georgia’s Children in July of 2017 after joining Voices in 2014 as the Policy and Outreach Director. With experience as a PhD clinical psychologist and as an administrator and consultant to school districts on mental health and development disabilities, Erica serves as an outstanding leader for Voices’ initiatives. Erica has steered Voices to facilitate policy change that improves access to quality services for children and families across all systems that impact healthy development, including health insurance and quality health care, early childhood development, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. She served on The Commission on Children’s Mental Health, and co-authored the December 2017 report to Governor Nathan Deal.