S2, E5: Civic engagement in immigrant communities with Wendy Pascual

Wendy Pascual

Wendy Mateo Pascual joins the podcast to talk about her work empowering and connecting people and communities. Wendy is originally from Dominican Republic and had lived in Charlotte Region for sixteen years. She shares about her work as a community leader skilled in non- profit organization, leadership development, civic engagement, women empowerment, immigrant integration and networking building.

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Wendy Mateo Pascual is the founder and Principal Consultant of Crossways Consulting a firm focuses on Empowering and Connecting people and communities. Wendy is originally from Dominican Republic and had lived in Charlotte Region for sixteen years. She is a community leader skilled in non- profit organization, leadership development, civic engagement, women empowerment, immigrant integration and networking building.

Her passion for social change and community transformation had driven her to participate in hundreds of community initiatives in her country Dominican Republic and here in Charlotte Region. She is the Co-founder of Camino Community Center in Charlotte  and served as Executive Director for 14 years.  In that role, she was instrumental in developing the Bethesda Health Center (a health clinic and related programs focused on promoting health and wellness) and “You Are Not Alone (a community mental health treatment and education program for low-income Latino immigrants).  She is also Co-founder of University Citi Family Zone, El Puente Hispano in Concord, Chair of the Latino Civic Engagement Committee, Community Council Member of Green Light Fund Charlotte, creator and facilitator of the Latino Civic Engagement Program and Co-creator with Civic Canvas of the Close the Gap- Latino Leadership development Program.

S2, E4: Bouncing back: Resilience and migration with Dr. Keri Revens

Keri and Roger

Dr. Keri Revens joins the podcast as a community-based health researcher with expertise in mental health, population health change, immigrant health, and evaluation. She shares her research on the topic of resilience, and how resilience can help individuals and communities cope with stress, bounce back from challenges, and support one's health and wellbeing in the context of the Latino immigration experience.

Dr. Keri Revens is a community-based health researcher with expertise in mental health, population health change, immigrant health, and evaluation. She has more than 5 years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and disseminating findings at national and internal meetings, as well as in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Revens is also a certified health education specialist (CHES) with more than 10 years of experience in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of school, community, and corporate health and wellness programs.

Dr. Revens currently works as a consultant for Common Good Data Consulting, LLC. She also has experience as a middle school health teacher, University lecturer and a personal health coach.

Dr. Revens received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Appalachian State University, a Master of Science in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Public Health at the University of Bristol in the UK, and most recently this past May 2019, a PhD in Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

S2, E3: Katie Pendergrast and Erin Nasmyth, Adoption Support Alliance

Katie Pendergrast, Erin Nasmyth

Katie Pendergrast joins the podcast with Erin Nasmyth from Adoption Support Alliance. They discuss areas of their work where they help adoptive families through the challenges of building their forever families. ASA provides adoption-competent counseling, support groups for adoptees and adoptive families, classes to educate pre and post adoption and hosts community building events for adoptive families, with a vision  to ensure that all adoptive families get the support they need to thrive.

Katie Pendergrast is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and mother of four, two biological (Colin and Owen) and two internationally adopted (Quinn and Marin), children. After her adopted children joined the family, Katie recognized the great need in the adoption community for support and counseling services.

She was connected with the newly formed Adoption Support Alliance where she began to serve on the board sharing her clinical expertise.  Three years later, Katie now serves as the ASA board chair. Additionally, Katie completes home studies and post-placement reports through Triangle Adoption Services.

Erin Nasmyth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who co-founded Adoption Support Alliance in 2014 to fill a void in the services and support available to adoptive families.

Erin’s first experience with adoption came during high school, when her family was living overseas and she decided to volunteer at orphanages in China and Vietnam. She was 15 years old, surrounded by lots of children who needed a home, and she knew she’d found her calling. When she came back to the states, she dedicated her career to helping children and parents build strong, thriving families.

She also conducts home studies through Triangle Adoption Services and produces post-placement reports for families pursuing adoption.

Adoption Support Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 2014 to help adoptive families through the challenges of building their forever families.  ASA provides adoption-competent counseling, support groups for adoptees and adoptive families, classes to educate pre and post adoption and hosts community building events for adoptive families.  Our vision is to ensure all adoptive families get the support they need to thrive. 

S2, E2: End-of-life care, cultural Inclusion, and social justice with Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch

Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch, Assistant Professor at Elon University and the Owner of VLDrew Consulting Inc., joins the podcast to share about her work in end-of-life care and doula services from a multicultural and culturally inclusive perspective. She also speaks to the importance of mental health care and managing grief, and loss from a holistic perspective.

Episode 9: Helping children navigate a complex system of social care with Markia Hearst, Kelli Wood, and Jasmine Warren

Markia Hearst, Kelli Wood, and Jasmine Warren from Pat's Place join the podcast to discuss the impact of child abuse and neglect on the health and wellbeing of children, and offer examples of how we can support children as they navigate a complex system of social care. The conversation continues with an engaging conversation on choosing a career in the helping professions and taking time for self-care. 

Episode 8: Soccer, migration, and cultural clash - Building community in a small southern town through sport and journalism

Award-winning investigative reporter and author Paul Cuadros joins the podcast to discuss migration and the experience of newcomers in the United States. He discusses much of the reporting outlined in his fantastic book, “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America,” which tells the story of Siler City, N.C., as it copes and struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team.

Episode 7: Addressing the social determinants through legislation with NC State Representative Graig Meyer

North Carolina State Representative Graig Meyer joins the podcast to offer examples of legislative solutions that address the social determinants of health across North Carolina. He describes his work across micro and macro levels, using skills to work both with individuals while also bringing a systemic perspective about how policy impacts the health and wellbeing of people. He also encourages social workers and helping professionals to be engaged in the political process and describes how promoting community health is inextricable from engaging in the public sphere. 

Episode 6: Tackling the social determinants of family homelessness with Shantiqua Neely and Delana Murdock

Shantiqua Neely, Executive Director, and Delana Murdock, Grants and Data Associate of A Child's Place join the podcast to discuss the social determinants of family homelessness. Using examples from their practice and evaluation data, Shantiqua and Delana challenge common perceptions of family and child homelessness and encourage listeners to examine root causes and the social and contextual factors that put families in positions of housing insecurity - while offering avenues for positive support and intervention. 

Episode 1: The Helping Hands of Our Community: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

In this opening episode, cohosts Roger Suclupe and Drew Reynolds talk about the BRAND NEW podcast, "The Helping Hands of Our Community: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health". In this episode, Roger and Drew provide an introduction to the social determinants of health framework and discuss how this theme will be explored in future episodes. To learn more about the podcast and to view information about our guests, navigate to thehelpinghandspodcast.com. And remember, strong always, always strong.