END ABUSE LONG BEACH IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS TO RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN THE FIELD OF CHILD ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RACIAL JUSTICE, ELDER ABUSE, AND SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION, TREATMENT, EDUCATION, AND ADVOCACY. AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND DURING THE PANDEMIC.
Dr. Grabowski is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who has been associated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center since 1985. In private practice until 2013, she delivered babies and performed surgeries including minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. At the same time, she was the first female Chief of Staff at Women’s Hosp
Dr. Grabowski is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who has been associated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center since 1985. In private practice until 2013, she delivered babies and performed surgeries including minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. At the same time, she was the first female Chief of Staff at Women’s Hospital and team leader for the electronic medical record installation. In 2013, she switched her focus to outpatient care of the underserved at the TCC Family Health Clinic here in Long Beach. There she provides Obstetric and Genecology care for women of all ages and finds the patients amazingly resilient and grateful. The work is eye opening and very fulfilling. Awareness of the effects of abuse on women and children started early when a patient said, “He did it again”. Awareness of diverse domestic violence victim profiles became obvious when treating a mental health professional woman, the wife of a military chaplain and a woman recently released from jail for perpetrating violence against her partner. Awareness of changing standards emerged, due to the feminist movement, the whole way to the “Me Too” movement. Most recently, the awareness that DV injury to the brain is similar to the concussions sustained by football players highlights the seriousness of the physical abuse. Along with individual care of survivors of DV, Dr. Grabowski has served as a director on the board of WomenShelter of Long Beach since 1998. She has helped support and direct the efforts of a fantastic staff at WomenShelter who provide housing, counseling and legal assistance to victims of domestic abuse. Watching women, children and men navigate their way out of their abusive homes brings joy and hope that we can end abuse for all. She would be ecstatic to be out of the job of ending DV, because it no longer exists.She has other interests which grow from her need to help others to know their bodies and maintain good health. She lectures to the public on women's health topics such as Health Maintenance, Pap Tests and HPV, Osteoporosis, Menopause and Menopause Survival Skills for Women and Men. The feedback from her lectures always includes comments on how entertaining she is and how she makes it easy to understand difficult subjects. She is a published author and has performed storytelling and stand up comedy.
Christina Boatwright, MSW is the Project Manager for All Children Thrive Long Beach and the City of Long Beach’s COVID-19 LB Resource Line. Christina works passionately to promote the importance of mental health and resiliency in children 0-8, their families and among the professionals working with them. Christina joined the City of Long
Christina Boatwright, MSW is the Project Manager for All Children Thrive Long Beach and the City of Long Beach’s COVID-19 LB Resource Line. Christina works passionately to promote the importance of mental health and resiliency in children 0-8, their families and among the professionals working with them. Christina joined the City of Long Beach in 2015, first as a graduate intern and then as a part of the City’s Health Department team, where she co-authored the City's Early Childhood Education Strategic Plan. In her commitment to the health, safety and well-being of all children in Long Beach, Christina has been instrumental in creating and supporting numerous innovative programs in Long Beach such as, Long Beach’s first Accountable Community of Health site “All Children Thrive Long Beach”, the creation of the My Brother’s Keeper mentoring program paring middle school student with City staff, the formalization of the City’s Mental Health Surge Team, managing the Safe Families Trauma Informed inaugural program, and is currently overseeing the connection of Long Beach residents through the LB Resource Line. Prior to her time with the City, Christina spent over 10 years working directly with children and families in the afterschool programs she supervised and developed in LBUSD. Christina is the mother to Emma, an almost 9-year-old who loves learning about space exploration and dancing with her local studio, and has been married to her best friend, Kip for almost 11 years. Born and raised in West Long Beach, graduate of Cal State Long Beach and then USC, Christina has dedicated her professional career to supporting children and families in our community.
Dr. Tiffany Brown, LBUSD
Alicia Rodriguez, City of Long Beach
Kimberly Wee, MA, Century Villages at Cabrillo
Juana Melara, Advocate
Tim Varvais, M.A., M.S., Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
Nathan Swaringen, L.C.S.W., The Guidance Center
Jessica Alvarez, Parent, Safe Passages
Virginia Zart, Junior League, WAG
Ellen Hartwick, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
Tracy Colunga, City of Long Beach
Stephanie Dowds, City of Long Beach
Sergeant Eric Hooker, and The Long Beach Police Department, Vice Investigations Team
Dominique Quevedo, Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles
Tory Cox, PhD, University Southern California
Giovanna Martinez, WSLB
Bryan Littlefield, Volunteer at For the Child and Larry Wong American Heritage Foundation
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