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. Bita Ghafoori is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and the Founder and Director of the CSULB-based Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center (LBTRC). The LBTRC has been providing no cost comprehensive mental health services to victims of crime and violence in Long Beach and the surrounding
Dr. Bita Ghafoori is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and the Founder and Director of the CSULB-based Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center (LBTRC). The LBTRC has been providing no cost comprehensive mental health services to victims of crime and violence in Long Beach and the surrounding communities since 2014 and has served nearly 5000 children and adults. Dr. Ghafoori is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research and clinical work focuses on mental-health equity, mental-health services, and dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatments to culturally diverse groups. Dr. Ghafoori has published extensively on her work. She has also given presentations to multiple groups nationally and internationally on her research and clinical work. She has received two Fulbright Awards (Greece and Portugal) to share her knowledge of trauma treatment with other communities in the world. Her joy is training and mentoring students on how to implement evidence-based trauma treatments in diverse communities
Kelly Colopy is the Director of the Long Beach (CA) Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS). The Department has a $117 million budget with over 300 staff leading 30 health focused programs in 9 sites around the City, providing more than 400,000 client visits annually. The Department includes Public Health, Environmental Health,
Kelly Colopy is the Director of the Long Beach (CA) Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS). The Department has a $117 million budget with over 300 staff leading 30 health focused programs in 9 sites around the City, providing more than 400,000 client visits annually. The Department includes Public Health, Environmental Health, Emergency Management, Homeless Services Continuum of Care, Housing Authority, and Family Preservation services. Long Beach is the second largest city in Los Angeles County (LACo), 50 square miles in size, with a population of 465,424.
Ms. Colopy has spent the past 20 years working in organizations that supported public health and social services at both the State, County and local levels. Prior to her moving to Long Beach, she served as the Associate Director for Salt Lake County’s (Utah) Human Services Department, providing leadership and coordination in the areas of public health, aging services, behavioral health, community development, criminal justice services and jail re-entry, youth at risk, and library services; managed the public mental health network in Salt Lake County, Utah, as Network Director for Optum Salt Lake County’s 225 provider network; served as the Research Director for the State of Utah Division of Substance Abuse and a Research Consultant in the Executive Director’s Office for State of Utah Department of Human Services; and early in her career, evaluated Federal education programs that served youth in low-income communities.
She has a successful history of leading cross-agency and community efforts, including leading the Utah Correction’s Department “Women’s Summit” which designed and implemented a one-stop shop within Utah’s women’s prison where partners provided training and services to prepare women for successful re-entry; co-led the design and evaluation of Alternatives to Incarceration for those with substance use disorders and mental illness in Salt Lake County; and designing and implementing Salt Lake County’s community learning center programs, which included school-based integrated physical and mental health care. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Smith College.
Dr. Carol Grabowski
Chritina Boatwright, City of Long Beach
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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