2023 Conference Program

Advocating for Student Healing & Health

Our 2023 statewide school health conference and advocacy day – Advocating for Student Healing & Health – was held in Sacramento April 17-18, 2023.

Keynote Speaker

Jerry Tello is a servant community leader, healing practitioner, and internationally recognized author and voice for healing and justice. Mr. Tello is considered an international expert in the areas of trauma, healing, and culturally based violence prevention and intervention. He is co-founder of the National Compadres Network.

Advocacy Day Speaker

Flojaune Griffin Cofer, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who serves as the Senior Director of Policy for Public Health Advocates. She oversees the state policy efforts and the All Children Thrive trauma prevention initiative. Dr. Cofer brings a public health lens to pressing problems by helping communities pass laws, reform systems, and establish norms that foster justice, equity, and health.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

About Our Presenting Sponsor

We are grateful to Kaiser Permanente for partnering as the Presenting Sponsor of Advocating for Student Healing & Health.

Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools is committed to serving as a valuable partner in health to schools and districts across the country, helping to ensure that teachers, staff, and students have the support they need to thrive — in learning and in health.

2023 Sponsors


Anthem Blue Cross has been serving the health insurance needs of California residents since 1937. Anthem Blue Cross, together with its branded affiliates, provides health care services to more than 8.2 million health plan members in California, including a broad network of more than 65,000 providers.

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association.

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Luncheon & Evening Reception Sponsor

Primary.Health was born of a volunteer effort in a little California town to protect the health of one community, and we have grown into a company committed to protecting the health of every community through easy and affordable access to diagnostics.

Primary provides program management software and program design services that let employers, schools, and communities administer testing to comply with government guidelines and follow the recommendations of healthcare professionals. Through our work with the largest, most complex organizations at the height of the pandemic, Primary has earned the experience and trust to provide superior diagnostic testing for COVID-19, flu, and other conditions that threaten population health.


BlueSky is Blue Shield of California’s youth mental health Initiative, which invests in best-in-class nonprofits and programs that promote emotional well-being for young people. We support programs that strive to meet youth where they are, incorporating youth voices and bridging the gap between stigma and empowerment.  Our BlueSky goals are to increase access, awareness, and advocacy by investing in culturally responsive and diverse mental health resources for youth and the adults who support them.


Eager minds, healthy bodies, and quality care: The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health is bringing health and education together to end healthcare inequities and achieve student wellness for all.