Cultural Awareness Conference 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Grand Maple Ballroom, Dudley Davis Center 

Promoting Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Awareness

The Cultural Awareness Workshop is an annual half-day conference organized and sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine.

2018:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Science, Lifelong Impact, and Promoting Resilience

Conference Speakers:


Johana “Jody” Brakeley, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Johana “Jody” Kashiwa Brakeley is a Developmental – Behavioral Pediatrician. Prior to specializing in DBPeds in 2004, she spent 25 years as a primary care pediatrician in Middlebury, Vermont. Dr. Brakeley is a staff physician at the Child Development Clinic in Burlington, Vermont. She recently suspended her small private DBPeds practice in Middlebury to take care of her grandchildren. Her special interests are general aspects of brain development (including the effects of stress and developmental trauma), social, emotional, mental and physical health related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and balanced by neuroplasticity, temperament, executive skills and Mindfulness. Much of her experience has been with attention regulation issues (such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD]), and autism spectrum disorders. Her CDC work focuses on children and families wherein there are various differences in development and learning. Dr. Brakeley has a keen interest in collaborating with local and state partners to develop cohesive community systems of care that promote understanding, kindness and compassion and improve the lives of kids and families. 

Kathy Hentcy, M.S.

Kathy Hentcy is the Director of Mental Health and Health Care Integration for the Department of Mental Health. She has worked to bring the information about the Adverse Childhood Experiences to Vermont since 2010, when she first read the ACEs study and learned of the links between early adversity and later risky behaviors and poor health outcomes.

Kathy has a master’s degree in science journalism and was a reporter for 14 years, before starting her work with the state. She is passionate about implementation of scientific research on well-being, particularly that about toxic stress and resilience.

Cultural Awareness Day Director

Martha Seagrave, PA-C is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Family Medicine Medical Student Education Program. Ms. Seagrave is Director of the Cultural Awareness Conference.

Please contact Lori Durieux for more information.

This workshop is possible thanks to support from:

University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine:

UVM Clinical Simulation Laboratory
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program

Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Department of Mental Health 

Planning Committee

Martha Seagrave, PA-C, BSN
Carol Buck-Rolland, Ed.D., APRN
Elizabeth Cote
Paula Tracy, PhD
Lee Rosen, PhD
Kishan Patel
Tiffany Delaney, M.Ed
Margaret Tandoh, MD
Jenna Jorgensen
Dawn Richardson
Lori Durieux