The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation Announces 2022 Learning Series Schedule

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.Dec. 7, 2021PRLogThe Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation today announced the 2022 schedule for the Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series.

“The Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series provides an introduction to the Center, explores concepts critical to eradicating racism and creates a safe space for personal growth.  The commitment requires making time for learning.” – Paul S. Bracy, Founder

January 2022

  • Session 1: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 2: The Notion of White Privilege, Thursday, January 27, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 3: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 4: Finding Your Voice, Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time

April 2022

  • Session 1: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, April 21, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 2: The Notion of White Privilege, Thursday, April 28, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 3: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, May 5, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 4: Finding Your Voice, Thursday, May 12, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time

July 2022

  • Session 1: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, July 21, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 2: The Notion of White Privilege, Thursday, July 28, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 3: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, August 4, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 4: Finding Your Voice, Thursday, August 11, 2022, 7-9pm Eastern Standard Time

October 2022

  • Session 1: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, October 20, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 2: The Notion of White Privilege, Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 3: The Complexity of Systemic Racism, Thursday, November 3, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Session 4: Finding Your Voice, Thursday, November 10, 2022, 12-2pm Eastern Standard Time

If you or your organization are interested in participating, please register at:

What should a participant expect?

  • The Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series with a suggested donation of $100.
  • Estimated time commitment for the entire series including the readings and videos (pre-work for each session) is approximately 16 hours.
  • The learning series provides an introduction to the Dock C. Bracy Center’s understanding and approach to eradicating racism.
  • Sessions include videos, articles, small group discussions and short presentations designed with adult learning concepts.
  • Participants are expected to attend all four 2-hour sessions, one evening weekly for four consecutive weeks.
  • Each session includes an introduction packet, to be completed in advance of the session, which provides participants a common experience to enhance small group discussions and complements the Center’s presentations.
  • Following completion of the learning series participants will have the opportunity to continue their learning through the Finding Your Voice Program.

What are the goals of the learning series?

  • Participants have the opportunity for dialogue about the complexity of racism in a safe learning environment with other concerned people.
  • Participants understand the Center’s approach to eradicating racism.
  • Participants become part of the Center’s Finding Your Voice Program.​

If you are interested in completing the Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward Learning Series, please register at:

About the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation

The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation is committed to human reconciliation and the eradication of racism and other forms of human oppression. Our work focuses on healing the internal emotional and cognitive harms that have allowed racism to continue to thrive in our society. We support the efforts of many other groups and individuals by providing opportunities for learning and self-reflection so that strategies to eradicate racism can become more successful. Additional information about the Center can be found by visiting the website and by following @dcbcenter.

Mi Casa Resource Center® and Wells Fargo Work Together to Help Entrepreneurs

 As the Colorado economy picks up and more small business pivot from surviving to thriving, Mi Casa Resource Center® has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund to help small businesses get back to growing again.

Thanks to the Open for Business Fund, a roughly $420 million Wells Fargo small business recovery effort, Mi Casa will offer training, individualized consulting and holistic case management to 1,300 Denver Metro area entrepreneurs through its Business Pathways program. Mi Casa supports primarily underserved Latino small business owners, inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs with knowledge and a portfolio of resources. Demand across Mi Casa’s programs has increased as distressed communities have been even more impacted in recent times. This grant will help small business owners recover and emerge from the pandemic even stronger and more resilient.

Of the nonprofit’s success with creating pathways to business opportunity, Mi Casa Chief Executive Officer Angeles Ortega said, “With this vital support from the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund, Mi Casa can help our local small businesses come back stronger after the hardships of the last year. For 45 years, Mi Casa has supported low-income, Latino families in the Denver area. We are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of our diverse communities. Our participants are 74% female, 81% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and 82% low income. Business Pathways provides resources for startups, established businesses, and inventions moving forward. The impact is far reaching as each success helps entire families and communities thrive.”

For small businesses facing financial hardships and other business challenges, having access to trusted experts in areas like business planning, marketing, e-commerce, and financing can be a critical turning point for getting back to growth.

“Emerging from this unprecedented time, Coloradans who placed their entrepreneurial projects and inventions on hold are eager to bring them to fruition,” said Wells Fargo Colorado Region Bank President Keith Lobis. “Wells Fargo has a deep commitment to advancing the economic prosperity of all Colorado businesses. We are proud to support the work of Mi Casa Resource Center as they serve a vital role in bringing much needed support to diverse small businesses in the Denver Metro area.”

About Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund:

Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund is a roughly $420 million small business recovery effort created to help entrepreneurs stay open, maintain jobs and grow. Through this initiative, Wells Fargo is deploying grants to nonprofits and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to provide small business owners with greater access to capital, technical expertise and recovery resources, with an emphasis on supporting small businesses most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Small business owners looking for support can visit for tips and ideas.

About Mi Casa Resource Center: Founded in 1976 by seven mothers and one father in the Denver Metro area, Mi Casa Resource Center educates, trains, and supports youth and adults along career and business pathways to grow their income and achieve lasting economic success. Focused on supporting income growth and employment – self-employment, formal employment, and everything in between – Mi Casa Resource Center provides training and tailored support to help people take the next step on the journey toward economic and education success. Learn more at

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Mary’s Center Announces Dr. Tollie B. Elliott, Sr., as New CEO

 Today, after an extensive nationwide search, the Mary’s Center Board of Directors announced Dr. Tollie B. Elliott, Sr. as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Dr. Elliott has served as Mary’s Center’s Chief Medical Officer since 2015. He succeeds Maria Gomez, founder of the organization, who will depart at the end of 2021 after 33 years of service.

“We could not have asked for a stronger leader to carry on Maria’s legacy,” said Todd A. Cox, Esq., Board Chair. “Dr. Elliott is an innovator who embodies the core values of Mary’s Center and brings the passion, experience, and strategic acumen to steer the organization forward as we advance our impactful work in the community.”

As Chief Medical Officer for the last six years, Dr. Elliott has led the Mary’s Center team in the creation, evolution, and expansion of the organization’s clinical services, including its telemedical model, the first of its kind in the District of Columbia with a Medicaid payer population. This innovative style of facilitated telemedicine was the seed that drove all managed care organizations in DC to embrace and even demand telemedicine.

“Dr. Elliott has proven himself to be a compassionate and capable leader time and time again over these past several years, and I am thrilled with the Board’s decision,” said Maria Gomez, outgoing CEO. “He is already beloved by the Mary’s Center community, and I know Dr. Elliott will thrive in this new role as he leads the organization upwards and onwards.”

Under Dr. Elliott’s leadership, Mary’s Center’s medical encounters have doubled since his arrival allowing the organization to provide more care in more communities using its successful Social Change Model. As a result of Mary’s Center’s quality of care and innovative services, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized the organization in 2017 and 2018 as one of the top community health centers in the country.

“Leading purpose-driven work has been the guiding force of my career, and I am so honored to take the helm of Mary’s Center at this pivotal time,” said Dr. Elliott, incoming CEO. “Following in Maria’s footsteps is a privilege I do not take lightly, and I am committed to furthering all she has built in pursuit of good health, stability, and economic independence for those we serve.”

Dr. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science from Howard University and completed post baccalaureate studies from Fisk University. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2000. Dr. Elliott completed his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University in 2004 and received his Board certification in 2008.

Prior to joining Mary’s Center, Dr. Elliott worked at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, where he was a Staff Physician and Co-Chair of the OB-GYN Department in 2014. He also served as an Associate Professor at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Elliott was recognized as a Washingtonian Top Doctor in 2016. Early in his career, he taught in the Prince George’s County Public Schools and served as director of a mentoring program for at-risk youth.

Dr. Elliott will work closely with Maria to prepare for a smooth transition into the CEO role. He will also join a prestigious cohort of nonprofit leaders with Mary’s Center being named a 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder®, which provides organizations and their leaders the critical tools they need to drive economic and social progress in communities.

“Maria’s legacy is the tremendous positive impact her work and Mary’s Center has made in the DC community,” said Larry Di Rita, President of Bank of America Greater Washington, D.C. “We could not be more proud to name Mary’s Center our 2021 Neighborhood Builder and working with Dr. Elliott to continue to drive progress across the District.”

The national CEO search drew widespread interest and yielded a diverse pool of qualified applicants from across the country. It was managed by the Board of Directors in partnership with executive search firm Spencer Stuart. Learn more about Dr. Elliott here:

About Mary’s Center

Mary’s Center is a community health center serving over 60,000 people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds in the Washington, DC metro area for over 30 years. With an integrated model of health care, education, and social services, Mary’s Center offers each participant individualized care on the path toward good health, stability, and economic independence. For more information, visit

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Center rushes High Level teams to 9 States/UTs having high caseload of Dengue in accordance with directions of Union Health Minister

The Union Health Ministry has rushed high level teams to 9 States/UTs reporting high caseload of Dengue to support them in public health measures for control and management of Dengue in these states. This is in accordance with directions of Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya during the review meeting on the Dengue situation in Delhi on 1st November, 2021. These states/UTs are Haryana, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.

The Union Health Minister had directed the Health Ministry to extend help to all the States/UTs having a high incidence of Dengue cases. A total of 1,16,991 dengue cases are being reported by States and UTs across the country.

A significantly higher number of cases in some states are reported in October as compared to number of cases during the same period previous year. A total of 15 States/UTs are reporting their maximum cases in the current year; these states contribute 86% of the country’s total dengue cases till 31st October.

In view of this, Central teams comprising of experts from NVBDCP, NCDC and Regional Offices have been sent to 9 States/UTs that are reporting more cases in October compared to September.

The teams are tasked to assist and support states to mount an effective public health response. The teams have been asked to report on status of vector control, availability of kits and medicines, early detection, availability and use of insecticides, status of anti-larval and anti-adult vector control measures etc. They will also brief the State Health authorities about their observations.



HFW/Centre rushes teams to 9 States Dengue /3rd November/4

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The Center for Adoption Support and Education™ (C.A.S.E.) to Launch a National Demonstration & Teaching Clinic for Adoption Competent Mental Health Therapy

 The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) announces plans to launch a National Demonstration & Teaching Clinic for Adoption Competent Mental Health Therapy. C.A.S.E.’s vision in undertaking this bold new strategic direction is to make all clinical therapy for the families of children who have been adopted, are experiencing foster care, or guardianship, adoption competent, accessible so that all families have access to this specialized support.

Due to traumatic life experiences and compromised beginnings, many children who are adopted or experiencing foster care have higher risks for developmental, health, emotional, behavioral and academic challenges. In addition, there are often complex racial, ethnic and cultural issues inherent in families who adopt transracially/transculturally. Understanding and addressing the impact of these experiences is vital to positive outcomes. Yet, most professionals who work with these youth have not been trained in adoption competent mental health therapy.

Currently in concept development, C.A.S.E. is in the process of identifying the resources and external partners needed to successfully launch this endeavor in fall 2023. “Embarking on this new, exciting chapter in C.A.S.E.’s history is the culmination of decades of training in best practices and a rigorous strategic planning process launched in fall 2020 involving both internal staff and external stakeholders,” said Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT, C.A.S.E. CEO and co-founder. “The learnings revealed during that process were both extensive and transformational and clearly pointed us in this direction.”

C.A.S.E. is at the forefront of innovation through training, evaluation and program development with the focus on providing therapy to adoptive, foster, kinship and guardianship families and bolstering the skills of professionals who support them. C.A.S.E. has developed two nationally recognized adoption competency trainings for professionals: the accredited and evidence-based Training for Adoption Competency™ (TAC), which has trained over 2,000 clinicians nationwide since 2009, and the web-based National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative™ (NTI) funded by the Children’s Bureau and evaluated in 2018 with over 10,000 professionals across the country.

TAC is a comprehensive, 72-hour classroom-based and rigorously evaluated training for post-Master’s licensed clinicians accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. It is the only accredited, assessment-based certificate program on adoption competency in the country. NTI is a 20–30-hour, web-based, self-paced training to provide child welfare and mental health professionals the foundational understanding of the needs and mental health challenges for children and their foster, adoptive, and guardianship families. Both trainings are embedded in C.A.S.E.’s current clinical service delivery, providing their therapists with the skills, insight, and experience to help families navigate the many challenges they face.

To lead this first of its kind National Demonstration & Teaching Clinic for Adoption Competent Mental Health Therapy, C.A.S.E. has named Laura Ornelas, LCSW, as Director. A licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, Ms. Ornelas has specialized in the field of foster care and adoption for over 25 years and has been instrumental in the startup of multiple adoption placement and adoption specialty mental health programs throughout California.

She has been immersed in all aspects of child placement in public and private adoptions; has been running mental health clinics for nearly 15 years and has worked with children of all ages and with widely diverse families. She has been training professionals on best practice nationwide for the last two decades and brings her unique combination of experiences to launch this important effort. “I am so excited to join the C.A.S.E. team for this one-of-a-kind endeavor,” said Ms. Ornelas. “It feels like the perfect match for my background, and I am so honored to be asked to contribute to the field at such an important time in our nation.”

C.A.S.E.’s investment in building this national cadre of adoption competent mental health professionals is doubly important, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s youth, many of whom will sadly become more vulnerable to involvement in the nation’s child welfare system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that to date, more than 140,000 children have lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19. Children’s Health Advocates and the American Psychological Association have made it clear that lawmakers need to invest in more long-term solutions to build the pediatric mental health workforce and C.A.S.E. is answering the call.

“Providing adopted children and their families access to quality mental health services is key to supporting their long-term happiness and stability,” said Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen. “For decades, C.A.S.E. has delivered these crucial services to families in Maryland and across the country. This new Demonstration & Teaching Clinic for Adoption Competent Mental Health Therapy will help continue their incredible work by developing the next generation of therapists to support the mental health needs of foster and adoptive families. I am proud that C.A.S.E. calls Maryland home, and that their leadership promotes improved outcomes for thousands of children and families.”

The Center for Adoption Support and Education is a nationally recognized leader in mental health services for the adoption, foster care, and guardianship community. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to improve the lives of children who have been adopted or in foster care and their families through counseling, lifelong education, advocating for adoption-competent enhancements in child welfare and mental health systems, and a growing national network of trained professionals. C.A.S.E. has trained over 17,000 mental health and child welfare professionals in 31 states. With offices in the Baltimore-Washington metro area, C.A.S.E. has provided clinical services for more than 6,800 clients and their families since its founding in 1998. Visit to learn more.

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