HEaL Conference Spring 2022

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Virtual*   |    interpretación disponible en español


Registration is only open to students currently enrolled in the Junior Doctors Academy or the Doctors Academy in our participating districts and their parent/guardian. Sessions are for both students and parents. Sessions include health topics, financial aid & budgeting, community resources, and more!




8:30am   Welcome
9:00am   Keynote Speaker & General Session
11:15am  Concurrent Sessions (ability to choose from several options)
12:15pm Bonus Session

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REMINDER: This is a mandatory event for all Junior Doctors Academy and Doctors Academy students in accordance with the parent/student handbook.



*Conference is virtual per UCSF and FCDPH COVID-19 protocols.


Session Descriptions and Join Links 

Disponible en Español

8:30 am


Opening Remarks

Dr Katherine A. Flores, Director, UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research


At the onset of COVID we were sure this new way of life was only temporary. Now, over two years later, we are still in limbo with no clear end in sight. Will this ever end? Will life ever be the same? This session will offer practical tips for maintaining mental wellness and an encouraging word to help us find a way forward.


Dr. Reshale Thomas, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Allay Psychological Services

Dr Reshale Thomas PhotoDr. Reshale L. Thomas is a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of Allay Psychological Services in Fresno, CA and serves as staff clinical psychologist for a skilled nursing facility, providing services to individuals diagnosed with dementia and other related disorders. Dr. Thomas completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in piano performance at Fresno Pacific University in 2009. She went on to Fuller Theological Seminary —Graduate School of Psychology to earn her Master of Arts in Psychology (2012), Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (MATM) and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) in Fall of 2015. Dr. Thomas’ areas of research and expertise include substance abuse; poverty; multicultural issues; spirituality and health; program planning, development and evaluation; and integrated medical and behavioral health care, each of which aids in her current work. Dr. Thomas is passionate about her work in clergy mental health, and enjoys presenting educational workshops aimed at reducing stigma toward mental illness and treatment in faith communities. When not doing clinical work, Dr. Thomas can be found at the gym or playing, singing and directing music at local churches. Dr. Thomas is also a alum of the Doctors Academy.

Introduction to the Physical Therapy Profession

During the session, Dr. Sarmento and Dr. Ko, both faculty and assistant professors at the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Fresno State, will discuss the physical therapy profession and how physical therapy can promote health and quality of life.

Dr Caio Sarmento, PT, PhD and Dr Na-hyeon (Hannah) Ko, PT, DPT, PhD

Fresno State University


11:15 am Concurrent Sessions    ~Choose which session to attend!~

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Support for the College-Bound Student

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Parents: What can I do to support my student in their educational journey?

Students: What resources and support should I seek?  Gain insight from the stories and experiences shared by those that successfully navigated the admission to higher education.


  • Leticia Rolon, MD, Nephrologist & SJV PRIME Associate Director
  • Adam Alyafaie, MS1
  • Noor Chahal, MS1
  • Pardeep Singh Dhillon, MS1
  • Bagieng Keophimphone, MS1
  • Jacob Perez-Stringer, MS2

Fresh Perspective. Tools for a Mind/Body Connection

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Snackable Bites. This interactive presentation will have each participant: 1) Nourish. Construct a tasty bite and learn how to focus attention on the senses, to the details of what you are doing, and being present in the kitchen. 2) Move. Explore ways to move in the moment, create your own playlist, and improve your physical health. 3) Living in the Moment. Discover the secrets to being present in midst of the chaos around you.

Presenters: Cyndi Dean, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Program Coordinator; Charles Clancy, MA, Project Specialist; Jason Wara, MA, Project Specialist

Wise Up! with EECU

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This eye-opening experience will definitely give you a glimpse into what it’s like to be a college student/adult and have financial responsibilities. You’ll learn the difference between gross and net income, what’s taken and how much is taken out of your paycheck. You’ll then learn to budget to pay life essentials like food, housing and more. Will you have enough money?! Or will you need to wise up and adjust your plan? Come see for yourself - join us on the Wise Up with EECU adventure. 

This presentation is strongly  recommended for high school seniors and their parents.

Presenter: Educational Employees Credit Union, Noemi Valenzuela-Contreras and Joe Doyland, Community Relations Officers

Online Exploitation 

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Online activity requires a knowledgable user. Learn the dangers of TikTok and other Social Media and keep a clean digital image.

Presenter: Sharon Nichols, Community Service Officer, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Central California Internet Crimes Against Childrem Task Force  

If you or someone you know is being exploited online? REPORT!


1-800-THE-LOST( 1-800-843-5678)


video: 11 Year Old Boy Drives 200 Miles to meet Stranger from Snapchat | ABC 7

VIDEO: Man Accused of Posing on Instagram to Solicit Nude Photos

 Handout: family Conversation Starter - Self-Awareness (english)


Pharmacists and their role in Mental Disorders   

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Who are pharmacists? And how do they play a role in mental disorders? We will be learning about pharmacists and what kind of jobs are available for pharmacists. Then we will explore mental disorders that affect children and adolescents. To tie pharmacists and mental disorders, how does pharmacist help manage the mental disorder and the pharmacology behind it. 

Presenter: California Health Sciences University, Khanh-Uyen H. Duong, Student Pharmacist  P3 

  • Adrianne Cruz, Student Pharmacist, P3
  • Jennifer Dang, Student Pharmacist, P3
  • Francis A. Reyes, Student Pharmacist, P3
  • Deanna Sweet, Student Pharmacist, P3

 *Sessions may change based on presenter availability.

12:15 pm Bonus Session

COVID Vaccine Q&A - English and Español

Covid-19 continues to hit hard in communities of color, specifically among Latino and Black communities. During this session we will have a brief overview of how our communities have been impacted. We will go over common myths around the vaccine, updates and describe the difference between a booster and a third dose. Lastly, discuss the vaccine for children and state mandates.




Click here for California vaccine Information 

Click here for Federal Vaccine Information from the CDC

Solamente en Español


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Nancy Anaya, MD MPH 

Dr Anaya was born Mexico City and brought to the United States at the age of one.She was raised in Los Angeles to hard working Spanish speaking parents, who worked in the garment industry. They taught her the power of hard work and "ganas" to become the first in her family to graduate from high school. She attended UCSD for undergraduate degree and met a Latina doctor that made becoming a doctor a reality for her. After working as a high school counselor for Upward Bound this motivated her to apply to medical school. She completed a Post-Bacc program with UCLA/DREW and was accepted to UCI Irvine School of Medicine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community. She had her first child at the beginning of medical school. With the support of her mom and comunidad, became a doctor as a single mom.  She completed her Emergency Medicine residency and is now at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. Consistent throughout her journey to medicine, is that it took a tribe to help achieve her goals, so in turn she continues to work on helping others, from similar backgrounds, see themselves as future doctors.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, she has been working with local community organizations to provide the Latino community reliable and trustworthy information about COVID-19 and the vaccine. 



English Only

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Malini K Singh, MD, MPH

Vice Chief, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Department of Emergency Services Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine 

Malini K Singh is the Vice Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Singh is a first generation Indian who was raised in Canada and the US with family roots stemming from Northern India. She went to University of Rochester School of Medicine for medical school and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Jacobi Medical Center in North Bronx, New York. She completed her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health where she also worked as an Emergency Medicine Attending at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital\Harvard Medical School.  She is now at UCSF School of Medicine and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in a role that involves patient flow, quality improvement and teaching. One of the things she enjoys most about her role as an emergency physician and front-line caregiver is engaging in a number of community outreach activities to help the public better understand how to promote health and prevent disease for both themselves and their communities at large. 





Thank you for attending the 2022 HEaL Conference!

We hope that you learned something useful and can apply to your life or in your journey in becoming a health professional. Please take a moment to provide feedback on your experience today. Five names will be drawn from the survey responses to win gift cards for those that wish to participate in the survey.