Dr. Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD

Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD 
Featured Speaker

Benjamin Danielson, MD
Opening Remarks and
Panel Moderator

We are thrilled to present Dr. Kandace Thomas as a featured speaker for the 2022 NW Children’s Foundation Forum. Passionately committed to her work at the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the field of early childhood and infant mental health, her focus is squarely on racial and social justice. Dr. Thomas is nationally recognized for her innovative work in child development, diversity-informed practice and mindfulness. She brings an array of strength and community-based research and practices to support children and families ‒ and those who work with them.

Dr. Thomas shines the light on the concept of “buffering” intergenerational trauma, expanding on the perspective that trauma and wisdom are imprinted from one generation to the next. She describes trauma that happens outside as well as inside the home – and how trauma can also be created and shaped by society, impacting segments of our population disproportionately. Sharing her newest research along with easy-to-implement techniques that benefit all of us, Dr. Thomas’s approach to healing is refreshing, practical and holistic.

Dr. Danielson, fierce community and child advocate, will speak to the strengths and abundance – too often ignored – that are intrinsic to communities. His keen ability to look deeply and provide context for our current experience is always inspiring. He will be joined by a multicultural panel of leaders in a dynamic conversation about community-based resilience and practices.

  • Shivon Brite (Nakota), MBA
    EVP, Empire Health Foundation
    Healing Together: Indigenous Wisdoms and Practices
  • Keoki Kauanoe
    Master Trainer / Director of Father Engagement at Family Education and Support Services
    Reimagining the Fatherhood Narrative: The Role of Fatherhood in Child Well-Being
  • Kristina Lovato, PhD, MSW
    School of Social Work, Cal State Long Beach
    Latinx Kinship Care and Grandfamilies Toolkit


Shivon Brite (Nakota), MBA

Keoki Kauanoe

Kristina Lovato, PhD, MSW


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