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Black Mobility, Change Empowerment to be Keynote Topics at Certified Healthy Oklahoma Virtual Workshop on June 24

Friday, June 18, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – The impact of race and racism on Black mobility in the U.S., and key lessons for empowering leaders to create positive change within their organizations, are among the keynote topics to be discussed at the 2021 Certified Healthy Oklahoma Virtual Workshop, Thursday, June 24.

Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a free, voluntary statewide certification program that highlights businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools that are committed to supporting healthy choices through environmental and policy change.

The annual workshop is free to attend and open to the public via Zoom.

Slated keynote speakers are Jessica Lawrence, owner and director of Cairn Guidance, and Charles T. Brown, Founder of Equitable Cities.

In her presentation, “Do Something Extraordinary”, Jennifer Lawrence will share the extraordinary journey of preparing and fulfilling a major life goal, and will relate her experience to key lessons that empower leaders to create positive change in their organizations.

Following Lawrence, Charles T. Brown will discuss the impacts of race and racism on Black transportation and mobility in his keynote presentation, “Arrested Mobility: Exploring the Impacts of Over-Policing BIPOC Mobility in the U.S.”

The workshop also includes a number of breakout sessions featuring local experts.

Noon – Jessica Lawrence, “Do Something Extraordinary”

1:00 p.m. – Charles T. Brown, “Arrested Mobility: Exploring the Impacts of Over-Policing BIPOC Mobility in the U.S.

2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Jessica Ghafil, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: “Food Insecurity and Health”

Julie Geddes, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: “Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention”

Kim Quinn, RN, Med, Family Support & Prevention Service: “Movement, the Brain, and Learning: How are they Related?”

Avy Redus, MS, Injury Prevention Service: “Drug Overdose in Oklahoma”

Marci Merideth, Oklahoma Department of Human Services: “The Importance of Building Relationships – Pyramid Model”

Kimbra Whaley (Duncan Regional Hospital), and Todd Gibson (Moore Police Department): “Handle with Care”

3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Shana Classen, Oklahoma State Department of Education: “Integrating Health Education into Physical Education”

Debbie Munson (Oklahoma History Center), Blair Lanning (Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County), and Nancy Hughes (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma): “Strengthening Your Employee Wellness Program”

Jordan Evans, Association of Central Oklahoma Governments: “Active Transportation”

Dr. Susan Sisson, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: “Creating Healthy Spaces for Nutrition and Physical Activity in Early Care Programs”

Rachelle Franz, University of Central Oklahoma: “Painted Play Spaces”

Chantel Hartman, MPA, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: “Youth Vaping, Tobacco Cessation, and Prevention”

Event registration – provided by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) Training Institute – is available online at or by calling (405) 248-9191.

The deadline to RSVP is noon on Tuesday, June 22.


About Jessica Lawrence

Director, Cairn Guidance

Jessica Lawrence is an enthusiastic, energetic, extroverted New Englander living in Eastern Kentucky by way of Portland, Oregon after 20 years. She started her career doing exactly what she wanted to do since her own high school experience—teaching 7th grade health education. In 2003, Jessica was hired as the Health Education Curriculum Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, where she provided assistance and professional development to health education teachers across Oregon.

In 2006, Jessica pursued a career as a national school health consultant, working with state departments of education and health, school districts and non-profits working to create healthier schools and communities. She writes health education curriculum, facilitates and trains educators and community members on school & public health issues and presents at conferences. Her true passion is working with organizations and agencies on leadership development around systems thinking.

To hear more about Jessica’s personal and professional journey, listen to P&P’s Podcast called Pursuing Fearless.

Cairn Guidance is a national consulting agency that helps clients fulfill their social mission, whether that be creating programs to address the health of students or pass policies that create safer communities.  

About Charles T. Brown

Founder, Equitable Cities

Charles T. Brown is the founder and principal of Equitable Cities, a minority- and veteran-owned urban planning, public policy and research firm focused at the intersection of transportation, health and equity. He is also an adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Charles is an award-winning expert in planning and policy and has been interviewed by several notable outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, VICE and Bloomberg CityLab. He is highly regarded as a keynote speaker and leads workshops on transportation, health and equity for audiences worldwide.

Charles previously served as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, where he authored several groundbreaking national and local studies that redefined how experts analyze the role of race and racism in transportation and mobility. In 2020, Charles was part of the inaugural class of the Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis, which is managed by the Yale School of the Environment.

Charles is a military veteran and a recipient of the Mississippi Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He has a Master of Public Administration degree and graduate certificate in urban and regional planning from the University of Central Florida, where he received the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award for Public Administration. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Belhaven College, where he received the James W. Park Academic Achievement Award. He is a certified instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, received a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Professional Designation (CPD) from the National Institute on Crime Prevention and is also a proud and active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Equitable Cities is a New Jersey-based urban planning, public policy, and research firm working at the intersection of transportation, health, and equity.  

Last Modified on Jun 03, 2022