Laura Clendaniel

7th Annual Symposium on the Status of Children’s Health


This past May, Healthier Kids Foundation hosted the 7th  Annual Symposium on the Status of Children’s Health that emphasized the importance of engaging in “Healthier Earlier” strategies, focusing on current local and regional data.

If you missed this event, you can view all of the speakers’ presentations from May 2017’s event here!

About the Speakers:


Keynote Speaker: Diana Dooley

Dooley was appointed Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency in December 2010 by Governor Jerry Brown. She leads 13 state departments within the Agency, chairs Covered California (the Health Benefit Exchange) and serves as chair or member of numerous other boards and commissions. Previously, Dooley was President and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association. Dooley began her career as an analyst, in 1975 she was appointed to the staff of Governor Jerry Brown for whom she served as Legislative Secretary and Special Assistant until the end of his term in 1983. She became an attorney in 1995, and moved into health care in 2000 to serve as General Counsel and Vice President at Valley Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno in 1972 and her law degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 1995.


Stephen Black

Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950’s and 60’s following his grandfather’s role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Black received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in 1997. After three years of practicing law, he turned his focus to founding and leading the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama, where he has served as Director since 2004. In 2004, Mr. Black also founded Impact Alabama and currently serves as its President and Chairman of the Board. Impact Alabama is an award-winning nonprofit that has provided more than 6,300 college students and 150 recent graduates the opportunity to participate in structured service projects designed to promote learning and leadership development. In 2008, Black received the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for his work with FocusFirst. In 2013, Black was asked by Chancellor Robert E. Witt to serve as Special Advisor to The University of Alabama Chancellor for Outreach and Community Engagement.


Ted Lempert, JD

Lempert is the President of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization, and Lectures in the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley. Lempert was a California State Assemblymember representing San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties from 1996 to 2000 and 1988 to 1992. He served as chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and co-chair of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education. He had more than 75 bills signed by Governors, including major laws in the areas of education, health care, children and families, tax policy and the environment. Lempert served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, where he was President of the Board in 1995. Lempert received the “Al Rodda Lifetime Service Award” from the California School Boards Association and was named “Legislator of the Year” by numerous leading education groups. He graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned his law degree from Stanford University.


Robert Fluegge

Fluegge is a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Opportunity Lab at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. His research interests include the effects of economic inequality, the relationship between health and wealth, and the economic significance of social networks. Robert’s current work explores the effects of social interactions with diverse groups of people on economic and social outcomes later in life. He received his BA from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics, and has been conducting research on economic mobility and opportunity at Stanford as part of the Opportunity Lab since June of 2016.


Manu Chaudhry, MS, DDS

Chaudhry completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of California at Davis, a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of California at San Diego, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Prior to matriculating at UOP, Dr Chaudhry was a Process Development Engineer at a local biotechnology and a Principal Organizer for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. While at UOP, Dr Chaudhry served as the Principal Organizer for Project Homeless Connect and improved access to care for the local underserved citizens of San Francisco. Upon graduating in 2009, Chaudhry worked as a staff dentist for a federally-qualified health center for a few years and worked as a managing doctor at a large group practice thereafter. Since joining Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in July 2016, he has passionately expanded the notion to improve access to and availability of high quality, comprehensive care for American Indian/Alaskan Natives and our community.


Jessica Ray, RDH, DMD

Ray performs dental exams on thousands of children each year in her role as a general dentist at Children’s Dental Center in East San Jose. Established as a joint venture partnership with The Health Trust, Children’s Dental Center provides access to comprehensive oral health care for underserved children throughout Santa Clara and surrounding counties. Ray has worked in the East San Jose clinic since it opened in 2008, and she helped facilitate the opening of a second clinic in Sunnyvale in 2011. She also serves as a supervising dentist and adjunct faculty member at Cabrillo College, instructing students in the Dental Hygiene program.

Ray earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona. She is board certified in oral conscious sedation, and holds a certificate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to becoming a dentist, Ray worked as a dental hygienist for eight years, and volunteered with The Health Trust, treating children at school sites and on their mobile dental clinic. Ray has benefited from many unique experiences in her dental career, including the opportunity to provide dental care in remote areas like the Hopi Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona and the isolated arctic villages of the Inupiat on Alaska’s North Slope. She is committed to the belief that all children should have access to comprehensive health care, and she continues to volunteer with The Health Trust to provide dental health screenings and education at community events. Ray also enjoys going to local elementary schools and preschools to provide oral health instruction in her own community of Live Oak in Santa Cruz County.

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