Childhood Bereavement Prevalence Based on Race and Hispanic Origin
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November 17, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
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The 2021 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) indicates 7.3% of U.S. youth will experience the death of a sibling or parent before they are 18. Through work completed with the Center for Innovative Design and Analysis at the Colorado School of Public Health in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, Judi’s House/JAG Institute derived bereavement prevalence rates based on race and Hispanic origin. The results reveal stark differences at the national and state levels in a child’s chances of being bereaved when considering race and location with Black children at highest risk. Research increasingly demonstrates that the death of a significant attachment figure places children at increased risk for emotional, relational, behavioral, and academic problems, as well as earlier mortality. It is essential that our field is working to provide fair and equitable access to comprehensive grief care for all youth. This presentation will review trends in the CBEM race and Hispanic origin data, demonstrate how participants can find local results, and provide a call to action.
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Quantify national differences in U.S. childhood bereavement rates based on race and Hispanic origin
2. Locate state information on childhood bereavement rates based on race and Hispanic origin
3. Explore what barriers must be overcome to ensure equal access to comprehensive grief care
About the Presenter
Laura Landry, PhD is the Director of Evaluation and Research at Judi’s House/JAG Institute. She has 15 years’ experience evaluating community-based programs and large-scale prevention initiatives as well as building the capacity of organizations to utilize data to drive decisions. In addition to heading the organization’s Childhood Bereavement Changemaker Initiative, Laura oversees the Evaluation and Research Department. Her work focuses on evaluating Judi’s House services, building evaluation/data utilization capacity in the field, and disseminating the prevalence of childhood bereavement to inform advocates and practitioners working in the field.
Michaeleen (Micki) Burns, PhD, is the Chief Clinical Officer at Judi’s House/JAG Institute and adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado. JH/JAG is a comprehensive family bereavement center in Denver. A Licensed Psychologist with two decades experience providing therapeutic assessment and support to families facing adversity, Micki has witnessed the lasting impact of unaddressed grief. She is dedicated to ensuring appropriate care is available for all and raising childhood bereavement to a level of critical public importance. At JH/JAG she oversees the direct service, research, and training departments working towards a vision where no child is alone in grief.