september, 2020

fri25sep8:00 pmPanel: A PLACE TO BREATHE and Equity in Healthcare#AVFF20208:00 pm


Fri, Sep 25, 2020 08:00PM



Event Details

Moderator Kim Bender from the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County welcomes A PLACE TO BREATHE director/producer and nutritionist Michelle Grace Steinberg, Producer Robyn Bykofsky, psychologist Michael Valdovinos, and nurse practitioner Juana Alvarez to dive into a conversation on healthcare challenges for the most vulnerable members of our community.

The panelists:

Kim Bender, Moderator (she/her): Kim believes all people deserve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. She is a collaborative team leader with a vision of creating a just and loving community for all. Kim brings a focus on social justice and over twenty years of experience raising funds and developing programs to the executive director role at the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County. Kim has enjoyed working with volunteers on difficult issues of our time, from income inequality to the housing crisis, and is now focused on eliminating health disparities related to racial inequity. She received her BA in Humanities from UC Berkeley, and was a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute.

Michelle Grace Steinberg, Director/Producer and Nutritionist (she/her): Michelle Grace Steinberg combines her sensibilities as a filmmaker and health care provider in her current film, A PLACE TO BREATHE presented by her production company, Underexposed Films. Her previous film, BEYOND RECOGNITION (2014), is on National Public Television and distributed through Documentary Educational Resources. It won Best Short at the 2015 San Francisco Green Film Festival and screened in a dozen film festivals internationally, including Cinequest, Wild & Scenic, DC Independent, and American Indian Film Festival, and was a recent addition to the Pacific Film Archive/Berkeley Art Museum collection. Her first film BURIED VOICES (2012) screened in festivals and is used as university curriculum. Michelle is also a nutritionist at Street Level Health Project in Oakland, CA, where she works collaboratively with medical and mental health practitioners to provide free culturally responsive care to uninsured communities. She is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved and won the American Herbalist Guild 2015 Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Michelle received a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

Robyn Bykofsky, Producer (she/her): Robyn Bykofsky has spent the past 20 years engaging Bay Area youth through media arts, music, and theatre education. Throughout this time, she has been constructing dozens of hands-on, project-based workshops, developing curricula, and collaborating with Bay Area arts and community-based organizations.  Prior to producing A PLACE TO BREATHE with Michelle Grace Steinberg, she was the Education Director at Downtown Berkeley’s music venue, The UC Theatre, she was the Director of Arts and Expression at Youth UpRising and the Director of Programs and Development at San Francisco’s Ninth Street Independent Film Center.  She also co-produced BEYOND RECOGNITION in collaboration with Director/Producer, Michelle Grace Steinberg. ​Robyn has designed sound for independent films that have screened at film festivals around the globe. She was also the Staff Sound Engineer at the illustrious Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Robyn received her BA in audio and video production from San Francisco State University and holds a Masters in Education with a focus in technology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Dr. Michael Valdovinos, Psychologist (he/him): Dr. Valdovinos was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA to immigrant parents from Michoacán Mexico. He is the only bicultural and bilingual, board-certified, trained clinical and organizational psychologist in Sonoma County. Dr. Michael Valdovinos completed his undergraduate Psychology and Chicano Studies degrees at the University of California, Davis and his Doctor of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. He has earned Board Certification in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Valdovinos is a former Active Duty US Air Force Officer and Psychologist. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2014, led units in the treatment of combat veterans, pioneered the use telehealth and virtual reality exposure therapies to treat trauma in the US Air Force and specialized in the recovery and reintegration of Prisoners of War. Dr. Valdovinos is currently the core faculty and the co-director of behavioral medicine at the UCSF/Sutter Family Medicine Residency. He also hosts a Spanish speaking health and wellness radio show on FM89.1 KBBF to a largely monolingual Spanish speaking audience of 20-30 thousand people. He remains deeply committed to addressing healthcare inequities and to the LatinX and indigenous community of Northern California.

Juana Alvarez, Nurse Practitioner (she/her): Doctor Juana Alvarez is a Nurse Practitioner with 19 years of experience; she works alongside a medical team at Alliance Medical Center consulting patients who are mostly immigrants from Latin America. She is the diabetes provider champion and member of the diabetes case management team for the medical center. Doctor Alvarez has a Doctor degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama as well as a second specialty in Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from California State University Los Angeles.

Be sure to watch the film before the panel. Here’s the link to purchase. This panel is included with the ticket price of the film (you do not need to buy both as individual tickets).

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