Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2022. 1:25 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children, Rossana Briceno features outstanding Belizean women making a difference in Belize every week.
Today’s feature is on Dr. Kendra Flores Carter, a Published Author, California Baptist University Professor of Social Work, and a Researcher in the social and behavioral sciences field specifically women’s and child health.
Dr. Carter is also an advocate, for social justice and change, she has dedicated her career to bringing educational awareness to disparities/equity concerns in healthcare experiences and various other psychosocial issues affecting marginalized women and children.
A former Medical Social Worker for over 10 years Dr. Flores-Carter worked to provide services to children suffering from Trauma related to Child Abuse/Neglect and women experiencing significant life crises such as Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Abuse Complications, Incarceration, Homelessness & Mental Illness.
Dr. Flores-Carter is recognized both locally, nationally, and internationally as an expert educator in women’s and child health.
Dr. Flores-Carter holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, an MSW from California State University, Long Beach as well as a Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
She’s served as the past and founding President of the Postpartum Support International-California Chapter as well as the former Co-Chair of the Inland Empire Maternal Mental Health Collaborative.
Dr. Flores-Carter is the founder of the Janet Don’t Cry Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing education, support, & resources on mental health globally.
Dr. Flores-Carter currently is a member of the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Institutional Review Board. Her current research interests include examining health equity, social determinants of health factors, adverse trauma, and health disparities that impact health outcomes for women, children, and their families.
Dr. Flores-Carter has presented her research at various scientific conferences, served on health expert panels, and facilitated workshops on mental health & wellness, child abuse prevention, enhancing maternal mental health care in hospitals, cultural humility, justice, equity, diversity & inclusion.
The Special Envoy congratulated Dr. Carter for her contributions.
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