AIR Senior VP Cheryl Vince to Speak at Annual CWLA Conference

Washington, D.C. – Cheryl Joan Vince, a senior vice president at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and an internationally renowned expert on human development and its interaction with health and social service systems, will deliver closing remarks at the annual conference of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) next week.

Vince is one of five members of AIR’s Health and Social Development program who will be speaking or presenting at the CWLA conference April 27-29 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

Vince will introduce the conference’s closing session, and is expected to highlight the shared priorities of AIR and CWLA, including creating systems of care that address the unique needs of children and youth, promoting family-based care and ending the institutionalization of children whenever possible in the United States and abroad. From 1998 to 2010, Vince served as director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center, where she worked to implement WHO’s vision of improving student and staff health through education. Her areas of research focus have included emotional and mental health; injury, violence, suicide and substance abuse prevention.

Other AIR presenters at CWLA’s national conference include:

  • Kim Helfgott and Christian Rummell, on “Mentoring: Connections for Success."
  • Jeffrey Poirier on the topic “Improving Services and Care for LGBTQ Children and Youth: Child Welfare Policy and Practice Standards.”
  • Richard Weisgal, on the topics “Achieving Improved Child and Family Outcomes in an Era of Transformation,” and "Building an Integrated Practice Model for Child Welfare and Mental Health."

AIR is a “premium” sponsor of the conference, and will be the exclusive sponsor for the Closing Luncheon & Special Youth Super Session on Wednesday, April 29.

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