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Virginia State University

1 Hayden Drive

Petersburg, VA 23806

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More and more research shows that it's true: trauma/chronic stress in childhood can have a lifelong impact on a person's health. That raises several questions, especially for today's health care professionals. Such as:

*How is this possible?

*Does this affect how a patient interacts with me, and how I interact with them?

*How can I change the way I work in order to respond to this situation without violating protocol, and/or draining my energy for this valuable work that I love?

Come to this FREE interactive training sponsored by the Central Virginia Chapter National Black Nurses Association and the Area Health & Wellness Ministry, to learn more about - and discuss - one of the hottest topics in public health today. The training is led by Virginia Department of Health-Crater Health District Director Dr. Alton Hart, and Petersburg Wellness Consortium Chair Theresa Caldwell. (Biographies below)

Light refreshments will be served.

Location Detail: Hunter-McDaniel Building, Room 154.

This activity has been submitted to the Virginia Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Virginia Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. If the adult is not the child's guardian, that adult must possess a document signed by the child's guardian allowing them to bring the child to this training.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The training is in the Hunter-McDaniel Building, Room 154. It is best to enter the Virginia State University campus using the River Street gate (Dupuy Avenue in Colonial Heights turns into River Road). Ample parking is available at parking lots around Hunter-McDaniel. Use the building's main entrance.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Brian Little, Virginia Department of Health-Crater Health District,, 804-863-1652 extension 8965

What's the refund policy?

This event is FREE, but we do require registration.



Dr. Alton Hart Jr. joined the Crater Health District on July 2, 2012. “We are fortunate to have a physician with Dr. Hart’s experience to lead the Crater Health District,” said Jeff Lake, VDH’s previous Deputy Commissioner for Community Health Services. “His clinical, academic and public health experience will make him a valuable resource for the district’s health care providers and a trusted advisor for its residents, local government, and community partners.”

“As the new Public Health Director, I look forward to strengthening community partnerships and engaging the community as we join forces to improve health for citizens of the Crater Health District,” shared Dr. Alton Hart.

Dr. Hart earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Medical College of Georgia and his Master’s of Public Health from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. While at the UW, he also completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, a research fellowship for physicians. Dr. Hart is a board certified internist by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

For the past four years, Dr. Hart has been the Associate Scientific Director for the Center on Health Disparities at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has also served as the Medical Director for Massey Cancer Center’s Adult Cancer Survivorship Clinic, and held an appointment in the School of Medicine as an Associate Professor of Medicine.

Prior to joining VCU, Dr. Hart was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UW Harborview Medical Center where his research focused on diabetes self-management. He was also a Senior Research Fellow and a member of the Behavioral Evaluation Studies Team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle. He served as a co-investigator for the Eating for a Healthy Life Study, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded dietary study for cancer prevention conducted in faith communities.

While at VCU, Dr. Hart’s research focused primarily on African-American men in partnership with barbershops located in the Richmond area. Dr. Hart partnered with a research network comprised of 30 African-American barbershops. He served as principal investigator on an American Cancer Society funded study to develop an interactive computer-based program to help African-American men make informed decisions about prostate cancer screening. Dr. Hart also served as principal investigator on a NCI funded project titled, “Exploring Cigarette Dependence among African-American Males in Barbershops.”

Dr. Hart’s honors include, a 2011 Telly Award for Video and Film for his prostate cancer educational video, and recent selection as a mentor in the National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality Mentoring Program, a program focused on evidence-based public health practice.


A multi-faceted communications professional, Theresa Caldwellis committed to sharing information that supports individual and community wellness, and working with anyone who wants to share their vision more effectively.

Theresa is Chair of the Petersburg, Virginia, Wellness Consortium (PWC), comprised of diverse organizations working together to improve health and wellness. She leads workshops on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health as part of a Learning Collaborative under the auspices of the Petersburg Health Department/Crater Health District (VA Department of Health). She is a Certified Trauma Professional (International Assoc. of Trauma Professionals), as well as a Certified Listening Professional (International Listening Association).

As one of the Richmond region’s Fitness Warriors, an initiative of Richmond-based Sports Backers designed to improve health outcomes in communities with the highest rates of chronic disease, Theresa teaches free fitness classes. She is also a consultant working with Caldwell Pediatrics and Wellness Center, and the Washington, DC-based H.O.P.E. Project IT Help Desk Training program.

Theresa’s communications experience includes almost 20 years producing and hosting relationship/self-help programming on Washington, D.C.'s WHUR-FM and H.U.R. Voices-SiriusXM Channel 141. She has been an award-winning member of Toastmasters International. As a public speaker, moderator and trainer, she has led effective communication workshops for organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, U.S. Army MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation), the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network, the Virginia Leadership Institute, and the Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia.

Her public service experience includes working with a former Member of Congress for more than a decade, serving in various capacities including chief of staff. She also managed a successful campaign for a Chicago City Council seat, directed the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's national town hall program, and served as press secretary for Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

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