ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE
Office of Prevention Services Task Force

Office of Prevention Services Task Force

On September 15, 2021, the Board adopted a new motion to explore the establishment of a County Office of Prevention Services by convening a task force chaired by the Executive Director of Racial Equity.

The task force will be responsible for providing recommendations on a governance structure for a comprehensive community-based prevention services delivery system across County services, with the goal of delivering upstream interventions to address the social determinants of health and improve overall well-being for adults, children, youth, and families. As a Brown Act body, the task force is subject to all the provisions and requirements therein, to conduct open and public meetings.

Motion Deliverables

Governance Structure

Development of a recommended governance structure, including the necessary budgeting, staffing, contracting, and data sharing authorities across relevant departments to effectuate Countywide community-based prevention service delivery.

Funding Analysis

A comprehensive Countywide funding streams analysis, with information provided by impacted departments and reviewed by CEO Budget, that will detail existing funding available for Countywide prevention services to support the implementation of a full-scale Countywide coordinated prevention strategy.

Prevention Metrics

A set of guiding prevention metrics, principally informed by an equity centered framework (i.e., life course, racial equity, or social determinants of health) which reflect how County residents’ lives were made better as result of receipt of prevention services.

Reimagining Health and
Safety for Families and Children

The Board motion calls for recommendations to establish a centralized entity to oversee, manage, and coordinate Los Angeles County prevention services. It also invites us to radically reimagine the entire County structure by centering anti-racist principles and an equity-driven lens. The County now has an opportunity to shift our collective work from a reactive to proactive lens – with the opportunity to transform fundamentally how our institution operates, provides services, and commits to reducing health inequities that disproportionately impact Black, Latino/a/x, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, low-income and other communities experiencing disadvantage. 

To achieve this task, the task force will engage in four main phases including preparation, initiation, planning and design, and implementation.

Prevention Services Task Force Meetings

Prevention Services Task Force
Charter (v. 8/19/22) | Member List
One-page Summary | Overview Presentation

Upcoming Meeting Schedule
All Fridays @ 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
Zoom link: https://ceo-lacounty-gov.zoom.us/j/81102847281
• December 16

Meeting Archive:

Friday, November 4, 2022: Recommendations to the Board
12:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Agenda | Draft Minutes | Recording (includes transcript)
Meeting Slides
• Attachment: Task Force Feedback on Recommendations (.xlsx)
• Attachment: Previous Meeting Slides with all 19 Recommendations
Written Correspondence

Friday, October 28, 2022: Draft Recommendations to the Board, Funding Streams Analysis
Agenda | Draft Minutes | Recording (includes transcript)
Meeting Slides
Packet of Attachments relevant to recommendations

Friday, September 30, 2022: Table Updates and Deliverables Leading to Board Report
Agenda | Minutes | Recording (includes transcript)
Meeting Slides
• Attachment: Memo: Coordination Table findings relevant to Governance Structure decision making
• Attachment: Adopted Vision Statement and Systems Model

Friday, August 19, 2022: Table Interdependencies and Intermediate Deliverables
Agenda | Minutes | Recording (includes transcript)
Meeting Slides
Written Correspondence
Revised Charter

Friday, July 15, 2022: Community Engagement Strategies, Definitions of Prevention & Promotion, and Setting LA County’s Vision
Agenda | Minutes | Recording (includes transcript)
Meeting Slides
• Pre-Reading Materials on Vision and Benchmarks
Community Engagement Process
Prevention 4-pager
Summary of Preliminary Vision Themes from breakout room discussions
Written Correspondence

Friday, June 17, 2022: Community Engagement Principles and Life Course Framework
Agenda | Minutes | Transcript | Recording
Meeting Slides

Friday, May 20, 2022: Task Force and Subject Area Table Deliverables
Agenda | Minutes | Transcript | Recording
Meeting Slides

Friday, April 22, 2022: Definitions for Prevention and Promotion
Agenda | Minutes | Transcript | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Presentation: Toward A Prevention & Promotion Framework for Government
Approved Charter

Thursday, March 3, 2022: Kickoff Meeting
Agenda | Minutes | Recording
• Presentation: Brown Act Overview by County Counsel
• Presentation: Task Force Overview

Prevention Alignment Framework Working Table
Co-Chairs: Meredith Berkson, Angela Parks-Pyles
Full Member List

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Zoom link: https://ceo-lacounty-gov.zoom.us/j/82313984547
Friday, December 9 @ 9:00am to 11:30am CANCELED

Meeting Archive:

Friday, October 14: Enhancing Community Partnership Functions; Advancing Governance Structure Decisions on Coordinating Functions
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides

Friday, September 23: Governance Structure Functions and Considerations
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Pre-read Memo: Coordination Table findings relevant to Governance Structure decision making

Friday, September 16: Vision Statement and Systems Model Adoption; Governance Structure
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides, including Voting Record and Pre-read Materials
Adopted Vision Statement and Systems Model

Thursday, September 8: Vision Statement and Prevention/Promotion Systems Model
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Pre-Reading Materials: Vision Statement Materials | Systems Models

Tuesday, August 16: Prevention/Promotion Systems Model and Intro to Governance Model Archetypes
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides

Friday, August 5: Guiding Principles / Prevention Domains
Agenda | Recording
Roll Call and Voting Record on decision items
Meeting Slides
Adopted Guiding Principles as Amended

Friday, July 22: Kickoff Meeting / Intervention Framework #1
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Workshop Slides: Selecting an Intervention and Implementation Framework (Forward Change Consulting)
Countywide Guiding Equity Principles from Racial Equity Strategic Plan
Vision Themes from 7/15 Task Force Meeting
One-page memo on Task Force for New Members

Coordination and Integration Working Table
Co-Chairs: Minsun Meeker, Laura Trejo
Full Member List

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Zoom link: https://ceo-lacounty-gov.zoom.us/j/84946456572
All meetings Thursdays @ 12:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

December 15 CANCELED

Meeting Archive:

Thursday, October 20: Finalizing Recommendations to Address Operational Barriers
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides (with updated recommendations as of 10/24)

Thursday, September 15: Brainstorming Solutions to Operational Barriers to Coordinated Service Delivery
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides (including screenshots of interactive Jamboards)
Guest Presentation Slides from Thriving Families, Safer Children (led by Framework table member Justin Lee)
Synthesis Memo: Coordination Table findings relevant to Governance Structure decision making

Thursday, August 18: Operational Barriers to Coordinated Service Delivery
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides (including screenshots of interactive Jamboards)

Thursday, July 21: Prevention Initiatives and User Journey Mapping
Agenda | Recording
Presentation Slides
Vision Themes from 7/15 Task Force Meeting
One-page memo on Task Force for New Members

Thursday, June 16: Kickoff Meeting
Agenda (with attachments) | Zoom Recording

Addressing Disproportionality Working Table
Co-Chairs: Tamara Hunter, Irene Vidyanti
Full Member List

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Zoom link: https://ceo-lacounty-gov.zoom.us/j/89745745317
Tuesday, December 6 @ 1:30pm to 4pm CANCELED

Meeting Archive:

Tuesday, October 11: Advancing Guiding Prevention Metrics
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Pre-read: Prevention and Promotion Metrics Summary Document

Tuesday, September 20: Disproportionality Considerations when Utilizing and Implementing Guiding Prevention Metrics
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides (including screenshots of Jamboards)

Tuesday, August 30: Ecological-Institutional Factors (Pt. 2)
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
Workshop Slides

Tuesday, August 23: Revisions to Life Course Outcomes, Ecological-Institutional Factors (Pt. 1)
Agenda | Recording
Written Correspondence
Meeting and Workshop Slides

Tuesday, August 2: Priority Life Course Outcomes #2
Agenda | Recording
Roll Call and Voting Record on Decision Items
• Workshop Slides: Selecting North Star Outcomes (Forward Change Consulting)
Overview of the five life course outcomes identified as strategic goals in LA County’s Racial Equity Strategic Plan (excerpt from the Executive Summary of the longer document)
• Slides covering these 5 strategic goals and the strategies to meet them

Friday, July 22: Kickoff Meeting / Priority Life Course Outcomes #1
Agenda | Recording
Meeting Slides
• Workshop Slides: Applying the Life Course Problem Framework to Identify Prevention Metrics (Forward Change Consulting)
Countywide Guiding Equity Principles
Vision Themes from 7/15 Task Force Meeting
One-page memo on Task Force for New Members

The Task Force wants to hear from you!

The Prevention Services Task Force is currently conducting a survey to support the development of the County’s reimagined vision for prevention and promotion. This survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will help ensure that the Task Force’s recommendations to the LA County Board of Supervisors are aligned with the needs of our communities. We welcome all community members, including County staff and community-based service providers, to participate and provide your input:

Take the survey: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cMcRWua5ktCwNO6

Subscribe to the Task Force Meeting Calendar

To add upcoming Prevention Services Task Force and Table meetings to your personal calendar, please use the following iCalendar URL:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/c1af780d9ea0488c84a1ce9d93826cd2@ceo.lacounty.gov/598f1ad09d1248be93687b0aa78cf48013182408473842236714/calendar.html

Please see the following instructions on how to subscribe to this calendar and add it to your email (please be sure to subscribe, as “importing” will not automatically update meeting changes): Microsoft Outlook app | Outlook on the web | Google Calendar (see: Use a link to add a public calendar)

Public Comment

For those who wish to provide public comment, you may email prevention-taskforce@ceo.lacounty.gov. Deadline to submit written public comment will be 24 hours prior to the meeting. Please include the agenda item and meeting date in your correspondence.

Committee Structure

The task force includes representation from multiple Los Angeles County departments and partners, including: Departments of Children and Family Services, Health Services, Mental Health, Public Health, Public Social Services, and Workforce Development Aging and Community Services; Office of Child Protection; the Chief Executive Office’s Homeless Initiative, Poverty Alleviation Initiative, and Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative; the Los Angeles County Development Authority; the Los Angeles County Office of Education; the Commission for Children and Families; the Los Angeles County Youth Commission; the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; First 5 Los Angeles; and the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families.

Members of these organizations include, but are not limited to: 

    • Task Force Chair: D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D.: Executive Director, Racial Equity, CEO – Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative
    • Songhai Armstead, J.D.: Executive Director, CEO – Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Carlos BenavidesCommunity Member with Lived Expertise*
    • Meredith Berkson: Director, Systems and Planning, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
    • Yahniie Bridges: Community Member with Lived Expertise*
    • Jackie Contreras, Ph.D.: Acting Director, Department of Public Social Services
    • Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.: Director, Department of Public Health
    • Alicia L. Garoupa, LCSW: Chief of Wellbeing and Support Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education
    • Christina Ghaly, M.D.: Director, Department of Health Services
    • Tyrone Howard, Ph.D., M.Ed.: Director, UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children & Families
    • Tamara Hunter, DSW: Executive Director, Commission for Children & Families
    • Kelly LoBianco: Director, Department of Economic Opportunity
    • Tracie Mann, MPA: Chief of Programs, Los Angeles County Development Authority
    • Minsun Meeker, MPP: Assistant Executive Director, Office of Child Protection
    • Carrie Miller, Ph.D.: Executive Director, CEO – Poverty Alleviation Initiative
    • Angela Parks-Pyles: Deputy Director, Department of Child and Family Services
    • Erica Reynoso: Acting Executive Director, LA County Youth Commission
    • Fran Sereseres: Community Member with Lived Expertise*
    • Kanchana Tate, LCSW: Mental Health Clinical Program Manager, Department of Mental Health
    • Cheri Todoroff, MPH: Executive Director, CEO – Homeless Initiative
    • Laura Trejo, DSW, MSG, MPA: Director, Aging and Disabilities Department
    • John Wagner, MPA, MPP: Executive Vice President, Center for Child and Family Impact, First 5 Los Angeles

*Note: Individuals designated as “Community Members with Lived Expertise” are those holding the three allocated spots per body, as detailed in their Position Description and the Task Force’s Community Engagement Process. This designation is not meant to diminish any work, titles, and leadership held across other organizations, but instead uplift their important contributions in this initiative as individuals. Moreover, multiple additional members hold personal lived expertise and/or represent community-centered organizations and perspectives.

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