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 2021 Learning Series

Quarterly series of webinars on the intersection of workforce development with the social determinants of health, including hunger, childcare, health care, transportation, mental health, the pandemic, and more. Putting context to workforce development and parallel systems or issues, the learning series will feature a panel of experts, discussing current trends, policy priorities, and innovative practices that attendees can incorporate into their local strategy and network.  Attendees will be able to engage in questions and answers with the panelists.  

December 9, 2021 - Housing
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How can we address Pennsylvania's workforce needs,
if too many Pennsylvanians and youth are unable to have a stable, safe place to live?
Pre-COVID, Pennsylvania had nearly 14,000 Pennsylvanians experiencing homelessness on any given day; and public schools reported nearly 32,000 students experienced some form of homelessness over the course of the year. 
Where does housing and workforce development intersect - and what can we do about it? 
 Housing panelists

July 14, 2021 - Reentry
Featuring Panel Speakers: 
George Little, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Corrections 
Peggy Kershner, Co-Executive Director, Berks Connections/PreTrial Services 
Jordan Hyatt, Associate Professor, Drexel University
Moderated by Carrie Amann, Executive Director, PWDA

May 26, 2021 -  Childcare 
Getting Pennsylvania Back to Work....If quality childcare is accessible, affordable, and available to all Pennsylvanians, then what would that impact be on Pennsylvania's labor force, employers, and communities?
Featuring Panel Speakers: 
Gene Barr, President & CEO, PA Chamber of Business & Industry 
Kari King, President & CEO, PA Partnerships for Children
Moderated by Carrie Amann, Executive Director, PWDA
[email protected] Spotlight Blog: Click here to Read our Recap of the Conversation. 
Connect - Resources: 

March 18, 2021 -  Food Security
Featuring Panel Speakers: 
Dan Jurman, Executive Director, PA Governor's Office of Reform & Advocacy
Jane Clements-Smith, Feeding PA
Vanessa Philbert, President & CEO, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County
Moderated by Carrie Amann, Executive Director, PWDA
[email protected] Spotlight Blog: Click here to Read our  Recap on the Conversation
Converse:  Watch (or re-Watch) Now! 
Connect -  Resources: 
Pennsylvania's 2020 Trauma-Informed Plan 
Listing of FeedingPA Food Bank Locations across PA 
Find your local Community Action Agency 



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