This webinar will take a deep dive into the workforce of alternative responder programs.
Focusing on Responders: Recruitment, Training and Wellness - March 22, 2023 at 1 pm ET
This webinar is a collaboration between NYU Policing Project and the Georgetown Law Center for Innovations in Community Safety. During this event, our panel of experts will examine the growing workforce of alternative responder programs. This is an evolving field, and as the number of communities engaged in this work increases, we hope to learn: Who are these new alternative responders? How are alternative responder programs recruiting, retaining, and training people? What has worked, and what are some common challenges? How can we best support employees who are engaged in a very challenging field? What does the workforce look like long-term, including the career track and opportunities for advancement?
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Chyna Quarker, Director of Community Response Services at Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD)
Chyna Quarker is the Director of Community Response Services at Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD). Previously, she was a Sr. Cognitive Behavioral Health Counselor within the Department of Corrections where, in addition to providing substance use and mental health treatment, she created and implemented programs centered around family reunification, restorative justice, and recidivism prevention.
Daniel R. Gerard, EMS Coordinator for the Alameda Fire Department
Daniel R. Gerard is the EMS Coordinator for the Alameda Fire Department, one of 7 pilot projects in the State of California for Community Paramedicine. He was one of the primary consultants to the Pan American Health Organization/Bahamian Ministry of Health, as well as the lead consultant for the Ambulance Service Re-Design for the Hong Kong Fire Services Department. Daniel has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on EMS integration into accountable care organizations, and is a recognized expert in EMS System delivery and design, EMS/health service integration, and service delivery models for out of hospital care.
Jasmine Desiderio, Deputy Director of Albuquerque Community Safety Policy and Administration
Jasmine Desiderio is the Deputy Director of Albuquerque Community Safety Policy and Administration. She previously served as the Project Director for the Healing Project, a Native American youth suicide prevention program. Her area of research focuses on applying innovative methods of human performance technology, organizational development, and evaluation research to address adversities among marginalized populations.
Jason Lerner, Senior Director at University of Chicago's Health Lab
Jason Lerner oversees Health Lab’s crisis response and justice diversion portfolio, including rigorous evaluations of promising alternative response programs in Chicago and Washtenaw County, Michigan. Prior to joining the Health Lab, Jason spent several years with Crime Lab New York—one of Health Lab’s sister labs—where he managed multiple large-scale field studies, including an evaluation of the impact of outdoor lighting on crime in and around New York City.
Evan Douglas, Public Safety Innovations Manager at the Policing Project