Community Meeting 4/15/20

Posted: Apr 14, 2020

DSISD Staff, Parents and Students-

Please join us for a virtual Community Meeting  focusing on Mental Health on April 15th from 11-11:30am.  We are honored to have Dr. Sarah Davidon, an expert in adolescent mental health, present to us.  Dr. Davidon will share ideas to help reframe the unusual times we are in, with reassurance through strategies and tips to navigate through feelings of anxiety and disconnectedness.  She will help answer questions about community resources and the resources that each one of us has inside of us to be resilient. Students, parents and staff, please join this Google Meet call, download Google Meet on your device,  Since we have a large group, participants will be muted so everyone can hear the speaker. The chat will be open for questions for Dr. Davidon.

More about Dr. Davidon:

Sarah Davidon, Ed.D. has led policy and systems-building initiatives related to early childhood, mental health, disabilities, and coordination of human services systems and practices, and has provided guidance and direction for 20 years in Colorado’s development of a children’s educational and health system that intentionally includes social, emotional, and mental health. Dr. Davidon is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and received her doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Education and Human Development in educational equity.

Since 1998, she has lived and worked in Colorado, while also consulting nationally, providing technical assistance, delivering keynote addresses and presentations, and authoring publications, all designed to help non-profit, and for-profit organizations, the philanthropic community, schools and districts, public agencies, and policymakers identify and commit to effective children’s mental health policy and program investment.  She is recognized for her work in both early childhood and school-age mental health system design and strategy, working with organizations in Colorado and across the country to improve how children’s mental health is understood and addressed.

Dr. Davidon worked with Mental Health Colorado as the Research Director also led the organization’s child and adolescent mental health strategy, where she developed pioneering School Mental Health and Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkits.  She also is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

She currently has a Governor’s appointment to the Children’s Mental Health Subcommittee of the Behavioral Health Task Force, serves on the Board of Directors of Healthy Child Care Colorado, has held an appointment to the Douglas County Commissioners’ Mental Health Committee, an appointment to Colorado’s Behavioral Health Transformation Council, and is past-president of the Colorado Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.