Spring 2018

Second Annual RPCN Symposium:
Creating Culturally Sensitive Trauma Informed Care


Tuesday, June 12, 2018
8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Presentations will be followed by Lunch and a panel discussion.


Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501
Room IT 225

Directions to MVCC

MVCC Campus Map - Our event will be held in the IT Building




Rachel Studley: 

Thank You

Jennifer K. Fuller, LPC-S, NCC, Certified Traumatologist, for providing attendees with her 21 Days of Intentionality resource.

Registration is now closed.

Sponsored by

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keynote Speaker

Kim Griswold, MD, MPH, RN, FAAFP

Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry,  and Public Health and Health Professions Department of Family Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo

Dr. Griswold’s clinical practice focuses on the comprehensive care of seriously mentally ill adults, working in an integrated primary care/behavioral health clinic.  She also is responsible for the hospital care of adult inpatients at Buffalo General Medical Center. 

Dr. Griswold conducts research projects related to psychiatry, cultural care, and public health. One of the initiatives she is currently involved in is a project to educate refugee and immigrant women on breast health and screenings. She is also a co-investigator on a project to increase the size, diversity, and leadership potential in primary care settings. 

In addition, she provides volunteer primary care for refugee and immigrant populations. Her interest in preparing students and residents to care for vulnerable populations, such as those living in poverty, seeking asylum and/or recovering from trauma, has led her to establish a cultural competency program at the medical school. She uses the experience she has gained working with a diverse patient population to train the next generation of family medicine physicians as well as students entering other health professions.




Joanne M. Joseph, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology
SUNY Polytechnic, Utica, NY

Consultant, SITRIN Rehabilitation Center, Utica NY

Consultant, Mohawk Valley Health System Regional Cancer Center, Utica, NY

Director of Assessment and Coordinator for the Center for Service-Based Learning and Community Engagement

Dr. Joseph, or “Dr. Jo” as she is known to her students and the community, has become a local expert in the area of trauma-informed care, specifically as it relates to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Her professional experience ranges from being a case worker in Buffalo, to doing research in a number of capacities, consulting throughout the country, being an adjunct professor, and working as a psychologist for Oneida County BOCES, to becoming a Professor of Psychology at SUNY IT (now SUNY Poly). Dr. Joseph was instrumental in the establishment of the STOP-ACEs Network in the Mohawk Valley and has worked tirelessly to keep the momentum going. She has engaged elected officials, school officials, community-based leaders, and philanthropic funders to provide research and program development opportunities that integrate ACE-related projects into schools, community-based organizations, and health facilities.


Cynthia Jones, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, Regional Primary Care Network (RPCN)

Physician, Utica Community Health Center

Cynthia Jones, MD, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer for Regional Primary Care Network (RPCN), a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Finger Lakes and Mohawk Valley regions. She also practices at RPCN’s Utica Community Health Center.

Dr. Jones has dedicated her career to helping those who have difficulty helping themselves. One of her earliest positions was at the Cook County Hospital’s “New Start” program where she acted as a principal investigator in the treatment of substance abused pregnant women and their children. Later, she was instrumental in opening Family Christian Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Harvey, Il. During her ten years with Family Christian Health Center, she held several positions, including attending physician, Medical Director, Chief Medical Director, and Interim CEO.

In 2010, Dr. Jones returned to her roots in upstate New York (born and raised in Rochester, NY) to assist RPCN with the opening of Utica Community Health Center. She has been an integral part of the success of the Center and has been a champion for RPCN’s integrated approach to patient care. She is always advocating for her patients and assuring that their health needs are met as well as their emotional and social needs.

Dr. Jones serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association and Rescue Mission of Utica and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.