Presented by:
Peace and Justice Institute and Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
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April 21 & 22, 2022
Virtual Event

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About Us

About the Creating a Resilient Community Conference:

Thank you for your interest in joining the Fourth Annual Creating a Resilient Community (CRC): From Trauma to Healing Conference!

This conference is presented by the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College and the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County.

The Creating a Resilient Community (CRC) : From Trauma to Healing Conference hosts cutting-edge keynote speakers and convenes participants to explore community wellness, Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs), and trauma-informed practices that can transform our region into one of prevention, hope, healing and resilience for all.

This year's two-day virtual conference will be hosted online via Zoom. 

About the Creating a Resilient Community Network:

In Central Florida, a collective impact movement led by Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute is underway to create a more resilient, trauma informed, community.

After the success of the first Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing conference in April, 2019, there has been enormous interest in keeping the momentum going around this work in Central Florida between annual conferences.

With this in mind, strategic planning meetings have been held since 2019 every other month and this group has grown into a network of over 360 individuals from all sectors of Central Florida. The group, now called the Creating a Resilient Community Network (CRC Network), has defined ourselves as “a network collaborating across sectors and communities to transform our region into one of prevention, hope, healing, and resilience for all.”

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2021 Conference Highlights

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2019 Conference Highlights

Conference Program

Time Program Activity
Day 1 - Thursday, April 21, 2022  
9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m Full Day Workshop and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Asim Jani - "Let's Make the Shift!"

Building a resilient, trauma-informed community involves responding to the challenges inherent in all three realms of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - household, community, and environment. By definition, these realms respectively include the broad range of individual, social, and climatic determinants of overall health. Looking at existing and emerging problems, regardless of which realm they relate to, involves a paradigm shift on an individual and collective level.

This interactive day will introduce three key concepts, especially related to ACEs and the countervailing set of Protective and Compensatory Experiences (PACEs) – salutogenesis, syndemics, and systems thinking. These three components are part of the paradigm shift that will enable us to engage in more effective individual and collective level actions for change.

Day 2 - Friday, April 22, 2022  
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshops for the Community, By the Community!

Day two of the conference is an opportunity to more deeply connect as a community, understand what’s happening in each individual sector, and showcase workshops and best practices to support our community in becoming a resilient, trauma-informed Central Florida.

During day two, participants will have the opportunity to attend sector specific breakout groups to learn about the goals and work happening in their specific sector of interest (i.e. Health/Wellness, Business, Education, Government, Nonprofit, Faith, Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Child Welfare). Then, conference participants have the opportunity to select from a menu of workshops hosted by community members that will further our community knowledge, skills, and awareness of best practices around the topics of PACEs, Trauma Informed Care and Resilience.

The full list of workshop offerings will be posted. Stay tuned!



Description Amount Date
Early Registration $75 Feb 14 - March 15, 2022
General Registration $100 March 15 - April 20, 2022

Student Rate: Scholarships are available for students to cover part of the registration fee. Please review the scholarship information below.


PJI will be offering limited scholarships for students and anyone with financial hardship.  To apply, please fill out this FORM by March 21st, 2022. 

  • Types of Scholarships Available:
    • 50% Discount: Half Scholarship
    • 75% Discount: Student Rate Scholarship
  • Scholarship Application Deadline:  March 21st, 2022.
  • Notice of Acceptance: March 28th, 2022

Approved scholarship applicants will be emailed a specific discount code to register for the conference and secure a ticket here in Eventbrite. This discount code must be used by April 4th, 2022 in order to secure a ticket to the virtual conference.

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Dr. Asim Jani

Dr. Asim Jani

Local epidemiologist and physician outlines the paradigm shift needed for creating community resilience and well-being.

During his 30-year journey, Asim Jani MD MPH FACP has had many roles - infectious diseases consultant, clinician-educator, hospital epidemiologist, and public health physician. In addition to being a community health advocate he has also worked in global health and served in federal, state, and local jurisdictions. He spent a decade at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in 2003, transitioning later to be the Director of the CDC Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship as a Commissioned Corps Officer in the US Public Health Service (CAPT).

He earned his BA, MD, and MPH degrees at the University of South Florida (USF) and has given more than 200 major presentations, published over 30 scholarly works and started a Population Health training program at CDC. Currently Dr. Jani has adjunct academic appointments at the Morsani College of Medicine at USF and Florida State University College of Medicine. His specialties include Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. His passion for learning and service extends to the fields of Integrative Medicine and Climate Justice, having completed both the fellowship training at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (UAz), and joining the Climate Reality Leadership Corps led by Al Gore.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a sponsor of the 4th Annual Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing Conference, your organization has the opportunity to be recognized for directly contributing to the important community work happening around trauma-healing and resilience in Central Florida. We’re grateful to our funding partners who are making this community initiative a reality. If you are interested in being a funding partner, contact for more information.

2022 Conference Sponsors

Central Florida Foundation
Florida Blue
JP Morgan Chase and Co.
University Behavioral Center
Healthy West Orange
City of Orlando
Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families
University Behavioral Center



Event venue location info:
Given continued concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the risk large gatherings of people may pose, we are pleased to share this 2-day event will take place virtually. 

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2022 Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing Conference

April 21 & 22, 2022
Virtual Event

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