SSIC Virtual Family Summit - Archive

SSIC Virtual Family Summit - Archive

WXXI Education and our partners hosted a special virtual Community Summit on Sesame Street in Communities and their set of tools around Health Emergencies. This is the archive of the panel discussion and follow-up resources from the event. 

This hour-long virtual community summit provided parents, caregivers, early childhood educators, and community members an opportunity to learn about the Sesame Street in Communities resources and hear from a panel of local experts on a variety of topics and issues that are relevant to local families (topics included: changing safety guidelines, health and wellness of children and adults, access to resources in native languages, conversations about race and intersectionality of racism/health care/school systems, and more)

Archived Panel Discussion | Follow-Up Video | Resource Links | Meet Our Panel

Virtual Community Summit

Archived Panel Discussion 
Watch an archive of WXXI's Sesame Street in Communities Virtual Commuity Summit by clicking the image below:

Follow-Up Video 
Watch a follow up video featuring Sesame Street in Communities resources and videos referenced in the panel discussion. To access the video, click the image below:

SSIC Resource Links
The slide deck and links to all of the resources referenced in the Follow-Up Video are featured below:

Meet Our Panel

Our panel included early childhood and health experts:

  • Ida Pérez-is the Director of Ibero Children and Family Stability Services. Ms. Pérez has over 28 years’ experience working with low income communities and underprivileged children and families with a high success rate in helping build confidence in young children while assisting families to become self-sufficient and economically independent. She has a bachelor’s in organizational management from Roberts Wesleyan and a National Directors Early Childhood Leadership Credential from Louis University McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. Her expertise is in policy and procedures, staff development, and ensures quality control and compliance for all federal and state mandates. She has a strong foundation and experience in program assessments, children and family assessments, evaluations (program, child and family) and program development. Ida understands the importance of early childhood education and is always looking for innovated strategies and leadership coaching skills to retain staff at Ibero. Under Ida’s leadership, Ibero Early Childhood Services has a 95% staff retention rate compared to other early childhood services.   She is also an adjunct professor for Child Development Associates at Sunny Brockport Rochester Education Opportunity Center. Ida is a community activist, Chair of the Scrantom Street Block Club, member of the first Police Accountability Board in Rochester NY and host of Su Hora Informativa (Your Informative Hour) on Poder 97.1FM, a bilingual talk show providing important information that improves the quality of life for the Latino Community.

  • Kilolo Moyo-White is the Family and Community Engagement Specialist for Roc the Future. She leads Roc the Future in efforts to engage Rochester families and communities to improve outcomes for  children.  Prior to moving to Rochester, Kilolo spent the past 15 years building relationships as a community and youth support advocate through her role as a community educator in the public school system of Philadelphia, PA.  As an academic advisor, program coordinator, and curriculum writer for Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Kilolo designed and led social justice workshops to empower teen voice and leadership. Kilolo’s passion for community building runs deep. In 2009, she was a lead organizer in co-founding Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School. Additionally, Kilolo has led education workshops through Teach For America’s African American Corps, EdXEd NYC, and Educon. Since moving to Rochester, Kilolo has become a parent leader with ROC the Future’s Parent Engagement Collaborative Action Network (PECAN), School #23’s Parent Teacher Association and a member of the 19th Ward Community Association. Kilolo is a graduate of Lincoln University and Temple University, with a master’s degree in African American Studies. She resides in the 19th Ward with her loving husband Kevin and 3 children.

  • Alex Lupo is a Project Coordinator in the U.S Social Impact department at Sesame Workshop. Alex is a New Jersey native and is a proud alumnus of Rutgers University, where she received her Bachelors in Psychology and Social Work, as well as her Masters of Social Work with a certification on Violence Against Women and Children. As an MSW, she spent some time as a Case Manager for the Supervised Visitation Program within Safe Horizon, a domestic violence organization serving New York City. Alex has been at Sesame Workshop for four years, beginning her journey as an intern focused on the Sesame Street for Military Families initiative. Alex is passionate about helping kids, families, and communities become resilient in even the toughest times.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, D.O., M.B.A., is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Dr. Murray is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She holds appointments in both the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester and is active within the Division of Prehospital Medicine. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Murray completed an MBA at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business Administration. She went on to receive her medical degree from the University of New England. After completing a Residency in Pediatrics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, she returned to her hometown of Rochester to complete a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Murray is Associate EMS Medical Director for Monroe County and currently serves as Chair of the REMAC. She was named a Spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2014 and can be seen regularly on Good Day Rochester.

  • Dr Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Medical Director at the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Cook is dual trained in pediatric and adult-internal medicine. After completing his residency and a chief resident year in Buffalo NY, he joined the Golisano Children's Hospital at URMC in 2001. He completed an academic pediatric fellowship here, during which time he focused on his research and clinical aspects on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and the metabolic complications that arise. He currently sees patients as part of the general pediatric practice at strong, where he also teaches medical student and residents. He also serves as an attending on the inpatient service at the Golisano Children's Hospital at URMC.

Special thank you to our panelists and their organizations for participating in this project with us

WXXI's work on the Sesame Street in Communities Public Media Champions project is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with support from Sesame Street in Communities and WNET

Special thank you to our local project partners


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