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Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit
The Iowa BEST Summit is designed to highlight educators’ collective need to bolster support and care across the educational system, and to build shared capacity to get there. The sessions will deliver resources and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. #IowaBEST2021

The summit is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa College of Education.

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Soumya Palreddy

Soumya (pronunciation: SOH-myuh) is a social justice advocate, licensed psychologist, and National Trainer. Bringing warmth and energy, she provides technical assistance and promotes transformative change in the areas of health care disparities, racism, gender inequity, workplace climate, and supervision.

Her journey facilitating changes in communities started with planning and implementing prevention programming at a rape crisis center. It was in this capacity where she discovered her love of teaching, connecting people with one another, and creating curricula that is engaging, challenging, and inclusive.

Prior to consulting, Soumya was an Associate Director at University Health Services at UW-Madison, sitting on the leadership team for the mental health division. She also has served as adjunct faculty at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, headed an assessment clinic at a non-profit organization, and provided Mental Health First Aid trainings to local communities and school districts.

Currently, Soumya is a National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid, serves as a medical consultant for Social Security Administration (Disability Determination Bureau), and designs and implements curricula for peer support trainings. She is also the co-author of Jot Journal, a shared journal between an adult and a youth, grounded in protective factor research.