EWU McNair Alumna Kianna Baker Awarded FORWARD Community Summer APEx Fellowship

Key Baker FellowshipCongratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Kianna (Key) Baker (2019)! Key has been awarded a FORWARD Community Summer APEx Fellowship with Family PEACE through the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences where she is earning her Master of Public Health with a certificate in Child, Youth, and Family Health. She will be working on a project titled “Increasing Community Access to Early Childhood Evidence-Based Trauma Services.”¬†

From The Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center (FPTTC) website:

FPTTC is dedicated to improving the safety and well-being of children and families exposed to violence/abuse and breaking the intergenerational transmission of trauma through early identification and treatment by promoting inherent strength and authenticity of individuals and families by creating a safe, empowered community for people to feel seen, heard, and valued through self-awareness, cultural attunement, and spiritual sensitivity.

The Family PEACE (Preventing Early Adverse Childhood Experiences) Trauma Treatment Center (FPTTC) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Network works to help very young children and their families heal from experiences of family violence, abuse, and other forms of trauma. The program provides mental health services to children ages birth to five years of age (0-5), siblings (6-12), and caregivers who have been exposed to various forms of trauma.

Key Baker graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2020 with a major in Science of Public Health and a minor in African Studies. She was selected as an EWU McNair Scholar in March of 2018 and completed her 2018-19 summer research  A Study of Food Insecurity for Eastern Washington State Colleges with faculty mentors Dr. Okera Nsombi and Dr. Sarah Mount. Her career goals are to work in an urban city where she can help the disadvantaged population while teaching at a local university.

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