[July 2022] Health Equity Series: Screening for Social Need and the Social Determinants of Health - Session 2: ACEs Interface

Health Equity Series: Screening for Social Need and the Social Determinants of Health

Session 2: ACEs Interface
July 21 2022 2:00- 3:30 P.M. EST

Perhaps more than any other health crisis occurring in the past century, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the stark health disparities in our nation, particularly for communities of color. These disparities and others are evident in the ways different people and groups experience the social determinants of health (SDOH), which are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These factors include socioeconomic status, access to health care, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks. As such, community-based organizations play a critical role in strengthening the health and well-being of communities by addressing the social needs of individuals and families.  

About the Social Current Health Equity Series 

Everyone needs the building blocks for health and well-being in order to thrive, reach their full potential, and meaningfully contribute to society. But as the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated, people of color and many others are disproportionately affected by sickness and death due to reduced access to testing, higher chronic disease burden, and historical racial bias within health care institutions. Social Current and its network of partners are committed to health equity as a key strategy to increase the safety and well-being of individuals, families, and communities most impacted by inequality and racism. 


Session 2: ACEs Interface

What are ACEs?

How do ACEs occur?

How people adapt to trauma

How to be aware of the impact of trauma and build resilience in the populations you serve

Who Should Participate: 


Program directors

Staff in population health/health equity

Quality managers

Policy leaders

Community leaders


Mary Garr, President & CEO Family Services, San Antonio

Mary Garr is the president and CEO of Family Service, a nonprofit in San Antonio that provides a broad array of services to empower individuals, transform families, and strengthen the health of communities by addressing the social determinants of health that directly impact peoples’ lives based on where they live, learn, work, play, and age.

Garr is an experienced leader with three decades of diverse roles in several industries, including health care, city management, nonprofits, and the military, as a CEO and COO. Her last two military assignments were at Fort Sam Houston. She served as the last Garrison Commander of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, leading her teams in providing all the infrastructure and support services for a small city, supporting mission readiness and quality of life, while merging the Garrison into Joint Base San Antonio. She also stood up the San Antonio Military Health System as its first COO, working to integrate and align Army and Air Force healthcare delivery in San Antonio.  

Over the course of her military career, she served in a variety of command and staff positions both in the U.S. and overseas, in hospital, academic, and operational assignments. Garr graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in foreign studies and obtained master’s degrees in health administration from Baylor University and strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. She has been actively engaged in the San Antonio Community for several years, serving on several boards and committees.