MELVIN CALAWAY & CHRISTOPHER GIBSON, THE FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE
Fathers are an essential piece to their child’s life, however, they are often excluded from the valuable moments of attachment and bonding with their child. When fathers are welcomed back into the loving arms of their child, they experience adverse challenges that have an effect on their path to paternal reentry. In this keynote presentation, Melvin Calaway Jr. and Christopher Gibson share the importance of actively engaged fathers and the challenges that resurgent fathers are faced with during his path to paternal reentry.
As a result of this keynote session, participants will take away:
- Equity: The importance of fathers having equal involvement and rights in their child’s life.
- Inclusion: The positive outcomes for families, children, fathers and communities when fathers have an active role in their child’s life.
- Access: The importance of strong advocates for fathers rights.
Attendees will learn:
Actionable ways to incorporate the resurgent father in their organization.
ABOUT THE FATHERHOOD INITATIVE:
The Fatherhood Initiative aims to strengthen, coordinate, and grow existing male and fatherhood services support within the Maternal, Paternal, and Child & Adolescent Health (MPCAH) system of care. The Fatherhood Initiative promotes responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships through parenting education and skill building. It provides male-centered case management and care coordination through support programs. The Initiative collaborates with First 5 Alameda County to promote the Father Corps program and partners with Alameda County Healthy Start Initiative and Black Infant Health to ensure early intervention practices.
The goals of the Fatherhood Initiative are to improve the quality of life for Alameda County children, families and communities by:
- Promoting responsible fatherhood by providing male-centered, skill-based parenting education
- Providing case management and specialized support groups
- Increasing men’s access and use of local health care and wraparound services
strengthening and enhancing existing services through capacity building, training, and health promotion campaigns
BIO: MELVIN CALAWAY JR., ALAMEDA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE PROGRAM
Melvin Calaway Jr. is a Family Support Case Manager for the Alameda County Public Health Department Fatherhood Initiative Program. Where he strives to strengthen the personal and professional growth of fathers. As a member of the Alameda County Breastfeeding Coalition Steering Committee, Melvin is able to utilize his skills of support and empowerment to foster the education while empathizing the importance of the fathers’ role in the process of breastfeeding. He has ten years of experience as a community service provider, throughout Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Alameda Counties.
Melvin is a native of Oakland, California. He is also a father of five children. Melvin received his Bachelor of Art in Psychology from San Francisco State University, and recently completed his Masters’ in Social Work at Walden University. He is an experienced public speaker, group facilitator, and mental health consultant. Melvin has a passion for uplifting and empowering diverse individuals and families in need.
BIO: CHRISTOPHER GIBSON, ALAMEDA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE PROGRAM
Christopher Gibson is a Family Support Case Manager for the Alameda County Public Health Department Fatherhood Initiative Program. Chris’s focus is to encourage dads to be Resilient, Present, and consistent with their parenting. Currently, he is serving as the oversee of supervisor of two fatherhood being held at WIC sites in Oakland, Ca. He is a member of the Alameda County Fathers Corps, where he works with other fatherhood service providers to influences system-wide change, in family court, Social Services, Child support, and others that have a biased view of men and fatherhood. Chris also provides technical assistance to health clinics to become father-friendly and help with outreach and group facilitation.
Chris is a native of Richmond, California. He is also a father of three children. Chris received his Bachelor of Science from California State University East Bay and will be starting his Masters’ in Public Administration in Fall 2020. Chris also currently serves as a Youth Pastor at Bethel Church in Richmond.