Teen Isolation In The Time Of Covid

Because of COVID-19, face-to-face gatherings, which included DC Campaign conferences, parent workshops and teen town hall meetings, were no longer possible. New ways of staying connected had to be explored. DC Campaign decided to do a series of podcasts. You can listen to our podcasts while you work, from the comfort of your home, or while you are on the go. Please share your ideas for future podcasts with DC Campaign here.

"You can't hope without love"

Bruce Purnell,PHD

Bruce Purnell, PhD is the founder and executive director of a community based non-profit organization called The Love More Movement. He is a psychologist, author, artist, speaker and community activist. Dr. Purnell is a direct descendent of Underground Railroad conductors, Station Masters, Freedom Fighters and Educators. Like his ancestors, he has dedicated his life to creating a world where Love, Joy, Peace, Hope, Purpose, Equity and Transformation are lifestyles. Purnell holds has a BA from Bowie State University; an MA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD form the University of Lagos.


“Their feelings, their emotions, their struggles and their worries are not isolated…”

Natasha Ramsey MD, MPH

Natasha Ramsey MD, MPH is a board certified pediatrician who is currently in training at Children’s National Hospital to become an adolescent medicine specialist. She has dedicated her career to serving diverse populations and expanding the adolescent medicine workforce both here and abroad in the areas of reproductive health, family planning, HIV and teen pregnancy prevention. She is also committed to supporting the pipeline of underrepresented minorities in medicine and public health. She founded Gorjus Doc to provide guidance to up and coming health care professionals and has now expanded to providing health education and resources to youth. She plans to continue her work in global adolescent medicine and commitment to diversity with the hopes of becoming a leader and advocate in the global community; fighting to improve the health of teens around the world. She obtained her medical degree and masters in global public health from New York University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. nramsey2@childrensnational.org

"A lot of them feel mad or shortchanged..."

Nilu Rahman, MS CCLS

Nilu Rahman, MS CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, Pediatric Nephrology is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She is currently one of the senior staff members in the Child Life Department at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and works with the pediatric dialysis and kidney transplant patients. Rahman works with children and their families in both the hospital and clinic environments. She helps children understand and cope with their medical condition and hospitalization, including preparing them for, and providing support through, painful procedures and stressful events. She also incorporates play, activities and fund into children’s medical care and treatment when possible.

Nilu has previously worked at Comer Children’s Hospital at The University of Chicago Medicine in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Burn Unit, and at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the Emergency Department. Nilu has led international workshops focusing on child-centered healthcare, and has presented at several conferences throughout the country. She received her master’s degree in child development with a concentration in child life. Nraham12@jhmi.edu

A Little Of Our Story

We were simply born to paint pixels for a living

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia

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DC Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy Conferences

When DC Campaign was founded in 1999, we discovered that many people working on the same issues and often in the very same neighborhoods, had never joined forces or even met! Our conference series was developed to connect local youth-serving professionals with national experts, provide opportunities for networking, developing collaborations and partnerships and building a strong teen pregnancy prevention movement. In addition, the conferences introduced new research and cutting-edge topics related to teen pregnancy prevention. DC Campaign has convened a total of 39 conferences for hundreds of participants. Previous conferences can be viewed on