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Kristie Holmes - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kristie Holmes Kristie Holmes

Adjunct Lecturer Dept. of Social Change & Innovation | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Kristie Holmes is an expert in topics related to global health, gender & media, disaster response as well as technology for good.

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Team He for She: Rowan Blanchard & Kristie Holmes, UN Women U.S. National Committee 2015 April D Ryan Kristie Holmes National Press Club Dr. Kristie Holmes Talks About Her Work At The UN The Pink Phone Saving Lives- Newsweek

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Biography

KRISTIE HOLMES, PhD, LCSW, specializes in topics related to global health, gender and media, as well as technology’s impact on relationships. She has spent a significant amount of time in the past 8 years working on projects related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) and human rights with Zero Mothers Die and Millennia 2025 Foundation.

She has a passion for helping other women find their voice. She has acted as moderator for an NGO at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, as well as participated as a panelist at the Women Leaders Forum as part of the United Nations General Assembly. Currently, she serves on the board of United Nations Women U.S. National Committee and works with Give an Hour, which donates clinical time to veterans in need of services who are often on a waiting list. She serves on Disaster Mental Health Deployments with the American Red Cross. Holmes ran for Congress in 2014 in California’s District 33.

Education (3)

University of Southern California: M.S.W. 2000

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo: B.S. 1997

Capella University Minneapolis Minnesota: Ph.D., Human Services, Community (Macro) Social Work 2008

Areas of Expertise (11)

school shootings Generation Z maternal Women Technology’s Impact on Relationships Gender and Media Global Health United Nations diasaster response mortality Equality - Political

Industry Expertise (8)

Women International Affairs Education/Learning Health Care - Providers Health and Wellness Health Care - Services Legislative Office Government Relations

Accomplishments (6)

Commendation Los Angeles Mayor's Office (professional)

2016-01-15

In recognition of your outstanding contributions to the social and political fabric of Los Angeles and beyond... Your contributions to enhance the lives of women and girls through your activism, professional and volunteer efforts, talents and passion to see more women elected and appointed to office, led to your nomination for the prestigious honor designed to celebrate the remarkable contributions made by women like you in our community. Congratulations on this significant honor.

California State Assembly Legislative Commendation (professional)

2016-01-21

In recognition of your dedication and leadership in increasing women's participation in the political process, and through your achievements furthering equality for all women. On behalf of the 50th Assembly District of the State of California, acknowledgement is merited and hereby rendered with sincere congratulation and appreciation.

California State Controller Commendation (professional)

2016-01-21

California State Controller Commendation
In honor and recognition of your exemplary leadership and dedication to your community, congratulations on being honored by the National Women's Political Caucus. Best wishes for your continued success.

California State Senate Commendation 2016 (professional)

2016-01-21

Presented to Dr. Kristie Holmes in honor of your outstanding contributions to the social and political fabric of Los Angeles Westside and beyond, The NWPC project is designed to celebrate remarkable contributions made by women like you in our community. Your contributions enhance the lives of women and girls through your activism, professional and volunteer efforts, talent and passion to see more women elected and appointed to to office led to your nomination for this prestigious honor.

National Women's Political Caucus, 12 Remarkable Women 2016 (professional)

2016-01-16

"Women are underrepresented at every level of government across the country. There is a vital need for a substantive discussion about ways to work towards equal representation," said Levinson. "I am thankful to NWPC for providing this platform, and for recognizing the important work these women and this organization perform throughout the community."
The event recognizes the outstanding contributions and remarkable achievements made by the women who live, work and give back to our community.

Women Leader, Women Leader's Forum United Nations (professional)

United Nations General Assembly (twice honored).

Affiliations (5)

  • National Association of Social Work
  • Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy
  • United Nations Women US National Committee
  • Global Goals United Nations (Sustainable Development Goals)
  • American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health

Languages (1)

  • English

Testimonials (4)

Barbi Appelquist, Board Chair, Geena Davis Institute | Geena Davis Institute

"Dr. Holmes speaks to hearts and minds. She is able to connect with any audience, from medical professionals to stay-at-home moms, by sharing her personal stories about overcoming obstacles while also discussing data points at macro and micro levels. Her ability to highlight data in a personal way makes her an effective and empathetic speaker."

Shannon Russell, Events | Abiomed

"In today's healthcare, it's so important to hear about various medical therapies through patients who have experienced the treatment firsthand. Kristie has served as an advocate for the growing population of heart disease patients by sharing her incredible story of recovery after suffering a spontaneous coronary dissection. Kristie's delivery is captivating, honest and even (somehow in her unique way) peppered with comic relief. She has a special way of reaching any audience, allowing them the opportunity to truly connect with her and clearly understand the importance of her message. "

OWN IT EVENTS TEAM, Event Organizer | OWN IT

"Our team at USC OWN IT are so appreciative you came to our event this past Saturday, September 24th. We want to write our genuine thanks for your time and wisdom shared with our student attendees.

This was our first time hosting OWN IT at USC, and furthermore, USC's first undergraduate women's leadership conference. Before the event, we were excited to hear about the widespread enthusiasm amongst both male and female students looking forward to this Saturday. After the event, we were more than ecstatic to hear students asking us to do this again in the following years. Your participation was ultimately responsible for the success of USC OWN IT.

Because of your time, over 450 undergraduate women and men left feeling a sense of empowerment or identification with the values we hold. A large part of our university student body has been deeply moved by your insight and advice - most who are only freshmen or sophomores. Thank you for playing your part in mentoring the next group of industry movers and shakers!

Thank you again for making this event so special to our students and so fun for us to plan! We hope to see you next year!"

Dr. Angela Henderson, CEO of CRISP, Professor | VCU

"We received enthusiastic feedback in response to your talk on Capitol Hill. It tied together the contributions each Congressperson made to the advancement of Social Justice Issues. Participants left with insight and next steps to inspiring advocacy at their own universities and communities in a practical way. Your presentation balanced both education and engagement of the audience - which is a challenge for most speakers. Thank you! "

Social

Grand Challenges (1)

World Social Work Day 2018

https://www.worldsocialworkday.com/speaker/dr-kristie-holmes/

Media Appearances (10)

My Love Note To Male Feminists

Huffpost  online

2017-03-31

" I am a strong supporter of UN Women’s HeForShe initiative and helped create the 2015 #TeamHeForShe social media phenomenon with UN Women USNC Board Member Kristie Holmes and actress and social justice advocate Rowan Blanchard." (...)

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Meet a 2015er: Kristie Holmes

UN Dispatch  online

2015-08-19

"oday we hear a different take on the negotiations process. Dr. Kristie Holmes is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Southern California. She also serves on the Board of the United Nations Women U.S. National Committee and is an Advisor for NGOs working with the UN on the post-2015 agenda. " (...)

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APA Congressional Incumbents, Challengers on June 3 Ballot

Rafu Shimpo  online

2014-05-30

"The other Democrats in the race are Wendy Greuel, former Los Angeles controller, councilmember and mayoral candidate; David Kanuth, defense counsel and entrepreneur; Michael Shapiro, sports executive and filmmaker; Matt Miller, KPCC radio host; Barbara Mulvaney, human rights attorney; Kristie Holmes, social worker and USC professor; Vince Flaherty, producer, entrepreneur and historian; and Zein Obagi Jr., educational equality advocate." (...)

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All 17 Candidates Campaigning For 33rd Congressional District Square Off

Westside Today  online

2014-05-02

"Democrat Kristie Holmes, a social worker who teaches at USC who is also a NGO Delegate to the United Nations Commission Status on Women, spoke on the need for more women in leadership." (...)

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There are 16 candidates running to replace Rep. Henry Waxman today. 16!

The Washington Post  online

2014-06-03

"Kristie Holmes is a social worker running as a Democrat in the race. She will not make the runoff." (...)

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Dr. Kristie Holmes Talks About Her Work At The UN

CU @ USC  tv

2016-03-24

Dr. Kristie Holmes Talks About Her Work At The UN with UN Women, He for She and her project with Rowan Blanchard and Barbi Appelquist that reached millions of Tweens. "Generation Z is where we need to be looking, Millennials are pushing 40 and driving the car pool."

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Zero Mothers Die Launches at UN General Assembly

United Nations  tv

2016-09-13

First Ladies and ZMD Launch.

UN AIDS Michel Sidibe

Candidate Debate

YT  tv

2014-05-15

Candidate Debate for Los Angeles (Henry Waxman) Seat

Congressional Debate

California pols, others weigh effects of McCutcheon ruling

Los Angeles Times  print

2014-04-02

"..."Today is a dark day for America, as our Supreme Court has put one more nail in the coffin of our democracy," Williamson said in a statement released ahead of the rally, which was to include a news conference.

Holmes in her statement said the court majority "continues to erode our nation's campaign finance laws that were enacted to protect political equality."

Kristie Holmes on Money in Politics

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USC Price Holt Lecture: Harassment in the Workplace

University of Southern California  online

2018-03-21

Carlson helped change the cultural conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace when she filed and won a lawsuit against the then-chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment. Since that time, she has “walked off the set” and began a new fight to change how we all think and behave in a modern work environment.

USC Holt Lecture with Gretchen Carlson

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Event Appearances (1)

Women Leaders Forum

United Nations General Assembly  New York, New York

2015-09-21

Style

Availability

  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Corporate Training

Research Reports & Projects (3)

Team He for She

Generation Z

2017-06-14

Hi everyone, and welcome. My name is Kristie Holmes, and I'm a board member for the US
National Committee for United Nations Women. I'm excited that I get to focus on something I
really care about today--helping other women find their voice, especially younger women.
Today, I'll be introducing Rowan.
We created Team HeForShe by chance, or by an avalanche of great introductions.- I didn't meet
Rowan until another #teamheforshe member Barbi introduced us by way of another team
member, Max.
But the first thing I read about her impressed me immediately. A magazine had photoshopped
her teeth, and she called them out on it! I knew then that this was a young woman I wanted to
work with. I know so few people who have that kind of courage. It may seem a small thing. But
to call attention to a so- called flaw in one's self publicly sent an impactful message out to
millions of girls that worry about how they look.
What was seen as unlikely partnerships of people ---who all have influence in different areas--
we decided we just wanted to do something meaningful together. We didn't have a lot of rules.
Just reaching out with this amazing young woman, Rowan --met US with reaching more than 8
million in just the first 4 days. We've also had great support from Facebook, Instagram and
Talkwalker.
The 78 cent campaign with global he for she and Clinton's #NoCeilings had #TeamHeforShe
trending on Twitter , and that was inspiring--it also had all ages and both genders participating--
another key to change. Here's a few of our most impactful tweets--(sharing slides). We need to
make sure we are where youth are- ages 12-24 are shown here- and that is Instagram. Most in
the room haven't even heard of Snapchat.
Speaking up in areas that you have influence, partnering with others, and not staying silent
when you know something is wrong is key to helping change the conversations on what seem
to be unmovable topics.
You don't want to be the last university who truly looks at your sexual assault problem on
campus, or the one who adds more useless programming with little deterrent for those who do
the assaulting.
They know the rules they are dealing with and the lack of enforcement that follows. I don't
want Rowan to show up at college in a few years to her dream school & find out that young
women are still dragging around mattresses.
The key is talking about the issues we face before terrible things happen, not just in reaction to
them. We know we have a problem with gun violence and

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A Review of e-Health Interventions for Maternal and Child Health in Sub-Sahara Africa

2015-08-11

To review e-health interventions for maternal and child health (MCH) and to explore their influence on MCH practices in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). Keyword searches were used to retrieve articles from four databases and the websites of organisations involved in e-health projects for MCH in SSA. A total of 18relevant articles were retrieved using inclusion and exclusion criteria. The researchers reveal the prevalence of the application of mobile phones for MCH care and the influence of the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering MCH information and services to target populations. There is a need to move the application of ICT for MCH care from pilot initiatives to interventions involving all stakeholders on a sub-regional scale. These interventions should also adopt an integrated approach that takes care of the information needs at every stage along the continuum of care. It is anticipated that the study would be useful in the evolution and implementation of future ICT-based programmes for MCH in the region.

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Saving Lives Through Smart Phones: UN Global Goals

Her experience with advocacy for post-natal care started in the lobby of a convention center halfway around the world

2018-03-22

“The whole family is affected when a mother dies,” Holmes said. “The whole family is affected when they lose a child. Everyone wants to put it into a gender basket, but child care costs affect the entire family.”

ZMD’s mobile app provides essential maternal and newborn health information to both expectant and new mothers, as well as health care workers providing care to their communities.

“The app has made it so mothers, community health workers, public health workers and providers are all connected,” Holmes said. “If they have a smartphone, they can connect to a lot of information at their fingertips to get better help.”

ZMD distributes about 10,000 phones per year to women globally who are considered to be at high risk, delivering important pre- and post-natal information at the right time, with a goal to distribute 100,000 phones by 2030. Women in the ZMD program also receive free minutes donated by Airtel.

In some parts of the world, a woman having a valuable smartphone can be dangerous, so to thwart potential black-market theft and re-sale of these mobile phones, ZMD made them pink to discourage men from wanting them.

Holmes’ work as a researcher and ZMD representative has allowed her to develop programs in multiple African countries, assisting thousands of women and their children. Her own near-death experience has provided further motivation for her to ensure that no more mothers die from a lack of proper medical attention.

“Before I was focusing on research, and now I’m focused on advocacy,” she said. “I’m a mother trying not to die, so I’m doing what I can to make sure that mothers all over are receiving the care they deserve.”

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Research Grants (1)

Support Research Grant

Congressional Research Institute 

2017-03-15

Collaborate with Congress on Issues important to the field.

Partnerships (1)

He for She

Hollywood UN Women US National Committee

2018-03-28

Creating Unlikely Partnerships for Impact: Team He for She (United Nations Women, U.S. National Committee)

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Courses (7)

Global Violence Against Women

Times Up.

Global Development

Graduate Level.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

HBSE Graduate Level

Clinical Practice

Core Course, MSW

Grant Writing

Required

Gender and Sexuality

Undergraduate and Graduate

Diversity

Undergraduate and Graduate

Articles & Publications (7)

Women and eHealth 2010–2015: from the study to the Women Observatory for eHealth Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth

Veronique Ines Thouvenot, Kristie Holmes

2015

Improving access to information and communication technologies (ICT) and making these services affordable to all are prerequisites to their efficient and sustainable use in healthcare and eHealth. Women worldwide still face barriers that keep them away from innovation and limit their taking full advantage of eHealth and telemedicine. To help address these barriers, Millennia2015, an initiative of the Destree Institute, conducted the Women and eHealth Study 2010 – 2012 (WeHealth) to identify barriers and trends in the emerging arena of Women, Health and ICT. The study proposed a set of solutions to the identified barriers, including a mapping of Women’s involvement in eHealth. Forging ahead on the Study's proposals, the new Millennia2025 Foundation “Women and Innovation”, a Public Utility Foundation, and its partners, have developed Action Plans to ensure the full participation of women in eHealth and telemedicine. These Plans include diverse initiatives, such as the WeObservatory, which provides support to 15 WeHealth projects in 11 countries, WeTelemed, WeBlog, WeMOOCs, WePatients, WeLibrary, and two mobile multilingual applications: UniversalNurses and UniversalWomen, available in six languages. Improving the role of women in eHealth requires commitment and effort, and the Millennia2025 Foundation is committed to accelerating women's access to innovation and technologies for health around the world.

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The Millennia 2015 Women and eHealth Study 2010-2012: networks and innovative programs Medecine sciences: M/S

Veronique Ines Thouvenot, Kristie Holmes

2014

The Women and eHealth Study 2010-2012 is conducted with the vision to constitute a Millennia 2015 powerful demonstration of women empowerment in the arena of eHealth and telemedicine through digital solidarity and gender equity. The overall objective is to stimulate more women to use advanced technologies combined with innovative integrated collaborative leadership programs. The article describes the study and the subsequent networks WeTelemed and WeObservatory conducted by women in developing countries with the ambition to reach the populations living in isolated communities.

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Media Impact on Girls in the US, China and India through a Gendered Filter Forum on Public Policy Online

Kristie Holmes

2013

While infanticide or sex selective abortion in rural areas of the world may seem to have little to do with a famous musician who is a domestic abuser from the first world who avoids criminal punishment while being applauded and glamourized, the message going out to girls is consistent: they are not valued in the same way that boys are. In order to make adequate recommendations for change to increase the benefit of media, one must look to its source, its use, and its locale. Media literacy schemes may be seen as a localized plan for significant change, and can certainly be of use. However, its impact will be felt globally by addressing the issue at its source by engaging girls in the creation of media early as a career goal, resulting in lasting transformation, rather than decrying the end products and lack of effective public policy.

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Course I Don't Post Too Much : Preferences and Perceptions of Relational Maintenance Online Sage Open

Kristie Holmes

2013

This study explored participant perception regarding the ease of relationship maintenance online, honesty in information sharing, and whether people were more, less, or similarly concerned about their online image over their in-person image given the prevalence and preference for electronic communication in most relationship forms. Most of the 296 participants were consistently honest in their online information sharing. Women were more likely to worry about maintaining their in-person image than men and found it easier to maintain friendships online. Participants aged 30 to 45 years were the least likely to post misleading information about themselves or their interests. Participants seemed to equate “post a lot” of information online as equated to “post too much” as not a single participant revealed that they “post a lot.”

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Practice Based Anxiety Levels of International Online Therapy Providers Compared to those Based in the United States Front. Neuroeng. Conference Abstract: Annual CyberTherapy and CyberPsychology 2009

Kristie Holmes

2009

Little attention has been given to liability issues and practitioner vulnerability in the rapidly emerging modality of online therapy. The study explored ethical issues and identified potential risks of liability faced by mental health professionals in three areas of online practice: qualifications and training, domain of practice, and delivery of services. A sample of 232 online providers who were members of the International Society for Mental Health Online completed an online survey containing items asking about their online therapy procedures and ethical practice. Descriptive statistics, were used to examine the distribution and patterns of item responses. In addition, t tests were used to compare responses of the participants grouped by two key online therapist characteristics, gender, and domicile of practice. Results indicated that participants were well qualified to provide mental health services with respect to educational and credential requirements (licensure).

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Of Course I Don’t Post Too Much Preferences and Perceptions of Relational Maintenance Online Sage

Holmes, Kristie

2013-05-03

This study explored participant perception regarding the ease of relationship maintenance online, honesty in information sharing, and whether people were more, less, or similarly concerned about their online image over their in-person image given the prevalence and preference for electronic communication in most relationship forms. Most of the 296 participants were consistently honest in their online information sharing. Women were more likely to worry about maintaining their in-person image than men and found it easier to maintain friendships online. Participants aged 30 to 45 years were the least likely to post misleading information about themselves or their interests. Participants seemed to equate “post a lot” of information online as equated to “post too much” as not a single participant revealed that they “post a lot.”

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Saving Lives with Smart Phones: Maternal & Infant Mortality USC

Keith Demolder

2017-04-18

However, her experience with advocacy for post-natal care started in the lobby of a convention center halfway around the world. Nearly five years earlier, at the Global Health Dynamics Roundtable in Geneva, Switzerland, Holmes became part of a technology-based breakthrough in women’s health care.

According to recent statistics from the World Health Organization, about 830 women die each day due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, and nearly all occur in developing countries. To combat these losses, eHealth and gender-based health experts Drs. Coumba Touré, Véronique Inès Thouvenot and Jordi Serrano Pons founded Zero Mothers Die (ZMD), a global partnership initiative to save the lives of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies by implementing access to health care programs through mobile technology. The initiative is part of the United Nation’s next phase of sustainable development goals for 2030 – to reduce infant and maternal mortality, now global goal number three.
Maternal & Infant Mortality ZMD’s mobile app provides essential maternal and newborn health information to both expectant and new mothers, as well as health care workers providing care to their communities.

“The app has made it so mothers, community health workers, public health workers and providers are all connected,” Holmes said.

ZMD distributes about 10,000 phones per year to women globally who are considered to be at high risk, delivering important pre- and post-natal information at the right time, with a goal to distribute 100,000 phones by 2030. Women in the ZMD program also receive free minutes donated by Airtel.

In some parts of the world, a woman having a valuable smartphone can be dangerous, so to thwart potential black-market theft and re-sale of these mobile phones, ZMD made them pink to discourage men from wanting them.

Holmes’ work as a researcher and ZMD representative has allowed her to develop programs in multiple African countries, assisting thousands of women and their children. Her own near-death experience has provided further motivation for her to ensure that no more mothers die from a lack of proper medical attention.

“Before I was focusing on research, and now I’m focused on advocacy,” she said.

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