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“Restorative Practices: Centering Humanity in Black Maternal Health”

Dr. Talaya Tolefree, Founder and CEO of Koinonia Leadership Academy

Wayside Recovery Center invites you to a special presentation of “Restorative Practices: Centering Humanity in Black Maternal Health” by Dr. Talaya Tolefree on May 11, 2023.

Dr Tolefree will be the keynote speaker for Day 2 of our Maternal and Infant Health Conference. She will present her work on Restorative Practices as a mindset and practice for developing positive relationships. She will focus on Black maternal health and explore the relationship between Black women, their communities, and health care providers. By engaging the audience in conversation, she will describe how to create pathways to healthier outcomes for Black women and families.

About Dr. Talaya Tolefree

Dr. Tolefree has been supporting youth and families in the Twin Cities community for over 20 years. She earned her B.A. in Human Services from Metropolitan State University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Luther Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry from Bethel Seminary. She is the founder and CEO of Koinonia Leadership Academy where she uses her Restorative Practices Framework to train, coach and mentor educators and scholars in building meaningful relationships. Through this work, she has led a number of Restorative Practices initiatives focusing on healing, youth development, social, racial and educational justice.

Dr. Tolefree is the Founder and Executive Director of Empowered to Be Me! girls leadership institute. She is also the founder of Sankofa Moments Publishing Company, which publishes children’s books that affirm and center Black children and Black culture with a focus on diversity, social and racial justice, and restorative practices. Dr. Tolefree is a mother and former director of an early education center. She understands that representation matters and it is imperative for children to have access to literature that presents them in a positive manner.

Please join us in this uplifting presentation by a very dynamic leader in our community, Dr Talaya Tolefree.

Moving Maternal Health Forward: a FREE virtual Mini Conference

Please register for the day(s) that you plan to attend, so we know how many participants to expect for this conference:
Register for Day 1
Register for Day 2

More detailed information about the Maternal and Infant Health Conference can be found on our website:

For additional questions, please contact Nicole Fernandez, Maternal & Infant Health Project Manager at

Wayside Recovery Center’s Mini Conference is FREE to all participants. The Mini Conference is funded fully through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MN DHS). Nothing in these materials constitutes a direct or indirect endorsement by SAMHSA or the MN DHS of content, services, or policies.

About Wayside Recovery Center

For over 69 years, Wayside Recovery Center has improved the lives of women and children in Minnesota impacted by trauma and addiction. With three treatment locations in the Twin Cities, Wayside offers complete, holistic care for every stage of the recovery journey – from prevention to treatment to long-term recovery. Wayside was the first in Minnesota and now one of only four treatment facilities in the state to offer family residential treatment. Visit to learn more.