Center for Care Innovations (CCI) will host a virtual screening of A Place to Breathe, followed by an interactive panel discussion on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 12:00- 1:30pm PT.

Registration has closed for the session. If you have any questions please contact Jaclyn Lau.

The Center for Care Innovations (CCI) invites you to join us as we gather in a virtual community to participate in a documentary film screening and conversation of A Place to Breathe. CCI recognizes are all weathering the same storm but are on different boats, and because of this, we are offering an opportunity to watch the film at your convenience over the course of two weeks. We will make the film available beginning on June 14, 2021 and it will remain available for free with a CCI-provided link until June 28, 2021.CCI will host a community discussion including perspectives offered by community advocates and providers that appear in the film. We are honored to gather our Resilient Beginnings Network and broader CCI community to bring together such important community health advocates in one virtual space. Join us!

We welcome you to watch the documentary wherever and whenever is best for you! For a 2-week period, June 14 to 28, we’re making A Place to Breathe available on-demand so you can to screen it for yourself or an even group of colleagues.

Upon completion of the registration, participants will receive:

  • An email which will include a calendar invitation and unique Zoom link to join the panel discussion on June 29, 2021 from 12:00- 1:30pm PT, and
  • A separate email on June 14th with a Vimeo link and password to access the film anytime from June 14 to June 28, 2021.


  1. Virtual Screening – June 14 to June 28, 2021
  2. CCI’s post screening panel discussion – June 29, 2021 from 12:00- 1:30pm PT.

What is A Place to BReathe?

A PLACE TO BREATHE explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients. This 86-minute documentary was partly filmed in the Bay Area and intertwines the personal journeys of those who are transcending their own experiences of hardship and trauma by healing others. The film highlights the creative strategies by which immigrant communities in the U.S. survive and thrive.

** This documentary film does touch on real life traumas that were experienced by patients and their families. We would like to let you know ahead of time that this film contains topics that may be triggering.

Please watch and share the trailer, and visit their social media (Facebook and Instagram) for more information.

A Place To Breathe Trailer from Michelle Grace Steinberg on Vimeo.


  • Michelle Grace Steinberg, M.S. is the director, producer, cinematographer, and primary editor of A PLACE TO BREATHE (2020) and BEYOND RECOGNITION (2014) in partnership with producer Robyn Bykofsky, via their production company Underexposed Films. Since 2009, Michelle has also been the nutritionist and herbalist at Street Level Health Project in Oakland, CA– a bilingual free clinic where she works collaboratively with community health workers, medical providers, and mental health practitioners to provide culturally responsive care to uninsured immigrant communities. She was on the Board of Directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved and won the American Herbalist Guild 2015 Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.
  • Maria Vicente: Maria is a Mam Community Health Worker and Interpreter at Street Level Health Project in Oakland, CA. She is originally from Santiago Chimaltenango, Guatemala. She worked previously as a nursing assistant in the municipality of Cuilco Huehuetenango, serving the Indigenous community by offering general health consultations, vaccinations, and prenatal care counseling.
  • Dorcas Grigg-Saito: As CEO of Lowell Community Health Center Dorcas worked for 20 years serving the multi-cultural community of Lowell, Massachusetts. In 2000, she worked with the community and Sonith Peou to start the health center’s Metta Health Center to improve access to care for the Cambodian and Lao communities. She was an adviser for production of the film, A Place To Breathe, and was an interviewee.
  • Yania Escobar: Yania Escobar was born in Uruguay and came to the United States when she was thirteen years old. She has always been interested in healing work and taught yoga in Spanish when she worked at Street Level Health Project serving a predominantly immigrant community. There she met her partner Edgar and filmmaker Michelle at a time that she was starting her nursing education, which is what we see in the film.

Panel moderator:

  • Zarin Noor is a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Primary Care clinic. She came to the US at the age of 5 as a refugee from Afghanistan. Her experience as an immigrant has influenced her educational and career path. She is the Director of the International Clinic within the Primary Care clinic, which focuses on the medical care of immigrant and refugee pediatric patients. She is part of the founding team of the Center of Excellence in Immigrant Child Health and Wellbeing.  This Center focuses on research, training, education, advocacy, and policy specific to the immigrant pediatric patients.

virtual event reminders:

  • The discussion session will start and end promptly on time.
  • If possible, connect with a webcam on your computer in a quiet place to ensure the experience and interaction with others. If you are calling in by phone, enter your participant ID (your ID is displayed at the top of your Zoom screen). Do this by pressing #number# on your phone (ex: #24#).
  • Re-name yourself: please rename yourself so we know what organization you’re from (ex: Nikki (CCI)). Hover over your name in the participant list and click “Rename”.
  • Be prepared to participate and connect! Voice and camera will be activated for all participants. Upon entry, all participants will be on mute. Please unmute yourself if you have a question during the session. We will use the Zoom functions (polls, breakout groups, chatbox, etc.).
  • Complete the post-meeting evaluation and provide feedback on what you enjoyed and how we can improve the virtual screenings. Doing virtual screenings like this is still new to us and we are always looking to improve!
  • Get help if you need it! If you have any technical questions or experience any difficulty connecting to the Zoom meeting, please reach out to [email protected]


The post-screening discussion and panel on Tuesday, June 29th will be available to participants in Spanish and English. In order to hear the Spanish or English interpretation, you must download the most current Zoom Desktop Client. Visit the Zoom Download Center webpage for more information.