[This event is captured on video in five parts. Scroll down and enjoy!]
LA Best Babies Network (LABBN) — in partnership with First 5 LA, Maternal & Child Health Access, and PAC/LAC — hosted the second annual Family Strengthening Summit on June 1, 2016, at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. The event brought together roughly 500 staff members and others affiliated with the Family Strengthening Network, which includes the Welcome Baby program and its home visiting services.
These First 5 LA-funded programs serve pregnant women and families with newborns and young children. The services they provide — all free and voluntary with no commitment — include health and parenting education, support with breastfeeding, education about infant development and safety, and connections to community resources.
The Welcome Baby program started in 2009 at California Hospital Medical Center with partner organization Maternal & Child Health Access. Today, Welcome Baby is available through 14 hospitals in L.A. County, and some two dozen home visiting agencies offer services through the Family Strengthening Network. (Read more about the Family Strengthening Network.)
Videos of the event
Part 1: Opening remarks from Sharlene Gozalians, LABBN’s Senior Public Health Research Associate, and from First 5 LA’s senior directors Armando Jimenez and Barbara Dubransky. LABBN Communications Specialist Steve Nish presents a video highlighting the importance of the attendees’ work, with testimonials from several families who received home visiting services:
Part 2: After-lunch energizer, led by Joanne Tillman, LABBN’s Public Health Research Associate:
Part 3: Moderated discussion with panel of parents who received home visiting services through the Family Strengthening Network’s programs:
Part 4: LA Best Babies Network’s Sharlene Gozalians tells the story and tracks the growth of the Family Strengthening Network. Then, a presentation on “Innovation and Leadership: L.A.’s Role in the Home Visiting Field,” by home visiting expert Dr. Deborah Daro of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago:
Part 5: “Emotional Readiness in Home Visiting,” a presentation by Dr. Terrie Rose, author and leader in the field of early childhood development:
“A Most Welcome Visitor”: First 5 LA profiles moms who spoke on the event’s discussion panel.