Annual Family Strengthening Summit 2019: Celebrating Home Visiting Champions

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Home visitors, outreach and hospital staff, administrative and data gurus, and supervisors and managers of Welcome Baby and partner home visiting programs — all these champions convened June 11, 2019, in Hollywood to celebrate and take stock of their achievements. The group of over 600 members of the Family Strengthening Network heard from keynote speakers and from some of the families they serve about how their home visiting work is changing lives in Los Angeles County. A big thanks to our partners First 5 LA for funding not only this event, but the great work these folks do every day for pregnant women and families with little ones!

For the full story, watch the videos below and check out the photos captured throughout the day.

Videos of the event
Part 1: Opening remarks from LABBN’s Associate Director of Programs Sharlene Gozalians, DrPH, MPH, CHES; Executive Director of First 5 LA Kim Belshé, MPP; Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Dr. Jonathan Sherin, MD, PhD; First 5 LA’s Vice President of Programs Christina Altmayer, MA; and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Director of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Linda Aragon, MPH.

Part 2: “Winning with Data,” a presentation by LABBN’s Delisa Young, MA and Monica Charles, MPH highlighting the impact of Welcome Baby and it’s partner home visiting programs in Los Angeles County. Then, “Crafting Child-Centered Communities: The Role of Home Visiting,” a presentation by Dr. Deborah Daro of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Part 3: “Healing-Centered Engagement: Addressing Trauma by Focusing on Assets,” a presentation by Dr. Shawn Ginwright from Flourish Agenda.

Part 4: Participants from First 5 LA-funded Welcome Baby, Healthy Families America (HFA), and Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting programs share their experiences through a discussion moderated by Danika Choe from El Nido Family Centers (PAT); Nancy Watt from Children’s Institute, Inc. (HFA); and Lynnette Bello from MemorialCare Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital (Welcome Baby).

Part 5: “Stepping Stones to Transformation: Connection, Regulation, and Resilience,” a presentation by Lumos Transforms’ President Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN. Then, remarks from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Deputy Director of the Health Promotion Bureau Dr. Deborah Allen, ScD followed by closing remarks from LABBN’s Assistant Director of Programs Sharlene Gozalians.

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