#HomeVisitingWorks: Honoring the Changemakers at the 2021 Family Strengthening Network Summit

Over 70,000! That’s how many home visits the Family Strengthening Network conducted this fiscal year to support families in Los Angeles County. Combine that with nearly 200 hours of training that each home visitor receives after they’re hired, and you’ve got a busy bunch of people.

That doesn’t leave a lot of time for celebrating, so we carve out a spot on the calendar each year just for that. This year, on June 17, we convened the 14 Welcome Baby hospital programs, along with the more than two dozen agencies affiliated with Healthy Families America and Parents as Teachers home visiting programs, to honor the changemakers who demonstrate each day that #HomeVisitingWorks.

LA Best Babies Network — in partnership with First 5 LAMaternal and Child Health AccessPAC/LACWork2Live ProductionsCalifornia Hospital Medical Center, and LA County’s Department of Mental HealthDepartment of Public Health, and Department of Public Social Services — hosted this sixth annual (and second virtual) event. Affirming remarks from leaders in the county, an inspiring and insightful keynote, an impressive presentation of impressive data, a chat with two moms and their home visitors, a spoken word presentation, and even a yoga stretch — it’s all in the video recordings below.

Leading up to the event, we also gave staff members the opportunity to recognize each other. See the nearly 200 shout-outs they gave to highlight their coworkers’ dedication, hard work, kindness … and all kinds of other honorable qualities these changemakers possess.

Part 1: Opening remarks from LABBN Director Sharlene Gozalians, DrPH, MPH, CHES; Executive Vice President of First 5 LA John Wagner, MPA, MPP; L.A. County Department of Public Health’s Deputy Director of the Health Promotion Bureau Deborah Allen, PsyD; and California Hospital Medical Center President Alina Moran, MPA.
Part 2: “Support for the Changemakers: How LABBN Supports Home Visiting Systems in L.A. County,” a presentation by LA Best Babies Network, highlighting the resources, coordination, training, and other services that LABBN has provided to the Family Strengthening Network over the last year.
Part 3: “Analytics from Home,” a presentation by LABBN’s Delisa Young and Monica Charles, highlighting the impact of Welcome Baby and its partner home visiting programs in L.A. County.

Part 4: “Being More Than One Thing, Finding More Than One Way,” a presentation by Junlei Li, Ph.D, of Harvard Graduate School of Education, affirming the resourcefulness and versability of professionals who support children and families, and highlighting the importance of human relationships in helping people get through challenging times.
Part 5: A quick after-lunch yoga stretch, led by Melissa Sims, Social Media and Web Manager at Work2Live Productions.
Part 6: A chat with two moms and their home visitors. Sandra and her Family Support Specialist Tamara join us from the Healthy Families America program at Children’s Institute, Inc.; Lida and her Parent Coach Sithary join us from the Welcome Baby program at Dignity Health — St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. The discussion is moderated by LABBN’s Steve Nish, Amie Miramontes-Franco, Osvaldo Lopez, and Brandon Craw.
Part 7: Poet and social worker Avi Silver recites a spoken word piece, which he wrote to honor Family Strengthening Network staff for their work over the past year.
Part 8: U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez thanks the Family Strengthening Network for its work; LABBN Director Sharlene Gozalians provides closing remarks.

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