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Early Bird Prices End Tomorrow for the Help Me Grow National Forum  
Full-day conference and single-day registration is available for the 2021 HMG National Virtual Forum, featuring dynamic presentations, practical resources, networking, and national speakers. 

  Early Bird Registration closes on July 30, 2021
Registration closes fully on September 10, 2021  

Help Me Grow Affiliates Presenting at the Forum
 Each year, the HMG National Affiliate Network brings powerful, practical content to the HMG National Forum.

Check out some of the content sessions, networking opportunities, and posters that will be featured this year from HMG systems across the country.  
View the full agenda and register    

New Framework for Community Collaboration to Support Young Children 
Help Me Grow, Family Connects, HealthySteps, and Nurse-Family Partnership partnered through the Model Convening Project to develop a silo-busting, trust-building framework for your community collaboration across early childhood services, supports, and systems that achieves positive, equitable outcomes for all young children and their families. 

The Hand In Hand framework was developed from examples of effective model collaboration at the community-level, in partnership with communities across the country. It is a practical and effective approach to collaboration that can be adapted to fit all communities, including yours.

Visit our Model Convening Project webpage for more.    

New Help Me Grow National Events Calendar
Keep up-to-date on webinars, events, and technical assistance opportunities offered by the HMG National Center by bookmarking our new HMG National Events Calendar.         

Early Investment in Children & Families:
A Case for Help Me Grow Based in Science

In support of the Children’s Hospital Association’s 2021 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center hosted a conversation on the imperative to invest early in children’s optimal health, development, and well-being.  Dr. Melanie Berry from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University discusses the Center’s new action guide for policymakers, which lays out a scientific analysis of why investments in young children and families can have lifelong health and learning implications. Kimberly Martini-Carvell, Executive Director of the HMG National Center, describes how the HMG Model both responds to the science of early childhood and brain development, and serves to support families with young children in ways that promote best possible outcomes.  Watch the webinar    

Dr. Paul Dworkin Featured in National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance Webinar Series
 Focusing on developmental promotion, early detection, referral, and linkage to services, this webinar from the ECQA Center highlighted several ways in which early childhood systems can be leveraged to increase screenings in your state, territory, or Tribe. Dr. Paul Dworkin, Julia Abercrombie, Dr. Sherri Alderman, and Dr. Marian Earls shared about early childhood system work in different states.
  Watch the webinar    

Innovation Spotlight:
ParentTV & Help Me Grow Washington D.C.

 A recent Innovation Spotlight session from the HMG National Center featured ParentTV, an on-demand, personalized tool for parents and providers who support parents to help raise resilient, capable and confident kids from credible, researched-based experts. Leaders from HMG Washington D.C. shared their experience in utilizing ParentTV as part of their early childhood system building efforts.
Access the recording and session materials    

Help Me Grow Affiliate Connections Directory Survey
The HMG National Center is developing an Affiliate Connections Directory to help individuals in similar roles across the HMG National Affiliate Network connect with each other to learn and share.

The Affiliate Connections Directory will include contact information for individuals leading key  roles and responsibilities around the HMG Core Components as well as additional priority areas essential to strong HMG implementation.

HMG leads and staff can utilize the Affiliate Connections Directory for affiliate to affiliate connection. This Directory can be used as a starting point to identify and secure contact information for individuals in like-roles from different HMG systems to share ideas, successes, challenges, to engage in meaningful connection with other champions in early childhood system development

Please complete the survey by Monday, August 30, 2021.

Please note that the HMG Affiliate Connections Directory will not be made public, and will only be accessible to those who have a login to the affiliate side of the HMG National Center website.

A link to complete the Affiliate Connections Directory survey will be emailed to state and system leads on August 9, 2021.    


Help Me Grow Alameda ACEs Postcard As the state of California created an incentive payment for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) screening through Medi-Cal and launched the ACEs Aware initiative to encourage and train medical providers to screen adults and children for ACEs, HMG Alameda County began outreach efforts to promote the HMG Centralized Access Point as a support to address issues identified through ACEs screening.

Pediatricians who were already screening for ACEs requested a document that could demonstrate how HMG can help support a family after screening with support and referrals related to resilience building and protective factors. The postcard was designed using ideas from other ACEs Aware graphics, with feedback and suggestions from the HMG Alameda County Family Advisory Committee and support from Frameworks to align messaging. It was translated into Chinese (Spanish version forthcoming) and designed to be shared with families post-ACEs screening to illustrate the importance of the ACEs screening, the effects of ACEs on children, and how HMG can help support a family experiencing ACEs.
Download the ACEs postcard

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