What a terrific meeting. It was festive and informative - a chance to look back and appreciate all that has been accomplished and to look forward to all that lies ahead. I am so glad to have been able to be a part of it.
On Monday morning, I had the terrific opportunity to lead a session attended by about 70 child welfare/prevention specialists on "Protective Factors and the 5Rs for Building a Healthy Brain." Our focus was on understanding the connection between strategies for promoting healthy early brain development and building protective factors for families. The three hours flew by! I know I gained a lot from leading this workshop and I hope each participant took something useful from it. My thanks to them for attending, and to my colleagues Jodi Whiteman and Nikki Darling-Kuria for their help.
Tuesday was the Network for Action meeting. What a wonderful day! Those of us willing to miss the inspiring space station flyover of DC got to hear Bob Sege's and Jeff Linkenbach's equally impressive plenary "A New River Story: The Confluence of Spirit, Science and Action."
After lunch, we had the privilege of participating in a panel presentation with three other Network for Action projects. Ours was about one of our newest resources, Parents and Providers: Sharing the Care. Team members Shayla Thompson, Jodi Whiteman, and Nikki Darling-Kuria were part of the presentation, as well. Here's a link, if you'd like to take a look at the slides we used in our presentation. 2012%20NFA%20Breakout%20Slides%20final.pdf
Other panelists in the Working Across Systems Panel included ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, Parents Anonymous, and the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. We all presented on the Network for Action projects we've been doing since June of 2011. It was great to have Rosie Gomez of the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect to introduce and moderate the session, and to be able to dialogue with those who came to the session. Afterwards, those of us who presented agreed that there were many opportunities for synergy among our projects, and that we should figure out how to build on those.