Strong Families AZ Home Visiting Conference

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Succeeding Through Partnership

September 67, 2017 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliff Hotel

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Strong Families AZ Conference. We are bringing back familiar features that have made past conferences a success as well as adding some exciting new elements. Go to our conference overview page to see what you can expect this year. As a teaser here is a preview of our nationally recognized speakers.


Joshua Sparrow, M.D., is director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a co-principal investigator for the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (Office of Head Start, Office of Child Care, ACF, HHS), and is part-time associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


Andy Goodman, a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications. Andy has been consulting good causes since 1998, and in 2008 he co-founded The Goodman Center with Lipman Hearne to reach more nonprofits, foundations and government agencies through online classes. He is currently developing a course on storytelling and presenting skills for the the newly launched African Leadership University.


Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project and the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 2002. Dr. Weiss has spoken and published on topics relating to negotiation, mediation, and systemic approaches to dealing with conflict.

Contact Dave Ryder with questions or call 602.568.6277
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Hotel – 11111 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85020

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Advanced Lactation Class

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This course will provide you with a review of basic lactation and an introduction of advanced lactation topics found on the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC®) examination.

Course content will align with the IBCLC® detailed content outline.

 Date/Time:   June 19-23, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location:      University of Phoenix – 1625 W. Fountainhead Pkwy, Tempe, AZ, 85282

Facilitator: Amanda L. Watkins, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., IBCLC®

Dr. Watkins is the Executive Director for Global Lactation Education Associates, an organization dedicated to changing health professionals’ lactation practices through education and research.

Her passion for teaching academic and professional breastfeeding courses stems from more than 20 years of experience working as a Registered Dietitian and IBCLC®; she has worked in public health and taught college-level professional lactation courses.

Recently, she was appointed to the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee’s Board of Directors. Dr. Watkins’s research interests include breastfeeding educational interventions for health professionals and community-based breastfeeding decisions.

The class is free. Register now to ensure your spot.

Continuing education recognition points will be applied for from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Attendance certificates will be issued daily for those unable to attend all five days.

Contact Christia Bridges-Jones R.N., IBCLC® for more information about this program.

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National Poison Prevention Week

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In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, Safe Kids has released a new report and infographic titled: Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect Between Parent Behavior and Knowledge

The report highlights the difference between what parents know they should do and what they actually do to prevent unintentional medication poisonings. The survey found that 9 out of 10 parents know it is important to store medicine up, away, and out of sight from children. Yet, 7 out of 10 parents report they store medicine where children can see and sometimes reach it.

This is a great reminder for every parent. It takes just a few extra steps to ensure our kids are safe.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Free Toolkit

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Traumatic Brain Injury Free Toolkit

A blow or jolt to the head of a child can seem harmless at the time, but it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms that there is an injury to the brain. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. A TBI may range from “mild” to “severe.”

Research shows that parents of a child who has a TBI need to have long-term support in creating an environment of warm parental responsiveness that promotes behavior regulation within the child. The Missouri Adult Brain Injury Program has collaborated with other agencies (DMH) to disseminate a link to the program’s Early Childhood Toolkit, which provides education to both childcare providers/educators and parents/families about signs, symptoms of TBI and strategies for prevention.

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Free Speech, Language, and Hearing Screening for Children Ages 3-5

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Trauma-Informed Practices in Home Visitation Issue Brief

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Trauma-informed Practices in Home Visiting Issue Brief


HV-ImpACT recently released the Trauma-informed Practices in Home Visiting Issue Brief sharing research on the impact and prevalence of trauma in the home visiting community, along with informed strategies on integrating a trauma-informed approach into existing systems of care. The brief includes snapshots from home visiting programs implementing trauma-informed practices, along with lessons learned, and suggested action steps.  Issue Brief

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Recruit and Retain a Skilled Home Visiting Workforce

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Join HV-ImpACT for a webinar on Strategies to Recruit and Retain a Skilled Home Visiting Workforce. Elizabeth Waetzig from HV-ImpACT will examine how focusing on culture and a values-driven approach can strengthen the home visiting workforce. Awardees from CT and WV will share strategies they have used within their states to support their recruitment and retention efforts.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET   Register Here

March is Social Work Month!

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Each year, the National Association of Social Workers(NASW) celebrates Professional Social Work Month in March. This year’s theme is “Social Workers Stand Up!” This year’s national campaign will include a Social Work Month Online Toolkit, media campaign, promotional fundraising campaign, advocacy and more.  Strong Families AZ recognizes the many social workers who are home visitors and their great contributions to home visiting in Arizona.

Live Webinars for Supervisors and Home Visitors


The Ounce of Prevention and Achieve OnDemand now offers live, online webinars designed specifically for home visitors and supervisors. Visit the website for newly released Spring offerings covering topics such as Home Visiting Safety, Home Visiting Boundaries and Substance Abuse. You can also see an expansive list of self-paced trainings. Or, email with any questions.

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Early Literacy PD with Make Way for Books


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Support for Immigrant and Refugee Children

This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented. Moreover, they are often the first ones to witness the impact of increased enforcement measures on students and their families. It’s critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.

Resource Guide: Building a Bright Future for All: Success in Early Learning Programs and Elementary School for Immigrant Families

This January 2017 resource from the U.S. Department of Education was developed to enhance state and local efforts to support immigrant children from birth through the elementary grades. The first half provides tips for educators in early learning programs and elementary schools as well as schools, districts, and States to: (1) facilitate school enrollment by immigrant families; (2) promote healthy child development in the school setting; (3) encourage caregiver engagement in their children’s education; and (4) build staff knowledge about immigrant children and their educational needs. The second half provides tips for parents and guardians on how to facilitate children’s learning and education starting at birth.

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FTF Early Childhood Summit – Call for Proposals

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First Things First is accepting proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2017 Early Childhood Summit.

The Summit is a unique opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and ideas with a large and highly-engaged audience of early childhood professionals, stakeholders and supporters. Breakout sessions cover best practices, innovative and evidence-based approaches and relevant research in a variety of important topic areas:

  • Child Health and Development
  • Early Childhood Systems Building
  • Early Learning
  • Organizational and Personal Development
  • Public Awareness and Engagement
  • Strengthening Families
  • Tribal Communities

Learn more about topic areas, criteria for selection, and how to submit a proposal.

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