Annual Help Me Grow National Forum

The key to our success lies in a shared vision and joined forces.

The Annual Help Me Grow National Forum, hosted by the National Center, is an opportunity for affiliates and partners to network and create new partnerships. Each year, the event provides increasing national visibility of the Network’s collective efforts and accomplishments and solicits promising ideas and innovations from across the Network. Distinguished speakers facilitate and contribute to general sessions, panel discussions, and keynote addresses, offering insight into the direction and aspirations within the field of early childhood health and system building.

11th Annual Help Me Grow Forum
Indianapolis, IN | May 11-13, 2020

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10th Annual Help Me Grow Forum
Buffalo, NY | May 6 – 8, 2019

The 10th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum was held in Buffalo, NY and sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Hosted by Help Me Grow Western New York, “Forum 2019 provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase the dedication and innovation of Help Me Grow Western New York’s many partners in the medical, education, human service, and health care sectors, while inviting professionals from around the country to gather in support of young children,” said Lynn Pullano, Director, HMG WNY. “We recognize the need to give little ones the strongest foundation during their first five years of life, when 85 percent of brain and personality development occur. The Help Me Grow approach allows us to make children’s health, well-being, and school preparedness a top priority so they’re on track to stable, successful futures, which is critical for them and our communities. We look forward to sharing with the nation our pride in the Buffalo-Niagara region, one of the best places to raise children!”

2019 Forum Highlights

keynote speakers

Angela Santomero 
Dr. Mona Hana-Attisha

BUFFALO Site visits

Jericho Road Community Health Center
Family Help Center Daycare
John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital 
2-1-1 Western New York Call Center

Thank you to all who attended the 10th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum in Buffalo, NY, with a special appreciation for the contributions of our host affiliate, Help Me Grow Western New York, the Forum Planning Committee, and all affiliates sharing expertise.

We were honored to be joined by two keynote speakers. Angela Santomero, the co-creator of Blue’s Clues and visionary for research-based children’s programming, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician whose research exposed the Flint water crisis, provided the audience with their compelling experiences and perspectives for supporting children’s optimal health and development. 

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