Annual Help Me Grow National Forum

The Annual HMG 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. Click here for Materials!

Thank you to all who attended the 9th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum in Seattle, Washington on April 4-6, 2018, with a special appreciation for the contributions of our host affiliate, WithinReach, the Forum Planning Committee, and all affiliates sharing expertise.

We were honored to be joined for a keynote address by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness in Bayview Hunters Point San Francisco, pediatrician, pioneer in the field of medicine, and leader in the movement to transform how we respond to early childhood adversity and the resulting toxic stress that dramatically impacts our health and longevity.

During this the Forum in Seattle, WithinReach’s Chief Strategy Officer, Sharon Beaudoin, sat down with Dr. Paul Dworkin to discuss the Help Me Grow model and importance of its four key components and the work of Help Me Grow Washington. Access the podcast recording.  

10th Annual Help Me Grow Forum to be Held in Buffalo, NY
The National Center and Affiliate Network are already looking forward to next year’s 10th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum to be held in Buffalo, NY and sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Hosted by Help Me Grow Western New York, “Forum 2019 will provide 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, HMGWNY. “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!”

Access materials from the 2018 HMG National Forum

Access materials from the 2017 HMG National Forum


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