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.

The 9th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum will be in Seattle, Washington on April 4-6, 2018. This year, we are honored that Dr. Nadine Burke Harris will join us to present the keynote address. Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness in Bayview Hunters Point San Francisco and pioneer in the field of medicine, pediatrician Dr. Burke Harris is a 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. Watch Nadine’s TED Talk, How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime, which has been viewed more than 3 million times.


Last year, the HMG National Forum took place in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We were pleased to hear from our keynote speaker David Peter Stroh, founding Partner of Bridgeway Partners, a consulting firm dedicated to helping people reframe and resolve intractable problems. The agenda included two panel sessions focused on system building, with affiliate and national leader panelists, as well as exciting site visits hosted by the HMG-Minnesota affiliate. Over 275 affiliates and partners from 31 states attended.

Forum 2017 Materials are available to view and download!