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Jan
18
Thu
2018 North Carolina Public Health Leaders Conference @ Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC
Jan 18 – Jan 20 all-day

For 2018, the annual North Carolina State Health Director’s Conference is being rebranded as the annual North Carolina Public Health Leaders Conference.

The 2018 North Carolina Public Health Leaders Conference will focus on national and local efforts to position our state in a Public Health 3.0 model, which includes:

  • Public Health Leaders embracing the role of Chief Health Strategist in their communities
  • Deliberate collaboration across both health and non-health sectors
  • Building on local health improvement success with a focus on social and environmental determinants of health to achieve health equity
  • Timely, reliable, geographically granular, and actionable data
    • Innovative funding models to support PH 3.0, core infrastructure, community-level work, and determinants of health work

Scheduled Featured Speakers

 

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

John Auerbach, MBA

Executive Director & CEO, Trust for America’s Health

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Harris County Public Health, Harris County, Texas

President, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Addressing Health Equity and Reaching Vulnerable Populations

Maggie Sauer

Director, NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health

NC Medicaid Transformation and the Role of Public Health in a Medicaid Managed Care Environment

Staffs from NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Divisions of Medical Assistance and Health Benefits 

Scheduled Breakout Sessions

 

Public Speaking for Public Health

Environmental Health Equity

Data Visualization – How to Present Data

Spatial Analysis of Health Data from the State Center for Health Statistics

Advancing Biosafety Initiative with Local Health Departments

Community Health Assessment Workshop

Health Equity Impact Assessment for Public Health Organizations

Lessons Learned from Collective Impact Work in NC

Serving NC Public Health Agencies: the NC Institute for Public Health

Public Health Screening Meets Biotech Innovation: Advancing Early Detection and Prevention of Hereditary Cancers

The Pivotal Role of Mentorship in Developing Future Public Health Leaders in an Aging America

Contingency Leadership

Nontraditional Partners & Community Engagement

Effective Local Health Department and Federally Qualified Health Centers Partnerships

Public Health Services and Experiences

Public Health Policy: Understanding the Keys to Success

Change Management Skills for Public Health Leaders

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Special Programming for State and Local Public Health Staff with 0-5 years’ Experience

 

More information to come

Feb
5
Mon
Emerging Issues Forum: Kidonomics–Sesame Street in Communities @ Raleigh Convention Center
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Emerging Issues Forum–Kidonomics, Investing Early in Our Future

Details and registration here

Did you know that 50% of first graders did not meet reading proficiency standards at the end of the 2015-16 school year? Research shows us that reading proficiency by third grade is a key predictor of high school graduation, as well as college enrollment and completion. In a state where 67% of all jobs by 2020 will require post-secondary education and training, this isn’t just an early childhood education issue – it’s a workforce issue, an economic development issue and a finance issue.

For North Carolina’s successful economic future, we need the other half.

In February 2017, the Institute for Emerging Issues held a special “Focus Forum” where it examined the connections between early childhood investments, North Carolina’s economy, and the development of a well-trained workforce. Over the summer, IEI traveled across the state sharing and gathering insights around county “Crib to Career” pipeline data. This fall, we convened a special “Blue Ribbon Commission” comprised of local and state leaders from across the state to explore the financing of early childhood programs.

And, as IEI continues its work around this important statewide issue for the second year in a row, IEI excited to announce plans to expand its focus, taking a deeper dive with you during the 2018 Emerging Issues Forum, kidonomics: Investing Early in Our Future.

Join IEI and Dr. Jeanette Betancourt at the 2018 Emerging Issues Forum!

Special Presentation:

Sesame Street in Communities:
Fostering Children’s Well-being Through Nurturing Connection

Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) is a family engagement model and resource center that uses evidence-based strategies and materials to support young children’s overall well-being while also engaging the important adults in their lives. Based on current research on the impact of traumatic experiences on children’s development and the need to provide strategies to foster nurturing connections, SSIC provides educators and service providers with a wealth of free resources designed to engage families in everyday activities to help children become smarter, stronger, and kinder. Come discover ways that SSIC is implemented in communities through key partnerships and with professional development opportunities, all freely accessible and bilingual!

Attendees will learn:

  • Sesame Street in Communities as a family engagement model
    • How to access free, bilingual resources that address the needs of children from birth to five
    in early learning basics, health, resiliency, and challenging situations
    • The connection between traumatic experiences and the impact on children’s brain
    development and learning
    • Fostering children’s overall well-being and resiliency for lifelong learning by creating
    nurturing connections with the important adults in their lives
    • The key role partnerships play in the delivery of Sesame Street in Communities
Feb
9
Fri
“Resilience” Community Film Screenings @ Marbles Kids Museum
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and Marbles Kids Museum are partnering to present community screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a 60-minute documentary.

Tickets are free but required. Reserve tickets here.

About the Film
Directed by James Redford, this film is about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their impact on health, quality of life, economics and education, and building resilience to ACEs.

Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socio-economic levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

View this highly acclaimed film to learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County residents.

Screening Dates:
2nd Wed of the month 8:30-9:30 am through June
Feb 9, 2pm, 3:15 pm

Download this flier

“Resilience” Community Film Screening @ Marbles Kids Museum
Feb 9 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and Marbles Kids Museum are partnering to present community screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a 60-minute documentary.

Tickets are free but required. Reserve tickets here.

About the Film
Directed by James Redford, this film is about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their impact on health, quality of life, economics and education, and building resilience to ACEs.

Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socio-economic levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

View this highly acclaimed film to learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County residents.

Screening Dates:
2nd Wed of the month 8:30-9:30 am through June
Feb 9, 2pm, 3:15 pm

Download this flier

Feb
14
Wed
“Resilience” Community Film Screenings @ Marbles IMAX
Feb 14 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and Marbles Kids Museum are partnering to present community screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a 60-minute documentary.

Tickets are free but required. Reserve tickets here.

About the Film
Directed by James Redford, this film is about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their impact on health, quality of life, economics and education, and building resilience to ACEs.

Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socio-economic levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

View this highly acclaimed film to learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County residents.

Screening Dates:
Sept. 13
Oct. 11
Nov. 8
Dec. 13
Jan. 10
Feb. 14

Download this flier

 

 

Feb
15
Thu
North Carolina Child Hunger Leaders Conference @ UNC Chapel Hill Friday Center
Feb 15 all-day

2018 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference in Chapel Hill, hosted by No Kid Hungry NC is coming up on February 15, 2018. The conference is a time for collaborating, rewarding successes, and exploring how to create a brighter future for North Carolina’s children. It brings together a diverse group of state, community, and nonprofit leaders, educators, nutritionists, advocates, students, and others to share resources and solve common challenges.

Come ready for a day of motivation, important conversation, and connecting with others who are passionate about ending child hunger in North Carolina. Sign up here. 

Feb
20
Tue
Kaleidoscope Connections: Cultural Inclusion/Strong Relationships @ Chavis Community Center
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Host: Pam Hartley, Vice President of Play Initiatives, Marbles Kids Museum

Co-Host: Stay tuned for more information

For more information and to sign up, click here.

 

What is The Kaleidoscope Project?

The Kaleidoscope Project is a community initiative that generates attention to and action around the critically important role healthy places and people play in the social emotional development of children and families. Kaleidoscope works collaboratively to enhance the location and impact of places kids go to make them places kids grow.

Positive mental health influences children’s ability to learn, make sound decisions, and behave in positive and healthy ways. And children with high levels of social emotional well-being are able to form connections with other people, better regulate their emotions, and develop positive coping mechanisms and resilience in the face of adversity.

Young children’s social emotional development (ages 0 – 8) takes place within the caregiving environment around them, including both the social and physical environment.  When we pay attention to certain best practices, we can create spaces where children thrive. Many things work, both big and small. Do one thing; do many things; it all matters.

Mar
9
Fri
Community Resiliency Model Two-day Training
Mar 9 @ 8:30 am – Mar 10 @ 4:30 pm

Community Resiliency Model Basic Two-Day Training Flyer

Friday, March 9, 2018 – 8:30AM-5PM
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 8:30AM-4:30PM
Location: Raleigh venue TBD

Community Resiliency Model® Basic Two-Day Training

Mar
14
Wed
“Resilience” Community Film Screening @ Marbles Kids Museum
Mar 14 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and Marbles Kids Museum are partnering to present community screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a 60-minute documentary.

Tickets are free but required. Reserve tickets here.

About the Film
Directed by James Redford, this film is about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their impact on health, quality of life, economics and education, and building resilience to ACEs.

Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socio-economic levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

View this highly acclaimed film to learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County residents.

Screening Dates:
2nd Wed of the month 8:30-9:30 am through June
Feb 9, 2pm, 3:15 pm

Download this flier

Mar
20
Tue
Kaleidoscope Connections: Safety and Security/Strong Relationships @ SAFEchild
Mar 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Host: Jennifer Tisdale, Director of Project CATCH at The Salvation Army of Wake County

Co-Host: Cristin DeRonja, Executive Director, SAFEchild

 

For more information and to sign up, click here.

 

What is The Kaleidoscope Project?

The Kaleidoscope Project is a community initiative that generates attention to and action around the critically important role healthy places and people play in the social emotional development of children and families. Kaleidoscope works collaboratively to enhance the location and impact of places kids go to make them places kids grow.

Positive mental health influences children’s ability to learn, make sound decisions, and behave in positive and healthy ways. And children with high levels of social emotional well-being are able to form connections with other people, better regulate their emotions, and develop positive coping mechanisms and resilience in the face of adversity.

Young children’s social emotional development (ages 0 – 8) takes place within the caregiving environment around them, including both the social and physical environment.  When we pay attention to certain best practices, we can create spaces where children thrive. Many things work, both big and small. Do one thing; do many things; it all matters.

AHA Updates
NCIOM Introduces Interactive Health Data Map
January 15, 2018 [Monday]

Free Workshop: Smart Solutions for Schools
September 12, 2017 [Tuesday]

Bike/Ped Planning Project Grants
September 12, 2017 [Tuesday]

Community Walkability Workshop
August 7, 2017 [Monday]

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