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April 22, 2016

Hi Friends,

As is the case with much of our networks engagement, you just have to be there to get the power of the vast diversity of community and professional leaders working together for a common good. That is what I had the privilege of experiencing when I attended the Developmental Wellness Conference last week! Tim Coughlin, Dr. John Meurer and Leah Jepson were the chief architects of a truly impactful learning community that covered an array of topics arising from our work on increasing developmental screenings for our babies. I’ve asked Tim to describe the conference as our guest for this week’s Hey It’s Danae.

Take it away Tim!

See you soon,

Danae


What a day we had last Thursday learning from peers about the exciting work being done to promote early childhood development! Over 100 participants from Brown, Dane, Fond Du Lac, Green Lakes, Outagamie, Sheboygan, and, of course, Milwaukee Counties came to UWM  Zilber School of Public Health to commit  to learning about implementing and expanding early childhood developmental promotion, prevention and intervention services. Looking back on the day, I am in awe of the great work being conducted throughout Wisconsin and the opportunity for linkages across sectors and communities.
These linkage opportunities became particularly apparent as we heard from the spectrum of service providers all working toward the common goal of ensuring children’s optimal development- whether services are conducted through preventive efforts for children who are in a “healthy trajectory,” support and consultation for children who are in an “at risk/concerning trajectory,” intervention services for children who are in a “delayed/disordered trajectory,”  and the overall opportunities for measuring, evaluating and integrating data to ensure consistency across communities.

Thanks to the MCW Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment for making this conference possible. A special thank you to Dr. Paul Dworkin from Help Me Grow for providing our inspiring keynote address and to all of our presenters for sharing their expertise on early childhood developmental initiatives and the many opportunities for collaboration and engagement when working with young children. For those of you interested in checking out the information that was shared throughout the day, all of the presentations can be found here. Looking forward to our continued effort here in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin to promote developmental screening, access to intervention services, and healthier lives for children and families.

Danae Davis  |  Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057 
www.milwaukeesucceeds.org


 

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