The 2017 Annual Best Start Resource Centre Conference took place from Wednesday February 8th to Friday February 10th at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre. Over the course of the three days, over 600 delegates came together to discuss key issues in maternal and child health, including cannabis use in pregnancy, supporting early childhood development, physical activity and the early years, breastfeeding, prenatal education and the health of Indigenous children and families in Canada. Delegates, including public health nurses, midwives, doulas, physicians, staff from Ontario Early Year’s Centres, breastfeeding supporters, Ontario Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) staff, social workers and more, came from all across Canada to participate.
Explore the pages of this website to learn more about the topics presented at the conference.
Video is also available for some of this year’s keynote presentations and workshops.
K1 – Application of the Baby-Friendly Initiative in Canada and What's Next?
Linda Young, MScN, EdD, Director, Maternal Newborn Child Mental Health, Interprofessional Practice and Organizational Learning
K3 – Supporting Early Child Development: A Life-Course Perspective on Health, Wellness and Success
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Pediatrician and Medical Officer of Health, Eastern Ontario Health Unit
A5 – Helping Caregivers to Tune In to Their Child: Strengthening Relationships and Decreasing Conflict through Temperament Awareness
Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director, Phoenix Centre for Children and Families
B5 – The Adverse Childhood Experiences – What does it tell us? Now what?
Dr. Jean M. Clinton, BMus MD FRCP(C), Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
C4 – Improving Sleep for Children
Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, PhD Program, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto