2017 Best Start Resource Centre Annual Conference - Pre-Conference Sessions

 

Overview | February 8 (Pre-Conference) | February 9-10 (Main Conference) | Speakers

PC1 – Approaches for Engaging and Empowering Indigenous Women Through Pregnancy and Parenting (5.5 R-CERPs, 5.5 CAPPA Contact Hours)


Sheila Marcinyshyn, Health Programs Lead, FASD Outreach & Child Development Worker, Anishnawbe Mushkiki
Sherry Pelletier, RN, Beendige

This workshop covered effective approaches when working with Indigenous women who are pregnant and parenting children. It addressed historical experiences and complex socio-economic factors that may impact women who are pregnant and parenting. Participants learned how to engage and support Indigenous women who may be struggling with addictions, involved with child protection or who have experienced abuse. The importance of harm reduction, advocacy, barriers women face, and program outreach were discussed.

PC2 – Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC): What Makes High Quality Home Visiting?


Dr. Jon Korfmacher, Associate Professor, Erikson Institute

Ontario’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program’s purpose is to help children get a healthy start in life. Service outcomes are dependent on the quality of the home visiting program provided. This session reviewed factors that contribute to high quality home visiting. Participants had the opportunity to reflect on their own practice/program as well as the chance to share opportunities and challenges to improving the quality of home visits.

  • Participants learned about key evidence-based factors that contribute to high quality home visiting including communication strategies of home visitors, supervision and home visitor support, program curricula, leadership qualities, connection to the local community, and program monitoring infrastructure.
  • Participants identified key factors that contribute to quality in their own home visiting programs.
  • Participants shared local best practices related to quality service provision in the home visiting context.
  • Participants explored opportunities and challenges in applying best practices, such as use of observation strategies to improve home visitor effectiveness, development of feasible monitoring and evaluation processes, paying attention to cultural and community factors, and increasing staff buy-in of quality improvement efforts.

PC3 – Preconception Health (6.5 CAPPA Contact Hours)


Dr. Nancy Poole, Director, BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; Prevention Lead, CanFASD Research Network
Lyn Lacey, RN, BScN, Public Health Nurse, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Cynthia Montanaro, RN, BScN, Public Health Nurse, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Melissa Potwarka, Interim Manager, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Erica Zarins, RN, BScN, CHNC(c) and Jennifer Eastman, RN, BScN, Public Health Nurses, Reproductive Health Team, Middlesex-London Health Unit
Erica Phipps, Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment / Centre for Environmental Health Equity, Queen’s University

Presentations and Handouts:

Many healthy behaviours prior to pregnancy can help improve maternal and child outcomes. In many cases, however, it is difficult to reach young adults and those not planning a pregnancy before they become pregnant. This one-day workshop showcased practical and evidence-based initiatives related to preconception. Innovative programs and recent research were featured. The day also provided opportunities for networking with other service providers working in the field of preconception health.

PC4 – L’importance du jeu amorcé par l’enfant!

Pierre Harrison, M.Sc, B.Ed, OCT/EAO, PLAYLearnThink

Les recherches axées sur le développement des enfants nous indiquent que le jeu est essentiel à la santé physique et au bien-être émotionnel de l’enfant. Le jeu est si crucial au développement sain des enfants que les Nations Unies l’ont déclaré un droit fondamental de l’enfant! Jouer fait partie du comportement naturel d’un enfant – c’est en jouant qu’il explore son milieu et qu’il arrive à comprendre le monde qui l’entoure. Grâce au jeu, les enfants éprouvent une admiration envers le monde qui les entoure et la joie de la liberté du jeu. Ces émotions leur permettent d’établir des liens solides avec le monde naturel, d’acquérir une vision positive d’eux-mêmes dans ce monde et de cultiver leur confiance en soi.

Dans cet atelier, nous avons exploré divers aspects du jeu libre et spontané de l’enfant. Les participants avaient beaucoup de temps pour jouer avec une multitude de pièces détachées. Ceci leur a permis de plonger dans ce monde d’apprentissage par le jeu qui est à la base du développement sain de l’enfant.

Objectifs d’apprentissage:

  • Les participants ont approfondi leur compréhension du jeu non-structuré et son rôle dans le développement sain de l’enfant.
  • Les participants ont acquis des connaissances qui leur permettront d’améliorer leur aire de jeu intérieure et extérieure dans le but d’appuyer le jeu amorcé par l’enfant.

Les participants ont appris le besoin de documenter leurs observations d’enfant en situation de jeu dans le but d’appuyer le développement de l’enfant et de co-construire le milieu d’apprentissage avec l’enfant.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Réseautage en français

This networking event provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and resources in French.