2018 Best Start Resource Centre Annual Conference - Main Conference

Overview February 6 (Pre-Conference) | February 7-8 (Main Conference) | Speakers

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Opening Keynote


K1 – Preconception Health: Does it Matter?
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair, Perinatal Community Health; Women’s Health Research Chair, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital


Concurrent Sessions A (1-6)


A1 – Opioid Agonist Treatment during Pregnancy: Review of Methadone and Buprenorphine
Dr. Alice Ordean, Medical Director, Toronto Centre for Substance Use in Pregnancy (T-CUP), St. Joseph’s Health Centre; Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto


A2 – Pumps for Premies
Linda Young, MScN, EdD, Director, Maternal Newborn Child Mental Health, Interprofessional Practice and Organizational Learning


A3 – Informed decision-making & the importance of hormonal physiology of labour and birth
Ontario Public Health Association, Reproductive Health Work Group
Deanna Stirling, Public Health Nurse and Prenatal Educator, Middlesex-London Health Unit
Jeanell Vanbesien, Public Health Nurse, Healthy Families, Halton Region Health Department


A4 – It’s ALL About Language Skills: Preparing Preschoolers for Academic Success by Fostering Academic Talk
Anne van Kleeck, PhD, Professor & Callier Research Scholar, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas


A5 – Rethinking Young Fathers: Policy Recommendations and Practice Innovations
Lisa Primus, LMSW, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy


A6 – Keeping the Child and Family at the Centre of our Practice
Stephanie Moynagh, Maria Velasquez and Sherri Ernst, Macaulay Child Development Centre


Afternoon Keynotes


K2-A – FASD Strategy Update
Ministry of Children and Youth Services

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K2-B – Preventing Preterm Birth and Stillbirth Using a Family-focused Provincial Approach
Wendy Katherine, Co-Lead of the Alliance for the Prevention of Preterm Birth and Stillbirth


Concurrent Sessions B (1-5)


B1 – Traditional Breastfeeding Teachings and Science: Where Worlds Don’t Collide
Stephanie George, Oneida Nation, BA (Hons), Aboriginal Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Postpartum Depression Support Person

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B2 – Fathers' Mental Health: How to Engage, Screen and Support Expectant and New Fathers At-Risk or Suffering from Mental Illness
Andrew Howlett, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor and Psychiatrist, SJHC and SHS, University of Toronto


B3 – Dancing to the Drumbeat: Strength-Based Approaches to Program Planning and Working with Individuals in Indigenous Communities
Yvonne Wigboldus, RN, BScN, CCHN(C), CCCE, Community Health Nurse, Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children, Kettle and Stony Point Health Services


B4 – Supporting Gender Diverse Children and their Families
Hershel Russell, M.Ed, R.P, Private Practise, www.hersheltoronto.ca


B5 – A New Tool and Online Resources to Help Address Parent Concerns as Part of the Developmental Surveillance Initiative
John Cairney, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
Anthony J. Levinson, MD, FRCPC, MSc, Medical Psychiatrist, Hamilton Health Sciences; Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation, medportal and machealth; John R. Evans Chair in Health Sciences Educational Research and Instructional Development;Co-Lead, McMaster Optimal Aging Portal;Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University


Thursday, February 8, 2018


Morning Keynote


K3 – Beyond Information and Advice: How to Help Parents Nurture and Raise Their Children
Barry S. Zuckerman, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine


Concurrent Sessions C (1-5)


C1 – Young Indigenous Pregnancy and Parenting
Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle, Senior Research Associate, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


C2 – Using Strategies and Resources to Build Your Organization’s Capacity for Implementation of Baby-Friendly Best Practices
Linda Young, MScN, EdD, Director, Maternal Newborn Child Mental Health, Interprofessional Practice and Organizational Learning


C3 – What Does Community Social Pediatrics Do?

Lionelle Morin-Tanguay NP-PHC and Rachelle Lanteigne SW

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C4 – Working with Families and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Elizabeth Mitchell, Family Support Coordinator for Autism Ontario

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C5 –  Motivational Interviewing: The Why, What and How to Support Clients In Making Healthy Choices
Heather Fredin, B.A., D.A.T., B.Ed., M.Ed. Counselling Psychology, Registered Psychotherapist, the London Family Court Clinic


Closing Keynote


K4 – The Power of Partnerships to build a better world for women and children
Dr. Helen Scott, of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)