Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

Out of an abundance of caution and best practices in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the 8th Annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference has moved online. Join maternal, child and adolescent professionals, advocates, support staff and providers in coming together for this innovative virtual conference to improve the health and well-being of Montanans by increasing the efficacy of maternal, early childhood and youth programs throughout our state. 


We are excited to offer the 2020 GBGF Conference in the following online format:

  • Monday, August 17 - Pre-conference Workshops and Stakeholder Meetings (WIC & MIECHV/Healthy Montana Families)
  • Tuesday, August 18 - GBGF Conference LIVE webinar via Zoom (9:00am-4:45pm, MST) featuring Keynote, Joel Weintraub, M.Ed., B.S. a “humorous educator” who has managed to merge the formerly disparate worlds of comedy and education. Additional speaker topics include Culture, Trauma, and Breastfeeding: How it is All Connected; From Judgement to Curiosity: Implicit Bias Awareness Skill Building; and Exhibiting Ethical Decision Making in Public Health and Administration.
  • Recorded “Breakout” Sessions - (topics include - Nutrition & Family Wellness & Support). These pre-recorded sessions will be posted on August 18 and made available for extended viewing throughout the entire month. 

Target Audience
The content is targeted toward Parent Educators ● Family Support Specialists ● Parent Liaisons ● Parent Advocates ● Home Visitors ● Public Health Nurses ● Registered Dietitians ● Early Childhood Providers and Educators ● Head Start Program Staff ● Social Workers and Professional Counselors ● WIC management, clinical and/or support staff ● Health Care Providers (MD, PA, NP, IBCLC, RN, LPN) ● Students ● Other service providers working with families, young children or women of reproductive age