Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

2018 Conference Picture Collage

Make sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming 7th Annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference to be held on August 13-14, 2019 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Helena Colonial, Montana.   Please click here for the printable 2019 Save the Date.

Join over 250 maternal, child and adolescent professionals, advocates, support staff and providers to improve the health and well-being of Montanans by increasing the efficacy of maternal, early childhood and youth programs throughout our state.  This year’s opening keynote is Kimberly Davis, internationally acclaimed speaker and author of Brave Leadership. More on Kimberly Davis at: What it means to be brave - TEDxSMUWomen

Registration opens June 1stClick here for more registration information. You'll want to be sure to register early for this exciting & informative conference.  Please follow the links for more information on Lodging at the Delta and/or Continuing Education credits.

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 

Call for Proposals

The conference committee at MT DPHHS invites communities and/or organizations to submit a presentation proposal for the seventh annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference.  Please Click Here to complete the online Call for Proposals survey.  The submission deadline is Friday May 10th.


“Family Wellness”
 -  trauma informed care; ACEs; Infant/early childhood mental health; meeting families where they are; Safe Sleep; connecting families to resources; family engagement

“Reproductive and Adolescent Health” - healthy dating and friendships in adolescents, delaying sexual activity, preventing bullying, consent, human trafficking, contraceptive use, STDs, resources for young parents, fatherhood engagement

“Nutrition/Breastfeeding” - hot topics in nutrition (i.e. fad diets vs. evidence based nutrition guidelines, gut microbiome, childhood obesity); basic nutrition for lifecycle (pregnancy, post-partum/breastfeeding, infant and toddler);  Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) update; feeding challenges (i.e. picky eating, division of responsibility)

“Quality Improvement & Leadership” - leadership styles; continuous quality improvement;  presentations of projects;  clinic efficiency;  reflective supervision;  implementation science (way of evaluating and assessing your model and fidelity/replication); customer service; program collaboration & coordination