Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

The 9th Annual Great Beginnings Great Families Conference on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. 

Conference Format:
In order to best meet the needs of all participants, we’ll be offering a hybrid conference with the option of attending in-person at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel or by Zoom.  In addition to the live conference, there will be recorded breakout sessions for individual or group viewings. 

Conference Purpose:
Join maternal, child and adolescent professionals, advocates, support staff, and providers for this innovative hybrid conference developed to improve the health and well-being of Montanans by increasing the efficacy of maternal, early childhood and youth programs throughout our state.  
During this year’s interactive-hybrid conference, we’ll hear from distinguished keynotes:

Dr. Joshua Sparrow, M.D., DFAACAP, Executive Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Associate Clinical Professor at Boston Children's Hospital will present (virtually) "Partnering with Families and Honoring Cultures for Children’s Flourishing"

Jim Warne, M.S., Community Engagement Director, University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities Oyáte Circle, Sanford School of Medicine speaking on “Representing Seven Generations - The Impact of Unresolved Trauma on American Indian Health Equity".

Chantel Schieffer, President & CEO, Leadership Montana will present and discuss “Leading with Courage”. 

View Full Agenda, Speaker Bios, and Breakout Sessions

Target Audience: 
Parent Educators, Liaisons, and Advocates ● Family Support Specialists ● 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

In-Person Lodging:
We have a block of rooms reserved at the Helena Great Northern Hotel. Reservations must be made directly by the registrant. This may be done by calling (406) 457-5500. Registrants are eligible for special group rates beginning at $160 a night plus tax (Double Queens) to $175 a night plus tax (King). Rooms at this rate will be held until the block is full or Monday, July 9, 2022, whichever comes first. *When calling, please refer to the “DPHHS Great Beginnings, Great Families” to receive the discounted rate.   CONFERENCE PARKING OPTIONS - PRINTABLE

We've also secured an additional block of state-rate rooms ($103+tax) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown (1 mile from the Great Northern).  Rooms at this rate will be held until Monday, July 18th, or until full.  Call (406) 443-2200 to book a room and refer to the “DPHHS Great Beginnings, Great Families” to receive the discounted rate. 

Continuing Education:
The 2022 Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference will apply for continuing education for the August 10th live conference day ONLY (the recorded breakouts will not have CEs). Once the applications have been received and approved, the final CE category hours will be posted on the Continuing Education page.

Special "THANKS" to our Exhibitors who support the GBGF!  Please visit our Virtual Showcase page for the latest & greatest in the industry!  We look forward to seeing them at the 2022 Conference! If you'd like to sign your organization up, please scroll down and complete the online survey.


Online registration is now closed.  Walk-ins and payments will be accepted at the conference.  Please email the conference coordinator, Michelle Eckert with any questions. The cost to attend the conference (virtual or in-person) is $80.

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