Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

Out of an abundance of caution and best practices in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the 9th Annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference (GBGF) will be provided in a virtual format Tuesday & Wednesday, August 17-18, 2021.  The format will include a two-hour live session each day and additional recorded presentations will be released to view at the attendee's convenience.

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.  

Conference Goals: 
Connect programs, providers, and partners in early childhood and maternal, child and adolescent health (MCAH) systems ● Promote sustainability of MCAH and early childhood programming ● Provide quality professional development to the MCAH and early childhood workforce ● Enhance and promote strengths-based services for families ● Improve the social, emotional, mental, nutritional, economic, and cultural health of Montana’s families ● promote preventative and comprehensive care and programming

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

Registration will be FREE and open on July 1st. Please check back.  Due to the virtual format, registration fees have been waived.  In order to receive the conference & presentation recording links, all participants MUST REGISTER!  

Continuing Education:
Applications will be submitted for approval. Continue to watch the website for updates.

Virtual Showcase:
The 2021 GBGF conference continues to provide an excellent opportunity for exhibitors to virtually showcase the “latest and greatest” in the industry.  Check out our 2021 Virtual Exhibitor Showcase!

Call for Proposals

The conference committee invites all interested parties to submit a presentation proposal for the upcoming virtual conference.  Based on topic relevance and committee approval, all presentations will be recorded as "breakout" sessions. Click here for more information, or to submit a proposal.

Possible session tracks may include: 

“Family Wellness and Support” - ACEs; challenging behaviors; connecting families to resources; cultural competency and humility; engaging and supporting fathers; family engagement; infant/early childhood mental health; mental health and wellness; preventive healthcare; reproductive and sexual healthcare; safe sleep; screening in early childhood; substance use/abuse; transitions in the early childhood years and later; trauma-informed care; referral supports

“Healthy Children and Youth” - consent; contraceptive use; delaying sexual activity; emotional intelligence; healthy dating and friendships; human trafficking; LGBTQ+; physical activity; positive social-emotional skills and development; preventing bullying; screen time; STDs; resources for parenting youth (under 21 years old); Part C Early Intervention; resources for families, developmental screening, medical and dental home, resiliency, health equity

“Nutrition” - balanced nutrition and meals for young children; basic nutrition for lifecycle (pregnancy, post-partum/breastfeeding, infant and toddler); breastfeeding and inequity; childhood obesity; feeding children in group settings; food insecurity; Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) update; gut microbiome; hot topics in nutrition (i.e. fad diets vs. evidence-based nutrition guidelines); infant/toddler to school-age nutrition continuum; general nutrition feeding challenges (i.e. picky eating, division of responsibility); parenting styles and effect on nutrition intake in young children; the science of behavior change; Child and Adult Care Food Program and At-Risk Program during the pandemic

“Quality Improvement & Leadership” - customer service and efficiency in clinic flow; diversity, equity, and inclusion; effective communication; enhancing community relationships and referrals; leadership styles; presentations of projects; program collaboration & coordination; reflective practice and staff supervision

“Data to Action” - build and sustain internal data capacity; continuous quality improvement; data sharing standards; ethics and data; data visualization; needs assessment(s); health equity; implementation science (way of evaluating and assessing your model and fidelity/replication); population health needs assessment and surveillance; program and intervention evaluation; program performance measurement; topical overviews of specific subject areas, data review and use, provider family survey development 

Call for Exhibitors

The 2021 GBGF conference continues to provide an excellent opportunity for exhibitors to virtually showcase the “latest and greatest” in the industry.  The upcoming virtual exhibitor opportunity includes:

The Virtual Exhibitor Showcase

  • Virtual Showcase Placement on Conference Website (company logo & link, mission or bio statement, and contact information)
  • Opportunity to Promote New Products and Services
  • Showcase Promoted in Registrant Emails and Publications

All for the amazingly low fee of $100! Checks & most credit cards accepted. 

If you are interested in exhibiting on the website during this innovative event, please complete the Exhibitor Questionnaire no later than Friday, August 6, 2021.

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