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Dr. Paul Dworkin travels to Los Angeles

As seen in The June 2017 Help Me Grow National Center E-note Dr. Paul Dworkin recently traveled to Los Angeles to meet with key stakeholders and constituents over a two day period to talk about First 5 LA and L.A. Care Health Plan’s work to develop the foundations of Help Me Grow LA, system model that works to promote cross-sector collaboration in order to build efficient and effective early childhood systems that mitigate the impact of adversity and support protective factors among fami...

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Nine Help Me Grow Affiliate States Receive MIECHV Innovation Grants

In November 2016 and January 2017, 14 states received through the from Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Nine of these states are HMGaffiliates: Colorado, Washington D.C., Iowa, Georgia, Washington, Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The awards will help the states develop, implement, and evaluate innovations that strengthen and improve the delivery of MIECHV-funded coordinated and comprehensive high-quality voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families....

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Building from Strong Roots

Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the celebrated mission of the NUL is to, “enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.” NUL experienced tremendous growth in the 1960’s when its executive director, civil rights leader Whitney Young Jr., championed racial integration and African-American economic empowerment.  Over decades, the target population of the NUL has broadened beyond its historical mission as it strives to promote economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living for all in historically-underserved urban communities and close the equity gap which exists for African Americans and other ethnic communities.  The NUL’s commitment to organizational diversity is exemplified by its current leaders, p...

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Mission and Synergy

Take a look at the top of our website. You’ll see that the Help Me Grow National Center has a new tagline:

Advancing Developmental Promotion, Early Detection & Linkage to Services

The new tagline is highlighted in the following commentary I wrote for a recent issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. The piece serves as a fitting validation for this new articulation of our mission at the National Center, as I explore the integral, interdependent relationship between developmental promotion, early detection, and intervention.

The commentary also highlights the important synergy Help Me Grow has with federal agencies that focus on providing s...

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Moving toward Cultural Competence

During a 2013 Help Me Grow National site visit to Minnesota, one of our newest affiliate states, I gave a presentation to a large audience in St. Paul. Following my talk, I invited questions and comments from the audience. Saciido Shaie, who identified herself as an immigrant from Somalia, spoke about her difficulties in finding culturally appropriate or acceptable community-based programs and services. Saciido shared the poignant example of how she, as a Muslim woman, can’t use public gyms, pools, or programs; nor can she use private recreation centers (e.g., the YMCA), because of the lack of gender-specific and culturally-sensitive facilities and programs. She asked, “How do we ensure that the resources offered by Help Me Grow to families are culturally appropriat...

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