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BCCHR Healthy Starts Seminar – January 19, 2018

The Kobor Lab invites you to participate in the January 19th BCCHR Healthy Starts Seminar featuring Dr. David Rehkopf. A close collaborator with the Kobor Lab, Dr. Rehkopf, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of General Medical Disciplines, Stanford University will present “Examining Gene-Environment Interaction in Studies of Social Policy: The Effects of US New Deal Employment Policy on Height”. Please RSVP. 

Friday, January 19th, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Room BCCHR 3113


Early Years Conference 2018 and HELP Pre-Conference

In its third decade, the Early Years Conference continues to lead the field of professional development in early childhood development. This year's event, Strengthening Resilience in Today’s World - Leading with Kindness and Understanding, will explore the complex factors impacting children’s development, recognizing the essential aspect of nurturing relationships within families and in our professional roles as the cornerstone of strengthening children’s resilience. The conference will highlight many of the considerations and practices in work with young children and their families, particularly as we adapt to our rapidly changing society.

HELP is pleased to, once again, host a pre-conference as part of the Early Years Conference program. Entitled Supporting Compassion and Kindness in Children, our pre-conference offers an opportunity to explore aspects of social and emotional development across the early years and learn more about the science behind compassion and kindness. We are pleased to welcome Robert Roeser, PhD, Professor, Caring and Compassion and Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Roeser will explore the roots of compassion in the early years and how compassion emerges as children develop. Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl will respond with observations about the ways ...

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November HELP Reads now online!

The November edition of HELP Reads is now online. HELP’s Human Development Research Review - also known as HELP Reads - aims to expand awareness of topics in human development, particularly social epigenetics, social determinants of health, socio-emotional learning, Aboriginal children and youth, and family policy. HELP Reads connects health academics, advocates, and professionals with online and publicly available research, news, and information. This review focuses on listing articles relevant to human development research activities at HELP.

Highlights this month include Social and emotional learning: recent and practical strategies for promoting children’s social and emotional competence in schools by Dr. Eva Oberle, Assistant Professor, HELP, and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director, HELP. As well, we are pleased to share Engaging Indigenous families in a community-based Indigenous early childhood programme in British Columbia, Canada: A cultural safety perspective, by Dr. Alison Gerlach, HELP Honorary Research Associate, and so much more.

Our Library pages provide a wealth of information related to HELP's research as well as key child development research. Visit them today and often.


Register today for the December MDI Trainer Network webinar

The MDI Trainer Network December webinar: Using the MDI to help build a common language of well-being in schools
Q&A with HELP Director Kim Schonert-Reichl and Revelstoke Superintendent Mike Hooker
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 
3:30 -4:30pm PST

Although MDI data collection occurs only once annually, the conversations it sparks can and should take place year-round.
We’ve invited MDI Champion Mike Hooker to join us and share how his district is working to transform the MDI from a singular event into regular practice. Mike and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl will also explore the opportunities to engage with classroom teachers and students around the data, and detail their tips for communicating that the MDI has concrete, applied impacts beyond its value as a research tool.

Register today! We’ve also set aside lots of time for questions — please submit yours when you register for the event.

 


Fall Expo Presentation Slides and More

On behalf of everyone at HELP, thank you for participating in our 2017 Fall Expo. This event continues to get better and better in part because of your participation and contribution. We hope you found it as informative and inspiring as we did.

The morning presentations were recorded and have been posted to HELP’s YouTube channel:

Part 1: The Research - Introductions and Community Systems with Brenda Poon
Part 2: The Practice with Joanne Schroeder and Panelists

As well, the morning slide presentation is available here (PDF). Please note that Brenda Poon's presentation has been trimmed slightly as the social network visualization information requires additional contextualization and interpretation. Brenda is happy answer any questions you may have. 

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out our event evaluation form. The data gathered from these evaluations helps to us plan future events, including HELP Talks and Expos. The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.


HELP Talks: The Impact of Early Experiences on Development: Insights from Children in Adoptive and Foster Families in BC and Abroad

The November HELP Talks will take place Wednesday, November 22nd 2017. Please join us as we focus on children who experience challenges during the early years, in part due to their unstable or atypical child-rearing context. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lucy Le Mare, Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, and Director, Centre for Research on Early Child and Health Education, who will discuss findings from her longitudinal work with Romanian children adopted in to Canadian families. Our own Dr. Alisa Almas will discuss findings from her work with Romanian children and their experiences in and out of various types of care, including institutional and foster care. We also welcome Nicki Elischer, a Family Support Counsellor, who will discuss her family preservation work in Vancouver to support families in distress. A detailed agenda is included below. Please RSVP to earlylearning@ubc.ca.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hertzman Boardroom, HELP Office, SPPH
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 

AGENDA
9:30 – 9:45 am: Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Alisa Almas, Faculty Research Associate, HELP

9:45 – 10:30 am: The Romanian Adoption Project: Risk and Resilience
Dr. Lucy Le Mare, Professor, Faculty ...

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HELP is Hiring! CHEQ/EDI Implementation Lead (Leave Replacement)

HELP is seeking a CHEQ/EDI Implementation Lead (Leave Replacement) - Posting #28188 -  to coordinate key project deliverables of the Early Child Development Program of Research in specific relation to the Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (CHEQ) and the Early Development Instrument (EDI). The incumbent will coordinate tasks related to implementation of the CHEQ and the EDI, which are standardized child development research tools; as well as being responsible for the coordinating effective implementation across the entire province. For further information, please go to the UBC Job Careers page.  


October HELP Reads now online!

The October edition of HELP Reads is now online. HELP’s Human Development Research Review - also known as HELP Reads - aims to expand awareness of topics in human development, particularly social epigenetics, social determinants of health, socio-emotional learning, Aboriginal children and youth, and family policy. HELP Reads connects health academics, advocates, and professionals with online and publicly available research, news, and information. This review focuses on listing articles relevant to human development research activities at HELP.

Highlights this month include Navigating structural violence with Indigenous families: the contested terrain of early childhood intervention and the childhood welfare system in Canada by Diana Elliott, AIDP Provincial Advisor and HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee member, with lead author Dr. Alison Gerlach, HELP Honorary Research Associate, and co-authors: Drs. Annette J Browne and Vandna Sinha, 2017, and The Ages and Stages questionnaire: latent factor structure and growth of latent mean scores over time, by HELP Postdoctoral Student Oliver Olvera Astivia,with HELP colleagues, Dr. Barry Forer and Dr. Martin Guhn.

Our Library pages provide a wealth of information related to HELP's research as well as key child development research. Visit our Library and Resources page to learn more. 


Subscales Webinar now online!

Getting started with your Community Subscales Data, the October 11th webinar is now online. Hosted by HELP Research Associate, Dr. Barry Forer, and including insights from Emilia Walton, HELP’s Graphic & Information Design Lead and who had a key role in the development of the Subscales reports, and Susan Foster, Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Community Development Co-ordinator, Ministry of Children and Family Development, this recording offers a an opportunity to build your understanding of EDI subscales: what they measure, how they relate to EDI scales and contribute to vulnerability rates, and how to make useful comparisons. View it here.


EDI Subscales Community Profiles

In late September we released EDI Subscales Community Profiles. These reports explore EDI subscale-level data aggregated for each of BC’s school districts and their associated neighbourhoods for Waves 2 through 6. These reports have been carefully developed in response to many conversations with, and requests from, HELP’s partners and collaborators across the province.

Subscale data provide a deeper insight into EDI scale level information. While EDI scales allow us to assess trends and patterns in children’s vulnerability rates in each developmental domain, subscale data allow us to refine our understanding of these outcomes by providing information on more specific areas of development and how these are contributing to vulnerability on each of the EDI scales - district by district and neighbourhood by neighbourhood, and over time.

It is easy to think that working with more fine-grained data will answer the many questions we continue to ask ourselves about how to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families. These data help us to understand more specific aspects of children’s development, but when we think about interventions we need to remember that all aspects of development are interconnected: our actions need to reflect the whole ...

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EDI Subscales Reports are online!

We pleased to share that EDI Subscales Community Profiles for all BC school districts are now online. Subscales Community Profiles explore and synthesize EDI subscale-level data aggregated for a district and its associated neighbourhoods. While scale-level data allow us to assess trends and patterns in children’s vulnerability rates, subscale data allow us to refine our understanding of these population-level outcomes by providing information on the specific areas of development that are contributing to scale-level vulnerability.

EDI subscale data are complex – and different from EDI vulnerability rates. These data may raise new questions, insights and considerations about childhood development and vulnerability in your region or community.  Please join us on October 11th (3:30-4:30pm) for 'Getting started with your Community Subscales Data,’ a webinar hosted by HELP Research Associate, Dr. Barry Forer, and the HELP team. This is an opportunity to build your understanding of EDI subscales: what they measure, how they relate to EDI scales and contribute to vulnerability rates, and how to make useful comparisons. Participants will also explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data, with recommendations for incorporating subscale data into community discussions. Register Today!


EDI Subscales Webinar

In September 2017, HELP will be releasing new EDI subscale reports for all BC school districts. EDI subscale data are complex – and different from EDI vulnerability rates. These data may raise new questions, insights and considerations about childhood development and vulnerability in your region or community. To help address emerging questions we will be creating ongoing opportunities, both in person and online, to provide guidance and support for interpreting district and neighbourhood subscale data.

In the fall we’re supporting the launch of the reports with a public webinar, 'Getting started with your Community Subscales Data’, on October 11 from 3:30-4:30pm, hosted by HELP Research Associate, Dr. Barry Forer, and the HELP team. This is an opportunity to build your understanding of EDI subscales: what they measure, how they relate to EDI scales and contribute to vulnerability rates, how to make useful comparisons. Participants will also explore approaches to interpreting and comparing local and regional subscale data, with recommendations for incorporating subscale data into community discussions.

We encourage participation from those who work EDI data in BC and who are planning to use subscale data to deepen their understanding and expand dialogue on early childhood vulnerability in communities ...


Register Today! Fall Expo 2017: Building Connected Communities in B.C.

Registration is now open for Fall Expo 2017. 

Please join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at UBC Robson Square. Our annual Fall Research Expo is an opportunity for HELP faculty and staff, friends, partners and collaborators from across the province to connect, network and explore new research and practice in children’s health.

This year’s theme, ‘Building Connected Communities,’ will focus on innovative research and interactive practices that draw on systems-level approaches to promote equity in children’s health outcomes within the context of BC.

We have more than fifteen years of EDI data that indicate persistent differences in young children's development across BC communities, which can have lifelong impacts on their health and well-being. What factors contribute to these vastly different circumstances and environments in which children grow and develop? We know there are a mix of biological and social factors, important individual child, and family factors, and diverse service/program interventions that contribute to differences in children's health and development. Yet, at this juncture we know relatively little about the types of actions and contexts at a community-level that could also be making a difference.

This year’s Expo will explore issues and questions ...

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HELP Talks Sustaining and Evaluating Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: The New Frontier with Mark T. Greenberg

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce our next HELP Talks will take place on Wednesday, September 13th (9:30am-12:00pm) in the Michael Smith Laboratories Theatre (Room 102). Please join us as we welcome Dr. Mark T. Greenberg and a panel of distinguished guests for a morning of presentations focused on Sustaining and Evaluating Social and Emotional Learning Interventions. 

A detailed agenda is included below. Please RSVP to earlylearning@ubc.ca if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Michael Smith Laboratories Theatre (Room 102)
2185 East Mall
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 

AGENDA

9:30 – 10:00 am: Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director, HELP

10:00 – 10:45 am: The Future of Children: Presentation and Panel Response
Dr. Mark T Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State.
Panel Discussion and Response

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 11:45 am: Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: Concepts and Methodologies
Dr. Mark T Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State.

11:45 – 12:00 pm ...

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Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood

Earlier this year HELP launched Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood, an online tool that supports schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). 

The Field Guide features shareable resources for key MDI concepts and research related to healthy middle childhood development, tools and tips for presenting your MDI data, and recommendations for using the MDI to initiate conversations and change in your schools and communities. It’s aimed at a diverse set of users: those new to the MDI and those who want to deepen their work with their MDI data. It is a collaborative space where users can ask questions, submit their ideas, and share their stories with others who are using MDI data and concepts in their work in BC and across Canada.

Collaboration is a key theme for Discover MDI. This fall, in an effort to foster and deepen collaboration, we are formalizing opportunities for MDI participants to share experiences and learnings and engage in in depth learning on topics from social and emotional learning to working with kids and MDI data in the classroom. This is an exciting initiative and we look forward ...

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