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 related to this emerging area of community systems research and practice:

  • How are citizens and leaders in BC communities - local government, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, social service agencies, health and education - interacting to support children's healthy development?
  • To what extent are there coordinated and integrated efforts to achieve shared goals?

The Research – Dr. Brenda Poon, Assistant Professor, HELP

Brenda Poon will explore insights emerging from HELP's latest research on community systems and the similar and different ways that BC communities are working to promote the best possible start for young children and their families. 

The Practice - Joanne Schroeder, Max Bell Foundation Policy Fellow, and Panel

Joanne Schroeder will moderate a session that highlights specific examples of communities that have taken cross-organizational and sector action to foster systemic change.  The session will emphasize personal leadership, interdependent relationships, and patterns of interactions over time as key components of these efforts. 

This event is one of our most popular so be sure to register early.


Unable to join us in person? We are pleased to announce that the morning presentation will be available via webcast. Please register using the event registraiton form. A specific Webcasting registration section is included on page 3. 

We are encouraging those who are participating by webcast to host a Viewing Party. Please let us know if you are interested in hosting such a party. If you choose YES on the registration form, we will be in touch shortly with additional information and resources.

Waitlist Instructions for Afternoon Sessions

As usual the response to HELP’s Fall Expo has been amazing and we have reached capacity for our Afternoon Sessions. If you are interested in attending, please register using the event registration form. You will be placed on the waitlist and sent a waitlist confirmation.

Titles are included below and more information is available on the registration form.

WAITLIST Stream 1 - Small Conversations: “Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Core to System Leadership”
Facilitated by Joanne Schroeder and Dr. Brenda Poon
1:00-2:30 pm

WAITLIST Stream 2 - "Exploring the relationship between the CHEQ and EDI outcomes: Partnering to make meaning"
Facilitated by Drs. Alisa Almas, Lori Irwin and Barry Forer
1:00-3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required to attend the afternoon sessions. You will receive a separate confirmation email. Sessions will run parallel and attendees may only register for one of the two sessions.