Fall Expo 2018 Expert Panel Announced

It has been almost ten years since HELP’s Founding Director, Dr. Clyde Hertzman, noted that “something big is happening for BC families” and this remains true today. Please join us on Wednesday, November 14th at UBC Robson Square as we explore Clyde’s quote in relation to the complexity of child development and the range of social and economic factors that influence it.

In addition to keynotes by Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi we are pleased to announce Joan Gignac, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia and member of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee, Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer – Central Vancouver Island and Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population Health, UBC and Scott Graham, Associate Executive Director, Manager of Research, Planning & Consulting, SPARC BC, as our panel of experts for this year’s Expo. Together with Martin Guhn and Kim Schonert-Reichl, Joan, Paul and Scott will share how both early adversity and resilience can play a role in child development. Please see the full schedule below.

This free event is one of our most popular. We encourage you to register early to ensure your space. 

Can’t join us in person?
We are pleased to once again webcast this event. Please complete the registration form, noting your participation in the webcast. We will send you additional information and instructions for the webcast closer to November 14th. You can also follow the conversation on social media both during the lead up to the event and day of using #HELPExpo2018. We look forward to seeing you on November 14th.



9:00        Welcome

9:15        Setting the Stage - Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

9:30        What can we learn from HELP’s data and research to reflect on health and social gradients
Dr. Martin Guhn, Assistant Professor at the Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, UBC, and the National Research Lead of the Forum on Early Child Development Monitoring, which is supported by funding from the Lawson Foundation. He is also a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health. This presentation will draw on HELP’s substantive EDI data set but also bring new information from TDI and CHEQ pilot studies.

10:30     Coffee Break

10:45     Panel: What lies underneath the health gradients: how do both risk and resilience play out?

11:30     Thinking Big: A Policy Context for Improving Child Outcomes across the Whole Population
Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity and Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

12:00     Thank You and Closing