Fall Expo 2018! “Something Big is Happening in BC for Families”: Understanding the larger social and economic influences on child development



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.

Children's early experiences - even before birth - have lasting effects on lifelong mental and physical health and wellbeing. And we know that child development outcomes reflect the quality of the multiple and interconnected contexts and environments in which they spend their time. HELP’s data continue to show that we have work to do to improve the contexts in which children are growing, learning and playing.

Join us on Wednesday, November 14th at UBC Robson Square as we explore the complexity of child development and the range of social and economic factors that influence it.

Dr. Martin Guhn and other members of the HELP Faculty and staff will explore gradients in health in relations to three of our research measures – TDI, CHEQ and EDI. In addition, we are excited to welcome a panel of experts who will share how both early adversity but also resilience can play a role in child development. Finally, we are very pleased to host Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity and Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, who will provide some reflection on national and international policy contexts for improving child outcomes across the whole population.

This is a free event. A complete schedule is included below. As this event is one of our most popular in the year, we encourage you to register now 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
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