Author: Adrienne Toye
Join Dr. Eva Oberle, scientific lead for the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), and others from the MDI team, as they share highlights from the latest MDI data collection (2022-23 school year) from over 47,000 children in grades 4 through 8 in BC.
The Human Early Learning Partnership is delighted to announce the launch of our Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) Data Dashboard — a new tool for exploring MDI data from participating BC school districts and independent schools over the past five years.
Dr. Voss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is primarily based at the UBC Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management on the UBC Okanagan (UBCO) campus in Kelowna. She is also an Investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and an Affiliate Investigator with Interior Health.
In an effort to address concerns about rising EDI vulnerability rates in the region, the Building Connections for Valley Families initiative was launched in 2019 to collectively inform and engage with communities with the goal of enhancing early years supports and services for children (conception to age 8), their families, and the Comox Valley.
This month, we sat down with Kinwa Bluesky (Senior Manager, Indigenous Initiatives) to learn more about her journey to HELP, her current research as a PhD candidate with the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law, as well as her hopes for Indigenous families and children, both in BC and beyond.
Dr. Catherine is Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and she also holds the Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Child Health Equity and Policy. Her research focuses on the early prevention of child health inequities and on ensuring inclusion of underserved children — in both research and policy-making.
Hebah Hussaina is an MSc student in UBC’s Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences Program, supervised by HELP Director, Dr. Mariana Brussoni, and on June 20, she will host Science Worlds’s event, An Evening with Bill Nye, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.
The Kootenay-Columbia region used Toddler Development Instrument (TDI) data collected during its pilot year to support their cross-cultural collaborative work, which resulted in the introduction of Parenting Cafés.
For the past 20 years, Revelstoke has used Monitoring System data collected across all five tools to inform their community-based work of strengthening child development and well-being in the region. In response to trends in the data, Revelstoke has taken a whole-of-community approach, focused on connectedness and equity.