Inaugural Summit on Poverty

Thank you for joining us on March 9 for Cradles to Crayons’® Inaugural Summit on Poverty

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Resources:

Session Materials:

Amy Brinn, Senior Trainer and Facilitator at Parenting Journey: The Importance of Promoting Resiliency: A step by step guide for the social worker

Hope Worden Kenefick, MSW, PhD, owner of HWK Consulting LLC and Dawn Baxter, MBA in Non-Profit Management, Independent Consultant : Program Evaluation for NonProfits: The basics

James Boyle, Director of Training and Linda Medina, DTA Training Specialist, Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA): An Introduction and Best Practices Workshop

Lisa DeAngelis, Director for the Center of Collaborative Leadership at UMASS Boston: Building Collaborations Begins with Shared Interest

Mark Winne, Author, Speaker, and Consultant on Food Systems and Food Insecurity: Hunger and Inequality: Understanding the problem will help us find the answer and Food Systems and Food Councils: Building a bigger tent for change

Joanne Goldblum, M.S.W., Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network and Susan Van Ness, Director of Programs, National Diaper Bank Network: Basic Needs Informed Care: The myth of self-sufficiency

 

 

Schedule from the March 9 event:
8am: Registration, Breakfast, Networking, and Exhibitors
8:30am: Welcome and Kickoff: Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine; Executive Director, Vital Village Community Engagement Network; Pediatrician, Boston Medical Center
9:15am: Workshops—Session 1

Amy Brinn, Senior Trainer and Facilitator at Parenting Journey: The Importance of Promoting Resiliancy: A step by step guide for the social worker
This is a hands on, experiential workshop that will explore the specific traits and approaches that build resilience in children, as well as strategies for building and strengthening those traits. This workshop will be relevant for participants in their work, as well as for themselves and their own children.

Arani Kajenthira Grindle, Senior Consultant FSG, Inc.: Collaborating for Social Change: The how and why of collective impact
We all recognize that the burdens of poverty and inequality in our community are only increasing. Yet building productive partnerships, particularly among organizations and individuals from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, can be incredibly challenging. The collective impact model offers a structured approach to multi-sector collaboration that unites stakeholders with different perspectives around a shared vision and common goals.

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless: Holistic Team-based Care: Best practices for working with homeless families
Families are the fastest growing subpopulation of those experiencing homelessness, accounting for more than one-third of the total homeless population in the United States. This workshop will explore some of the unique burdens of homelessness on families and provide participants with best practice approaches for partnering with families to improve health and well-being. Boston Health Care for the Homeless providers deliver medical, behavioral health, family partner, and case management services. This workshop (presentation, mini case studies, and facilitated discussion) will share practical tools and inspiration that support this strengths-based, trauma-informed, and family-centered service model.

James Boyle, Director of Training and Linda Medina, DTA Training Specialist, Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA): An Introduction and Best Practices Workshop
This workshop presentation will give an overview of who we are and the benefits that are available through DTA. The presentation will include a description of our programs and eligibility factors that govern those programs. DTA offers benefits for: Food Assistance, Job Assistance, and Cash Assistance. We will also provide information on who may qualify for assistance under our different programs, what type of information is needed to complete the application process and how to access and apply for the benefits that are available.

10:30am: Workshops—Session 2

Al Race, Chief Knowledge Officer and Deputy Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University: The Brain Architecture Game: A look at toxic stress and the impact on early childhood development
The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society. Players leave with an understanding that the architecture of the brain is built starting in the earliest years of life, and that experiences shape the structure for better or worse. A facilitated discussion concludes the game and establishes a strong, shared frame for productive conversations on a range of early childhood issues, policies, and programs. The shared concepts and vocabulary help people focus on shared, civic responsibility for creating the environments in which young children develop.

Joanne Goldblum, M.S.W., Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network and Susan Van Ness, Director of Programs, National Diaper Bank Network: Basic Needs Informed Care: The myth of self-sufficiency
This interactive workshop will offer a brief introduction to collective impact and its five conditions, describe the necessary mindset shifts for successful collaboration, and offer concrete examples from community-led coalitions working to improve early childhood education and community health. Workshop participants will have ample opportunity to reflect, ask questions, and also learn from each other as we work together and discuss constructive and inclusive ways to build trust and create joint ownership and accountability among community members to foster more sustainable social change.

Mark Winne, Author, Speaker, and Consultant on Food Systems and Food Insecurity: Hunger and Inequality: Understanding the problem will help us find the answer
There is a long and convoluted history of initiatives designed to address food insecurity, obesity and food access in the U.S. Too many of them have only limited success. This is because they have not examined the role of poverty, social and economic environments as causes. This workshop will take a hard look at this history as well as the most commonly used methods to address these issues. From a local and community perspective we will use an interactive discussion to consider how a collective impact model — one that leverages all the resources of a community — can be used to understand the problem and find the right answer.

Hope Worden Kenefick, MSW, PhD, owner of HWK Consulting LLC and Dawn Baxter, MBA in Non-Profit Management, Independent Consultant : Program Evaluation for NonProfits: The basics
This session is intended for those who are interested in (or perhaps intimidated by) program evaluation. We will describe the importance and benefits of program evaluation and the reluctance of some nonprofits to engage in it, as well as the different types of evaluation and data collection methods, and how to create SMART objectives and use a logic model to aid in program planning.

Lisa DeAngelis, Director for the Center of Collaborative Leadership at UMASS Boston: Building Collaborations Begins with Shared Interest
Brief introduction to the work of the center and the importance of building purposeful relationships to address issues. Exercise: In pairs, each person will share information about themselves and then identify at least one way that they might leverage the interests of their partner. This process will be repeated and each participant will then document their action plan. Finally, collectively we will debrief the session.

12pm: Lunch, Phyllis Yale Impact Award, and Keynote Speaker: Marylou Sudders, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Former CEO, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
1:15pm: Workshops—Session 3

Joanne Goldblum, M.S.W., Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network and Susan Van Ness, Director of Programs, National Diaper Bank Network: Basic Needs Informed Care: The myth of self-sufficiency
This interactive workshop will offer a brief introduction to collective impact and its five conditions, describe the necessary mindset shifts for successful collaboration, and offer concrete examples from community-led coalitions working to improve early childhood education and community health. Workshop participants will have ample opportunity to reflect, ask questions, and also learn from each other as we work together and discuss constructive and inclusive ways to build trust and create joint ownership and accountability among community members to foster more sustainable social change.

Arani Kajenthira Grindle, Sr. Consultant FSG, Inc.: Collaborating for Social Change: The how and why of collective impact
We all recognize that the burdens of poverty and inequality in our community are only increasing. Yet building productive partnerships, particularly among organizations and individuals from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, can be incredibly challenging. The collective impact model offers a structured approach to multi-sector collaboration that unites stakeholders with different perspectives around a shared vision and common goals.

Mark Winne, Author, Speaker, and Consultant on Food Systems and Food Insecurity: Food Systems and Food Councils: Building a bigger tent for change
There are now over 200 food policy councils across the U.S. including locations in Massachusetts. These and other forms of food system collaboration are bringing together numerous stakeholders to plan and implement programs and policies that will ensure access that will ensure access to healthy and affordable food for all. This workshop will take a closer look at how these councils are developed, managed and what they have achieved. Additionally, public policies that promote access to healthy food will also be examined.

2:30pm: Closing Remarks and Call to Action