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RIAIMH partners with various community and state agencies to offer an annual conference that builds on a specific topic of interest, presented by a nationally-known speaker. We use this opportunity to offer research-based information that serves to broaden our thinking and transform our practices. RIAIMH convenes a Conference Planning Committee (members are from the community, RIAIMH Board, and RIAIMH staff) to work together on the specifics of this event, including intended audience, IMH-related topic; and links to ongoing initiatives in the State.

2021 Annual Making Connections Conference

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 9:30-3:00p Virtual


This Conference "Racial Equity and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health in RI" will highlight a keynote address by Dr. Allen entitled, “Race, Racism, Civil Unrest: How Does This Impact the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health-Informed Workforce?”

The presentation and small-group work will guide us on a path of reflection, awareness, and learning toward collective action.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

The President and CEO for Center for Equity and Excellence, Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as an educational leader for over 30 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring ALL children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services as the Director of the Division of Early Learning and in Youth Corrections. In Early Learning, she oversaw the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines.

Dr. Allen's also serves as the President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE), which is the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. In this capacity she has worked with the United States Department of Education as well as 48 State Departments of Education, the United States Customs and Border Protection, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Police Officer Standard Training (POST) and numerous police departments, school districts and other organizations providing training on implicit bias, microaggressions, anti-racism and racial equity. IREE is contracted with the State of Colorado to monitor and license early childhood facilities using a model she created, “Culturally Responsive Community Based Licensing”.

Here are some thoughts from the participants who attended the Conference.

We love the participation and the enthusiasm!

"What other identity(ies) would you like to share that feel important in this space?"

"What are your personal goals toward supporting justice for all vulnerable families?"

"What would you like RIAIMH to do on our journey toward equitable justice for vulnerable families?"

"What do you think the System-Wide goals should be toward equitable justice for vulnerable families?"

RIAIMH members can see additional materials from past Annual conferences HERE. 

Registration and Cancellation:

Pre-registration is required. Cancellation requests emailed to the event manager prior to 11:59 pm 24 hours before, will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellation requests received on or after the day of, regardless of the cause for cancellation including failure to join meeting on the day of the training. If the training cannot be held due to circumstances beyond the hosts’ control (natural disaster, strike, fire, severe weather, illness of speaker, speaker cancellation, etc.) the seminar will be rescheduled, if possible, and the registration fee applied to that date. If rescheduling is not possible or registrant cannot attend the rescheduled date, reimbursement will be provided less any actual costs accrued.

Instructions for Zoom will be included in the confirmation email sent to all participants upon completion of registration.

For questions please contact Maryann Lynch, the RIAIMH Community Conversation Series Coordinator, program@riaimh.org

Continuing Education Credits:

Full attendance meets the qualifications for 4.0 hours of continuing education credit as required by the National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter-NASW units and the Northeast Multistate Division-Continuing Nurses Education-CNE units and the Center for Early Learning Professionals (CELP)-credit for Rhode Island's Early Childhood Workforce.

In order to receive CE Credits, participants must purchase CE units ($25) in addition to registration (CE unit price is NOT included in registration). Full attendance is required in order to receive CE units and no partial credit will be offered (participants must join meeting by 9:45 am at the latest). Failure to meet these requirements will prohibit RIAIMH from issuing CE certificates and no refund will be provided.

RIAIMH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

RIAIMH is a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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