Annually, in October RIAIMH holds a "Celebrating Babies Event" that coincides with the Alliance's Celebrating Babies Week.
Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health and IMH Associations around the world who are part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health to celebrate babies and the professionals who work to promote health, mental health, and wellness. We honor all of our members for the incredible work you do to support pregnant women, infants, young children, and their families.
RIAIMH’s Celebrating Babies event is an opportunity to celebrate our connections and to learn about ways we can be BIG VOICES for babies.
The work you do is so important….because babies can’t wait
2020 Annual Meeting Celebrating Babies
October 19, 2020 10:45 to 12:00pm
(immediately following Community Conversation Series 2020-5)
This virtual event is FREE to all. Please join us.
Susan Dickstein, PhD, IMH-E® Clinical, RIAIMH Executive Director and Board President, We celebrate RIAIMH's accomplishments, our connections and our role as advocates. We learn how we can be BIG VOICES for babies.
Program & Discussion: 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Leanne Barrett, IMH-E® Policy, Senior Policy Analyst RI Kids Count and Kaitlyn Orona, RI Kids Count, will focus this year's Annual Advocacy session on Rhode Island's racial and ethnic disparities, provide an update on the new RIght from the Start Campaign, and share what we are anticipating for 2021.
Leanne Barrett is a Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and works to improve early childhood policy statewide (Birth – Age 8). She is the coordinator of the Rhode Island Early Learning Council and a state leader in the early learning field. Leanne spearheaded the development of BrightStars, the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, managed the state’s Pre-K exploration and design process, and was the director for the state’s first evidence-based home visiting grant. She was the architect for the state legislation establishing tiered quality rates for child care and the Rhode Island Family Home Visiting Act. She has been a strong advocate to establish Rhode Island’s paid family leave program and earned sick leave policies. Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Leanne was Vice President at United Way of Rhode Island and Program Manager at Work/Family Directions. She has a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Brown University and a master’s degree in child and family policy from Tufts University. Leanne is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Policy Mentor (Level IV)
Kaitlyn Orona is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, research, and project management in areas related to health. She coordinates the First 1,000 Days of RIte Care initiative which is led by the RI Medicaid Office and RI KIDS COUNT and an annual study that created an annual claims-based statewide data set on childhood obesity in RI. She is a strong advocate for tobacco control policies, increasing access to community-based doula services, and ensuring all children and families have comprehensive and affordable health care coverage. Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Katie served as the Evaluation Coordinator for the Rhode Island Public Health Institute where she worked on projects related to food security and physical education. She has also done research on the opioid epidemic and mental health support services in schools for the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Born This Way Foundation. Katie received both her Bachelor of Arts with Honors and her Master of Public Health from Brown University. She was the recipient of the 2017 Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society and the 2018 Milken Institute Future Health Leader Award and was the 2018 Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service Commencement Speaker. She was also a member of the Division I Brown University Varsity Softball Team.