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Community Conversation Series

RIAIMH's Community Conversation Series (CCS) is a 6-session (monthly) series that is organized around a broad theme to showcase IMH-relevant research, clinical practice, and/or policy work in RI.  Our goal is to offer professional development opportunities that serve to enhance knowledge of (and are aligned with) the RI Infant Mental Health Competencies and Endorsement®.  Participants are encouraged to attend the full series to experience the arc of conversation about the topic, deepen connections with others in the RI infant/family workforce community, and broaden awareness of the range of innovative leaders in RI. 

The 2021 Community Conversation Series facilitates an understanding of Zero to Thrive's "Strong Roots" model, designed to promote resilience in pregnant women and families with young children, highlighting the power of positive relationships for healing. 

We will partner with the different service sectors in RI to learn from local leaders about how their unique programs might be aligned with (or informed by) the Strong Roots model.  Discussions include the needs of the workforce to implement programs that hold relationships in mind for the wellbeing of RI's babies, the 5 core components of the model in relation to the different sector, and discussions around issues of race, power, inequity and bias as we explore implications for mental health and wellbeing of infants, young children, and their families.

Total PD: 2 hours/session; up to 12 contact hours/year

In October, CCS combines events with our Celebrating Babies Annual Meeting, adding an hour of Advocacy training

RIAIMH offers NASW and CNE credits, and CELP PD hours for most events. Please see event registration for more information. General CEU eligibility requirements below. 

The Community Conversation series is open everyone. RIAIMH members may attend at no cost.

All session in this series offer IMH Competencies® aligned with the session's learning objectives. The IMH Competencies® are listed on the Attendance Certificate.

2021 Community Conversation Series

Strong Roots Encounters: Equity Matters For Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

Kate Rosenblum, PhD., IMH-E® and Susan Dickstein, PhD., IMH-E®

Session Dates:
February 23, March 23, April 27, June 15, September 28 (canceled)October 12, and November 9, 2021

Last 2021 Series Session:  November 9, 2021 from 8:30-10:30a. Virtual

Community Conversation Series

Strong Roots Encounter: Equity Matters for Infant/Early Child Mental Health

session #6: Safe Sleep and Family Home Visiting: Considering Culture


Kate Rosenblum, PhD, IMH-E®, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and OB/Gyn at the University of Michigan

Margo Katz, Assistant Health Program Administrator Safe Sleep / Substance Exposed Newborns Division of Community Health and Equity Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)

Wendy Lincoln, Healthy Families America, Comprehensive Community Action Program

Debra Quinton, First Connections, Family Service of Rhode Island

This month we will hear from an expert about the importance of SAFE SLEEP and from FAMILY HOME VISITORS who will share their first-hand experiences working with families from diverse cultural and racial perspectives, and how to communicate about safe sleep.


Members fee: free
Non-Members fee: $25/session
CEU fee: $25/session

CEUs: This session offers CNE, NASW CEUs, and CELP PD hours. Select CEUs during registration.

IMH Competencies Addressed:  Theoretical Foundations: Family-Centered Practice (1hr) and Cultural Competence (1hr)

Kate Rosenblum, PhD, IMH-E®
Strong Roots Encounters: Community Collaboration

2021 Community Conversation Series Facilitator

Dr. Rosenblum is a clinical and developmental psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan.  Director, Zero to Thrive, a multidisciplinary program focused on research, training, and service to promote the wellbeing of families with young children who have experienced adversity.  Director, Infant and Early Childhood Clinic, a multidisciplinary training service that delivers trauma-informed treatment to children and their families.  Board President, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

Session #6: Safe Sleep and Family Home Visiting: Considering Culture


Margo Katz, MA

Margo Katz, Assistant Health Program Administrator at the Rhode Island Department of Health, is responsible for the implementation, planning, and administration of two complex public health programs: Safe Sleep and Substance Exposed Newborns. Both programs share a common and overarching mission to improve the health, safety, and well-being of children and families. Margo chairs the Safe Sleep Interagency Workgroup and the Rhode Island Task Force to Support Pregnant and Parenting Families with Substance Exposed Newborns. She serves on the Child Well Being Workgroup, Child Death Review Team, Pregnancy & Postpartum Death Review Committee, Review of Overdose Accidental Deaths Committee, and the PRAMS Steering Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a master’s degree from Smith College.

Wendy Lincoln, Ma CLC.

Bio is that I grew up in England and moved to the USA after graduating
from London University with my Bachelors in Psychology. I then went
on to complete my masters in Psychology at Umass. I have worked at CCAP
for the past 19 years and have overseen many family based programs such
as CES, ASSC, YDP, FCCP, Parent Aide, and the wayward disobedient program.
In 2014,  I implemented HFA at CCAP and continue to supervise this program. 
I have a passion for working with families with babies and young children and
truly love what I do “changing the world one baby at a time”

Debra Quinton RN,CLC

I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor. I have been working as a nurse with Family Service of RI’s First Connections Program for 12 years, becoming the supervisor in 2017 and then promoted to Director in 2021. Additionally, I am an RN Consultant with Looking Upwards Early Intervention. I am married with a 31 year old son, a 19 year old daughter, and a “bonus” 17 year old daughter whom we’ve raised since the age of 7.

SAFE SLEEP Information for Child Care: States, Territories, Tribes, Providers, and Families

Information for State, Territory, and Tribal Lead Agencies

·       Brief #4: Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Using Safe Sleeping Practices

·       Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction—A Special Collection of Caring for Our Children Standards

·       Safe Sleep—Cribs and Infant Products, Consumer Product Safety Commission

·       Safe Sleep for Native Babies (Indian Health Service)

·       Safe Sleep Statewide Campaigns

      • Safe Sleep North Carolina and ITS-SIDS Project for child care providers
      • Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition

·       Safe Sleep for Tribal Early Childhood Settings

·       SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, American Academy of Pediatrics

What Are States Asking About? (Standards Highlight)

States have asked about child care licensing requirements regarding supervising infants when they are sleeping.

Information for Child Care Providers

·       CDC Parent and Caregivers Safe Sleep Resources

·       Safe Sleep Environment: Consumer Product Safety Commission (i.e., cribs, play yards)

·       Safe Sleep Resources for Child Care Providers

·       Strategies To Support Safe Sleep Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (Webinar)

·       Tummy Time

·       Writing a Safe Sleep Policy—Model Child Care Health Policies, p. 36.

Information for Families

·       How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained, Healthychildren.org 

·       Safe to Sleep Campaign Resources: Safe Sleep for Your Baby—Caregiver and family resources for multiple audiences, including African American Outreach, American Indian/Alaska Native Outreach, and resources in Spanish

·       Tummy Time Resources for Expectant Families


Additional Resources

·       Cribs for Kids

·       Health and Safety Notes—Safe Infant Sleep: Reducing the Risk of SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths (University of California, San Francisco: Child Care Health Program)—available in English, Spanish, and Chinese

Thoughts from our October 12th's Community Conversation Series:

"Thank you for this vital effort and energy to empower families."

"People Closest To The Problem Are Closest To The Solution, But Furthest From The Power And Resources." Glenn E. Martin, founder and former president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA)

"...love the collaborative and inclusive/responsive/engaged process that you shared— thanks for this presentation!"

"Excellent presentation and important topic so related to RIAIMH mission."

"Let's Do This!"

"Time To Work"

Always wondering about feelings and how our feelings change based on our experience and our relationships with the people around us.

From   "HOPEFUL"   to   "POWERFUL"  and always   INSPIRED!


Registration and Cancellation:

Pre-registration is required. Cancellation requests emailed to the event manager prior to 11:59 pm on Wednesdays before event, will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellation requests received on or after Wednesday, 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 and reminder email sent to all participants upon completion of registration.

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

Post Event Evaluation:

Nearly every RIAIMH event will have a post evaluation survey. We strive to include our members in many aspects of our Association and asking for their feedback is on the top of the list.

Evaluation links are shared through Zoom CHAT or upon exiting the event.  If you did not receive a post evaluation link, the post email from RIAIMH will include the link again.

Evaluations must be completed by all who wish to receive a CEU credit.

Continuing Education & Nursing Units: optional

Full attendance and participation in the small group exercises meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit as required by the National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter-NASW units, Northeast Multi Division (NEMD) for Nursing Professionals and the Center for Early Learning Professionals (CELP)-credit for Rhode Island's Early Childhood workforce.

In order to receive CE/CN Units, participants must register and purchase CE or CN units ($25) during event registration (CE/CN unit price is NOT included in registration).

Reminder, full attendance and participation in small group exercises are required in order to receive CE/CN units and no partial credit will be offered (participants must join meeting by 8:45 am at the latest). Failure to meet these requirements will prohibit RIAIMH from issuing certificates and no refund will be provided.

Participation Certificate:

All attendees will receive a Participation Certificate. This certificate lists speakers, title, date, and Infant Mental Health (IMH) Competencies®. Please use these competencies in your IMH Endorsement® Application. 

Please let us know if you have questions. program@riaimh.org     

Infant Mental Health Competencies®:

All RIAIMH events are aligned to the IMH-Competencies® .  They will be listed on your Participation or Continuing Education or Nursing Certificate.

To find upcoming sessions,  CLICK HERE for our EVENTS Calendar

RIAIMH members can see materials from past events HERE

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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