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Anna Marie Garcia, LANL Foundation First Born Program Officer
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2013 First Born Conference
Promoting Confident & Joyful Parenting

The 4th Annual First Born Conference was held on June 24-25, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort located at 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Anna Pueblo, NM 87004. Monday, June 24, 10:30 am until 6:30 pm, was OPEN TO THE PUBLIC & FIRST BORN STAFF. Tuesday, June 25, 8:00 am until 3:00 pm was for FIRST BORN PROGRAM STAFF ONLY.

This conference brought together First Born staff and people who work with and care about families in our state.

Cost for June 24 for the General Public: $100
Cost for June 24 & 25 for First Born Staff: FREE
included lunch, conference materials, and Monday's “Chat with Mary Claire Cocktail Hour”

Agenda for Monday, June 24:

10:30-11:30 am Registration
12:00-1:00 pm

Welcome: Susan Herrera, CEO, LANL Foundation
Home Visiting Report from the Legislature:
Rep. Lucky Varela - introduction by Allen Sanchez, CEO, St. Joseph Community Health
Sen. John Sapien - introduction by Katherine Freeman, CEO, United Way of Santa Fe County

1:00–3:00 pm

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Anna Marie Garcia, First Born Program Director,
LANL Foundation
Keynote Speaker: Mary Claire Heffron, PhD., “Growing Strong, Becoming Whole—
Home Visiting in the 21st Century”

3:00–3:15 pm Break
3:15–4:15 pm Keynote Continued: Mary Claire Heffron
4:15–5:00 pm First Born Program RAND Evaluation Update: M. Rebecca Kilburn, Ph.D., Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
5:30-6:30 pm “Chat with Mary Claire Heffron Cocktail Hour” with hors d’oeuvres

Agenda for Tuesday, June 25: (FIRST BORN STAFF ONLY)
A Day to Clarify, Integrate, and Reflect on the Work of First Born Program, Facilitated by Vicki Johnson, First Born Program Developer & Anna Marie Garcia, M.Ed., First Born Program Officer, LANL Foundation

7:30–8:30 am Breakfast
8:30–9:00 am Introduction: Vicki Johnson
9:00–11:00 am

Clarify, Integrate, & Reflect: CLARIFY – First Born Programs share successes and challenges

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Clarify, Integrate, & Reflect: INTEGRATE – Small group activity

12:00–1:15 pm

Introduction of Lunch Keynote Speaker: Anna Marie Garcia
Keynote Speaker: Terry Kanesta-Brislin, RN; Director of Nursing, Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center

1:15–2:15 pm Clarify, Integrate, & Reflect: REFLECT – First Born Programs regroup and reflect
2:15–3:00 pm Clarify, Integrate, & Reflect: First Born Programs Share Reflections
3:00 pm Closing Safe Travels!

Keynote speaker Dr. Mary Claire Heffron, will present "Growing Strong, Becoming Whole—Home Visiting in the 21st Century"
This workshop examined and celebrated the core programmatic and individual capacities that support wellness and connection in families, young children, and community. This interactive presentation drew from the clinical wisdom of the home visiting community, evaluation findings, and a variety of practices designed to help participants deepen and sustain the meaning and purpose in their work. The presentation built from the position that communities have many assets and strengths and that home visitors work to help families discover and celebrate. The sobering realities of trauma, addiction, and inequities that impact families were also discussed.

About the Keynote Speaker
Mary Claire Heffron, PhD, is the clinical director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Training Programs in the Early Intervention Services (EIS) Unit at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. In that capacity, she is involved in supervision, teaching, and program development. She is the clinical director of Oakland’s Fussy Baby Program and is active in the national Fussy Baby Network of programs. In addition, Dr. Heffron provides leadership for the Irving B. Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program. Dr. Heffron is a former Zero To Three Mid-Career Fellow and a recent recipient of the Infant Development Association of California’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Heffron has authored many articles and chapters on various topics related to services for infants, young children, and families. She is a co-author of Reflective Supervision and Leadership in Infant and Early Childhood Programs published by Zero to Three Press, December 2010, and a DVD series on Reflective Supervision entitled Finding the Words, Finding the Ways, 2012 (cacenter-ecmh.org).

Keynote speaker Dr. Mary Claire Heffron presented a discussion on "Growing Strong, Becoming Whole—Home Visiting in the 21st Century"

Program Founder
email Vicki Johnson

FBP Grant County
Gila Regional Medical Center
email Adriana Bowen,
    Program Manager

FBP Hidalgo County
575-542-8384 #2341 or
email Melody Richins,
    Program Manager
FBP Rio Arriba County
Presbyterian Espanola Hospital
or 505-753-1516
email Pam Archer/Cheryl Marita,
    Program Managers
FBP Santa Fe County
Santa Fe Children's Project
United Way, Santa Fe Co.
email Marisol Atkins,
    Program Director

emailJeanne DuRivage,
    Program Manager
FBP Socorro County
Presbyterian Socorro
General Hospital
email Beth Beers,
    Program Manager
FBP Bernalillo &
Valencia Counties
St. Joseph Community Health Home Visiting Program
505-924-8150 or
email Dianne Wagemann,
    Program Manager

FBP Northern New Mexico
email Louise Hoogerhuis,
    Program Manager

FBP Northwest New Mexico
emailSheeresa S. Begay,
   Program Manager,
   San Juan County


emailHenrietta Sandoval-Soland,
   Program Manager,
   McKinley County
   505-782-2325 (Zuni)

FBP Los Alamos
emailMolly McBranch,
   Program Manager
FBP Dona Ana County
emailDaniel Ramirez,
   Program Manager

View 2012 First Born Conference information

First Born Program Summary

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