IMH Advocacy Award Conference 2020

2020 Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award Conference

September 17, 2020


Earn 5 CEUS


First 100 Registrants will receive a pre-loaded USB with continued learning materials!



Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click HERE for more information. 



Congratulations to our 2020 IMH Award Winner, Laura Kender!


Join us for our Conference Pre-Session: Developing a Shared Language to discuss Race and Racism with Dr. Ebonyse Mead on September 16th, 2020 @ 2:00 PM (CST). For more information or to register, click HERE


Conference Schedule

8:30 AM | Opening Remarks

8:45 – 10:45 AM | Morning Keynote, Dr. Sparrow

10:45 – 11:00 AM | Break

11:00 AM | Award Presentation

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Lunch Break

12:15 – 1:45 PM Afternoon Panel

1:45 – 2:00 PM | Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM | Closing Keynote, Dr. Mead

3:30 PM | Closing Remarks




Conversation on Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Practices During and After COVID-19  with

Joshua Sparrow, MD, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center


COVID-19 has touched the lives of every person globally, and even months after its appearance in the USA, we are left with more questions than answers. Dr. Sparrow will address many of these pressing questions, including: What are we learning about leadership? When will it be safe to come out? What are our safety tools? How does trust build safety? What does science have to say about practice? How is children’s development impacted? And how can we help?

Furthermore in this session, Dr. Sparrow will discuss reasonable expectations for very young children transitioning back from quarantine; while focusing on trauma and healing centered and culturally responsive supports for home visitors, child care centers, social service, and child-serving organizations. Additionally, he will provide practical application recommendations from the larger field of practice.

Joshua Sparrow, M.D., DFAACAP, is executive director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in the Division of Development of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he holds appointments in Developmental Medicine and Psychiatry. He is a principal investigator for the National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement (Office of Head Start, Office of Child Care, ACF, HHS), and part time associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In 2010 he was appointed to the HHS Secretary’s Head Start Research and Evaluation Committee, serves on the American Pediatric Association’s Child Poverty Task Force, and on the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) Head Start Collaborative Advisory Council.





Impact and Recovery | COVID-19 and Early Childhood


Nicole Allen, Child Care Contract Manager, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

Ximena Antunez de Mayolo, Program Officer, Rainwater Charitable Foundation

Shalyn Bravens, Director of Family Connects and MIECHV, United Way for Greater Austin

Tonyel Edwards, Program Officer, Houston Endowment





Listen. Learn. Act: Promoting Equity through Racial Healing with

Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D., CFLE, President, Educational Equity Institute


During this session, Dr. Mead will define key racial equity terms including implicit bias, privilege, internalized oppression, and internalized dominance; help attendees to recognize the interconnectedness between racial equity and racial healing; and discuss the application of principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into practical setting.

Ebonyse Mead is an instructor at both Georgia Southern and Winston Salem State University and president of the Educational Equity Institute. For 18 years, Ebonyse has worked in communities to improve the health and educational outcomes for children of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Since 2016, Ebonyse has provided training on diversity, inclusion, and equity with a particular focus on examining structural barriers to educational equity, implicit racial bias, and culturally responsive instruction to the early childhood workforce.

Dr. Mead is a Certified Family Life Educator and holds a Doctor of Education in Early Childhood and a Masters in Human Services from Concordia University Chicago. In 2015, Ebonyse completed a Masters in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Mead has presented nationally on racial equity in early childhood and has published articles on implicit bias and culturally responsive family engagement in early childhood and family science publications.

As president of the Educational Equity Institute, Ebonyse is deeply committed to creating brave spaces to talk about structural racism and promote equitable and just programs in early childhood.




Members: $35 

 Non-Members: $50

Member Conference Bundle: $75 | Includes Conference Entrance & 1 Year Membership

Students: $15 | Contact for code with valid ID


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Thank you to our conference vendors: 

Kaplan Early Learning Company

MHMR Tarrant County |Early Childhood Services