Forum for the Future

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This event has ended. It was on January 12th, 2021 from 9:00am – 2:30pm.

If you were unable to attend or hope to watch all of the sessions again, this link will take you to all of the sessions from the event.
If you prefer to view one specific session you missed or would like to view a session recording again, please use the link included in the agenda below.

Forum Agenda

9:00 – 9:10Welcome & Overview of ForumYumeka Rushing & Biz Harris
9:10 – 9:20Opening RemarksSusan Buttross  
9:20 – 9:35Building the Future for Mississippi’s Children on a Foundation of EquityJunious Williams  
9:35 – 9:45Groundwater Approach and Instructions for Presentation Breakout SessionsYumeka Rushing
Breakout Session 1
9:50 – 10:20Biz Harris – Power the Future, Together
Linda Southward – Early Care & Education: Survey of Mississippi Issues Impacting Children
Breakout Session 2
10:25 – 10:55Abby Novak – Early Childhood Exclusionary Discipline in MS: Risk factors, consequences, and opportunities for intervention
Ben Walker – Marking Children’s Developmental Milestones: Findings from a Baseline Survey of Mississippi
Breakout Session 3
11:00 – 11:30Ismail Yigit – Impact of COVID-19 on Children in Mississippi: Household Pulse Survey Results
Regina Lewis – Identifying Barriers Regarding Access to Services for Children from Birth to Age 8
Breakout Session 4
12:00 – 12:30Heather Martin – Do You See What I See? The Power and Opportunity in Perspective Taking (Mind in the Making)
Cathy Grace – Early Education Holds the Key to Equity in Mississippi

Full Forum Session

12:35 – 1:05Brittney Mosley – Understanding the Importance of Health Equity for Mothers & Children
1:05 – 1:40Julie Sweetland – Making the Case for Kids: Strategies that Work
1:40 – 1:50Jen Juster- Overview of Collective Impact, Collective Impact Forum
1:50 – 2:15

2:15 – 2:30
Group Discussion

Closing Remarks & Raffle Prizes

We are thankful to all of the participating organizations and facilitators! Without them the Forum would not have been possible!

Who attended THE FORUM?

Early Childhood Educators

Pediatricians & OBGYNs

Childcare Providers

Policymakers and Legislators

Home Visitors

Child Advocates


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