Rally & Workshops

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Workshop Schedule for 2021 

Advocating from a Distance – Virtual Advocacy 101

In this workshop, the Child Advocacy Day Legislative Committee will walk you through ways to participate in Child Advocacy Day and ways to advocate throughout the year, even when we can’t meet in person or travel to the Capitol. We’ll share some specific case studies that include best practices and things to avoid and have plenty of time to answer questions from participants.

Self-Care isn’t Selfish – A discussion of Self-Care and Mindfulness
Presenter: Dr. Melanie Fitzgerald

Surviving a pandemic isn’t the easiest thing, especially if you add in advocating for, caring for, educating or supporting children through it all. This workshop is calling one and all to come and learn about the practices of self-care and mindfulness. As we prepare to get into the mindset for Child Advocacy Day, come take a brief hour with us to unwind and learn some new strategies and ways to take care of yourself so that you can be an even better YOU for our children. 

Kids Win Missouri Weekly Legislative Call + Child Advocacy Day Hot Topics

Presenters: Craig Stevenson, Kids Win Missouri

We invite you to join Kids Win Missouri’s Weekly legislative update call to hear the latest about what is happening in the Capitol around issues impacting children’s well-being. Calls typically run from 10-11 am and provide updates on a range of issues impacting kids and families. On this special pre-Child Advocacy Day call, we’ll take the last 30 minutes to provide specific details and talking points on the chosen Hot Topics for advocates participating in Child Advocacy Day.

Click Here to Sign Up for Kids Win Missouri Weekly Calls

Keeping Missouri’s Youth Learning: School-Based Health During COVID-19 

Presenters: Molly Ticknor, MA, ATR, LPC, Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance of Missouri, Linda Neumann, RN, Missouri Association of School Nurses, & Laura Beckman, Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

School nurses and school-based health and wellness programs, such as the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, collaborate across Missouri to keep our children and youth healthy and learning. With school closings, social distancing requirements, and other challenges related to COVID-19, however, traditional efforts have been disrupted and the health and mental health needs of students and staff have increased. Join this panel of school-based health experts to learn about the state of school health in Missouri, challenges related to supporting student health and well-being during a pandemic, and lessons learned to inform future policy changes.

Kids Health Coverage: Medicaid Expansion & Other Developments 

Presenters: Shawn D’Abreu, Missouri Health Care for All, Traci Gleason, Missouri Budget Project & Casey Hanson, Kids Win Missouri

Health coverage and access to quality health care are key ingredients to ensure Missouri children grow up to be happy, healthy and successful. This session will explore some new policy developments in ensuring children have access to the health coverage they need particularly through Medicaid. We’ll cover the latest on Medicaid expansion, administrative policy decisions that have eased Medicaid enrollment through the COVID crisis, and some longer term goals of advocates to ensure Missouri children can get and keep their coverage. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Recent Developments 

Presenters: Missouri Immunization Coalition

Join experts from the Missouri Immunization Coalition to hear about recent developments related to the COVID-19 vaccine here in Missouri!

2021 Child Advocacy Day Rally 

Wednesday, March 10 | 9:00 AM

Updates from State Departments Serving Children and Families 

Presenters: Representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, and the Department of Social Services

Join a panel of state leaders who will provide updates on some of the department work happening every day to support kids and families. Topics covered will include child care, early childhood, Medicaid, mental health programs and services, and food and nutrition services. 

Serving Missouri’s Kids, Families during COVID-19

Facilitated by Tracy Greever-Rice, Missouri Kids Count; PanelistsJen Black, The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Tom Dugger, Families and Communities Together, and Janet Miles-Bartee, Kansas City Local Investment Commission

This session will provide an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on the well-being of Missouri’s children and a panel discussion describing programmatic ‘pivots’ from around the state to support our kids and families. Missouri KIDS COUNT will provide a brief Missouri-specific update on Annie E. Casey Foundation’s national report on Kids, Families, and COVID-19. Panelists from around the state will describe their process for adjusting programs to the COVID context and the impact of those adjustments on their organizations

Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Advocacy Efforts 

Presenters: Rochelle Bea, Beginning Futures Child Care, Heather Fleming, In Purpose Educational Services, Jill Meriweather, Mid-America Regional Council, and Sal Valadez, Missouri and Kansas Laborers’ District Council  

In order for us to achieve equity in outcomes, it is critical that our advocacy community create more diverse and inclusive tables that represent all children and families throughout our state. This session will feature presenters with lived experiences as advocates, organizers and leaders, working to create more diversity and inclusion in the advocacy community and will provide participants with some tips as well as concrete examples of how to get this done in practice. 

Children’s Issues in the Budget 

Presenters: Lindsey Baker, Missouri Budget Project

This session is a staple for Child Advocacy Day and provides a deep dive into understanding the state budget and the funding of children’s programs and services. Join experts to better understand the state budget process, what to expect for 2021, and to have your budget questions answered. 

Responding to Children’s Mental Health & Trauma During COVID-19 

Presenters: Sue King, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri and Ty Martin-Thayer, MA, LPC, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri

COVID-19 has significantly increased childhood mental health issues related to loss, grief, anxiety, and so much more, and Missouri children and youth continue to face unprecedented trauma. Join experts in hearing about current challenges related to mental health & trauma amongst children and youth and for the opportunity to learn key components of responding to it as direct providers, parents, and advocates.