In May 2016, more than 70 early childhood experts and practitioners and community stakeholders assembled to discuss strategies and best practices for integrating systems of health, education, and care to optimize child wellbeing at the National Community Innovation Convening.


The primary aim of the convening was to bring together a diverse group of early childhood practitioners, researchers, and community residents to develop a theory of action and framework that addresses the impact of childhood adversities on childhood obesity and map a way forward. View the Theory of Action that emerged.


Hear what participants had to say about why they do this work and the learnings that came out of the convening, in this three-part video series based on interviews conducted with nearly a third of the participants.

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