Concord, NH— New Hampshire Children’s Trust (NHCT) held its 11th annual Strengthening Families Summit: Building Resilient Communities on September 13, 2023. The conference drew 250 parent leaders, strengthening family professionals, practitioners, and community members from around our state and beyond.
The Summit was an engaging experience that explored community investment in family strengthening and community-building throughout New Hampshire. Keynote Dr. Wendy Ellis, assistant professor and director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University lead a series of interactive discussions and activities that illustrated the improvement of measurable health outcomes in NH communities. Five workshops were offered in the afternoon which focused on: housing opportunities and challenges, family friendly business practices, refugees in NH, regional coalitions and cross sector partnerships, and games to promote individual and family resilience.
NH Children’s Trust Board chair, Jenn Cronin, said: “Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend my first NHCT Summit. Impressed, excited, humbled...these words do not even begin to describe it for me. To see 250 community members in one place, idea sharing, connecting, collaborating and problem solving was truly amazing. So much power and energy in one room-great things will happen after this event!”
Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the Summit:
Community Sponsors: Bank of New Hampshire, NH Charitable Foundation, Burgoo Media
Family Sponsors: DHHS-Maternal and Child Health, Northeast Delta Dental, UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Friend Sponsors: AmeriHealth Caritas NH, Autism Care Partners, BackBay Networks, Eastern Bank, MomsRising, Mount Prospect Academy, NH Healthy Families, WellSense Health Plan
Neighbor Sponsors: Associated Grocers of New England, Behavioral Health Improvement Institute of Keene State College, Diocese of Manchester, Kennebunk Savings, National Alliance on Mental Illness-NH, New England Employee Benefits Program, New Futures, NH Association for Infant Mental Health, NH Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, NH Children’s Health Foundation, Project Launch-Manchester, Save the Children Action Network-NH, Spaulding Academy and Family Services, Waypoint, Youth Villages
In-kind support from: Badger, Black Forest Nursery, Lindt Chocolate
For more information and to view the Summit video visit: https://www.nhchildrenstrust.org/strengthening-families-summit-2023
New Hampshire Children’s Trust ensures parents have access to high-quality resources and support to help children develop the skills they need to thrive. We educate direct-service professionals, advocate for better policies to support parents, and connect with local agencies to strengthen families and lay the foundation for children's success. The mission of NHCT is to lead the drive to ensure safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating, and collaborating.
For more information about New Hampshire Children’s Trust visit www.nhchildrenstrust.org.