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What: The 2018 Ohio Home Visiting Summit: Advancing our Story

When: April 16, 2018 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Where: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240 (just east of I-71 on Polaris Parkway)


Who: Our keynote speakers are Diedra Henry-Spires and Benjamin W. Kearney, Ph.D.


During this meeting, we will:

  1. Share the latest research on evidence-based and innovative, promising home visiting and community health worker models;

  2. Discuss strategies to ensure that home visiting and community health worker programs in this state use evidence-based or innovative, or promising models;

  3. Discuss strategies to reduce tobacco use by families participating in programs;

  4. Present successes and challenges encountered by local implementing programs.


Click here to view/download a copy of the event program.



Event Videos 


Click here to view video of the morning session of the 2018 Ohio Home Visiting Summit, including welcome greetings and our morning plenary presentation.

Click here to view video of the afternoon session, including our model developer roundtable, keynote presentation, and the presentation of annual awards.





8:00 am to 9:00 am


9:00 am to 9:30 am



Sandy Oxley, Chief, Maternal, Child and Family Health
Ohio Department of Health

Lance Himes, JD
Director, Ohio Department of Health

Senator Stephanie Kunze, Ohio Home Visiting Consortium; Ohio Infant Mortality Commission

9:30 am to 10:15 am

Morning Plenary – Dr. Benjamin Kearney - Nesting: Developing Relationship Skills that Change the World.


10:15 am to 10:30 am


10:30 am to 11:45 pm


Breakout Session 1

  • Obesity Prevention in Early Childhood - Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime.
  • Supporting the Work with a Group Reflective Supervision Model.
  • Understanding, Appreciating and Engaging Families.
  • Nurse-Family Partnership challenges and successes in addressing the needs in high-risk clients.
  • Epigenetics and implications for home visited populations.
  • Advancing Our Story through Effective Advocacy and Communication.
  • Toward Trauma-Informed Home Visiting: Addressing Depression and Social Support.
  • Mom and Baby Attachment.
  • WIC - Helping to Build a Healthier Ohio.


11:45 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own.

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Breakout Session 2

  • Creating Productive Home Visits with the End Results in Mind: Guiding Families to Discover Their Goals and to Succeed for Life.
  • Meeting Model Fidelity with Parents As Teachers.
  • Healthy Families America:Fitting the pieces together.
  • The Necessary Equation: Birth Equity and the African American Family.
  • Incorporating Safe Sleep Discussions into Home Visiting Conversations.
  • Combating Infant Mortality through Integrated Services.
  • Increasing Effectiveness of Home Visiting.
  • Evidence-Based Models are Great......Now, how do we sell them?
  • Incorporating Early Childhood Mental Health into Home Visitation.
  • Improving birth outcomes and baby's first year, Ohio's success with the BABY & ME - Tobacco Free Program.


2:25 pm to 3:15 pm

Model Developer Roundtable:

Kathleen Strader, National Director of Implementation and Accreditation - Healthy Families America.

Frank Daidone, President and CEO – Nurse-Family Partnership.

Dr. David Olds, Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Founder Nurse-Family Partnership.

Constance Gully, CEO - Parents as Teachers


3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Summit Keynote AddressDiedra Henry-Spires - Advancing our Story: A Call to Action

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Presentation of Awards


Closing remarks: The Way Forward – Jye Breckenridge



 Keynote Speakers

Diedra Henry-Spires is the CEO of the Dalton Daley Group a leading non-profit advocacy group which is home to the Home Visiting Policy Network. She has previously served as the Policy Lead and Co-convener of the Home Visiting Coalition. Formerly Mrs. Henry-Spires was a professional staff member for Human Services and Income Security for United States Senate Committee on Finance. Mrs. Henry-Spires began her tenure at the Senate Finance Committee in 2006 as a Brookings Institute LEGIS fellow. She has extensive experience with the legislative process in the United States Congress, experience in collaborating with federal, state, and local governments, as well as, national, state, and local organizations. One of her accomplishments is drafting and positioning home visiting policy (MIECHV) in health care reform and shepherding its passage; Mrs. Henry-Spires also served for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was the principal Public Health Advisor on Violence Against Women for the Office on Women’s Health and as such developed national policies in violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and young women’s health. Mrs. Henry-Spires is a Pennsylvania State University graduate holding a BS in Health Policy and Administration, attended Hinksey Institute on Economics, Torbay and Oxford, England, and was awarded certification from the Harvard University.


Dr. KearneyDr. Kearney - Our morning keynote speaker has been confirmed as Benjamin W. Kearney, Ph.D., the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at OhioGuidestone in Cleveland, Ohio. His presentation is titled “Nesting: Developing Relationship Skills that Change the World."

Ben is a well sought-out consultant trainer on mental health and interpersonal psychology applications for clinical, educational and business settings.  Recent invitations and engagements span across the state and even internationally; including presenting at the International Association of Applied Psychology Conference in Vienna, Austria; Child Welfare League of America’s National Conference; and a multitude of state-wide trainings with organizations such as the Ohio Department of Health and Educational Service Center; and even being featured on WVIZ’s Idea Stream.  In his capacity as Executive Vice President he oversees strategic planning, directs clinical programming and evaluation, as well performance and quality improvement.  His current professional foci include elucidating the impact of toxic stress and poverty on individuals and  communities; impacting local and national policy to enhance childhood outcomes; examining the role of fathers in early childhood and developing tools to screen for paternal depression; and exploring anthropological and societal factors that build and sustain inclusive and empathetic communities. 

You can view/download a copy of Dr. Kearney’s presentation from the 2018 Ohio Home Visiting Summit here.




2018 Summit Award Winners

2017-2018 Home Visitors of the Year

  • Region One- Kathy Moellenkamp, Auglaize County Health Department
  • Region Two- Sandra Adams-Ortiz, Help Me Grow Brighter Futures
  • Region Three- Tara Lucente, Trumbull County Combined Health District
  • Region Four- Melissa Ross, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health
  • Region Five- Teresa Skobrak, The Center for Family Safety and Healing


2017-2018 Home Visiting Supervisors of the Year

  • Region One- Angie Roth, Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Region Two- Pamela Wilz, Every Child Succeeds
  • Region Three- Deborah O’Toole, MetroHealth
  • Region Four- Jolene Williamson, Noble County Health Department
  • Region Five- Jennifer Valentine, Marion Adolescent Pregnancy Program


2017-2018 Local Implementing Agency of the Year

  • Region One- Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Region Two- Miami County Public Health
  • Region Three- Friendly Inn Settlement
  • Region Four- Jefferson County Educational Service Center
  • Region Five- The Center for Family Safety and Healing


2017-2018 Community Health Worker of the Year

  • Queen Smith, Healthy Moms & Babes


2017-2018 Community Health Worker Supervisor of the Year

  • Lori Ruffin, Columbus Public Health


2017-2018 Community Health Worker Agency of the Year

  • Columbus Public Health



Contact Information

Jye Breckenridge, MSW, LISW-S
Administrator, Early Childhood Home Visiting
Ohio Department of Health

Rachel Feeley
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Department of Health

Page Updated: 5/4/2018