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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.


DRAFT Agenda                   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

8:00 am to 9:00 am


9:00 am to 9:30 am


Welcome/Greetings – Sandy Oxley, Mary Applegate, Lance Himes, Sen. Kunze, Rep. LaTourette

9:30 am to 10:15 am

Keynote 1 – Dr. Benjamin Kearney (Relationships: Tools that change the world)

10:15 am to 10:30 am


10:30 am to 11:45 pm

Breakout Session 1

11:45 pm to 1:00 pm


1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Breakout session 2

2:25 pm to 3:15 pm

Model Developer Discussion (NFP/PAT)

3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Keynote 2 – Advancing our Story: A Call to Action

(Diedra Henry-Spires)

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Presentation of Awards – ODH Leadership/Co-chairs/Guest


Closing remarks: The Way Forward – Jye Breckenridge



Hotel block rates being offered for attendees:


The Hampton Inn


The FourPoints By Sheraton


 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 "Developing Relationship Skills: Tools 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. 




Food Options


During the summit, we will have multiple food trucks on site during lunch. While there are many delicious places to eat nearby, we wanted to give attendees an option for different foods right there at the summit. For a comprehensive list of nearby restaurants and food options click here. The following food trucks have agreed to come for the summit. Click on the names below to view their menus and additional information about each one:



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: 3/16/2018