In October 2017, 90by30 marked the fifth year of its Annual Conference, which brings together community stakeholders and experts in the field of child abuse prevention. Previous conferences have featured keynote addresses by the leaders of NAPCAN, Australia's premier prevention agency; Judy Langford of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, whose preventative factor framework 90by30 has adopted in its own work; and the WAVES organization of the U.K. In 2017, Mary Gordon spoke about the Roots of Empathy initiative to teach elementary school children compassion and empathy through interactions with an infant, and each of 90by30's regional teams unveiled its prevention plan.
The 2018 Conference, with a theme of "Finding and Making Connections," took place on October 26 at the Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning. We heard from Duncan Campbell, the founder of the Friends of the Children professional mentoring program, and Carmen Urbina, Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Education. Now that strategies like Roots of Empathy and the Welcome Baby Box are being implemented in several of our regions, this year's focus on connecting with traditional and non-traditional partners to ensure our efforts are as inclusive as possible was more important than ever.