The 90by30 Conference, which brings together community stakeholders and experts in the field of child abuse prevention, just wrapped up its seventh year! The 2019 Conference was held on November 1 at Lane Community College's Center for Meeting and Learning. This year's theme was "Moving Foward: A Connected Child is a Protected Child," and explored how connection of all kinds, from collaborative state programs to peer-to-peer relationships, can create safe, healthy communities for kids and families.
Our keynote speaker, Miriam Calderon, Director of the Oregon Early Learning Division, discussed "Raise Up Oregon," the state's plan to unite leaders from early care and education, K-12, health, housing, and human services - together with families, communities, and the public and private sectors - to support young children. Corey Best, a national expert on family engagement with lived experience, spoke on how to reach and include vulnerable parents in parent education/peer support and increase father participation.
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. In 2018, 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.