2020 Conference Sponsor and Presenter Recognition

Every year we at Prevent Child Abuse Iowa look forward to hosting our annual conference as a time to get together with our colleges to provide opportunities to learn together, network, collaborate, and celebrate the work that is being done in our state to support our children and families. Due to health and safety reasons, this year our annual conference, themed “Champions for Children” was delivered through a series of webinars that we hoped still accomplished the goals of providing opportunities for us to come together and learn new things that we can take back with us to enhance our work with those we serve. Our webinars reached over 500 participants and we want to thank you for taking the time to join us and for all the hard work that you do.

A lot of hard work and support went into planning our conference and there are many people that we would like to thank. First, PCAI would like to thank our long time partner in putting on this conference, and this year’s Presenting Sponsor Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, as well as our other sponsors: The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Child Hood Mental Health, St. Gregory Recovery Center, Blank Children’s Hospital Lutheran Services in Iowa, Boys Town, and Broadlawns Medical Center. Without the continued support of these organizations our conference webinar series would not have been possible. You can find information below on each of these organizations. We would like to recognize our conference planning committee members for their leadership, support and guidance throughout the planning process.

Lastly, we would like to thank our presenters who provided webinar trainings for our series and those presenters who we were scheduled to present at the conference. We appreciate your contributions and expertise in our field. Videos of the webinar presentations can be found here.

Gayle Luze: Relaxation Strategies for Children

Roxanne Riesberg: A Look into Iowa’s Child Welfare Agency

Nick Leerhoff: Navigating Addiction in the Family

Joyce Westphal: Impact of Parental Stress on the Social-Emotional Development of Children

We hope that this finds you and your loved ones safe and well. We look forward to seeing you all again in person soon. Thank you for all your continued hard work.


Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

The federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, or MIECHV program provides Iowa with the opportunity to expand evidence-based home visiting services to children and families in need, while also erecting an infrastructure to work across government agencies and create a statewide system of home visiting.

Website link: MIECHV


Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IAIECMH) is a professional association dedicated to supporting young children’s healthy mental development.

Website link: IAIECMH

St Gregory Recovery Center
St. Gregory Recovery Center’s works with its clients to build the healthy habits and tools to achieve sobriety and create a life of recovery.

Website link: St Gregory Recovery Center

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Blank Children’s Hospital
Blank Children’s Hospital, a service of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, is completely dedicated to meeting the unique health care needs of children. Blank Children’s Hospital is a 108-bed environment that embraces and encourages families to be a part of their child’s healing and recovery. Everything from equipment to decor is designed specifically for children.

Website link: Blank Children’s Hospital

Lutheran Services in Iowa
Lutheran Services in Iowa responds to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service—each year, we strengthen Iowa families through a variety of programs, ranging from early childhood education to behavioral and mental health services.

Website link: LSI

Boys Town
Boys Town believes that every child deserves a future, every family deserves to stay together, and every community deserves to thrive. Our scope of services includes in-home family counseling, health care and programs to rebuild at-risk schools.

Website link: Boys Town

Broadlawns Medical Center
Broadlawns is an acute care hospital and a leading provider of mental healthcare services and Broadlawns Clinics provide family medicine, urgent care, women’s health, pediatric, dental and specialty services.

Website link: Broadlawns


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