KAIMH Annual Conference 2021 is in the books! Thank You to our Sponsors, Speakers and Attendees!

April 29-30, 2021
Virtual Conference Sponsors

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Featured Speakers


Dr. Anne Watson Meeker 

She is the founder of the SING.PLAY.LOVE.® program. Through her writing, product development and workshops, she shares information about the benefits of music and play for supporting early learning and kindergarten readiness and gives easy and practical strategies for embedding both into the daily lives of young children. Her program is being used all over the country and across the globe, most recently making its debut in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Shana Schmidt

“Over Our Hearts”-discussion and sharing the evolution of the book based on her experiences & perspective throughout her daughter’s pregnancy and young parenting journey. Shana will take a deeper dive into how ‘listening-in’ unfolded during that time and how it continues to be her go-to when emotionally stuck.

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AEW Nomination

The Alice Eberhart-Wright Visionary Award recognizes outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the field of infant and early childhood mental health.  This award will be presented each year at the KAIMH annual conference. 

Alice Eberhart-Wright Visionary Award Overview (160.32 KB)

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Congratulations to 2021 ‘Alice Award’ Recipient:

Amittia Parker, Ph.D, LMSW, MPA 

Amittia Parker, PhD, LMSW, MPA has worked for over a decade as a mental health consultant across a variety of settings in Kansas City, including home-based services, childcare centers, school-based services, and health clinics. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and engaged in research, teaching, and service. Her research agenda is focused on promoting minority mental health, with a particular interest in Black and Latinx families with young children. Her current research projects focus on mental health among Black mothers and social work students, natural helping spaces, and behavioral health service availability and delivery. Amittia promotes racially sensitive practice both within the courses she teaches and in guest lectures. Amittia provides training and consultation services focused on racial equity and mental health. She also serves in leadership roles in local, state, and national venues focused on infant and early childhood, the African American community, and Black social workers.

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