December Newsletter 2022

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A Note from Help Me Grow Skagit's Physician Champion

Dr. Francie Chalmers

Happy Holidays everyone and welcome to the Help Me Grow Skagit December Newsletter. 

We have a terrific Child Development Series consisting of monthly pre-clinic Thursday morning CMEs for medical professionals scheduled January through June.  

First off, on Thursday January 19th from 7-9 am you can tune in on Zoom to hear from the staff at HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences), out of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. HOPE is striving to use the concept of Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) to help mitigate the negative impact of ACEs. See below for more details including the registration link and please consider joining in on the discussion.

See below also for the subsequent child development-themed CME events that are monthly through May followed by a planned in person convening in June.


How is it going with you and Help Me Grow Skagit? The brief survey we offered in the last newsletter is included here again in an effort to increase the rate of response. I know, I too am tired of being asked and as soon as I see the word feedback I hit delete. We really do count on your input to make these CME offerings useful. And I promise there will be no “ask” at the end of the survey. As HMG Skagit’s “Physician Champion” please remember that I am available to help facilitate connections between your practice and community support services. I can be reached anytime with questions and feedback at

January 19th: Social Emotional Development

Spreading HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) in the Pediatric Health Care Setting, Presented by Tufts Medical Center

7am - 9am Register HERE

February 16th: Language & Communication Development

Screening and Early Intervention for Pediatric Language Development, Presented by Ashleigh Adkins, DNP, ARNP, Autism Center of Excellence Certification

7am - 8am Register HERE

March 16th: Cognitive Development

Prescription to Play

7am - 8am Register HERE

April 20th: Cognitive Development

Impact of Technology on Child Development, Presented by Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, Director of the Child for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Research Institute

7am - 8am Register HERE

May 18th: Movement & Physical Development

Pediatric Gait, Presented by Jenna Lisenby, DPT, Valley Kids Therapy

7am - 8am Register HERE

June 8th: Evening Reception and Culminating Event

Save the Date! Registration coming soon

To learn more, visit the Help Me Grow Healthcare Provider page

Helpful Resources

General Child Development Resources

More Extensive and For-Cost Online Training Opportunities

Resources specific to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  • - Resources for parents/caregivers, teachers, and healthcare providers. Download the posters for healthcare providers here.
  • American SPCC and ACE Resource Network have collaborated to offer a comprehensive toolkit geared toward parents and caregivers of children aged 0 to 5. 

The Help Me Grow Skagit website has been updated!

The Help Me Grow Skagit website is a great place to find support for Skagit families.  Now, we have a page just for you!  On the Healthcare Providers page, you can learn about the Help Me Grow Skagit Family Resource Navigator, how to make a referral, connect with our Physician Champion, and read past newsletters. Check back as we expand this page to include more resources. If you have an idea of content to add to the page, we'd love to hear from you!

Did your practice receive the Help Me Grow Skagit gift box? They included our flyers (EnglishandSpanish),rack cards,referral forms, prescription pads, and more! If you would like one, or more copies of any of the materials in the bin, please contact Francie Chalmers.

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