The Children’s Center Utah Connection

December 2021 | Vol.5

Dear Friend,

As we move toward the close of 2021, I want to take a moment and thank you for your support of The Children’s Center Utah.

On behalf of our board of directors, our team, and the young children whom we serve, we are so grateful to you, our community, for your continued support. This has been a rather difficult year for young children and their families, and your support has made a tremendous difference.

In October, new details emerged regarding the mental health emergency that children are facing as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children's Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children's mental health coinciding with alarming new emergency room statistics released in October.

Our team of experts join in continuing to sound the alarm about this critical point in time and the need for action.

We are so grateful that with the support of the community, we can continue to provide critical mental health treatment to young children in need.

Thank you, again, for standing with

The Children’s Center Utah. Together, we will continue to enhance the emotional well-being of Utah children and their families.

Warmest wishes,


Rebecca J. Dutson

President and CEO

Your investment matters more than ever. Your generous end-of-year gift helps us continue our mission to provide comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

Make a Donation

Our Summit on children's mental health is only one week away!

The second Ready! Resilient! Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Summit will be held virtually on December 15, 2021, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

National mental health experts will address the importance of children’s mental health in Utah. This is a free online event open to the public.




Round Up For Love

Congratulations to our board member Jared Turner, named Chief Executive Officer at Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company.

In September, Amare successfully launched its Round Up for Love charity program benefiting The Children's Center Utah. In the first 45 days since announcing the partnership, Amare has raised over $25,000!

"Love and service are two of our company's core values. To see our entire Amare community rally to support this cause fills us with hope, optimism, and belief that together we are making a difference!" - Jared Turner

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The Color of Utah

Nikki Walker, board member and director of brand experience and community engagement for Domo, was on the fall cover of Nugent Good News Magazine.

The article highlights her incredible work to improve diversity, inclusion, and equitable employment in Utah.

“I found my purpose. And right now, my purpose is to connect people and entities to each other so that everybody can win. I know what the communities have to offer, and it’s really awesome to watch it all come together”

- Nikki Walker

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Utah Philanthropy Day

Hooray! to David Baldridge, Board Member, recognized with the Heart & Hands Award during the 2021 Utah Philanthropy Day broadcast on ABC4 Utah. This award acknowledges people who make significant contributions to an organization's mission through their philanthropic service.

But his commitment to mental health goes farther than that. For 31 years, with CHG Healthcare, Dave championed the nation's largest physician staffing company. He saw it grow from 100 to 3,200 employees, and for ten consecutive years, CHG became one of FORTUNE magazine's Best Companies to Work For.

Without CHG, thousands would not have access to healthcare every day. Dave, your commitment to The Children's Center Utah and the community is unwavering. Congratulations on your retirement! 

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Hope & Healing Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who attended our

in-person annual Hope & Healing Breakfast!

We are so grateful we were able to connect with community members and mental health advocates.

Much appreciation to our Event Sponsors;

  • The Jerry and Shari Seiner Family Charitable Fund
  • Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson
  • HJ and BR Barlow Foundation
  • UBS Bank

And, special thanks to our Matching Sponsor Stephen G. and Susan E. Denkers Family Foundation.

Together we raised $53,000 to support mental health services to children and families.


Jewelry Luncheon

Our 2022 Jewelry Luncheon will take place

in-person with COVID protocols at

Little America Hotel on Friday, March 4.

All donation made during the event will be matched up to $25,000 by the

Jeffrey S. and Helen H. Cardon Foundation.

If you wish to donate your gently-used jewelry to The Children's Center Utah, please contact Mary at

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All Staff Retreat

After months of virtual gatherings, last September, our team met in person for an All Staff Retreat at Thanksgiving Point.

We engaged in a meaningful conversation about unconscious bias with Sui Lang L. Panoke, founder of Rethink International.

We also took this opportunity to celebrate work anniversaries, including Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Innovation, Jennifer Mitchell, who celebrates ten years with The Children's Center Utah!

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Halloween Celebration

To celebrate the holiday, children in our Therapeutic Preschool Program created their own costumes and received surprise visits throughout the day.

Thank everyone who helped put this event together and made treat-or-tricking special!

Healthcare Heroes

Congratulations to our Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Innovation Jennifer Mitchell, named 2021 Healthcare Hero by Utah Business.

She joined The Children's Center Utah 10 years ago, and with her leadership and passion for early childhood mental health, she has nourished thousands of relationships between caregivers and children.

Our transformative clinical work would not be possible without you!

Meet the 2021 Healthcare Heroes


Less than a month ago, a coalition of over 77,000 physicians and 200 hospitals declared childhood mental health a national emergency (Prieb, 2021).

It is more critical than ever that we invest in early childhood mental health intervention. As a past supporter, your gifts made a meaningful difference in the lives of Utah children and families struggling with mental health challenges.

As the global pandemic continues, the tremendous need for the services offered by The Children’s Center Utah is growing. Our mental health experts join others in our field warning of a growing mental health emergency as the repercussions of the pandemic fully emerge.

Your investment matters more than ever! Your generous

end-of-year gift provides comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Please, donate today! Thank you!

Make a Donation 


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Get involved! Invite your business or company to join us in spreading awareness for Early Childhood Mental Health in May 2022. Contact Joni Clark at to learn more.


  • Give a portion of proceeds back to The Children's Center Utah
  • Volunteer and promote our mission
  • Share our stories on social media and more

For more inspiration about how to get involved, visit

Amare Global Round Up For Love charity campaign benefiting

The Children's Center Utah.

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