Early Intervention
Virtual Summit 2020

November 17, 2020 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Early Intervention Virtual Summit 2020

November 17, 2020 | 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us for this interactive day of learning, sharing, and building together for our region’s children!

• Hear the latest on the launch of Help Me Grow Inland Empire

• Share ideas for the expansion of the system regionwide

• Learn how you can become a partner in supporting the healthy development of our youngest children

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Keynote Address

“All” Doesn’t Always Mean “All”: The Role of Race in Early Childhood Special Education
Dr. Rosemarie Allen
President and CEO of the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence, and early childhood education leader


9:30 am – 10:00 am | Welcome & Opening Remarks
Karen Scott, Executive Director, First 5 San Bernardino
Ronald Stewart, PhD, Help Me Grow Inland Empire Manager

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Keynote Address – “All” Doesn’t Always Mean “All”: The Role of Race in Early Childhood Special Education
Rosemarie Allen, PhD, President & CEO, Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence
Hear from early childhood education leader Dr. Rosemarie Allen about the ways in which racism, antiracism, and white spaces interact to impact children’s development. Dr. Allen will explore how implicit bias and microaggressions show up in early childhood spaces, and discuss interventions to disrupt these to support healthy child development.

11:00 am – 11:15 am | Break

11:15 am – 12:00 pm | Help Me Grow Inland Empire: Progress & Possibilities
Marti F. Baum, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Loma Linda University Children’s Health, Help Me Grow Physician Champion
Brett Walls, Assistant VP of Ambulatory Services, Loma Linda University Children’s Health
Ronald Stewart, PhD, Help Me Grow Inland Empire Manager

Hear about the progress made in building out and piloting the Help Me Grow Inland Empire system, and what is currently underway for the year ahead.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch (Take a break or join in on the sessions listed below)
12:00 pm – 12:25 pm – Q&A with the Help Me Grow Inland Empire team
12:25 pm – 1:00 pm – Help Me Grow National Update, 
Kimberly Martini-Carvell

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm | Breakouts – HMGIE Community Design Sessions

  • Health Design Session: Healthcare providers are invited to a design session to explore the relationship between social determinants of health and child development; discuss the impact the pandemic can have on development; and consider the ways that HMGIE can help support children and families during this time.
  • Education Design Session:  Early childhood educators and leaders in the field are invited to a design session to discuss how the pandemic has impacted child development and consider how the education sector in the region can partner with HMGIE to support child development.
  • Parent Partnership Design Session: Parents and parent-centered organizations are invited to learn more about HMGIE, and participate in a listening session to understand the family experience and needs related to child development and connection to services.
  • San Bernardino County Pilot Community Partners Design Session (zip codes 92410, 92404, 92395): Join community partners from these pilot San Bernardino County zip code areas for a discussion on best approaches and ways to partner locally for providing outreach, screening, and referrals for families.
  • Riverside County Pilot Community Partners Design Session (zip codes 92240, 92507, 92509): Join community partners from these pilot Riverside County zip code areas for a discussion on best approaches and ways to partner locally to provide outreach, screening, and referrals for families.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm | Break

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm | Panel Discussion – Supporting Optimal Development During and Post-COVID
Ronald J. Powell, PhD, Special Education Consultant, Early Childhood Mental Health Advocate
Ariane Marie-Mitchell, MD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University
Anna Maria Loza, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Supervisor, Riverside University Health System
Rachel Douglas, Senior Parent Partner, Riverside University Health System

Join expert panelists for a discussion on how the pandemic is influencing child development, especially for our most vulnerable children, and the ways we can support optimal development—in this current moment of crisis and in our post-COVID future.

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm | Closing Remarks – Become a Help Me Grow Inland Empire Champion
Tammi Graham, Executive Director, First 5 Riverside

3:00 pm | Adjourn

Summit Speakers and Panelists


Assistant Vice President of Ambulatory Services, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Mr. Walls manages outpatient clinic operations for Loma Linda University Children’s Health across Southern California. Mr. Walls joined the administration team recently after launching primary care pediatric services in the Inland Empire for 10 years.  Previously, he spent nearly two decades managing global commercial software initiatives and business development in the downstream oil and gas sector.  He earned three bachelor’s degrees in business from La Sierra University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

  • Assistant Professor Pediatrics | Loma Linda University Children’s Health
  • Medical Director Community Health | Loma Linda University Health
  • Medical Director Community Engagement | Social Action Community Health System
  • Director | OK KIDS Program
  • Medical Director for Help Me Grow Inland Empire, which is the largest regional program addressing early developmental screening.  
  • Board of Trustees for California Medical Association, 
  • California State Government Affairs, American Academy Pediatrics, 
  • ACES California Surgeon General Committee, 2019 – present
  • Community Health Development/Community Benefits Medical Director for Loma Linda University with four hospitals in system, 
  • Executive Council on School Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, National.  
  • Medical Director for Community Engagement for Social Action Community Health System-FQHC. A federally qualified clinic for over 150 primary care residents of Loma Linda University. 

Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life’s work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services where she was responsible for the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines. Rosemarie is a respected keynote speaker and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe.

Dr. Allen’s non-profit Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE) serves as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. IREE monitors and licenses child care centers using a model she created, “Culturally Responsive Community-Based Licensing”. Rosemarie also served on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) initiative, Early Childhood Task Force. In that role, she was the national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at conferences across the country. She also serves as a contractor for the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations focusing on equity, implicit bias, and culturally responsive practices in the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.

Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University, and a Doctorate Degree in Leadership for Equity in Education from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Ronald A. Stewart holds a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior Studies, Leadership & Philanthropy from The Union Institute and University, a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications from Kent State University.  

Dr. Stewart joined Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in the fall of 2019 as manager of the Help Me Grow Inland Empire program.

A native of rural southeastern Ohio, Dr. Stewart is keenly aware of the need to engage young people, especially those from Appalachia, in the consideration of contemporary global issues and to encourage their participation in the delivery of local and global solutions inspired by these increased awarenesses. In 2010, Dr. Stewart established the Ronald A. Stewart Fund for International Study and Service at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to award qualified students with scholarship assistance so that they may engage in study and service around the globe.

Dr. Stewart resides in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.

Executive Director, First 5 Riverside

Tammi Graham is the Executive Director for First 5 Riverside, Riverside County Children & Families Commission and has served in this capacity since 2015. Before joining Riverside County, she was the Deputy Chief of Community Health Service for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and the Director of the Division of Community and Family Support for the State of Colorado, Office of Early Childhood. Ms. Graham has more than 19 years of experience in public health and early childhood related programs. As Executive Director, Ms. Graham oversees a staff of 46 with an annual budget of $33 million. Since joining First 5 Riverside, she has been responsible for leading programs focused on strengthening families, including Riverside County’s quality rating and improvement system, Quality Start-Riverside County, for early care and education programs and the Inland Empire’s Dental Transformation Initiative, in partnership with First 5 San Bernardino and community health centers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Ms. Graham has a sincere passion for developing integrated systems to strengthen families and prepare children for lifelong learning.


Dr. Marie-Mitchell received her medical degree and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Southern California.  She continued her training with an internship in Pediatrics and board certification in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the University of Rochester in New York.  She is currently a faculty member at Loma Linda University, a senior scientist with the Community Translational Research Institute, and a consultant for the Riverside Public Health Department.

As a clinical practitioner, she has several years of experience in primary care pediatrics, behavioral health consults for children, and general preventive medicine for all ages.  The goal of her research is to translate knowledge about associations between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and risk of adult chronic diseases into prevention through primary care practice.  She is also actively involved in community initiatives to build resilience through education, organizational change and cross-sectoral collaborations.

Senior Parent Partner, Central Region

Rachel Douglas worked in the medical field for 7 years before working as a Parent Partner with RUHS-BH.  She started at the Preschool 0-5 Program in 2007, where she received training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Triple P Parenting.   Her work was, but not limited to supporting parents and staff by using her lived experience in raising her own son with Mental and Behavioral Challenges.  In 2012, Rachel Douglas promoted to Senior Parent Partner, Central Region where she collaborates with clinic/program supervisors, support & train Parent Partners in her Region.  Rachel Douglas is involved with various collaborative/committees within the community to ensure that the parent voice is valued and to lessen the stigma regarding children’s mental health. She has also received training in a variety of modalities of parenting classes, suicide alertness workshops, and Youth Mental Health First Aid training that she facilitates in the community and to BH staff.  

Ronald J. Powell, Ph.D. has over 45 years of experience as an administrator, consultant, educator, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Riverside in the field of special education. As a published author, accomplished public speaker, and a recognized expert in the administration of school-based mental health services, Dr. Powell has been instrumental in the development of a variety of exemplary programs for at-risk youth. Dr. Powell currently serves as a consultant to school districts, county agencies and nonprofit organizations to facilitate the adoption of trauma-informed practices that address the social-emotional and behavioral health needs of children from hard places. Dr. Powell serves on the Board of the Children’s Fund of the Inland Empire and has been honored with the Lifetime Advocate Award by the Child Abuse Prevention Council for San Bernardino County and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth.

Anna Loza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience serving children and their families in various clinical settings. Her most recent work is in program management and development. Anna has worked in a range of mental health programs including a school based prevention programs, an in home treatment program for foster youth, residential treatment facilities, intense outpatient treatment programs, and mobile clinic sites. She is trained in the evidenced based practices of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Teaching Prosocial Skills (TPS), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is also certified by UC Davis as a trainer of therapists for PCIT and is a facilitator of Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). Outside of her full time work, Anna has served as an officer at the local Riverside Chapter level and the State Executive Board level of the California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT).  Anna has been a speaker for the Youth Education Motivation Program (YEMP), a mentor for the Puente Program at Riverside Community College, a member of Riverside Latino Network, and was recipient of Latino Network’s Celebración de la Mujer Award for community involvement in 2010. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Riverside in 1996 and her Master of Social Work from Loma Linda University in 2000. Currently, as a supervisor with Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health, Anna provides daily clinical and administrative supervision for Preschool 0-5 Programs, a program providing evidence based and evidence informed early childhood services across Riverside County. She also serves as volunteer clinical faculty with the UC Riverside School of Medicine. When not working, Anna has fun dabbling in video and photo editing, loves the beach and spending time with her family.


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