Project Bisita I Familia Home Visitors Complete Course

Project Bisita I Familia
November 29, 2018: Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate/Project Bisita I Familia Training and TA Coordinator, poses with Project Bisita home visiting staff at the conclusion of the “Working with Young Children” course. The course focused on child development, positive guidance and discipline, social emotional wellness, special needs, and other topics related to working with children birth to eight years. Pictured left to right: Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate/Project Bisita I Familia Training and TA Coordinator; Ma. Gwen Yanesa, Veronica Santos, Iris Sablan, and Nicole Loren, DPHSS Project Bisita I Familia Home Visitors. Not pictured: Emraleen Roque, Project Bisita Data Clerk, and Maria Bontogon, CEDDERS Psychology Practicum student.

Working with Young Children Training Held

Community Services: Technical Assistance Early Childhood Project Bisita I Familia
November 8, 2018: Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate/Project Bisita I Familia Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, faciltated training on early childhood topics, such as child development, diversity, caring, special needs, ethics, positive guidance and discipline, observation, and assessment. The participants include home visiting staff and CEDDERS Psychology Practicum student. Pictured clockwise: Vera Blaz (facing screen), Veronica Santos and Ma. Gwen Yanesa, home visitors; and Maria Bontogon, Practicum student. Not pictured: Iris Sablan and Nicole Loren, home visitors; and Emraleen Roque, data clerk.

Guam EHDI Sustainability Planning Committee Meet

Department of Public Health & Social Services Guam Department of Education Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

October 12, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EDHI) Sustainability Planning Committee held its first meeting to begin the development of initial plans for long term system sustainability of the universal newborn hearing screening process. Participating in the meeting were: L-R: Maggie Bell, Maternal Child Health Program Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Social Services; Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Program Coordinator; Joseph Mendiola, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Interoperability Data Manager; Pat Mantanona, Program Coordinator, Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Department of Education; and Maggie Bell, MCH Program Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Social Services. Not shown: Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director/Guam EHDI Project Director.

GMHA Medical Records Staff Receive Training on Guam ChildLink-EHDI

Department of Public Health & Social Services Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
On September 26, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Medical Records staff received training to input hearing screening information of infants born at GMHA into Guam ChildLink-EHDI. Pictured from left to right: Geraldine Dollaga, GMHA Medical Records staff; Sera Rios, GMHA Medical Records Administrator; Nova Naguit, GMHA Medical Records staff; and Joseph Mendiola, Guam EHDI Evaluator/Performance Monitor.

DISID Facilitates National Disability Employment Awareness Month Meeting

Department of Public Health & Social Services
On August 23, 2018, Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID) Director Ben Servino met with community representatives to plan for the National Disability Employment Awareness Month scheduled for October. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” The yearly event celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates the community about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Individuals who attended the meeting included a parent of an individual with a disability, representatives from Guam CEDDERS, National Family Caregiver Support Program, Guam State Rehabilitation Council, Developmental Disabilities Council, Guam Client Assistance Program, Department of Public Health and Social Services, ICan Resources, and Pacific Ability Resources Inc.

Kariñu Holds Peer Family Support Group Meeting

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Karinu staff and parents pose for a photo after the Peer Family Support Group meeting on July 17, 2018 at the Pacific Star Resort and Spa.
Pauline Camacho, Karinu Lead Family Partner, assists Jamie Freitas, parent, as she demonstrates how to make Spam Musubi to parents who attended the Peer Family Support Group on July 17, 2018.
Children who attended Karinu’s Peer Family Support Group on July 17, 2018 enthusiastically raise their hands to answer questions about good touch and bad touch during a presentation by Healing Heart and the Department of Public Health and Social Services Bureau of Social Services Administration.
Parents take turns introducing each other at the start of the Karinu Peer Family Support Group on July 17, 2018.

Help Me Grow Care Coordinators Training

Community Services: Training Department of Public Health & Social Services Guam Early Intervention System

Elaine Eclavea, Guam CEDDERS Early Childhood Consultant, and Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate (not pictured), facilitated the Help Me Grow Care Coordinators training on April 30, 2018 at the GSAT Conference Room.  Twenty staff from Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) and Department of Public Health and Social Services attended the training.

Guam CEDDERS Attends Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Proclamation Signing

Community Services: Demonstration Services Department of Public Health & Social Services
Guam CEDDERS participated in the proclamation signing for the “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies” facilitated by the Department of Public Health and Social Services Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services Maternal Health and Child Health Program. This year’s theme is “Healthy Families = Healthy Babies.” Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio presided at the event held on May 9, 2018 and attended by government representatives.

Project Bisita Training and Events

Department of Public Health & Social Services Project Bisita I Familia
Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate and Project Bisita I Familia TA and Training Coordinator, facilitated training on November 20 on the impact of domestic violence in early childhood for Maternal Child Health Program staff and Project Bisita home visiting staff.
On September 18-20, Ellie Jimenez (seated third from right), Healthy Families America national trainer, provided training on “Facilitating Change: Motivational Interviewing.” Project Bisita I Familia home visitors, Kariñu service providers and family partners, and Department of Education Guam Early Intervention System service providers were in attendance. The training focused on understanding the stages of change, which can provide insight into the process of change and how to best support the process with families. Guam CEDDERS staff Vera Blaz, Jenika Ballesta, and JJ Mendiola participated in this training.
Participants at the Parent Café pose for a photo.
Project Bisita I Familia held a Parent Café on November 16 at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa. The Parent Café theme was “Taking Care of Yourself.”
Participants at the Parent Café pose for a photo.
Project Bisita I Familia held a Parent Cafés on November 30 at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa. The Parent Café theme was “You Are Not Alone.”
Vera Blaz (second from right), Guam CEDDERS Training Associate and Project Bisita I Familia TA and Training Coordinator, facilitated orientation training on October 11 for new home visiting staff. Home visitors learned about the development of the home visiting program as well as how to administer and score the Ages and Stages Questionnaires Third Edition (ASQ-3) and the Ages and Stages: Social Emotional (ASQ: SE).