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On January 17th, the IMHA-MD/DC will be having it’s first Board of Directors meeting! Membership application coming soon!

ACY is proud to have Melissa Rock, the Director of our Birth to Three Strategic Initiative, as the Membership Chair on the Executive Committee of the newly forming Infant Mental Health Association for Maryland and DC. Other Executive Committee members include:

  • President: D’Lisa Worthy, the Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • President Elect: Joyce Nolan Harrison, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Secretary: Janette Guerra, Section Chief for the Early Childhood Intervention Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services at the Maryland State Department of Education
  • Treasurer: Kari Gorkos, Senior Director for Public Education & Programs at the Mental Health Association of Maryland

The purpose of the IMHA-MD/DC is to promote healthy social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of infants from pre-conception through early childhood by creating safe, supportive, stable and nurturing relationships and environments. The Association will do this by:

  • Furthering the understanding that infancy is a sensitive period in the development of children;
  • Partnering with families;
  • Honoring and incorporating the unique needs and preferences of families into available services; and, ensuring services are culturally and linguistically responsive;
  • Encouraging partnerships with citizens, families and communities to ensure the optimal development of infants and infant-care giver relationships;
  • Facilitating inter-professional cooperation and collaboration;
  • Helping to build a competent, collaborative and trauma-informed cross system work force;
  • Developing and supporting communities of care, intervention and prevention built on strength- based, reflective practice and family centered policy;
  • Expanding education, research and study of the developing brain during infancy; including, the effects of adversity and resilience factors on health and well-being throughout the life span; and,
  • Identifying and enhancing research-informed practices and programs of care, intervention and prevention.