The Healthy Start TA & Support Center (TASC) is thrilled to announce the inaugural Healthy Start Consumer Convening which will take place at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel from Wednesday, May 24 to Friday, May 26! We have been working with our TASC Faculty Planning Committee members, Ms. Dakisha Mitchell and Ms. Amanda Henley, who are mentored and supported by Mrs. Tamela Milan Alexander to grow this idea of creating space for Healthy Start participants to come together to cultivate consumer voices.

The TASC’s Consumer Convening will bring together Healthy Start (HS) consumers, staff, and partners from around the nation to lift HS consumer voices, activate consumer agency, and build a shared vision for a national HS consumer platform. The goals of the convening are to:

  • Build a national community of HS consumers, staff, and partners working together to spread and uplift best practices in consumer engagement in the HS and broader maternal and child health (MCH) community.
  • Serve as a launching pad for other national HS consumer activities, with a focus on building and sustaining pathways for HS consumers to grow into consumer advocates and advisors for local and national MCH initiatives.
  • Provide HS consumers with training opportunities, co-created with consumer advisors and specifically designed for them, that build their skills and activate their agency to show up as advocates and advisors in the MCH ecosystem.

Registration: To register for the Healthy Start Consumer Convening, please click here. We are asking all Healthy Start Projects to complete the registration by Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

Agenda: Please find the agenda for the Convening here.

FAQS: Please find additional information and answers to many of the frequently asked questions here.

If you have any additional questions about the Convening, please contact Sharon Gutu, TASC Project Manager for the Consumer Convening at