The Healthy Start EPIC Center is pleased to offer these in-person trainings to grantees and their partners.  These trainings will further strengthen the stakeholder and community relationships that are essential to Healthy Start’s work, and provide skills-building and professional development opportunities relevant to both Healthy Start programs and their community partners.

Requesting Your Community Training

These trainings are available on a first-come, first-served based on trainer availability.  To apply to host a Community Training, please fill out this application.

Someone from the HS EPIC Center will be in touch to schedule a first planning call.  Questions can be directed to

Slots are limited, so programs are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. 
Community Trainings on the topics listed below are available to Healthy Start programs.

Scroll down for full training descriptions.

  • Connected Parents Connected Kids
  • Digital Storytelling: Using Technology to Share Stories of Recovery
  • Safe Homes/Safe Babies


What to Expect

Before you request your Community Training, please read through this fact sheet to help you prepare.

Healthy Start EPIC Center Responsibilities

  • Provide a qualified trainer/subject matter expert to deliver a one-day workshop.
  • Assist the trainer and Host Grantee in scheduling a training date.
  • Cover trainer’s time and travel expenses.
  • Provide the host grantee checklists and template documents to support planning.
  • Provide limited recruitment/promotion support such as template flyer, postcard, or HTML email, when requested.
  • Provide additional template materials, including registration tracking sheet, sign-in sheet, and evaluation.
  • Tabulate and report evaluation data to host grantee post-training.

Host Program Responsibilities

  • Submit a training request at least 2 months prior to the desired training date.
  • Coordinate all meeting logistics – reserve meeting space, provide audio/visual equipment, order refreshments, manage registration, produce/copy materials, etc.
  • Responsible for any the financial costs beyond trainer expenses.
  • Generate invitation list, including staff, partner agencies, and programs. A minimum of 15 participants must be confirmed. This number must include representation of at least 5 partner agencies.
  • Promote community training to partners using template materials provided by the Healthy Start EPIC Center.
  • Collect participant evaluations, and return them to the Healthy Start EPIC Center within one week of the training.

In addition, the Host Grantee must provide a confirmed list of registrants to the Healthy Start EPIC Center no less than 10 days prior to the scheduled Community Training.  Trainings with less than five (5) partner agency representatives AND fifteen (15) confirmed participants at that time will be postponed until the host grantee can provide documentation of interest from community agencies.  The Host Grantee is encouraged to proactively contact the Healthy Start EPIC Center for assistance should recruiting an adequate number of participants pose a problem.


Training Descriptions

Connected Parents Connected Kids (CPCK) | Rebecca Levenson, Healthy Start EPIC Center Consultant

Futures Without Violence has expanded and applied its evidenced-based intervention for domestic violence and broadened it to engage parents and caregivers about the impact of trauma exposures including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Too often issues of domestic violence and other trauma are relegated to a screening checkbox and refer-strategy—reducing opportunities for early intervention and primary prevention. CPCK offers tools for case managers to facilitate conversations with parents who may need support for past trauma experienced in their own childhood. Included are self-regulation strategies parents can initiate with their children. Additionally, Futures has been working on trauma-informed organizational practices across disciplines and systems. Increasingly, organizations recognize the need to support their staff in a trauma-informed way, as well as with the clients and families they serve. Recognizing this common experience shared by both providers and their clients, we begin to replace “us vs. them” paradigms with a new one: “It’s all of us.”

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name two strategies for perinatal/early childhood case management settings that support creating a trauma-informed workplace policy that highlights the importance of self-care.
  • Understand the impact of trauma (ACEs, racism, domestic violence) on the health and well-being of children and families including parent/child relationships.
  • Name a universal education strategy that enhances resiliency for caregivers to help them and their children self-regulate and heal from trauma

Digital Storytelling Training: Using Technology to Share Stories of Recovery | Mary-Kathryn Aranda and Nicole Giron

This is a full-day workshop where you will learn how to develop and share the stories that are important to your community and create greater awareness around substance use and recovery by leveraging digital platforms. Digital storytelling is a creative tool that relies on using technology to amplify the power of stories and build community engagement around important topics.

This workshop will explore the fundamentals of digital storytelling, with a focus on stories of substance use and recovery, and will prepare participants to document and share their own stories in an immersive and approachable way. Participants will have the space to identify the stories of recovery that are important to them and their communities and learn how to use them to build community engagement or increase their organizations’ visibility. Participants will work reflectively and collaboratively to learn the basics of how to adapt these stories to a digital platform of their choosing.

Due to the nature of the workshop, the training is limited to 20 participants. Participants should be able to attend the full day of the training and a pre-workshop webinar intended to familiarize participants with the basics of digital storytelling and enhance the workshop’s content.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key components and impact potential of digital storytelling for stories of recovery
  • Identify a story of recovery for development into a digital story
  • Develop a storyboard for their digital story
  • Identify key resources and platforms to share stories, that work best for their organization and primary audience

Safe Homes/Safe Babies: Building Capacity for Addressing Domestic Violence | Rebecca Levenson, Healthy Start EPIC Center Consultant

Many Healthy Start staff struggle with how best to address issues of domestic violence (DV) among their participants. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women will experience DV in their lifetime. The impact of DV on parents’ and children’s physical and mental health and risk for substance use is well documented.

Safe Homes/Safe Babies is an interactive training that addresses the barriers and difficulties staff experience in addressing DV. We begin the day by understanding how our personal experiences of vicarious trauma and/or abuse may impact our ability to do this work. We present specific strategies and tools, both personal and organizational, to address the needs of front-line staff and managers. The second portion of the training reviews DV prevalence and impacts, and most importantly, teaches the CUES evidence-based intervention for staff to use with participants. The CUES intervention is a simple, strength-based approach for addressing DV. We see participants as already possessing capabilities, (empathy and altruism) that can allow them to create change for themselves and others, that may be affected by DV. The training is solution-focused, with practical strategies to help attendees put practices into place immediately. An interactive experience, the training includes stories and best practice examples to help bring key teaching points home and leave attendees inspired and motivated to make a difference.

After this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify at least two barriers to doing domestic violence assessment with participants along with strategies to overcome those barriers.
  • Describe the impact of domestic violence on perinatal health.
  • Describe how using the CUES evidence-based intervention can lead to improved outcomes for participants experiencing domestic violence.