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Early Childhood Brain Science: Nurturing Brain Health

April 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm


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If you are still interested in attending, please email admin@iowacounciloffoundations.org.

Session Info

Join us at the Science Center of Iowa to view their exhibit, Mental Health: Mind Matters and attend a session focused on early childhood brain development. Prior to the session, you will have access to walk through the exhibit which uses hands-on interactives and immersive multimedia experiences to help visitors explore mental illness and its prevalence in society. The session itself will focus on early childhood brain development and the critical role healthy mental development plays in the overall health of Iowa’s children. Dayna Long, MD, medical director for the Department of Community Health and Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA, will guide participants through the current science and best practices for addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and reducing toxic stress to improve the health of children. Following Dr. Long’s presentation, a panel will highlight innovation across our state and across sectors working to improve the social emotional well-being of Iowa’s children.

GLR Meeting

Grade-Level Reading Campaign communities and partners will meet following the end of the session from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Science Center.

Who Should Attend?

  • GLR Leads
  • GLR Community Partners
  • Funders
  • Education Administrators
  • Child/Family-Serving Organizations
  • Practioners

The Iowa Council of Foundations is sponsoring participation for Iowa Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Communities. Please register on this page if you would like to access this FREE registration.

If you have other community partners who would also like to attend, they can register directly on the Science Center’s even page here. Cost is $25 per person.


Dayna Long, MD., is a staff pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is one of the founders and co- medical director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND) at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The goal of FIND is to address the social and environmental factors that contribute to health when families present to the healthcare settings.

AT UCSF-CHO, Dr. Long works in both the Primary Care Clinic and the Emergency Department. She is also currently the Medical Director of ATTACK Asthma Clinic; a clinic that provides asthma education and management to children and their families following an Emergency Department visit. She is the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Principal Investigator (PI) for a NIH National Institutes of Health funded AsthmaNet trial. Her current asthma research project is the Best African American Response to Drugs (BARD).

Dr. Long obtained a B.S and B.A from Stanford University in both History and Biology. She then attended medical school at George Washington University Medical School in Washington. D.C. Following medical school, she did her internship and residency and a clinical infectious disease fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Her professional interests include health disparities, asthma, and emergency medicine. She is also the proud mother of 3 boys.


April 8, 2019
11:00 am - 3:30 pm


Science Center of Iowa
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines, Iowa 50309 United States


Kari McCann Boutell


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