Please have each February Gathering participant register as soon as possible. This will help us determine logistics, costs, food, etc. We expect Collaboratives to bring a minimum of four attendees, but welcome up to six participants per community.



Please make hotel reservations as soon as possible, even if you are not sure who will be attending. There is a block of rooms held at The Grand Hotel in Salem, connected to the Convention Center. Room rates for two people are $139/Double Queen and $149/Deluxe King.   To make reservations, please call at 877-540-7800, and refer to our group as "Healthy Beginnings + Healthy Communities".  This rate will be available until January 16, 2017. 



We have an agenda outline below! Stay tuned for more details after January 23.

Before you arrive

We will be posting materials here that will help you prepare for the gathering including workshop materials.


When and where is the Gathering?

Our February Gathering will be held in Salem, Oregon, Feb 6 - 8, 2016. Thank you to our hosts, APANO & PCUN! 


Lodging will be at The Grand HotelWe will be meeting in several different community locations. Stay tuned to learn when and where we will be.


What are the Gatherings?

The Gatherings are an opportunity for the Communities Collaborate Cohort to build relationships and a shared understanding to inform our political analysis, as well as an opportunity to define how we want to work together and build the capacity we seek to build power for better childhoods. 


Who Should Attend?

We expect Collaboratives to bring a minimum of four attendees, but welcome up to six participants per community. There should be a "Core Team" of participants that can attend every Gathering, and who will be able to share the learning with others in their Collaborative. We encourage Collaboratives to bring participants representing a diversity of perspectives, including staff members, partner agencies and unpaid/volunteer community members that guide your work (i.e. parents, families, youth and elders). 


How are costs covered?

A portion of grant funds must support sending multiple representatives to each regional gathering of funded partners. Grant funds cover the cost of travel, lodging, per diem, etc. To support community members (unpaid, volunteer, community members), grant funds can support participation through stipends, covering childcare costs, etc. NWHF will cover the costs of meals and meeting rooms. 


Supporting Participation

If you or participants from your Collaborative need accommodations to participate at the Gathering  (e.g. interpretation, accessibility, etc), participants are asked to describe this when registering. We also encourage you to reach out to your Community Engagement Officer. 



Please feel free to reach out to your Community Engagement Officer, Jen Matheson at or Michael Reyes at