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Policy & Advocacy Community of Practice

Seventh National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs – January 31 – February 2, 2018

Session Detail

The National Home Visiting Summit Communities of Practice are focused on developing peer learning communities dedicated to the most pressing issues in the home visiting field. The Communities will utilize the learning group’s collective knowledge and experience to promote broad practice, policy, and systems change/knowledge building. Each community includes an online learning management system, providing members with the ability to share resources and continue conversations between meetings.

This Community meets bi-weekly to provide advocates in states with the tools needed to successfully influence MIECHV reauthorization before the program expires at the end of September 2017. We will explore new topics in policy at the conclusion of MIECHV funding. The Community provides an opportunity for advocates to hear updates on the federal landscape from members of the national Home Visiting Coalition.

This session serves as the culmination of over nine months of continued work by the community. New and current members are welcome to attend the session! For more information and to join the Policy and Advocacy Community today, please visit our website.


Davida McDonald   + See Bio

Senior Manager, Ounce of Prevention Fund

Davida McDonald is the senior manager, peer learning at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Prior to this position, Ms. McDonald was a senior advisor for Early Childhood Development in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she oversaw the Office’s 50-State Technical Assistance Strategy, served as the HHS TA Lead for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Program and served as a Program Officer for RTT-ELC.

Prior to working at the federal level, Ms. McDonald was director of state policy at NAEYC, where her primary responsibilities were researching and tracking state public policy trends and working with state and local affiliates to build their public policy capacity. She brought to NAEYC a knowledge of statewide advocacy and coalition-building campaigns. Prior to working at NAEYC, she worked in the state program at the Trust for Early Education as State Program Analyst and came there from Massachusetts, where she managed a statewide information dissemination and capacity-building campaign as well as an advocacy skills building and leadership development project targeting child care providers. Ms. McDonald is a Children’s Defense Fund Emerging Leader, Class of 2001.

Before entering the early care and education field, Ms. McDonald worked at a community health center in a Boston neighborhood managing its health education and outreach activities. She was also project coordinator of the Welfare in Transition Project at the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, working under principal investigator Lisa Dodson to document the affect that welfare reform had on women, their families, and their communities in Boston and Cambridge, MA.

Ms. McDonald has a B.A. from Harvard University and a Masters of Public Health in maternal and child health from the Boston University School of Public Health.