BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Rizwan Shah
"I believe that there is always an opportunity waiting in the challenges we face. The current political environment is not an excuse to stop our advocacy efforts on behalf of our most important national treasure....our children"
Editor’s Note: We’ve invited ZERO TO THREE Board Member, Rizwan Shah, to share her perspectives and reflections with you. Dr. Shah has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 and will be ending her tenure later this year. You can learn more about her lifetime of professional contributions to the field of children’s health and well-being on her bio page on the ZERO TO THREE website.
What has it meant to you to a be a member of ZERO TO THREE’s Board of Directors?
I consider it my distinct pleasure to serve on the ZERO TO THREE Board. I enjoy participating in planning a progressive agenda for helping parents and professionals increase their knowledge about how to best care for infants’ and children’s emotional and physical needs. I meet the nation’s top intellectuals with passion and expertise to advocate for infants. I get to work with an amazing dedicated staff at ZERO TO THREE.
What is happening at ZERO TO THREE right now that you are most excited about?
ZERO TO THREE is educating professionals to serve families of young infants better with the help of the latest research data. ZERO TO THREE is using state of the art technology to reach the maximum number of early childhood education professionals and parents with the latest research in infant brain development and the impact of adverse childhood events (ACEs) on parents’ ability to help young infants reach their developmental potential. Our Healthy Steps program is reaching Primary Care health professionals in providing developmentally focused care for infants and families.
As you observe the world around you, what is an issue affecting young children and their families that concerns you? How do you think ZERO TO THREE can help?
I am concerned about the needs of diverse families in difficult situations. The increase in refugee populations from war-torn countries, migrant families with young infants, and single parents without family connections for moral and emotional support will require professionals to customize their approach to education and interventions if they are to meet the changing population’s needs.
As you look toward the future, what do you see on the horizon for families with young children and/or for the professionals who work with and support them?
I believe that there is always an opportunity waiting in the challenges we face. The current political environment is not an excuse to stop our advocacy efforts on behalf of our most important national treasure….our children.
What is something that ZERO TO THREE members, staff, and even other Board Members might be surprised to know about you?
My cat, Meeka, has her own bed time story that I tell her every night. Ask me about it during the Spring Scientific Meeting or Annual Conference in October!