Children's Mental Health Conference

Since 2010, the foundation has hosted a free biennial conference in Houston focusing on children’s mental health topics. Ideally, the conference theme coincides with the Ima Hogg Children’s Mental Health Grant Program.

Program Summary

Since 2010, the foundation has hosted a free biennial conference in Houston focusing on children’s mental health topics. Our most recent Children’s Mental Health Conference, “Young Minds Matter: Transition-Age Youth,” was held June 9-10, 2015, and focused on transition-age youths and their families (TAYF). It featured the eight grantees of our current Transition-Age Youth Initiative as well as other community resources available in the Houston area. The theme for this year’s event, “Stop, Look and Listen!” highlighted the fundamental importance of listening to TAYF, empowering the youth voice and tailoring services and supports to meet their unique needs.

Resource Fair

The 2015 conference consisted of a resource fair on June 9, and the training event on June 10. The resource fair offered an evening of fun activities to help raise awareness about the resources available to promote the health and wellness of TAYF. Exhibitors from more than 50 organizations were on hand to share information with TAYF.


If you attended the conference and would like to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), you must first take this survey. Upon completion, you will be provided a link to a printable version of the CEU certificate.

2015 Session Presentations (PDFs)

PDF: Sex, Love and Relationships
Meryl Cohen, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

In “Sex, Love and Relationships” Meryl Cohen of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Youth, shared her ideas on how youths, families and providers can increase their comfort and skills in talking about sexual and reproductive health.

PDF: Know Your Rights!
Disability Rights Texas

This workshop offered advice on legal self-advocacy in education, employment, social security and health care for transition-age youths and their families.

PDF: Amplifying Voice and Leadership Opportunities
Sarah Munoz, Via Hope

This interactive session will provide an opportunity to explore and learn the importance of youth voice and leadership.

PDF: #goodlistening: How to Actively Hear What Others Have to Say
Dr. Beth Garland, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital

This session focused on strategies for good listening that help people improve their relationships and communication with others.

2013 Conference

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health hosted the first Young Minds Matter: Transition-Age Youth seminar in Houston on April 3, 2013. With a keynote presentation on the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model by Dr. Marc Fagan and three stimulating panel discussions, the free, one-day conference focused on how to engage young people in their futures. View the entire program here.

Miss Ima, Children, and Houston

The foundation’s founding mother, Ima Hogg, was a charismatic civic leader and visionary philanthropist who called Houston home for 60 years. She also cared deeply about the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of children, serving on the Houston school board and supporting a variety of children’s programs and services in the arts, in health and in education. The conference is one of a variety of initiatives the foundation supports in the Houston area that addresses the mental health of children.


Hogg Program Officer

Vicky Coffee, Program Manager