Community Conversations on Strengthening Panhandle Families 

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Panhandle PBS and Texas PBS are partnering with the Prevention and Early Intervention division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to host an online community forum on strengthening Panhandle families to prevent child abuse before it occurs.

The livestream event’s theme is “Supporting Panhandle Families, Building a Stronger Community.” Viewers may visit for a link to watch and submit questions/comments live at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25.


The event will combine speakers, a panel discussion and videos, with moderator Karen Welch, Panhandle PBS Content Producer, as moderator. Featured speakers will include:


•           Sasha Rasco, Prevention & Early Intervention, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin

•           Kristie Tingle, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin

•           Bruce Moseley, Turn Center, Amarillo

•           Dubb Alexander, Fathers Add Value, Amarillo

•           April Leming, The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, Amarillo


A studio audience of community leaders and champions of child abuse prevention will take part on site. ​

Topics will include demographics and trends in our region, understanding child development issues, protective factors, the importance of father involvement, and parenting needs and resources. The event will focus on developing supportive family structures to help parents manage the stress that comes with parenting, encouraging communities to create nurturing environments for families, normalizing seeking help, and connecting those in need of help with resources. 

Media organizations are welcome to attend the event, as well as a pre-event press commentary by guest speaker Kristie Tingle at 9:30 a.m.  The event can also be watched online after it is archived at

This project is part of the Help for Parents, Hope for Kids public awareness campaign sponsored by the Prevention and Early Intervention division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Visit for parenting resources and a directory of locally available programs.  Visit or call 806-371-5479 for more event information.