IMCHC Conference 2013

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Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition Conference, 2013
“Educate, Collaborate, Advocate: Promoting Health Across the Life Span”

 

In May 2013, IMCHC, in partnership with the Illinois School Nurses, hosted our annual conference, Educate, Advocate, Collaborate. This was our first joint conference and with more than 300 conference attendees, it was a huge success. Of course, we must thank our exhibitors and presenters for joining us in promoting a multidisciplinary approach to public health.

Following this event, we are enthusiastic that we can continue finding innovative ways to collaborate with new and existing partners. IMCHC’s Executive Director, Janine Lewis, expressed her optimism for continued collaboration when she said, “The coming together of such a diverse group of intelligent, committed, passionate individuals was energizing and I am confident we can improve the health of Illinois together.”

 

 

Tracks

  • Health and Wellness
  • Collaboration for Healthy Students and Communities
  • Advocacy and Engagement
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Mitigating Health Disparities
  • Health Reform

 

Workshop Presentations

School Health Center Return on Investment Presentation
                                CVS Workforce Initiative



WORKSHOP SESSION ONE


+ Track One: Health and Wellness

Strategies to Move the Wellness Agenda Forward in Public Schools

Vicki Ann Andreoni, BSN MS DNP
Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Community Health Outreach Nurse, Loyola School Based Health Center

In June 2004, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act was signed into law making it mandatory for all local education agencies participating in the Federal School Meal Programs to create a Local Wellness Policy by July 2006. This legislation recognizes the vital role that schools can play in ensuring the health and wellness of their students. The wellness policies are mandated to include: goals for nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition standards for foods sold in schools that are not federally reimbursable meals, plans for measuring implementation of the local wellness policies, and a requirement for community involvement in the development of the policies. Many schools and districts have had difficulty with the School Wellness Policy process, and not all schools have effective policies in place. This presentation will explore practical strategies for complying with the federal mandate and achieving school wellness policy objectives in the elementary school setting.

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Download the school wellness chart.


+ Track Two: Collaboration for Health Students and Communities

Supporting Father Involvement in Maternal Child Health

Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Rush University College of Nursing

Susan Breitenstein, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Assistant Professor, Rush University College of Nursing

Building Bridges to Fatherhood is a fatherhood program developed with the guidance of an Advisory Council of African American fathers. The purpose of the program is to promote and sustain the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their young children when they do not live with their children on a full-time basis.  The three core units of Building Bridges to Fatherhood provides content that is designed to help fathers recognize their importance to their children; communicate effectively with their children’s co-parent, and use effective parenting strategies. A fourth, optional, unit provides specific content for fathers separated from their children due to involvement in the criminal justice system.

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+ Track  Three: Advocacy and Engagement

Illinois Adolescent and Elementary Risk Assessment Tool

Audrey Stillerman, MD
Associate Director of Medical Affairs, UI Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCENHP)

Martha Glynn, BSN, DNP
Family Nurse Practitioner, Erie Family Health Center

SBHCs in Illinois are poised to implement newly-developed SBHC-specific, user-friendly risk assessment tools that can become a model for SBHCs across the country. When the IDHS mandated the transition to the AAP Bright Futures guidelines in Illinois SBHCs, a group of providers who had used Bright Futures and were not satisfied with its applicability to their student populations, convened to modify the guidelines and make the tools more consumer and provider friendly.

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+ Track Four: Prevention and Health Promotion

Current Trends in STDs Among Youth

Richard Zimmerman, AA, BS, MA
Chief of STD Section, Illinois Department of Public Health

Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI) infections reported annually in the US - almost half are among youth aged 15-24. The presenter will provide information on sexually transmitted disease,information from the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey in regards to sexual health,Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, HPV epidemiolgoy data and trends among youth,and current strategies to reduce and prevention STIs in youth.

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+ Track Five: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Ulich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN): A Comprehensive Approach to Serving Traumatized Youth in Schools

Jacob Dancer III, LCSW, MA
Program Supervisor, UCAN

Michael Wilson, LCPC, M.Ed.
Program Supervisor, UCAN

UCAN has been providing school based services to the South & West side of Chicago for three years with efficiency and effectiveness.  It is a known factor that traumatized youth have difficulty with achieving academic success.  Traumatized youth do not attend school, they get suspended for disruptive behaviors, and they have poor grades. This presentation will involve describing the various components of the programs that UCAN has provided in the schools in the context of individual, family, group counseling, mentoring services, and professional development of school faculty.  The presenters will introduce the different types of counseling methods used with the youth such as the evidenced based interventions that have been shown through research to reduced trauma related symptoms and behaviors in the school setting.

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+ Track Six: Mitigating Health Disparities

Much More than Mobile Health Care: Combining Medical Services, Health Education, and Community Outreach


Icy Cade-Bell, MD
Associate Professor, University of Chicago

This presentation will discuss the Comer Children’s Hospital Mobile Medical Unit, a program of the University of Chicago Medicine system.  The Mobile Unit program is a school linked program that visits schools on the South and West sides of Chicago and provides direct medical care, including physicals, immunizations, screening for anemia and lead elevation, and laboratory testing if indicated.     The program includes additional services, including classroom based education, mental health screening and counseling and services geared towards adolescent concerns.  Performance of these services requires close collaboration between the schools and the Mobile Unit team, to schedule Mobile Unit visits and educational sessions that best fit each school’s needs, to identify students that need services, and to provide parents or guardians with the consent form.  The presentation will include a power point slides.

 

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+ Track Seven: Health Reform

Countdown to Coverage: The Affordable Care Act in Illinois

Kathleen Waligora, MSW
Policy and Communications Coordinator, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition

The Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape as we know it, but too few people understand the law. This presentation will introduce major provisions, share best practices on communicating about the law, and engage participants in activities related to state-level implementation and outreach.

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WORKSHOP SESSION TWO

 

+ Track One: Health and Wellness

Promoting Breastfeeding Among Low Income Pregnant Adolescents

Amy Manion, PhD, RN, CPNP
Assistant Professor, Rush University School of Nursing
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Northwestern Children’s Practice, Chicago, IL

This presentation will detail the health disparities regarding breastfeeding practices among young urban low-income mothers of color.  Barriers to breastfeeding for this population will be discussed.  The process of implementing an infant nutrition/breastfeeding support group at a school for pregnant and parenting young women will be described.

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Download the workshop presentation (Part I).

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+ Track Two: Collaboration for Health Students and Communities

Adolescent Reproductive Health: Trends and Tools Nurses in Schools Need to Know


Sally Lemke, MS, RN, WHNP-BC

Clinical Director, Faculty Practice
Practice Manager, Rush School Health Centers, Rush University College of Nursing

Grete Wood, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Community Health

This presentation will include an overview of current trends in pubertal and sexual development, common reproductive health concerns of preteens and teens, and tools and resources for use by nurses working in schools to address adolescent reproductive health concerns. Current statistics on adolescent sexual health, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections will be reviewed. Common reproductive health conditions will be presented with recommendations for appropriate referral and follow up. Expert recommendations regarding preventative health measures for healthy sexual development, including age appropriate screenings, immunizations, and education will be presented along with information on resources nurses can use for such purposes. Presenters will be one nurse practitioner and one registered nurse with a combined 23 years of experience working with adolescent reproductive health and development who currently practice in three school based health centers in Chicago. Presentation format will include a PowerPoint presentation, integrated realistic case study reviews, and a question and answer period.

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+ Track  Three: Advocacy and Engagement

Use of 504 Plans to Accommodate Student Health Needs


Linda Gibbons, RN, MSN, IL/NCSN
Director, School Nurse certification and Health Education Programs, National Louis University, Wheeling, IL

Within the context of the nursing process, the need for and development of 504 plans based on individual medical management plans will be covered including the team members necessary, developments of goals, developments of accommodations, implementation of 504 plans for students with health needs in the school setting, The differences between 504 plans and IEP plans will be discussed.  Specific needs with legislatively mandated 504 plans will be discussed.  Participant will have an opportunity to practice developing goals and work through the process for developing a 504 plan for a specific diagnosis.The presentation will highlight the role of the school nurse in developing and implementing 504 plans based on the student needs in the school setting and the Medical Management Plan submitted to the school.

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+ Track Four: Prevention and Health Promotion

Prematurity: Advocating for Change for a Healthier Start

Susan Knight, MA, LCSW
Director of Program Services, Illinois Chapter of March of Dimes

This presentation will focus on the issue of preterm birth in Illinois, its relationship to learning issues, and the process of collaborating with stakeholders to advocate for changes to reduce preterm birth rates in Illinois. 

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+ Track Five: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Collaborative Primary Prevention Response to Opiate Use by Youth: A New Model of Substance Abuse Education


Kathleen Burke, MS, ABD
Chief Executive Officer, Robert Crown Center for Health Education

A new model of substance abuse education will be presented using a critical case study approach. The presenter will lead a discussion about a new innovative evidence based strategy for drug education in schools that was developed in response to the growing trend of heroin abuse by adolescents across the country.  The Robert Crown Center for Health Education's model addresses the gaps that exist in drug prevention education.  In response to these gaps and the rising incidence of deaths from heroin overdose by young adults a collaboration of stakeholders gathered to respond to original research commissioned by RCC from the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy (ICDP) that identifies the paths that lead suburban youth to heroin addiction.  Based on this research, RCC adopted a collaborative primary prevention approach to address the issue of heroin as a community problem.

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+ Track Six: Mitigating Health Disparities

HIV Infection among Illinois Teens

Christi Jackson BS MPH MBA
Marcella Abrams MPA MHS CADC

Illinois Department of Public Health

This presentation will describe HIV epidemiology among Illinois teens by risk behavior, race, ethnicity, gender, and geography.   The trend in incidence of pregnancy and births among HIV-positive teen females will be described.  Youth Risk Behavior Survey data will describe the prevalence of Illinois teen sexual and injection risk behaviors.  HIV and Chlamydia testing data will demonstrate positivity rates among Illinois teens tested by site types.  The epidemiologic interactions between HIV and sexually transmitted infections will be discussed.   Models for testing teens including Risk-Targeted Outreach Testing, Clinic Routine Opt Out Testing, and Perinatal Routine Testing will be presented with service descriptions,  target populations, and expected performance standards for each model .  Recommendations for teen STI screening and prevention education will be described.   Current Public Health grant funding opportunities and potential funding sources under the Affordable Care Act will be presented.

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+ Track Seven: Health Reform

Building Health Care Skills to Last a Lifetime: The Illinois Transition Care Project

Jodie Bargeron, MSW
Director, Medical Home Initiatives for the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Darcy Contri RN, BSN, MPH
Program Support Specialist, UIC-Division of Specialized Care for Children

The Illinois Transition Care Project uses an innovative process, within multiple settings, to achieve quality, comprehensive, developmentally appropriate care for youth to successfully transition to adulthood. The project targets pediatricians, adult-oriented physicians, school staff, allied staff, advocates, and youth/families using a life cycle framework. For the first two groups, the project created separate web-based trainings on transition care.  The pediatric course identifies activities and tools to prepare youth for the healthcare transition. The course for family physicians/internists increases their ability to accept transitioning patients, with a focus on youth with special health care needs. The courses emphasize an interdisciplinary team approach to improving transition care, built on medical home principles. Pilot site participants include physicians, nurses, social workers, medical assistants, and front desk staff. Once users complete the presentations and coursework, they begin a component to implement the materials and meet requirements for Maintenance of Certification Part IV credit. This mix of interactivity and incentives drives learners to prioritize patient needs and tailor improvements to specific barriers. Essentially, in part one of the courses, providers increase knowledge on transition care and use new interactive tools to strategize implementation. In part two of the courses, users implement their plan and measure the impact on their patients. To address youth/families, planners focused on two areas. First, recently transitioned youth and their caregivers created a large resource library, designing new health care skills sheets for key tasks. Second, stakeholders developed training for IEP team members to develop health goals in the transition plan. Evaluators fielded a survey of school staff to determine related needs and barriers.

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Download the Illinois Transition Care handout.

 


WORKSHOP SESSION THREE


+ Track One: Health and Wellness

Understanding and Connecting with Cooking Matters

Kathy Chan, BA
Associate Director, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition

Lilah Handler BA
Cooking Matters Coordinator, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition

This workshop will provide an overview of Cooking Matters, a program run in partnership with Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger in America. Cooking Matters offers six-week classes about healthy cooking, nutrition, and food budgeting to low-income families who are most at-risk for hunger and malnutrition.

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+ Track Two: Collaboration for Health Students and Communities

Best Practices in Connecting Faith Communities to Mental Health Resources


Robert Skrocki, MSW, LCSW
Chair, Interfaith Mental Health Coalition

Rita J. Rippentrop, M. Div., LCPC
Director, Alexian Brothers Parish Services

Representatives from the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition will share their work in helping faith communities in the Chicagoland area recognize, respond, and refer effectively regarding mental health problems. This presentation will highlight holistic recovery in all its bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions. Panelists will share specific strategies they use to engage and support faith communities.  For more information about the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition, please visit www.interfaithmhc.org.  

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+ Track  Three: Advocacy and Engagement

Ready, Set, Where do I Go? Get the 411 on Health Care Transition for Adolescents


Darcy Contri RN, BSN, MPH
Program Support Specialist, UIC-Division of Specialized Care for Children

The presentation will empower health care providers, school staff and community advocates to improve   health care/self-advocacy skills of adolescents and to increase access to quality health care across the life span.  Interactive participation and small group discussions to increase skills and knowledge to help adolescents with transition to adulthood in the areas of health, education, financial, employment, living, and social. Person centered tools to improve adolescents' health care skills including transition milestones, supporting skills, tips and tools to assist with health care skills assessment and skill sheets to educate on topics such as filling a prescription, using insurance, and locating a new physician will be shared. Identify community resources and strategies to improve access to quality health care for adolescents with disabilities during the transition to adulthood.  Address barriers in the transition process in multiple settings. Training physicians, medical practice staff and school staff are important areas for improving access to care for people with disabilities, during both adolescence and early adulthood.

 

Download the workshop presentation (Part I).

Download the workshop presentation (Part II).

Download Working with Your Doctor.

Download 411 Healthcare Transition.

Download Making Your Own Medical Appointment.

Download Managing Medications.

Download SMART Goal Transition Learning Activity

 

 

+ Track Four: Prevention and Health Promotion

The Chicago Parenting Initiative/FATHERS Program: Involving Fathers and Male Partners for Healthier Mothers, Babies, and Families


Brian Bragg BA
Program Manager of Men’s Health, Access Community Health

This presentation/ workshop will cover the implementation of the Chicago Parenting Initiative (CPI)/FATHERS program, a multi-site intervention that is designed to strengthen maternal, child, and men’s health by engaging fathers and/or male partners within a familial context. It will review the needs assessment, how the results were used to develop the program, and how the program itself was implemented in key community areas.  It will also cover the necessity of program evaluation (and the evaluation design of CPI), and the value of the internal process evaluation that ACCESS conducted to help program staff understand where those involved share knowledge and expectations about the program, its structure and processes and staff roles and responsibilities. 

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+ Track Five: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Preventing Teen Suicide so Teens Have the Opportunity to Live to their Full Potential


Jennifer L. Martin, MSW
Injury Prevention Coordinator, Illinois Department of Public Health

Jessica Gerdes, RN, BA, BSN, MS, IL-CSN, NCSN
Principal Consultant, School Nurse/Health Issues, Illinois State Board of Education

We want a society where people can live to their full potential; however, the reality is that a variety of circumstances can lead a person to feel helpless, even attempt to take one’s life.  Suicides are significant and largely preventable.  This presentation will explain how school personnel serve an important role in preventing suicides.  Audience members will participate in a brief discussion on the burden of teen suicide, in addition to risk factors and protective factors; however, the majority of the discussion will address strategies and activities for identifying and responding to students at risk.  Participants will learn more about opportunities to help them reach the training requirements in the Jason Flatt Act, in addition to national resources and various teen suicide prevention programs. 

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Download the Preventing Teen Suicide handout.

 

+ Track Six: Mitigating Health Disparities

Promoting Preconception Health Among Adolescents


Madiha Qureshi, MPH
Associate Director, Program Service, Illinois Chapter March of Dimes

Anna Blankenberger, MPH
Program Coordinator, Health Education, Illinois Chapter March of Dimes

This presentation will cover March of Dimes initiatives to promote preconception health among adolescents.  The presentation falls under Track 2: Collaboration for Healthy Students and Communities, as our presentation will describe collaborative work we have done with schools, community agencies, and non-profits to empower and educate adolescents on how the choices they make today will impact their health and well being in the future.

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+ Track Seven: Health Reform

The Chicago Parent Program : An Evidence Based Program for Preventing Behavior Problems in Young Children


Susan Breitenstein, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Assistant Professor, Rush University College of Nursing
Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Rush University College of Nursing

The Chicago Parent Program is an evidence-based, preventive parent training program which promotes young children’s social emotional development. The Chicago Parent Program has been implemented in a variety of contexts and settings, including HeadStart, PreK programs, high schools, and community based mental health centers.  The purpose of this presentation is to describe the Chicago Parent Program, its benefits to children and families, and implementation processes.

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