Saturday, April 6, 2013
Fordham University
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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SCHEDULE

8:00 A.M.-9:00 A.M.: Registration & Breakfast — Fordham Prep Auditorium
9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.: Opening Remarks and Keynote Address — Fordham Prep Auditorium
10:15 A.M.-11:30 A.M.: Morning Breakout Sessions
11:45 A.M.-12:45 P.M.: Lunch
1:00 P.M.-2:15 P.M.: 1st Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:30 P.M.-3:45 P.M.: 2nd Afternoon Sessions
4:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M.: Closing Ceremony

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. MAX GOMEZ

One of TV’s most respected medical journalists, Dr. Max Gomez has produced award-winning health and science segments for network stations in New York and Philadelphia.

Dr. Max has reported for Dateline, Today Show and 48 Hours.

Over almost three decades, he’s earned nine Emmy Awards, three NY State Broadcaster’s Association awards and UPI’s “Best Documentary” award.

In addition to NYC’s 'Excellence in Time of Crisis' for his September 11 coverage, Dr. Max has been singled out nationally for special award recognition by the Leukemia Society and The National Marfan Foundation.  He was also named the American Health Foundation's “Man of the Year.”

A noted moderator and speaker, Dr. Max is the regular moderator for Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Cancer Smart public education series. He was also the moderator for a three day, international conference on adult stem cells hosted by and held at the Vatican.

Max also trains physicians nationally in public speaking and presentation, speaking to groups as diverse as the National Cancer Institute and the College of American Pathologists.

Max is the co-author of “Our Stem Cells – The Mysteries of Life and Secrets of Healing”, a layman’s guide to the medicine of the future, showcasing a wide array of emerging adult stem cell breakthroughs, including their ability to repair damaged hearts and organs, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns and stop the march of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease.covering stem cell applications in everything from orthopedics to heart disease, cancer and HIV. It includes a special address by Pope Benedict XVI, urging increased support and awareness for advancements in adult stem cell research in order to alleviate human suffering. 

Dr. Max is also the co-author of “The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer.”  The 384-page book explains how an innovative program consisting of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes may help prevent prostate cancer.

Among the boards he serves or has served on:   

  • American Heart Association, national and regional boards

  • Past Chair of National Communications Committee for American heart Association

  • Past Vice-chair of Princeton Alumni Weekly board

  • Science Writers Fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA

  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America – Long Island Chapter.  

  • The Partnership for After School Education, a city-wide group of 1,600 community-based programs that tutor and mentor students. 

  • Past Chair of Communications Committee for the American Association  for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Max also mentors undergraduate journalism students, as well as medical students and physicians who are interested in medical journalism.  He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (PhD in Neuroscience) and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.

SCHEDULE: WORKSHOPS

SESSION 1
10:15 - 11:30 am

TOPIC A:  ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, REDUCING HEALTH DISPARITIES

MOMS IN THE SOUTH BRONX: STRESS FACTORS THAT AFFECT BIRTH OUTCOMES
Angela-Maithy Nguyen, CUNY MPH Candidate and Research Team Lead and Dr. Patricia Ruiz Navarro, PhD and Co-Principal Investigator
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the health disparities in the South Bronx, including current policy initiatives regarding infant mortality. Participants will also be introduced to a study conducted at the CUNY Institute for Health Equity that explored the various stress factors that impact birth outcomes. This workshop will be very interactive with Q&A throughout.

¿SIN SEGURO MEDICO O CONOCE A ALGUIEN QUE NO TENGA SEGURO MEDICO? Sesión en Español
Introducción  por Jaime R. Torres, Director Regional de HHS, Rebecca Telzak, Coordinadora de Salud,  Make the Road New York y Flor Ramirez, Coordinadora de Salud, Health Care Access Program, Children’s Aid Society

Aprenda acerca de la cobertura nueva que viene este otoño  en el Intercambio de Beneficios de Salud del Estado de Nueva York! Más de 268,000 personas que viven en el Bronx no tienen seguro de salud, según el Instituto Urbano. Eso significa que probablemente no estamos viendo a un médico regularmente para exámenes de salud que pueden detectar problemas a tiempo. Sin seguro médico, corren el riesgo de ser golpeado con grandes cuentas médicas si hay una emergencia y tienen que ir al hospital. El 1 de octubre de 2013, muchas personas no aseguradas y pequeñas empresas que no pueden ofrecer seguro  médico para sus empleados tendrán nuevas opciones de cobertura más asequible con la inauguración del Intercambio de Beneficios de Salud del Estado de Nueva York. El intercambio ha sido posible gracias a la ley de cuidado de salud a bajo precio (“Obamacare”).   

 

TOPIC B: COMMUNITY HEALTH

SOUTH BRONX’S HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD:  INCREASING ACCESS TO FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Alane Celeste-Villalvir, City Harvest

This segment of the conference will introduce participants to City Harvest’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, with highlights and handouts, including copies of the 2012 update of the South Bronx Community Food Assessment (CFA). Most importantly, this session will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss how they can impact our city to build health neighborhoods.

DON’T HAVE PAID SICK DAYS ON YOUR JOB?

Nancy Rankin, Vice President for Policy Research and Advocacy at Community Service Society, Donna Dolan, Co-chair of New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition, and Community Leaders from Make the Road New York and the Public Health Association of New York City

Think everyone should be able to take a paid sick day when they or their child is sick?  Learn about efforts underway in New York City to ensure all working people have paid sick leave!  This break-out would focus on educating the public, health care providers and community leaders about the need for people to have paid sick days on their jobs and what they can do to make sure this becomes a basic employment standard, like the minimum wage. Expert speakers at this session will explain why a paid sick days policy makes sense for working families and businesses, how the proposed law would work and what you can do to make sure no one has to choose between the paycheck they need and their own and their families’ health. If you choose, you can help us gather personal stories of how lack of paid sick days affected you or people you care for.

THE IMPACT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF THE BRONX COMMUNITY

Joyce Smith and Sophia Welbeck, Bronx Family Justice Center, Dr. Arash Nafisi, Montefiore CHCC, and Ami Patel, Sanctuary for Families Clinical Director
This session will be covered by the Family Justice Center, Bronx.  It will explore the medical implications of Domestic Violence, including a discussion of the correlation between domestic abuse and the mental, physical and emotional health of Bronx residents.  It will also provide a summary of resources for survivors moving beyond the violence.


TOPIC C: CHRONIC DISEASES

RESPIRAR PROGRAM: EDUCATING FAMILIES AND PATIENTS TO LOWER  ASTHMA RATES IN THE BRONX
(English and Spanish Bilingual Session)


Raghu Loganathan, MD, FCCP, Director of the Medical ICU and Stroke Care, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and Carlos Arze, Asthma Care Manager for the RESPIRAR program

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center will discuss asthma burden in the Bronx and strategies for Symptom control; Managing triggers and Tobacco cessation; Medication management and Self management. This workshop is ideal for individuals and families suffering from asthma and providers taking care of patients with asthma.

El centro médico y salud mental de Lincoln discutirá sobre varios temas de salud incluyendo, el asma en el Bronx y las estrategias para el control de síntomas, como crear una terapia eficaz para abandonar el hábito de fumar, administración de medicamentos y la autogestión. Esta sesión es ideal para individuos y familias que sufren de asma y los proveedores de cuidado de los pacientes con asma.

WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE THE CANCER BURDEN IN THE BRONX

Carla Sterling, American Cancer Society
In this session presenters from the American Cancer Society, Inc. will identify  key steps to reduce the risk of a cancer diagnosis that include making healthier lifestyle choices, and following recommended cancer screening guidelines.  Presenters will also promote the Cancer Services Program of Bronx County that provides free breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings for the uninsured and free American Cancer Society programs and services available to cancer patients and their families.

DIABETES AWARENESS, PREVENTION AND LONG TERM EFFECTS

Samuel Arce MD, National American Diabetes Association Leadership Board Member
Description coming soon!


HOW TO BUILD HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

McGinley Center Faculty Lounge

Assistant Commissioner of the Bronx District Public Health Office of the NYC DOHMH, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Gretchen Van Wye, PhD, MA, Director of Operations and Planning in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the New York City DOHMH, Craig Willingham, Program Manager, Food Access and Community Health Program of the NYC DOHMH, and Ashley Lederer, Deputy Director of the Nutrition Strategy Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Lindsey Harr –Executive Director, School Wellness Programs at NYC Department of Education, and, Sarah Wolf, MPH, RD NYCDOHMH

We continue to hear about obesity and the related health problems, especially here in the Bronx. During this session, residents will hear from leaders in their communities and discuss the best way to approach the issue. Panelists will present information and engage in discussion about how community members can work in partnership to build communities that encourage healthy behaviors.


TOPIC D: Behavioral and Developmental Health

A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO DRUG POLICY

Facilitator: Robert Cordero, Executive Director, CitiWide Harm Reduction
Panelists: Luke Bergmann, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Socrates Caba, Bronx HIV Advocacy Network , Kevin M. Connolly, NYS Association of Chiefs of Police, Kassandra Frederique, Drug Policy Alliance , Warren D. Zysman, ACI Rehab

This panel of experts from across multiple sectors and disciplines will discuss innovative public health and safety responses to drug use in the Bronx and New York State.

BEST PRACTICES FOR TREATING SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Reinaldo Daniel Diaz, Division of Substance Abuse (DOSA), Einstein College of Medicine
This workshop will cover the Integration of Faith and Health and its impact on addiction treatment, as well as Methadone Maintenance Treatment and what’s involved.  Clergy members and healthcare providers are encouraged to attend.

GENOMIC MEDICINE AND DEVELOPMENTAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM BIRTH TO THREE: THE IMPACTS ON BRAIN GROWTH AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

Fordham Prep Room 211*
Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW Child Development Specialist, The Early Childhood Center at Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Dr. Robert Marion, Director Rose F. Kennedy CERC, UCEDD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

This workshop will explore how technology and genetic testing will impact future generations. We will explore how our groundbreaking clinical research program is investigating the causes and possible treatments for the conditions that affect patients.  It will also cover the importance of secure attachment for infant, toddler brain development from birth to age three as well as the impact of trauma on development, and integrating feelings and verbal narrative (right-brain and left-brain foci). This workshop is perfect for providers, parents, and community members interested in child brain development and genomic medicine. 


TOPIC E: EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH

INCREASING TEENS’ ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION
IN THE SOUTH BRONX (PART 1 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)

Dionna Walters, MPH, MPA,  Project Director of Bronx Teens Connection, Ms. Jiante Butler, Mr. Ricky Camilo, Ms. Lalisbeth Soto, and Mr. Edgar Villacia, Bronx Teens Connection Youth Leadership Team

Part one of this two part series workshop will introduce participants to the Bronx Teens Connection clinic linkage model that promotes teens’ access to contraception and sexual reproductive health services. Bronx Teens Connection (BxTC) is a CDC/Office of Adolescent Health-funded program of the NYC DOHMH that aims to reducing unintended pregnancy and birth rates by 10% among teens ages 15-19 by 2015 in two adjoining South Bronx neighborhoods, Hunts Point and Morrisania.

WHY SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING IS CRITICAL TO HEALTHY OUTCOMES FOR YOUTH

Bianca Lopez-Bakke, MPH the Connect to Protect® (C2P) Bronx Coalition and Alexandra Smith, LCSW, Project Director of Start Strong Bronx: Building Healthy Teen Relationships
Middle school youth begin to adopt attitudes and behaviors that they see at home, on TV, internet and in their communities. School staff have a unique ability to educate and empower students to develop healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence and related risks of pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and STIs. Join us to learn how to develop a Teen Dating Violence Policy and protocol process to keep educators and students safe. 

UNDERSTANDING ADOLESCENT SEXUAL HEALTH

Sherisse Palomino, Bronx Works

This workshop will provide evidence-based and medically-accurate information on adolescent sexual health, and will include ways to empower teens to make better, smarter choices about their sexual health including abstinence. We will identify meaningful roles parents and role-models play in reducing pregnancy, HIV infections, and STI infections among teens. This workshop is perfect for school administrators, parents and Caring Adults, students and youth, community leaders, and faith-based organizations.

 

TOPIC F: HIGH DEMAND HEALTH CAREERS

AN OVERVIEW OF HEALTH CARE CAREERS IN HIGH DEMAND

Fordham Prep Room 325*

Joan Toglia & María Luisa Castañeda Students/ alumni: Presenters:  Sandra Duarte;  Lauren Kapkanoff , MPS, RPA-C; Brunilda Morrabal RN, BSN

This presentation will review health career trends, job trends and career opportunities across a wide array of allied health professions.  In addition, current students and alumni from different health professions will share their own stories and experiences in switching careers to health care and juggling work and school.

SESSION 2
1:00 - 2:15 pm

TOPIC A:  ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, REDUCING HEALTH DISPARITIES

UNINSURED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? LEARN ABOUT NEW COVERAGE COMING THIS FALL FROM THE NYS HEALTH BENEFITS EXCHANGE! (English Session)
Introduction by Jaime R. Torres, HHS Regional Director,  Lois Uttley, Director of Raising Women’s Voices-NY, and a member of the NYS Health Benefits Exchange from the NYC area and Erin Hoben, Health Policy Associate, the Children’s Defense Fund-NY
Learn about new coverage coming this fall from the NYS Health Benefits Exchange!
More than 268,000 people who live in the Bronx have no health insurance, according to the Urban Institute. That means they probably are not seeing a doctor regularly for health screenings that can detect problems early. With no insurance, they risk getting hit with big medical bills if there is an emergency and they end up in the hospital. On October 1, 2013, many uninsured people and small businesses that cannot afford to provide employee health insurance will get new, more affordable coverage options with the opening of the New York State Health Benefits Exchange. The exchange has been made possible through the Affordable Care Act health reform law (“Obamacare”).


ARE YOUR HEALTH NEEDS BEING SERVED? AN OPEN DISCUSSION AMONG CONSUMERS AND HEALTH PROVIDERS ((PART 1 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)
Robert Lederer, Director of Research, Policy and Advocacy, The Bronx Health Link
The Bronx has the worst health outcomes of any county in the state. How can we turn this around? Come to a forum for both consumers and health providers and share YOUR experiences, opinions, and suggestions about how to get more access to care, better quality care, and more preventive measures in the Bronx. A summary of your ideas will be included in The Bronx Health Link's Community Health Needs Assessment, now under way. Through this forum and others, along with surveys, focus groups and interviews, we will work to create a list of recommended policies that can make a real difference in the health of Bronxites.  Join the conversation!

 

TOPIC B: COMMUNITY HEALTH
BRINGING PRIDE BACK TO THE BRONX: BRIDGING GAPS IN LGBT SERVICES IN THE BRONX (PART 1 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)
Justin Toro, Outreach Coordinator for Adolescent AIDS Program Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Join us for this interactive workshop that will introduce our Bronx community to the new LGBT coalition! We will educate participants about the state of LGBT health in the Bronx, identify barriers to health services for LGBT Bronxites and collectively develop key recommendations for retaining the LGBT community in the Bronx and working to increase the health outcomes of the LGBT community. Our workshop will incorporate entertainment/culture into the session through youth skits or performances and we will discuss the specific needs of each community: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, youth, seniors and more!

WOMEN’S HEALTH: THE BODY-MIND CONNECTION (PART 1 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)

Facilitator: Paulette Spencer, Program Director, The Bronx Health Link
Featured Speaker: UNICEF Senior Advisory in Maternal and Child Health
Panelists: Dr. Kristina Muenzenmaier, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Psychiatrist, Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center, Ms. Sabra Jackson, Voices of Women, Coach Stevan Lynn, Dare2Dream Fatherhood Program, Ms. Kathy Davis, Certified Qi Gong Instructor, Host of “Heart of Mind” on Pacifica Radio Station WBAI, 99.5 FM

Many Bronx women are facing unsafe pregnancies because of social and economic pressures that take a toll on their health. Fortunately, the risk can be reduced with careful monitoring of a woman’s health status prior to pregnancy.  This special event will examine mental stress and its physical effects on a woman’s body before pregnancy and during development of the fetus. We’ll present many ways to lessen these reproductive risks through life changes and using services that are already available.

THE BRONX COMMUNITY RESEARCH REVIEW BOARD: MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY ADDRESSING HEALTH DISPARITIES THROUGH COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH (PART 1 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)
Francisco Martin del Campo, Program Coordinator at The Bronx Health Link
The result of a community-academic partnership between The Bronx Health Link and Einstein College of Medicine, the Bronx Community Research Review Board (BxCRRB) is an organization of Bronxites that educates residents about health research in the borough and their rights as participants. At the same time the BxCRRB reviews proposals from health researchers and encourages researchers to use their studies to benefit the Bronx community as a whole, not just for research participants. The BxCRRB seeks to improve health outcomes by building trust between communities and researchers through education, advocacy, and community-based research. In addition to giveaways, each session will have a drawing for free Yankee tickets!

TOPIC C: CHRONIC DISEASES

ACTIVE DESIGN ACTIVITY TO RE-ENVISION OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Sarah Wolf, MPH, RD NYCDOHMH and Emma Rodgers, MS, Program Coordinator, Partnership for a Healthier Bronx at Bronx Health REACH/Institute for Family Health
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (NYC DOHMH) Bronx District Public Health Office (DPHO) and Built Environment and Healthy Homes Program and Bronx Health REACH are working together to promote active living in the Bronx through Active Design. Active Design is a set of urban and building design strategies that architects, urban planners, community-based organizations, housing providers, schools and community members can use to encourage active living and healthy eating in their neighborhood.  During this session, residents will re-envision the streets, buildings and other outdoor spaces in their community to encourage healthy living and learn about Active Design resources for doing so.

GETTING THE BRONX TO ZERO NEW HIV INFECTIONS
Candida Richards-Clarke, Bronx AIDS Services, other presenters TBD
Unfortunately, rates of HIV in Bronx communities average around 2%, the Bronx experiences one of the highest HIV/AIDS death rates in the City, and the Bronx accounts for the City’s highest percentage of concurrent HIV/AIDS diagnoses. All this can change because we are facing the best time in the history of the HIV epidemic. It is the best time because there is a Presidential National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) which is complemented by advances in science, particularly HIV/AIDS treatment, and we may finally have the tools to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  How does the Bronx take advantage of this progress?  Presenters will discuss why it is important to increase HIV testing and access to HIV care in order to reduce HIV infections and optimize HIV health outcomes for Bronxites.

TOPIC D: Topic D: Behavioral and Developmental Health

UNDERSTANDING VETERAN EXPERIENCE AND REINTEGRATION IN THE BRONX (Part 1 of 2 workshop series)

Fordham Prep Leonard Theater
Scott Thompson, M.S., M.Div., LMHC, Director - Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC/MHA-NYC (Mental Health Association of New York City), Fredy Tello - Senior Director of Military Initiatives/ Jericho Project,  Adriana Rodriguez - Director of Special Programs/ Jericho Project, Gaylene Pandolfo  - Mental Health Program Specialist/NYS OMH Long Island Field Office, Jeffrey Colon-Melendez, Transition Patient Advocate - Bronx VA OEF/OIF/OND,  Eric Chester - Bronx Vet Center,  Laura Castillo - Army Wounded Warrior Program  AW2,  Takesha Bailey - AW2 (Army Wounded Warrior)

The Bronx is home to 34,840 veterans of military service.  Soldiers have a creed of 'leave no one behind'.  This forum is an invitation for residents of the Bronx to adopt a similar creed of leaving no veteran behind.  The mental and behavioral health challenges of returning service members is staggering.  We will present and discuss the particular challenges that veterans face, how to engage and what resources are available.  We welcome your stories, experience and commitment to ensuring their continuing reintegration into our community.

SPECIAL HEALTHCARE NEEDS FOR ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (PANEL)
Moderator: Joanne F. Siegel, LCSW, Director of Community and Advocacy Services Rose F. Kennedy CERC, UCEDD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Panelists: Barbara Cajdler, Jason Conover AHRC-NYC,  Anne Marie Rotchford, RN, BSN Family Care and Community Health Nurse Metro DDSO NYS OPWDD
This workshop will highlight the healthcare needs for adults with developmental disabilities, including the issues related to sobriety and substance use. The target audience is healthcare providers, and community members.

TOPIC E: EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH


PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FOR BRONX YOUTH:  ELIMINATING BARRIERS AND IMPROVING ACCESS AND QUALITY
(Part 1 of 2)

Kim Freeman, Manager of Adolescent Health Services and Coordinator of the Montefiore Adolescent Primary Care Initiative (MAPCI) at Montefiore Medical Center, Elizabeth M. Alderman, MD Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, K. Lobach, MD, retired professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and member of Montefiore Adolescent Primary Care Initiative (MAPCI).

The aim of this session is to gather Bronx health care providers of primary health care to adolescent to discuss current successes and challenges in providing services to Bronx teenagers and develop ideas and plans for possible changes or improvements.  The session will also work to develop continuing collaboration among Bronx health care providers with the formation of a borough-wide steering committee.  This session will include brief presentations, breakout discussion groups and a closing summary of solutions.   All Summit participants are welcome to attend.

ENGAGING OUR YOUTH ON ADOPTING HEALTHIER PRACTICES BY USING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES IN OUR BOROUGH

Traci Callender, Bronx AIDS Services, Bianca Lopez-Bakke, MPH, Connect to Protect, Sherrise Palomino BronxWorks and John, Sojourner, and Shawna, Community Youth Leaders
This roundtable discussion will educate attendees on positive youth development principles and how they can be used to inform and enhance program design. Topics will include: getting buy-in from staff, using principles throughout the programming, supporting and training young people to take on decision-making roles, etc. The session will also explore how to implement youth friendly services. Community Youth Leaders will lead the discussion by sharing their experiences in accessing services and giving implementation tips to CBOs who provide sexual health related services to young people (i.e. clinic hours past 4pm, youth-friendly waiting rooms, transportation, obtaining parental consent, etc.).

A HEALTHY CHILD = A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT

Tebbie Clift, Program Coordinator for Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC, Lisa Suriano, Founder and CEO of Veggiecation, Diane Barrett, MS, RD, CLC, Senior Dietitian, Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Elizabeth Solomon MS, RD, Nutrition Education Program Manager at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Ian Forster, Educational Program Manager, HealthCorps

Encouraging healthy eating and exercise habits in children at a young age fosters healthy lifestyles that can last a lifetime, while also supporting good academic performance and success in schools. This session will highlight several nutrition and fitness programs available for young children and school-age children, and provide attendees with information about how they can help support healthy food options for children in schools and at home.  Attendees will learn about promoting school wellness programs and improving school food, as well as learn about food and nutrition education programs available for students and community members.

BEYOND SHOTS, FORMS AND COLDS:  THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE HEALTH CARE
FOR ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS

Dr. Uri Belkind, UCHC, Director of Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Tahshann Richards, Family Medicine and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Ariel Bales-Kogan, Dental, Ms. Caroline D. Davis, Director of Teen Services/Project Director CAPP program

This session will focus on some of the health problems faced by Bronx adolescents and young adults.  In this context, Union Community Health Center adolescent providers will lead a discussion regarding the ways primary care providers, teenagers and parents can build strong relationships to help avoid these problems, or overcome them.  We will cover topics including obesity, unwanted pregnancy and teen births, high school drop-out rates, and the importance of mental, sexual, and dental health.


TOPIC F: HIGH DEMAND HEALTH CAREERS

COLLEGE HEALTH 101
Monique DiNapoli, PACT Counselor and Adjunct Instructor, Mercy College
This session will address some of the mental and physical health issues college students often face.  Whether living at home or on campus, alone or with roommates, working or attending school full time, college students experience a variety of new and unexpected challenges to their mental and physical health.  Some of the topics covered will include stress and anxiety, substance abuse, the “Freshman 15” and obesity. 


INTERESTED IN HEALTH CAREERS? : TIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS

Fordham Prep Room 325* 327
Elizabeth Holcombe, Senior Director, PACT Program; Leighann DeMarco, PACT Counselor, both of Mercy College, Hamide Laucer, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Hostos Community College

Current high school and college students will learn about what they can do now to get a head start on a career in the healthcare industry.   In addition, the last part of this session will address college health and some of the mental and physical health issues college students often face as they transition to College.

SESSION 3
2:30- 3:45 pm

TOPIC A:  ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, REDUCING HEALTH DISPARITIES
ARE YOUR HEALTH NEEDS BEING SERVED? AN OPEN DISCUSSION AMONG CONSUMERS AND HEALTH PROVIDERS ((PART 2 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)
Robert Lederer, Director of Research, Policy and Advocacy, The Bronx Health Link
The Bronx has the worst health outcomes of any county in the state. How can we turn this around? Come to a forum for both consumers and health providers and share YOUR experiences, opinions, and suggestions about how to get more access to care, better quality care, and more preventive measures in the Bronx. A summary of your ideas will be included in The Bronx Health Link's Community Health Needs Assessment, now under way. Through this forum and others, along with surveys, focus groups and interviews, we will work to create a list of recommended policies that can make a real difference in the health of Bronxites.  Join the conversation!

TOPIC B: COMMUNITY HEALTH

THE BRONX COMMUNITY RESEARCH REVIEW BOARD: MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY ADDRESSING HEALTH DISPARITIES THROUGH COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH (PART 2 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)
Francisco Martin del Campo, Program Coordinator at The Bronx Health Link
The result of a community-academic partnership between The Bronx Health Link and Einstein College of Medicine, the Bronx Community Research Review Board (BxCRRB) is an organization of Bronxites that educates residents about health research in the borough and their rights as participants. At the same time the BxCRRB reviews proposals from health researchers and encourages researchers to use their studies to benefit the Bronx community as a whole, not just for research participants. The BxCRRB seeks to improve health outcomes by building trust between communities and researchers through education, advocacy, and community-based research. In addition to giveaways, each session will have a drawing for free Yankee tickets!

BRINGING PRIDE BACK TO THE BRONX: BRIDGING GAPS IN LGBT SERVICES IN THE BRONX (PART 2 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)
Justin Toro, Outreach Coordinator for Adolescent AIDS Program Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Join us for this interactive workshop that will introduce our Bronx community to the new LGBT coalition! We will educate participants about the state of LGBT health in the Bronx, identify barriers to health services for LGBT Bronxites and collectively develop key recommendations for retaining the LGBT community in the Bronx and working to increase the health outcomes of the LGBT community. Our workshop will incorporate entertainment/culture into the session through youth skits or performances and we will discuss the specific needs of each community: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, youth, seniors and more!

WOMEN’S HEALTH: THE BODY-MIND CONNECTION (PART 2 of 2 WORKSHOP SERIES)
Facilitator: Paulette Spencer, Program Director, The Bronx Health Link
Featured Speaker: UNICEF Senior Advisory in Maternal and Child Health
Panelists: Dr. Kristina Muenzenmaier, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Psychiatrist, Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center, Ms. Sabra Jackson, Voices of Women, Coach Stevan Lynn, Dare2Dream Fatherhood Program, Ms. Kathy Davis, Certified Qi Gong Instructor, Host of “Heart of Mind” on Pacifica Radio Station WBAI, 99.5 FM

Many Bronx women are facing unsafe pregnancies because of social and economic pressures that take a toll on their health. Fortunately, the risk can be reduced with careful monitoring of a woman’s health status prior to pregnancy.  This special event will examine mental stress and its physical effects on a woman’s body before pregnancy and during development of the fetus. We’ll present many ways to lessen these reproductive risks through life changes and using services that are already available.

TOPIC C: CHRONIC DISEASES

JUST A TOUCH: DIABETIC NEUROPATHY
Dr. Anthony Lorio, Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Community Health and Medicine
Assistant Dean for Continuing Education for New York College of Podiatric Medicine

This workshop will cover how to prevent and reduce diabetes complications including blindness, nephropathy, heart disease, and amputations.

TOPIC D: Topic D: Behavioral and Developmental Health

UNDERSTANDING VETERAN EXPERIENCE AND REINTEGRATION IN THE BRONX (Part 2 of 2 workshop series)
Scott Thompson, M.S., M.Div., LMHC, Director - Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC/MHA-NYC (Mental Health Association of New York City), Fredy Tello - Senior Director of Military Initiatives/ Jericho Project,  Adriana Rodriguez - Director of Special Programs/ Jericho Project, Gaylene Pandolfo  - Mental Health Program Specialist/NYS OMH Long Island Field Office, Jeffrey Colon-Melendez, Transition Patient Advocate - Bronx VA OEF/OIF/OND,  Eric Chester - Bronx Vet Center,  Laura Castillo - Army Wounded Warrior Program  AW2,  Takesha Bailey - AW2 (Army Wounded Warrior)

The Bronx is home to 34,840 veterans of military service.  Soldiers have a creed of 'leave no one behind'.  This forum is an invitation for residents of the Bronx to adopt a similar creed of leaving no veteran behind.  The mental and Topic D: Behavioral and Developmental Health challenges of returning service members is staggering.  We will present and discuss the particular challenges that veterans face, how to engage and what resources are available.  We welcome your stories, experience and commitment to ensuring their continuing reintegration into our community.

PHYSICAL HEALTH CONCERNS FOR PEOPLE WITH Topic D: Behavioral and Developmental Health NEEDS
Heather Neuhs, Einstein College of Medicine and Joseph Lambrelli, Einstein College of Medicine
This workshop will focus on providing an overview of Topic D: Behavioral and Developmental Health needs for people with behavioral and mental health conditions. We will explore SVTN CMHC ‘s approach and look at how PHQ-9 is a best practice tool for screening, diagnosing, monitoring, and measuring the severity of depression.  In addition this workshop will explore studies that have shown that people with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population. Persons with seriously mental health conditions often have modifiable health risks and are often under- treated for their co-morbid physical health conditions.


MEDICAID REDESIGN AND THE LATEST IN MEDICAID MANAGED CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Moderator: Arnold Birenbaum, PhD,  Associate Director of Rose F Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Panelists: Susan Dooha,Esq. Greg Otten, Phd., and Heidi Siegfried Esq. Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York's (CIDNY), Roberta Mueller, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
A panel of experts will discuss the latest on the Medicaid re-design in New York States as well as provide detailed insight about Medicaid managed care for persons with disabilities.

TOPIC E: EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FOR BRONX YOUTH:  ELIMINATING BARRIERS AND IMPROVING ACCESS AND QUALITY
(Part 2 of 2)

Kim Freeman, Manager of Adolescent Health Services and Coordinator of the Montefiore Adolescent Primary Care Initiative (MAPCI) at Montefiore Medical Center, Elizabeth M. Alderman, MD Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, K. Lobach, MD, retired professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and member of Montefiore Adolescent Primary Care Initiative (MAPCI).

The aim of this session is to gather Bronx health care providers of primary health care to adolescent to discuss current successes and challenges in providing services to Bronx teenagers and develop ideas and plans for possible changes or improvements.  The session will also work to develop continuing collaboration among Bronx health care providers with the formation of a borough-wide steering committee.  This session will include brief presentations, breakout discussion groups and a closing summary of solutions.   All Summit participants are welcome to attend.

HOW MEDIA NEGATIVELY IMPACTS ADOLESCENTS’ SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (PART 2 of 2 workshop series)
Two sessions will be divided in two parts where the first will introduce the Bronx Teens Connection clinic linkage model that promotes teens’ access to contraception and sexual reproductive health services.  The second component will include an in-depth discussion of challenges in navigating sexual reproductive health in light of constant negative sexual imagery in media

TOPIC F: HIGH DEMAND HEALTH CAREERS

FINANCIAL AID 101
Margaret McGrail, Vice President of Student Services, Mercy College 
A review of the processes and funds available to you to assist with financing your education, including special programs for students enrolled in health career programs