Conference 2023: Session Descriptions

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The Pandemic: The Need for Increased Skills in Trauma Informed Care, Heather Forkey, MD (plenary, 1CME) *V
Expanding research has documented the developmental, mental health and physical health impact of trauma on children. This session will break down the elements of trauma informed care into practical ways to implement it in the SBHC setting to improve outcomes for our kids.


Uterine Bleeding in Adolescence: evaluation, approach to diagnosis, and management, Laura O’Shea, CNM (1 CME)
Menarche may be a time of varying degrees of adaptation for young people.  This session will explore approaches practitioners and caregivers may use to support the normal physiologic changes associated with menarche, help to support menstruating people in understanding the changes their bodies are going through, encourage positive self- image, and identify and manage common issues surrounding menarche.  In addition, identification and management of potential abnormal bleeding patterns will be addressed.


EMDR & Equity: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma, Kelly Celony, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW and William Zangwill, Ph.D. *Z
What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. This session will provide an overview of EMDR, New York City’s own EMDR granted program in its schools and the experience of training SBHC clinicians from renowned specialist William Zangwill.


Modernizing and Maximizing Enrollment: Implementing an Online Consent Portal for an SBHC program, Ryan Levy, MA and Julie Blitzer, PhD *V
Fueled by the increased need for effective outreach and engagement with students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York– Presbyterian Hospital’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC) program implemented an online enrollment and parental consent portal that went live in October of 2021. Find out about the process of creating, integrating and disseminating this tool as well as its impact on SBHC enrollment.


Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Workforce Challenges, Joseph Domachowske, MD (plenary, 1 CME)
The pandemic required most healthcare providers to pivot in unexpected ways to address the ongoing needs of patients. This session will draw on recent experiences from the COVID pandemic and provide attendees with ways to plan for the inevitable next serious infectious disease outbreak.


Providing Care to Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth, Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD (1 CME) *V
In this session, the presenter will review concerns of youth, family, and treatment team, discuss primary and specialized care that may be needed by transgender and gender-diverse youth, and provide initial management strategies for appropriate and competent medical treatment for transgender and gender-diverse youth.


A Year of Behavioral Health Innovations: Reports from the Field, Scott Bloom, LCSW, panelists Donya Vergine Rhett, PhD., Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAP, April Lee, MD
The NYSBH Foundation has just completed Year 1 of a 2-year program to build behavioral healthcare capacity at the SBHC sites of 10 Sponsoring Organizations.  Each SO selected a priority initiative to strengthen and expand the reach of its behavioral health offerings.  In this session you will hear about the Three-Tiered Model of implementing mental health in schools and some of the creative initiatives developed by three of the participating organizations.  Attendees will learn the challenges and benefits of mental health programs in schools, choosing the right program for the right students, and how to leverage positive outcomes.


HPV: the disaster and its prevention, Michelle Nieves, RN III, CMSRN and Susan Converse, FNP, PMHNP
“We can protect kids from HPV-related cancers:” A discussion on how to improve promotion of the HPV vaccine starting at age 9. The presentation will include graphic details about what it means to have cervical cancer and how it is treated. A review of current HPV promotion resources will be included such as those from the American Cancer Society and the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable. Concluding with a discussion how everyone from whatever seat you sit in can help decrease HPV related cancers by promoting the HPV vaccine.


Acne Care: Beyond Pinching and Popping, Maggie Dowd, MD (1 CME)
Acne is a common, upsetting and potentially disfiguring condition among adolescents. This session will review the pathophysiology of acne and the appropriate approach to its treatment. The emphasis will be on correct diagnosis and then the array of pharmacologic treatment, including single drug and combination regimens.


Create, Connect and Share Fun with the Bassett School-Based Health Team, Ann-Marie Mills, LCSWR, MSW & Deborah Schlesinger, LCSW-R
Join the Bassett School-Based Health Mental Health Team for a hands-on workshop to make, take, create and experience a sampling of the tools we use for healing and connection with our kids and teens. Various tables will be set up to view and participate in a variety of accessible activities and give us a chance to share our stories to create connection, support and inspiration.


Three Stops on the Data Journey and Why You’ll Want to be on Board: The NYSBHF Data Hub Program, Carlos Romero, MBA, Lisa Perry, MBA, MPP
The NYSBHF Data Hub Program is an essential component of the strategy for the long-term sustainability of our school-based network. For the first time, we are building statewide data that allows us to identify gaps in care, document outcomes, improve operations and advocate for the value of your work. With nearly 50% of SBHC sites statewide now participating in this data system, recruitment for new participants is ongoing. The panel will include Data Hub participating organizations speaking about their experience. Attendees at this session will learn the benefits of participation, reporting enhancements made in the past year and future plans for the Data Hub Program.


Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology for the School Based Clinician, Dr. Jaya Sarin Pradhan, DMD *V
This lecture will provide an overview of the differential and management of common oral lesions seen in the pediatric patient as well as a review of common systemic diseases that first present as pathology in the mouth in the pediatric patient. 


The Value of Pediatric Immunizations during a Pandemic, Michael Grosso, MD (plenary, 1 CME)
The COVID pandemic has affected the full spectrum of the American population and has changed how Americans view healthcare on many levels. ‘Distributive justice’ is a concept that provokes reassessing how, where and on whom we spend healthcare dollars as we rethink our roles in the fabric of health in America.


Re-Cap on the Kneecap and Assuaging Ankle Angst, Katheryn S. Doughty, MD/MPH, MS, FAAOS (1 CME)
In this session, we’ll briefly review relevant musculoskeletal vocabulary and imaging, then delve into common knee and ankle complaints that might present to SBH. We’ll cover presenting symptoms, clinical signs, and initial treatment.


The Psychiatry High Risk Program – A Recovery-Based Suicide Prevention Strategy, Rachael Kuch-Cecconi, MD (1 CME) *V
This session will provide an overview of the Psychiatry High Risk Program model, including key components and outcomes from the adolescent division, as well as an introduction to the evidence-based therapy, Dynamic Deconstructive Psychotherapy.


Engage & Empower: Youth-Driven Mental Health Outreach in the Pandemic Era, Meredith Nechitilo, MPH
Youth mental health needs reached a crisis point during the pandemic, and meeting those needs is anything but simple. Learn about the youth-led approach taken by New York-Presbyterian’s SBHC and peer educator program to develop nuanced, relevant, and interactive mental health programming to engage adolescents on mental health topics while combatting stigma and normalizing care-seeking.


When to Send to the ED, Matt Kleinmeier, MD (1 CME) *V
Referrals directly from the school or SBHC are sometimes considered but not common. Often, these situations provoke anxiety in the healthcare provider particularly when there is pressure from the school
or the parents to send the student. Considerations and guidelines for appropriate and necessary referrals will be presented and discussed in this session.


Bassett HR Session: Teamwork in Turbulent Times: Real-life strategies to improve collaboration in the workplace, Grayce Langheine
People generally do the best with what they have. Times of change and challenge; however, can leave team members without the tools to keep teamwork at its best. Join me for basic tools to tackle the real-life day-to-day challenges in the workplace, where getting along can feel like running against the wind:
– Take care of yourself
– Build safety and trust
– Default to radical transparency


*V Virtual session
*Z Zoom session
all plenary sessions will be offered virtually