NYSBHA Annual SBHC Conference 2023

SBHCs Provide Equitable Health Care:
Post-pandemic Challenges to Our Workforce

Hybrid Conference

Friday March 17th & Saturday March 18th

The Otesaga Hotel


Join us for our very first hybrid event, thanks to the generous folks at Bassett Healthcare Network! 


This 1.5-day conference will include three plenary sessions and 5 tracks of concurrent sessions. All plenaries and 5 of the concurrent sessions will be made available as virtual sessions. There is something for everyone, especially if you are seeking medical CMEs (currently pending). Top that off with a networking reception, a historic property on the water in beautiful Cooperstown, NY and an opportunity to connect with friends old and new – we hope to see you there! See below for details and registration.

Conference Agenda

Friday 3/17 

8:30 – 9:45 am
Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, Bassett Healthcare Network, CEO
Lieutenant Governor Delgado Address (invited)

9:45-10:00 am: Break

10:00-11:00 am
Plenary Session: The Pandemic: The Need for Increased Skills in Trauma Informed Care, Heather Forkey, MD (1CME pending)


11:15 am -12:15pm
Concurrent Sessions 1

Uterine Bleeding in Adolescence: evaluation, approach to diagnosis, and management, Laura O’Shea, CNM (1 CME pending)

EMDR & Equity: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma, Kelly Celony, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW and William Zangwill, Ph.D.

Modernizing and Maximizing Enrollment: Implementing an online consent portal for an SBHC program, Ryan Levy, MA and Julie Blitzer, PhD


12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch and NYSDOH SBHC Update


1:30-2:30 pm
Plenary Session: Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Workforce Challenges, Joseph Domachowske, MD (1 CME pending)


2:45-3:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions 2

Acne Care: Beyond Pinching and Popping, Maggie Dowd, MD (1 CME pending)

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

HPV: the disaster and its prevention, Michelle Nieves, RN III, CMSRN and Susan Converse, FNP, PMHNP


4:00-5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 3

Providing Care to Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth, Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD (1 CME pending)

Create, Connect & Share: Fun with the Bassett School-Based Health Team, Ann-Marie Mills, LCSWR, MSW, Deb Schlesinger, LCSW-R

Three Stops on the Data Journey and Why You’ll Want to be on Board: NYSBHF Data Hub Program, Carlos Romero, MBA, Lisa Perry, MBA, MPP

Oral Pathology for the School Based Clinician, Dr. Jaya Pradhan, DMD, MPH


5:00-7:00 pm: Alliance Networking Reception


Saturday 3/18

8:30-9:30 am
Plenary Session: The Value of Pediatric Immunizations during a Pandemic, Michael Grosso, MD (1 CME pending)


9:45-10:45 am
Concurrent Sessions 4

Re-Cap on the Kneecap and Assuaging Ankle Angst, Katheryn S. Doughty, MD/MPH, MS, FAAOS (1 CME pending)

The Psychiatry High Risk Program – A Recovery-Based Suicide Prevention Strategy, Rachael Kuch, MD (1 CME pending)

Engage & Empower: Youth-Driven Mental Health Outreach in the Pandemic Era, Meredith Nechitilo, MPH


11:00 am -12:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 5

When to Send to the ED, Matt Kleinmeier, MD (1 CME pending)

Oral Health Session TBA

Bassett HR Session TBA


We are offering 3 types of registration for this event: 
Bassett staff, affiliates and Bassett-served school nurses:
costs covered by Bassett SBHC program grant
$99 includes meals, reception and all sessions
$39 includes welcome speeches, plenaries, and selected concurrent sessions (*V) and (*Z)  


Session Descriptions

Presenter Bios



About The Otesaga Resort Hotel

The Otesaga is an historic hotel situated on Otsego Lake, just minutes walking distance to craft breweries, renowned art collections, and the world-famous National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in the charming Village of Cooperstown. Planning to stay? Guests can go to www.otesaga.com/accommodation and use group code 371515 or call the Reservations Office 866-494-0085 and mention Bassett/NYSBHA Event in March. Rate is $219/night. Reserve your room by 2/17/23!

If we have enough attendees traveling in on Amtrak, NYSBHA will look into chartering a bus from the Amtrak to the Otesaga


Seeking Conference Sponsors!
This is our first in-person conference in 3 years! If you have an interest in sponsoring this event, NYS’s premiere SBHC conference, please contact Sarah at nysbha@gmail.com for opportunities!

Questions about this event?
Contact us at nysbha@gmail.com