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NJSNCC 2016 Conference - Achieving Equity in Maternal, Child & Family Health: A Call to Action

NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence presents Achieving Equity in Maternal, Child & Family Health: A Call to ActionBrookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Conference Partners: NJSNCC, NJ Dept of Health, SPAN, Boggs Center, DCF, CJFHC, FSA

Target Audience:      Educators | Early Intervention Personnel | Nurses | Physicians                                 Social Workers | Language Interpreters | Mental Health Counselors | Therapists

Overall Conference Goals:

To increase participants’ knowledge about:

‣ national, state and local initiatives designed to help eliminate disparities and foster     equity in maternal, child, and family health
‣ the importance of “upstream approaches” in addressing the biopsychosocial and       environmental determinants of maternal, child, and family health
‣ best and promising practices for improving maternal, child, and family health               outcomes in diverse populations 

Overall Conference Objective

Explain how collaboration between Federal and state partners can improve health outcomes in maternal and child health in the state and across the nation.

At the end of the Conference, participants will be able to:

1. List practical suggestions for effective communication when working with interpreters.
2. Discuss the causations of fatherlessness in America.
3. Describe the components in conducting screening for autism in families from culturally & linguistically different backgrounds.
4. List three basic components of a genogram.
5. Use a genogram as a tool to explore complex family patterns that influence behavior.
6. Describe the model for training women of child-bearing age to be peer leaders.
7. List specific services and supports for women aimed at improving pre-conception, pre-natal and inter-conception care.
8. Identify ways that providers, educators and family members can create safe space for LGBTQ youth survivors of sexual violence.
9. Discuss cultural beliefs and its impact on the use of Early Intervention services in Asian Indians living in the U.S.
10. Identify interaction skills that are culturally appropriate when providing care to Asian Indians.
11. Explain strategies used to support diverse military-connected children with special health care needs and their families.
12. Describe initiatives occurring in New Jersey that improve health outcomes for children and their families.

Conference Schedule:

8:00  --  9:00 am  Continental Breakfast and on-site registration

9:00  --  9:15 am  General Session: Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:15 am  Keynote Address:

Dr. Michael C. Lu, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health, Health Resources & Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

10:15 -- 10:30 am  Break

10:30 – 12:00 noon  Workshops A1, B1, B2, C1 

12:00 – 12:45 pm  Lunch –  Visit our exhibit tables!

12:45 – 1:30 pm   Poster Session

1:30 --   3:00 pm  Workshops A2, B3, C2, C3  

3:00  --  3:30 pm  Concluding Session & Evaluation

Conference Tracks:

Workshop A – Maternal/Family Health Track

Workshop B – Infant/Child and Adolescent Health Track

Workshop C – Families with Special Needs Track

Registration fee:  

$55.00 (early bird special until 10/15/16)  |  $65.00 - after 10/15/16

       (Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch)

                         Please select 1 morning and 1 afternoon workshop only.

Morning Workshops: 10:30 am – 12:00 noon 

AM Workshop A1 – “Effective Communication in Cross-Cultural Encounters:   A Toolkit for Providers, Bilingual Staff and Community Interpreters who work with Hispanics in High Risk OB”                                                                                                                                             Presenter: Hank Dallman, MA

AM Workshop B1 – “The Father Factor” – Fatherlessness in America                                     Presenter: Keva White, LCADC, LSW

AM Workshop B2 – “Considering Culture in Autism Screening”                                                 Presenter: Elaine Gabovitch, MPA

AM Workshop C1 – “Genogram: A Tool to Identify Strengths, Resources & Challenges in Culturally Diverse Families of Children with Special Needs”                                                 Presenters: Cynthia Newman, MSW, LCSW and Jennifer Blanchette McConnell, PhD           

Afternoon Workshops: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

PM Workshop A2 – “Peer to Peer Leadership”                                                                           Presenters: Nicole Pratt, BS, MA and Rachel E.H. Ruel, MSW, CLC, LCCE

PM Workshop B3 – “The Perfect Storm”: How Stigma and the Lack of Education and Resources Open the Door to Sexual Violence among LGBTQ Youth”                               Presenter: Kristin Raye

PM Workshop C2 – “Reducing Health Disparities in Asian Indians with Special Needs Children”                                                                                                                                     Presenters: Naveen Mehrotra, MD, MPH and Robyn D’Oria, MA, RNC, APN

PM Workshop C3 – “Supporting Military Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs:  Best & Promising Practices”                                                                                         Presenter: Margaret Kinsell, AA

                              POSTER SESSION  (12:45 pm – 1:30 pm)

“Addressing Black Infant Mortality in N.J.: A Comparison of Minority Infant Mortality Programs Across the United States”                                                                          Presenter: Maria Palakudiyil

“A Healthy Baby Begins with You, the Preconception Peer Educator Program”        Presenter: Betsy Coffin, MPA

“Eliminating Disparities and Improving Pregnancy Outcome across the Life Span”              Presenter: Margaret Gray, MSN

“Latinas Living with Domestic Violence: A Cultural Storytelling and Spirituality Perspective”      Presenter: Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, LPC, NCC, NJ-DRCC

“Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD) in New Jersey”                Presenter: Regina Grazel, MSN, RN, BC, APN-C

“The New Jersey Autism Registry”                                                                           Presenters: Dr. Sandra Howell, Ph.D. and Dr. Nancy Scotto-Rosato, Ph.D.

“Raising Awareness about Postpartum Depression (PPD) in the Maternal and Child Health Population"                                                                                                                 Presenter: Nava Bastola, MPH


This activity has been submitted to New Jersey State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. New Jersey State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To obtain a nursing contact certificate participants must sign in, attend the entire day, and complete an evaluation form.

Social Work:

The Mental Health Cultural Competence Training Center of the Family Service Association is funded by the Division of Mental Health and Addictions Services. Family Services Association, provider #1192, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Family Service Association maintains responsibility for all programs. ASWB Approval Period: 6/30/2016-6/30/2019. Social Workers participating in this conference will receive 4 clinical continuing education clock hours.

To obtain a social work certificate participants must attend entire day, sign in and out, and complete the evaluations.


The planners and the workshop speakers and poster presenters do not have anything to disclose, except:

Elaine Gabovitch discloses that she has received funding from the Association for Maternal & Child Health (AMCHP), the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund with in-kind support from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for the development of public domain resources that are free of charge.

The conference is currently sponsored by:  Amerigroup

Visit to become a conference sponsor. Additional sponsors will be listed on the website.


For questions about the conference, please contact:

For questions about registration, please contact Carolyn Hayer: (973) 642-8100, ext 102 or

For questions about nursing contact hours, please contact Ellen Shuzman: (732) 937-5437, ext 155 or                                                           

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