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2014 Webinar Series

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The 5 E's to an Exceptional Eczema Experience
Speaker: Richard J. Antaya, MD
Tuesday, February 25th - 12:10 to 1:00
20% of children will suffer from some form of eczema with most presenting symptoms before five years of age. Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a common and frustrating problem for parents of young children. This often chronic ailment can perplex parents and patients with it cycle of flaring and subsiding. Our program will review signs and symptoms, triggers, causes, complications as well as treatments. Our speaker will also address common myths about eczema and available prevention strategies. The program will review best skin care practices including education, proper moisturizing, avoidance, psychosocial issues and topical solutions. Register Online or Download Registration Form

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation

Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

 

                   
   

The Science of Concussions: An Update
Karen Laugel, MD, FAAP
Thursday, May 8th  - 12:10 to 1:00
Physicians can play a key role in helping to prevent and improve outcomes when mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI or concussion) occurs.  While mTBI symptoms may appear mild, they can lead to significant, life-long impairment.  Appropriate diagnosis, referral, and patient/family education are critical for helping patients achieve optimal recovery.  Our program will provide best practice advice on appropriately identifying, diagnosing, and managing mTBI through recommended treatment options.  Our speaker will also discuss rehabilitation options and modified re-entry to sports and other activities. Because determining readiness for school is a common question, our program will offer strategies for pacing academic studies.  Our speaker will also suggest models for concussion management teams in schools as well as possible assistive technology and long-term learning strategies.  Finally our speaker will review common post-concussion issues. 

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation
Meeting Handouts
Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
   

You’ve Heard About ACCESS-Mental Health: What is it all about?
John Straus, MD, Sherrie Sharp, MD,  & Vickie Alston, MSW, LCSW 
Tuesday, May 13 - 12:10 to 1:00 (*No CME/CEU's avaiable for this meeting)
ACCESS-MH is a new statewide system of regional children's mental health consultation teams designed to help primary care providers meet the needs of their patients with psychiatric problems.  Its purpose is to improve access to treatment for children with psychiatric illness by encouraging a functional primary care/specialist relationship between PCPs and child psychiatrists. ACCESS-MH is comprised of regional hubs that establish contact between PCP and a child psychiatrist who will then consult on any pediatric patient, including ALL children living in Connecticut, regardless of insurance type. There is no cost to patient or PCP

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation
Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
   

HPV Vaccine Reluctance: Talking with Parents
Benjamin Judson, MD,  Scott Schoem, MD & Sydney Spiesel, MD, PhD 
Thursday, May 15th   - 12:10 to 1:00
HPV vaccination rates are well below other vaccines administered during adolescence.  Connecticut’s own rate is at an anemic 43%.  Many times, parents hesitate to approve this vaccination for a variety of reasons.  This webinar will review the CDC recommendations for HPV vaccines.  With up to 80% of oropharyngeal cancers in the U.S. caused by infection with the HPV virus, the program will outline the surprising relationships between low HPV vaccination rates and increases in adult head and neck cancer cases.  Because HPV vaccines bring up difficult issues of sexuality, discussions with parents and teens can be challenging.  This program will offer providers with specific strategies for addressing patient or parent reluctance.

Meeting Materials
There is no recording for this webinar
Dr. Schoem's Presentation

Dr. Spiesel's Presentation
Dr. Judson's Presentation

Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
   

Best Kept Secrets:
Free Special Medical Care and Programs for Your Patients

Linda Meola, Robert L.  Sheridan, MD, David Meizels, Alycia Williams 
Tuesday, May 20th   - 12:10 to 1:00
This program will offer an overview of three under-used programs that offer free direct medical and social services to Connecticut children.  Many Connecticut children are eligible for these services but are unaware that they exist.  General care pediatric providers can play a key role in helping families and patients connect with much-needed medical and social services. Representatives from Shriner-Boston, Make-A-Wish Connecticut and Channel 3 Kids Camp will all present on the unique services that they offer along with a description of their major areas of expertise, patient eligibility, referral guidelines and financial guidelines. 

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
Dr. Sheridan Presentation
Channel 3 Day Camp Presentation
Channel 3 Camp Overnight Inclusion Presentation

Make-A-Wish Presentation
Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
   

New & Emerging Drug Trends:
Understanding Youth Substance Abuse in Connecticut 

Thursday, May 29th  12:10 – 1:00PM
Drug abuse can begin as early as 12 years of age.  Even many well-to-do suburban communities are faced with prevalent academic doping problems.   Our program will review how children gain access to these substances, their intended effect, possible side effects and over-dose issues.   This program will alert providers to the myriad of legal and illegal substances available to Connecticut children and teens.  Our speaker will examine over-the counter as well as prescription drug abuse.  We will also discuss a new category of widely available substances that are being abused such as bath salts, super-caffeinated drinks and melatonin brownies.  Because synthetic marijuana and other substances are also a common problem, our program will examine the abuse of these products. 

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation
Meeting Handouts
Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
   

Beyond Screening:
Identifying Autism Spectrum Disorders in Primary Care Practice
 
Tuesday, June 3rd   - 12:10 to 1:00
1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism.  The rate for diagnosis in boys is even higher at 1 in 42.  This program will provide practitioners with an up-to-date review of the most recent changes to autism screening, diagnosis and treatment. Our speakers will examine new medical definitions and other labels for autism.  Diagnosing older children for autism can be particularly challenging.  Our speakers will provide screening and testing advice for children over three years of age.  Once a diagnosis is determined, health care providers can be uncertain as to next steps and their role in ongoing care.  Our program will provide guidance on post-diagnosis treatment, recommended quality referrals and effective roles for primary providers as they provide ongoing support.   Lastly, we will also provide autism specific billing codes.  

   
   

Placing Infants to Sleep in Safe Environments
Thursday, June 12th - 12:10 to 1:00
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death is the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year of age, taking the lives of about 4,000 children each year in the United States.  Here in Connecticut the number of infants who died between 2001 and 2013 where unsafe sleep conditions were present was almost three times the number of infants who died from child abuse.  Infants in Connecticut are more likely to die from unsafe sleeping conditions than from child abuse, car accidents, choking, drowning, falls, or any other source of accidental injury.  Although the rate of SIDS has decreased by more than 50 percent in the United States since the introduction of the Back to Sleep Campaign, racial and economic disparities remain.  Our program will provide the latest demographic data on SUID in Connecticut and review the most recent AAP guidelines on safe sleeping for infants.  Our speakers will also offer effective tips on educating parents on safe sleeping habits.  Finally, we will review new state-wide health initiatives designed to reduce SUID.

Meeting Materials

Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation
Office of the Child Advocate
Evaluation Form.pdf
Online Evaluation Form

   
   

Discussing Reproductive Health Care During an Adolescent Well Visit
A Two Part Series on Adolescent Reproductive Health Issues

Thursday, July 10th - 12:10 to 1:00
Despite a recent decrease in teen pregnancy, the U.S. continues to have the highest rate of all developed countries.  Many teens wait months after their first sexual encounter to seek contraception advice.  Well visits are a great venue for discussing contraception even before the initiation of sexual activity.  Our program will provide strategies for efficiently incorporating counseling on pregnancy prevention during a busy adolescent well visit.  Because evidence-based contraceptive counseling has been shown to increase contraception use, our speakers will offer suggestions on discussing the wide range of contraception options available including emergency contraception.   We will review the success rates of varying contraception options along with prescribing advice.  Additionally our speakers will offer strategies for discussing and screening for pregnancy and STIs.   They will also recommend STI tests that are simple, quickly administered and do not require pelvic exams.  
 

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Dr. Camenga
PowerPoint Dr. Fortune
Evaluation Form.pdf
Online Evaluation Form

   
   

Adolescent Confidentiality:
Balancing Provider Responsibilities and Patient Rights
A Two Part Series on Adolescent Reproductive Health Issues

Tuesday, July 22nd  12:10 – 1:00PM
Clinicians face a difficult task in providing care to adolescents when they present with sensitive issues such as reproductive health care concerns, STDs, and abortion.  Using a case study format, this program will examine clinicians’ responsibilities and adolescents’ rights regarding consent and confidentiality.  The program will cover legal and clinical criteria for both emancipated and mature minors, and will include a discussion of the statutory and constitutional aspects of various types of health care such as abortion, STI testing and contraception.  Deciding when to provide confidential care to youth and how to include parents can be tricky.  This program will review legal expectations for providing confidential care and provide recommended practices.  The program will also address mandatory reporting laws and statutory rape laws. 

Meeting Materials

Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint
Evaluation Form.pdf
Online Evaluation Form
   
   

Getting Kids the Services They Need: Connecticut Birth to Three Supports 
Speakers: Cliff O’Callahan, MD, PhD, Eileen McMurrer, MEd, and Ann Milanese, MD
Tuesday, September 16th - 12:10 to 1:00
Last year close to 10,000 Connecticut children received services through the Birth to Three System, including physical therapy, assistive technology, audiology, and more. This webinar will help practitioners access the robust array of services provided to children with developmental delays and disabilities.  Along with reviewing developmental screening and the different referral options, our speakers will clarify eligibility guidelines and how Birth to Three helps families to advance their children’s development. They will provide advice on diagnoses that should trigger an automatic referral and when developmental surveillance warrants a referral. The program will also explain often over-looked mental health services for infants and toddlers.  For families that are overwhelmed by a new baby with developmental delays, the Birth to Three Service Coordinator can be a critical treatment ally.  Our speakers will explain the role of the Service Coordinator and how they work with parents to understand treatment strategies and developmental goals.  Because Birth to Three complements treatment offered by pediatricians, the program will examine cooperative service models that incorporate the pediatrician’s long-term participation in the treatment process.

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation

Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
Additional Materials
B23 fax Referral_2014
B23 Materials Order Form_2014
B23 Medical Provider referral guide
B23 Parent Consent for Program to Obtain Info
B23_Parent Consent for Program to Release Info
B23_StepByStep
   
   

ACCESS – Mental Health: The Second of a Two Part Series Finding Mental Health Services
Speakers: Kimberly Clancy Brownell, MD, Richard J. Miller, MD. FAACAP, Dorothy Stubbe, MD, & Elizabeth Garrigan, LPC 
Tuesday, September 23rd - 12:10 to 1:00
Struggling with trying to find mental health care and resources for your patients?  Join us for a view of how to access Connecticut’s newest free mental health service allowing for a direct consults between primary care and a child psychiatrist. It is available to any child 19 or younger regardless of insurance. Join the program’s three regional medical directors to hear real life examples of how pediatricians are using this new service.  Our speakers will also review the types of services provided including medication consultations, assistance finding appropriate referrals and physician supported face-to-face assessments. Learn how your practice can enroll in this service so that you can quickly access mental health resources and services. Download Registration Form or Register Online

Meeting Materials
Listen to Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation
Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
   
Making the Case for Vaccines:
Responding to Common Questions and Concerns 
Wednesday, October 8th  12:10 – 1:00PM
Medical providers face many challenges in responding to parents who delay or refuse a wide variety of vaccines.  Join one of the nation’s most respected vaccine experts to learn about effective approaches to patient communication.  Our speaker will address common concerns raised by parents and offer effective methods and strategies for handling resistance and refusals.  This program will provide advice on some of the hot button vaccine issues along with simple solutions for communicating effectively with parents.
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Registration Form or Register Online

Meeting Materials 
Recording of Webinar
PowerPoint Presentation

Evaluation Form.pdf
 Online Evaluation Form

   
   
Vaccine News and Previews
Wednesday, December 10th  12:10 – 1:00PM
Join us for this webinar featuring the newest information on vaccines and a forecast of this year’s flu season.  Our presenter will review recently updated vaccine schedules including MMWR, Hib and HPV recommendations.  The program will also include information on increased rates of measles outbreaks, pneumococcal vaccine rates and guidelines on HepB for healthcare personnel.  Because proper handling of vaccine supplies can minimize spoilage and waste, the program will offer storage and handling tips.  Recently reported positive outcomes from the Vaccines for Children program will offer participants insights into effective vaccination strategies. Register Online or Download Registration Form

Meeting Materials 
Log in/Call in Instructions
Recording of Webinar

PowerPoint Presentation
Evaluation Form.pdf
Online Evaluation Form

   
     
     

 




 

Special Features

Special Starbucks Gift Cards and $300 Visa Gift Card Thank You Gift for Participants
To celebrate the 7th year of our tremendously popular webinar/teleconference programs, we are offering special gifts to this year's participants.

At the conclusion of each program, one participant will be chosen to receive a $10 Starbucks gift card. Participation in the program simply requires completion of the evaluation form. If however, your evaluation is chosen and you submitted it through our NEW online method, you will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card.

At the end of our series in December 2014, we will choose one participant to receive a $300 Visa gift card. All participants who have sent in an evaluation (online, emailed or faxed) for any program will be included in this special thank you drawing.
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