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Child Health Conference addresses behavior issues with Appalachian children

(ATHENS, Ohio – Oct. 8, 2013) A conference for health care professionals who work with children in Appalachia features a renowned researcher whose work concentrates on how stress and early-life experiences affect long-term health.

Judy Cameron, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, will present the keynote address, “The Effect of Toxic Stress on Children’s Brain and Behavior,” at 9 .a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, during the Child Health Conference in the Ohio University Baker Center Ballroom.

Much of Dr. Cameron’s research focuses on understanding how early-life experiences affect the development of anxious and depressive behaviors and identifying factors that lead to stress sensitivity versus stress resilience. As a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a nonprofit organization of neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness of brain research, she regularly lectures and participates in activities designed to translate scientific information to the public, including a segment for ABC’s 20/20 on “Busting Scientific Myths.”

The Child Health Conference, hosted by the Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) and Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children (IPAC), is designed for nurses, social workers, counselors and psychologists who work with children in community health settings. Up to six hours of continuing education credit is available.

The event runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and costs $90. For information and/or to register, go to www.ipacohio.org/conference. Registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Other sessions at the conference include:

·      “Medical/Legal Partnership: Connection to Health,” presented by Stephanie W. Harris, director of development at Ohio State Legal Services

·     “Introduction to the Individual Lens of Bridges Out of Poverty,” presented by Teresa Varian, development director of Gallia-Meigs Community Action

·     “Uncovering Culturally Competent Approaches for Reaching Appalachian Women about Health Issues,” presented by Holly Raffle, Ph.D., educational research and evaluation methodologist, Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and Alison Murphy, R.D., L.D., clinical and pediatric dietician at Dayton Children’s Medical Center

·     “Universal School-Based Screening for Social, Emotional and Behavior Challenges in Young Children,” presented by Julie Sarno Owens, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology and co-director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools at Ohio University, and Nina Andres, M.S.

IPAC has been serving the region since 2002 and is comprised of multiple agencies in southeastern Ohio, including several Ohio University departments and clinics. Representatives from member organizations and participating agencies collaborate to develop innovative, culturally sensitive programs that address the critical and complex challenges affecting the physical and mental health of children and families in Appalachia.

Other sponsors for the conference are the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Area Health Education Center, the Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio, the Ohio University Department of Psychology and Hopewell Health Centers Inc.

For information, contact Ginger Schmalenberg at 740-590-7389.

 
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Last updated: 10/08/2013