Friday, April 17 Sessions

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#41: Psychotropic Medications in the Classroom

Simerjeet K Brar, UNM Medical Resident, Avron Kriechman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Shawn Sidhu, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico
Health ServicesWhat questions or concerns do you have about the use of psychotropic medication in children and how it impacts classroom functioning? Receive an over-arching presentation on broad psychotropic medication classes, what they are used for, and common side effects. Then, have the opportunity to discuss a series of step-by-step cases, ask questions and bring up your own clinical cases and observations.

#42: Improving Educational Success for Children In State Custody

Tara Ford, Attorney and Co-Founder, Pegasus Legal Services for Children
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsChildren in the child welfare system are some of our most vulnerable students. The New Mexico Supreme Court has established the Joint Education Task Force to highlight the importance of collaboration in coordinating services and improving educational outcomes for these children. This workshop identifies these students’ unique needs, reviews legal framework for collaboration between agencies, and offers participants concrete tools for creating collaborative relationships across agencies to better serve these children.

#43: Norovirus: A Coordinated Approach to Control and Management of Illness Outbreaks

Elizabeth Eastman, Epidemiology Specialist, City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department; Julianna Ferreira, Nurse Manager, Tuberculosis and Epidemiology Program, NM Department of Health; Kaitlin Greenberg, Epidemiology Specialist, City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department; Francelli Lugo, Epidemiologist, City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department
Health ServicesEvery year Norovirus affects 19-21 million individuals in the United States. School systems are especially vulnerable to large outbreaks due to their large populations, close quarters, and ease of disease transmission. The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department (CABQ EHD), the New Mexico Department of Health (NM DOH), and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) established a joint plan to address Norovirus among school populations. By the end of the session, participants will outline a preliminary plan to improve their organizations outbreak/illness management procedures.

#44: Big Tobacco is Back: Emerging Tobacco Products and Student Health

Shelley Mann-Lev, Project Director and Terry Schleder, MPH, Project Coordinator, 24/7 Truly Tobacco-Free Schools, New Mexico
Health Education & Life SkillsIs your school truly tobacco-free? Learn how big tobacco is impacting student health today with emerging tobacco products like electronic cigarettes and hookahs. The good news is that fewer youth are smoking cigarettes, but now they are using other tobacco products. Become a 24/7 Truly Tobacco-Free School Champ today. Get the latest facts and strategies to keep your school truly tobacco-free and learn how to promote the NM Department of Health’s free QuitLines to your students in Spanish and English, for tobacco cessation support on their mobile devices, phone and text.

#45: Super Allies: Supporting LGBTQ Students

Jenn Jevertson, Trainer/Facilitator/Consultant, Prevention at Play; LuzMarina Serrano, New Mexico GSA Program Coordinator, Santa Fe Mountain Center
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsSocial and Emotional Well-BeingLGBTQ are at significantly elevated risk to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, and suffer from depression. Did you know they are four times more likely to consider attempting suicide than heterosexual youth? They are also frequent targets of bullying and harassment. This experiential workshop explores what you need to understand about sexual orientation and gender identity to become a “Super Ally” and create safer environments for these students through easy and practical prevention and intervention techniques. Participants will walk away with tangible tools to immediately create safer and more welcoming environments for students.

#46: It Really Does Take a Village: Engaging Community to Improve Youth Health and Academic Success

Lisa Jimenez, Manager, The NonProfit Resource Group; Susan Wilger, Program Director, The National Center for Frontier Communities
Family, School & Community PartnershipsThe most efficient, effective and enduring solutions to ensuring student health and academic success require that schools, public agencies and community organizations join together, develop a common agenda and identify strategies to reach their goals. This is especially true in New Mexico, one of the most impoverished states in the nation, where complex social factors converge to impact youth health and wellbeing. So what are the key factors that contribute to successful collaborations? What strategies can overcome common barriers? This interactive workshop offers answers to these questions and more, helping participants create a road map for successful collaboration back home.

#47: Straight But Not Narrow: Becoming an Ally to LGBTQ Youth Youth Track

Youth Track sessions are geared towards a youth-based audience; however, adult attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that the youth breakout sessions have a limited capacity.

Ryan Garcia, Coordinator, N’MPower; William Ware, Coordinator, Teen N’MPower
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsWith the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) community having much higher rates than the general population for issues such as bullying, homelessness, depression, and suicide, it is vital that we fight the stigma and discrimination fueling these health disparities. Learn to better serve LGBTQ youth at this workshop presented by young professionals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of this population. No one should be afraid to be themselves. Make a difference in the lives of these youth by becoming an ally today.

#48: Addressing Allergy and Asthma Emergencies in the School Setting Training (Part 1)

Cindy Greenberg, NM School Nurse Consultant and Winona Stoltzfus, School Health Officer, Office of School and Adolescent Health, NM Department of Health
Health ServicesDid you know that 25% of students experience their first episode of anaphylaxis at school? This training is required if your school district has decided to implement the Emergency Medication in Schools Act. Receive basic information about how to respond to emergencies related to anaphylaxis and respiratory distress in students who haven’t previously been diagnosed or who don’t have medications available. Learn how to train school nurses in the use of emergency albuterol and how to train other school personnel in the use of emergency epinephrine.

#49: It Starts at Birth: Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan

Robin Swift, Sextion Manager, Office of Injury Prevention, NM Department of Health
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsNew Mexico has a high burden of illness and death related to violence across the lifespan, from child abuse deaths, to teen and adult suicides, intimate partner and sexual violence, homicides, and elder abuse. Research in the causes and prevention of violence has identified linkages among forms of violence, and pre-disposing factors, such as adverse childhood experiences. Examine New Mexico violence data in comparison with national data and prevention efforts that might help interrupt the cycle of violence.

#50:  Positive Health: The Power of Priorities Youth Track

Youth Track sessions are geared towards a youth-based audience; however, adult attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that the youth breakout sessions have a limited capacity.

Patty O’Sullivan, PhD
A necessary Super Power for sorting, selecting, and organizing our life is the art of prioritizing. Why? Because it is easy to get swallowed (up) by the tsunami of Googlized information and choices. The noise of the external world can distract us from the influence of the internal world where significant decisions are made. Knowing and acting on priorities offer a more solid footing for the future.

This experiential and activity-driven workshop allows you to go inward to identify your priorities, build a personal pyramid of values, sharpen your goal-setting skills and facilitate the process with others.

#51: Improving Student Health and Academic Success in Minutes through Movement

Marcia Lee, Founder, Kids Focus
Physical Education & ActivityMovement is one of the essential keys to unlocking children’s potential for brain and body health and academic achievement. Specially designed cross-lateral movements can help children quickly focus, feel calmer, concentrate, and develop self-regulation from early childhood through the teenage years. Experience first-hand how movement can ignite the brain and improve learning, retention, and achievement naturally. Find out the solution that makes ADD/ADHD behavior seem to disappear, in the classroom and at home.

#52: Safe Schools in New Mexico: Reality Check & Moving Forward

Paige Duhamel, Staff Attorney, Southwest Women’s Law Center; Jenn Jevertson, Trainer/Facilitator/Consultant, Prevention at Play; Amber Royster, Executive Director, Equality New Mexico
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsCurrent data indicates that more than 10,000 New Mexico public schools students skip school each month because they feel unsafe. We, as a community, are obligated to mitigate this reality. Join Equality New Mexico and partners in an interactive workshop to explore the current state of Safe Schools in New Mexico, what is currently being done to address it, and what is on the horizon moving forward.

#53: Type I Diabetes: A Unique Perspective

Tania Harris, School Nurse, Albuquerque Public Schools
Health ServicesType I diabetes is on the rise. Each year more than 15,000 children in the United States are diagnosed and the rate of incidence in children under age 14 is estimated to increase by three percent annually. The presenter, a school nurse and parent of a child with diabetes, offers a unique perspective to help attendees gain an understanding of how to support children with diabetes in the school setting, physically and emotionally, so they can attend school and learn, and help parents  feel confident their children are safe.

#54: Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse

Shalon Nienow, Child Abuse Pediatrician, University of New Mexico
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsChild abuse is an ongoing problem in New Mexico with substantiation rates up 10% from last year. To ensure the health and well-being of our children, it is imperative that professionals are able to recognize signs and symptoms of possible abuse. This session describes the multiple types of abuse, potential behavioral and physical indicators of abuse, and medical resources available to the victims. Ways in which known victims may require support will also be discussed.

#55: Bullying, Cyberbullying and Social Media

Patricia A. Dobson, Department Chair, Eastern New Mexico University; Wayne K. Head, Social Worker/ School Counselor, Clovis Municipal Schools
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsBullying takes many forms, and this session is designed to not only talk about the different forms, but, how to work with people who have been bullied as well as those who engage in bullying behavior. Narratives will put a ‘face’ to the stories, and will foster conversation amongst education, health, and mental health professionals. We will talk about the nature and consequences of bullying, and discuss and practice strategies to overcome the effects of bullying. Skills will be enhanced using role play, practice sessions, and implementing tactics discussed in Communication Strategies for Dealing with Emotionally and Physically Agitated Persons.

#56: Positive Health: The Power of Priorities Youth Track

Youth Track sessions are geared towards a youth-based audience; however, adult attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that the youth breakout sessions have a limited capacity.

Patty O’Sullivan, PhD
A necessary Super Power for sorting, selecting, and organizing our life is the art of prioritizing. Why? Because it is easy to get swallowed (up) by the tsunami of Googlized information and choices. The noise of the external world can distract us from the influence of the internal world where significant decisions are made. Knowing and acting on priorities offer a more solid footing for the future.

This experiential and activity-driven workshop allows you to go inward to identify your priorities, build a personal pyramid of values, sharpen your goal-setting skills and facilitate the process with others.

#57: Why Can’t EYE Read

Todd Goldblum, Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Family & Children’s Eye Center of NM
Health ServicesVision training (eye exercises) and tinted glasses are currently the rage for treating New Mexico students with reading difficulties. But has anyone ever looked at the evidence regarding these treatment methods? Fortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics has researched this topic extensively and has issued concise recommendations for the many children who struggle to read. Explore the neurophysiology of reading and the many different etiologies to consider for the reading-disabled child. Myths regarding treatment will be dispelled and evidence-based treatments discussed. Participants will receive the guidance to better be able to refer a child to the appropriate expert when they encounter a child with reading difficulties.

#58: Addressing Allergy and Asthma Emergencies in the School Setting Training (Part 2)

Cindy Greenberg, NM School Nurse Consultant and Winona Stoltzfus, School Health Officer, Office of School and Adolescent Health, NM Department of Health
Health ServicesDid you know that 25% of students experience their first episode of anaphylaxis at school? This training is required if your school district has decided to implement the Emergency Medication in Schools Act. Receive basic information about how to respond to emergencies related to anaphylaxis and respiratory distress in students who haven’t previously been diagnosed or who don’t have medications available. Learn how to train school nurses in the use of emergency albuterol and how to train other school personnel in the use of emergency epinephrine.

#59: Nutrition Initiatives in New Mexico Schools: Healthy Kids Make Better Students!

Michael Chavez, Data/Fiscal Manager, Donia Intriere, Nutrition Coordinator, Kim JohnsonMOTT Afterschool Coordinator and Dana Malone, McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Coordinator, Coordinated School Health and Wellness Bureau, NM Public Education Department
NutritionThis workshop focuses on the issue of child hunger and food scarcity in New Mexico, highlighting both school and afterschool nutrition strategies and programs that promote student nutrition and combat child hunger.

#60: Straight But Not Narrow: Becoming an Ally to LGBTQ Youth Youth Track

Youth Track sessions are geared towards a youth-based audience; however, adult attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please note that the youth breakout sessions have a limited capacity.

Ryan Garcia, Coordinator, N’MPower; William Ware, Coordinator, Teen N’MPower
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsWith the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) community having much higher rates than the general population for issues such as bullying, homelessness, depression, and suicide, it is vital that we fight the stigma and discrimination fueling these health disparities. Learn to better serve LGBTQ youth at this workshop presented by young professionals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of this population. No one should be afraid to be themselves. Make a difference in the lives of these youth by becoming an ally today.

#61: Elev8 Full-Service Community School Initiative

Jacob Sanchez, YDI-Elev8 NM Associate Director and Ruth Williams, Public Policy Director, Youth Development Inc.
Family, School & Community PartnershipsElev8’s schools, the only full-service community schools in New Mexico, include school-based health centers. Schools with school-based health centers have much in common with full-service community schools: they emphasize removing barriers to learning. “Elev8 Full-Service Community School Initiative” is for schools with school-based health centers that want to become full-service community schools, adding extended learning and family engagement and support. This presentation addresses the benefits of community schools and lessons learned from Elev8’s experience in supporting a healthy school climate and learning.

#62: It’s in the EOP: School RECOVERY After Crisis or Tragedy

Bryan Gabaldon, District Resource Counselor, Kimberly McClintic, District Resource Counselor, Rachel Ochoa, District Resource Counselor, and Victoria Waugh-Reed, District Safety Resource Counselor, Albuquerque Public Schools
Social and Emotional Well-BeingHow do you get things back to normal after a tragedy or crisis that impacts your school? Are your RECOVERY plans as detailed, practiced, and understood as your in case of fire plans? Come learn how you can support your school after a death, tragedy, or crisis.

#63: Your New Mexico School Nurses Association: Rich Resources/Steadfast Support

Aimee Jaurequi, MSN, RN, President and Lisa Patch, Past President, New Mexico School Nurses Association
Health ServicesSchool nurses often feel they are working in isolation. Their jobs are like no one else’s job in the school. At times, the requirements and problems seem too large for one person to handle. The New Mexico School Nurses Association (NMSNA) is made up of veteran school nurses as well as new school nurses who can offer you ideas, support and understand the day to day challenges you face. The information provided is relevant to your practice and the support and trainings on legal requirements is not only helpful, but necessary for safe practice. This workshop demonstrates how NMSNA can help you personally and professionally as they work to pass the legislation necessary to keep students safe and healthy in New Mexico.

#64: Vision for the Future: Enhancing Your Schools Vision Screening Program

Dr. Todd Goldblum, MD, Family Eye Care/Children’s Eye Center; W. Bryson McCool, Secretary/Treasurer, NM Lions Operation KidSight, Inc.
Health ServicesAmblyopia, which can result while a child’s eyes are developing, can cause serious vision degradation and possibly eventual blindness if not diagnosed and treated early. Conventional acuity testing is not adequate to identify all of the risk factors associated with amblyopia whereas autorefracting/photoscreening incorporating such devices as the Plusoptix S09 and Welch-Allyn SPOT can fill that void. Learn about the NM Lions Operation KidSight, Inc., Program which offers free screenings to all children in public schools, Head Starts, private schools, etc., across the state as well as free eye exams and treatment (e.g., glasses) to referred children not covered by Medicaid or private insurance.

#65: Understanding and Preventing Bullying

Jenn Jevertson, Trainer/Facilitator/Consultant, Prevention at Play
Social and Emotional Well-BeingHealthy & Safe EnvironmentsBullying: its been a buzz word for several years now, but how well do you understand when a situation is bullying and when its not? This workshop covers the basics of bullying and cyberbullying, prevention and intervention techniques, bystanders and upstanders and provokes thoughtful conversation. Come learn 10 Steps to Address Bullying and how to use fun and easy experiential activities to prevent bullying and build community.

#66: From A(norexia) to Z(its): Internet Resources for School Health Professionals

Patricia Bradley, Native and Distance Services Librarian and Sarah Morley, Clinical Services Librarian, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center
Health Education & Life SkillsThe ability to locate, evaluate and use high quality, appropriate health related literature is a necessary skill, but who has the time and energy to wade through thousands (millions?!) of web pages to find good resources? This session provides attendees with information about freely available health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other government agencies. The presenters demonstrate and describe online resources that can be used by school health professionals to address student health issues or concerns. Attendees receive a handout containing addresses for reliable web resources.

#67: Growing the Outdoor Classroom

Natalie Donnelly, Food Corps Member/ APS School Garden Coordinator, Food Corps/ Albuquerque Public Schools; Jeanne Forrester Ed.D, District Student Wellness Manager, Albuquerque Public Schools; Nissa Patterson, Special Projects Coordinator, New Mexico State University, Bernalillo County Extension
NutritionHealth Education & Life SkillsAre you eyeing an open space on your school campus and thinking, “that would make a great school garden?” Have you started a school garden already but are curious how to strengthen the tie between the garden and education? These same questions have been grappled within the Albuquerque area, where, since 2009, the number of school gardens has gone from 19 to over 80. This presentation shares pictures and stories about curriculum, strengthening the tie between administration and garden staff, planning an effective garden program and designing a space that maximizes the learning experience of the outdoor classroom.

#68: The Long Term Effects of Corporal Punishment and Harsh Parenting

George DavisDirector of Psychiatry, Children, Youth and Families Department
Healthy & Safe EnvironmentsThere is an enormous body of research literature demonstrating the negative developmental effects on the brain resulting from abuse and neglect, and now there is a nearly unanimous consensus regarding parental harsh treatment and corporal punishment that predicts similar, even if less debilitating, effects on brain development and later, personality and behavior. Using illustrations, careful explanation and video, this workshop looks at the developmental brain science that underlies the research on abuse, neglect and harsh treatment. Using case vignettes and actual situational examples, we will discuss alternative strategies in the home and school to harsher forms of punishment.

#69: Trends and Topics from the Latest Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey

Dan Green, SurveyEpidemiologist, New Mexico Department of Health, and Linda PenalozaResearch Associate Professor, University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center
Social and Emotional Well-BeingHealthy & Safe EnvironmentsA discussion of state and county results of the 2013 New Mexico Middle School and High School New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Surveys. Receive state level data and learn how to access additional county and national data for the health topics most important to your school or district.

#70: How to Plan a Successful Event Without Pulling Your Hair Out

Laura Kesselman, President and Founder, Kesselman-Jones, Inc.
Family, School & Community PartnershipsYou have a line of students outside the door, mounds of paperwork to process, and you just found out you were “volunteered” to put together a health fair, fundraiser, student/staff celebration or other event. Where do you start? What do you do? How do you ensure you are making a good investment of staff time and resources? Hear some of Kesselman-Jones’ best practice’s for effective and successful event planning and leave with tools to help guide you to make sure every day is a good hair day!