Thursday, April 20

8:00-9:00 am | Breakout Sessions

28: Poetry in Motion: Youth Engagement through Hip Hop
Adrian Baca, Carlos Flores, Omar Torres, Colin Willis,

How does a student go from poet to peer educator, rapper to rapt in attention? Meet the Youth Engagement Project’s peer educators who develop school showcases, perform, and work with students in writing workshops. Find out how they build youth capacity to work in the community, develop leadership, provide community service and ultimately became peer educators working with other students to mentor, educate and engage them in creating efforts to support positive health and a commitment to community service. The peer educators will perform live, provide examples of experiential activities and spark your interest in Hip Hop as they share their stories and successes.

29: Roll Call: Addressing Chronic Absenteeism
Sheri Williams

Chronic absenteeism is a national problem that seriously undermines our collective efforts to improve education and healthy outcomes for children and youth. We will examine provisions in the newly authorized Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that require states to report chronic absenteeism rates by subgroup. Data will show how chronic absence disproportionately impacts students of color, students with disabilities, and highly mobile students. Explore culturally responsive practices that promise to counteract the stubborn inequities that keep every student from attending school every day. Participants will leave with ideas to apply in their own communities.

30: Safe, Supported and Ready to Learn: Social Emotional Learning as the Foundation for Success
Jennifer Balogh

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is fast becoming recognized as a key ingredient for school and life success. A recent meta-analysis found that students participating in SEL programs showed significant gains in SEL skills, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as academic achievement. Educators across the nation acknowledge the benefits of SEL in schools and agree that teaching students social-emotional skills is a necessary and valuable component of their education. Schools can start building an environment of safety and support by implementing a social-emotional learning program that includes content to increase social-emotional competency, prevent bullying, and promote safety. Feeling safe and supported at school is especially important for students affected by trauma and negative life events. When the most vulnerable students experience school as a safe and supportive learning environment—one in which they feel welcome and respected, engaged and connected, challenged and valued—then it’s likely all students will feel safe and supported, too. And when students feel safe and supported, and have skills to better cope with life’s challenges, they’re ready to learn.

31: A New Recipe for Health Promotion: Kirtland Elementary’s Kids Cook!
Mary Meyer

Some like it hot, and some not; whatever your preference, you will learn about the state’s first school-based community health worker project at Kirtland Elementary Community School while you whip up a serving of fresh salsa- just like the students who participate in this pilot program. We’ll serve up information about the importance of “competent eaters” and share the preliminary findings from the program. Join us in a collaborative conversation on how you envision incorporating a community health worker in a school setting.

32: Breaking the Silence: Changing the Conversation around Mental Illness and Suicide
Michele Herling, Jodi Hix

Compassionate Touch Network (CTN) is a New Mexico based nonprofit whose mission is to focus on mental health literacy for youth, teens, and adults utilizing education and the arts. Learn about their program, Breaking the Silence / New Mexico (BTS/NM), which confronts myths that reinforce the silence about mental illness and suicide. BTS/NM provides stigma-busting lessons that provide the language necessary for middle and high school youth to talk about the often taboo topic of mental illness and suicide. Through stories, interactive activities, and information, students replace stereotypes with facts and stigma with compassion. BTS/NM aligns with NM Health Standards and is based on best practices. Head To Toe attendees will participate in the actual lessons we deliver to our New Mexico youth.

33: Preventing Opiate Overdoses in Schools
Winona Stoltzfus

There is an epidemic in the U.S. of overdoses from opiates that has unfortunately reached our schools. What can you do to respond to an overdose? This session explains how to use naloxone to reverse a potential overdose and how to obtain it for the school setting. You’ll also have an opportunity to practice using it on a demonstration mannequin.

34: Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach
May Sagbakken

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the philosophy, strategies and techniques of the Nurtured Heart Approach. The training will empower you to create transformations in behavior and relationships in your classroom, home or workplace. The Nurtured Heart Approach is a social emotional strategy that instills greatness and transforms negative behaviors into positive behaviors, increases inter-relatedness between adults and children and builds “Inner Wealth” more commonly known as character strengths and virtues. Participants will leave with a changed perspective and new communication tools!

35: Pediatric Infectious Disease Potpourri 
Walter Dehority, MD, MSC

Participants will be exposed to a variety of pediatric infectious disease topics, including: the recognition and management of bite wounds (animal and human); the diagnosis, presentation, management and infection control issues related to gastroenteritis; atypical presentations and clinical pearls relating to ‘pink eye’; a detailed discussion of plague and Hantavirus aimed at the school health professional; a discussion of school outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases; whooping cough; and an in-depth discussion of the diagnosis and recognition of tuberculosis. Topics will focus on the recognition/diagnosis of the disease, infection control issues related to the disease and clinical ‘pearls’ likely to be of use to a school health professional.

36: I am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality and Identity
Jenn Jevertson

I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity is an educational training video exploring the challenges that LGBTQ+ young people face, and how adults can be supportive allies. The 45-minute video defines the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, and provides an in-depth picture of how LGBTQ+ young people are marginalized in their everyday lives and the serious outcomes they face as a result. With personal stories from LGBTQ+ young people and adult advocates woven throughout, the main theme of adult allyship is exemplified through LGBTQ+ youth sharing how they need to be supported. Take advantage of the opportunity to view the video and participate in an interactive, post-screening discussion.


9:45-10:45 am | Breakout Sessions

37: Guard Ur Self: Immunization and HPV Education
Guard Ur Self

Guard Ur Self is an initiative encompassing HPV and immunization education presented by the UNM College of Pharmacy ASHP-SSHP students. The initiative aspires to provide New Mexicans with self-empowering tools to participate in their own health care, while also addressing some of the social stigmas that can be associated with vaccines. Engage in an interactive session involving educational games and myth busters while taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue – asking student pharmacists any and all questions about vaccines.

38: What’s Poisoning Our Kids?
Jacqueline Kakos

Are you up to date with the common substances that cause poisonings in school age children? Poisonings are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in New Mexico, and the explosive advent of new products and drugs further complicates the situation. This session provides an overview of the latest substances that cause poisonings relevant to particular childhood age groups, the symptoms of these poisonings and how to discern if the next step is to call the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center or to call emergency medical services. Come join the session and walk away with ideas and resources for classroom education.

39: Down but not Out: Alternative Education Setting for Suspended Students
Tonna Burgos

How is your school/district supporting suspended students so they can successfully return to the classroom? Have you considered an Alternative Education Setting (AES)? Rio Rancho Public Schools has implemented an AES to provide a sheltered learning environment for at-risk students, grades 6 -12, who have received short- or long-term suspension. The goal is to ensure students are current in core subjects so they can return successfully to their classrooms at the end of their suspension period and eventually graduate from high school. Interested in starting an AES or discussing ways to take your program from good to great? The team from RRPS openly discuss their approach to funding, process and procedures, intake of students, collaboration with juvenile justice, hiring appropriate staff and share sample forms.

40: Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Adolescent Patient [REPEAT]
Abraham Lichtmacher

Sexually transmitted infections are common in teens who are sexually active, even if they don’t go “all the way.” There are 20 million new cases of STIs in the United States annually with half of those cases being in young people ages 15-24. This presentation provides health care providers and school-based clinic workers information on current diagnosis and treatment guidelines and resources for providing prevention strategies for a teen patient population.

41: Out and At-Risk: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students in New Mexico’s Schools
Jenn Jevertson, Scott Oglesbee, Linda Penaloza

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students are at significantly higher risk than straight students for victimization (e.g. violence, dating violence, bullying), and substance use. Learn more about this vulnerable population in our schools and explore ways schools and communities can create safe and healthy environments for all our students.

42: Steps to Becoming a Healthier You
Jessica Lewis, Ruquaya Quraishi

Largely preventable disease states, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity are on the rise in the United States. Find out how to help promote healthy lifestyle changes that can assist in preventing or delaying the development of preventable disease states within local New Mexico communities. This workshop provides information on commonly preventable disease states, and diet and lifestyle modifications that can help reduce these growing numbers. Learn about the importance of food labels, making small, manageable changes, and how to promote healthy and balanced lifestyles.

43: Healthy Vision – Successful Learning
Brenda Dunn, Bryson McCool

The evidence is right before your eyes. If vision problems are not addressed and corrected, the resulting learning problems can negatively impact students scholastically throughout their public school years possibly resulting in them eventually dropping out. NM Lions Operation KidSight, in conjunction with NMDOH, has implemented several programs and initiatives to ensure poor vision is not a barrier for New Mexico’s children. Learn about the NM Lions Operation KidSight which offers free screening services to public schools, Head Starts, private school, daycares, etc. and the Save Our Children’s Sight Fund that provides vouchers for vision services for 8-19-year-old students not covered by Medicaid or insurance.

44: Hungry Mouths to Feed: Addressing Childhood Hunger in New Mexico
Katy Anderson

The effects of hunger on children can be devastating, especially in a school setting as it negatively impacts a student’s ability to focus, learn, and grow. New Mexico currently ranks second worst in the nation for childhood hunger. Utilizing data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Study, we will explore why New Mexico is in this situation. In addition, we investigate ways to distinguish serious hunger and food insecurity issues with students and look at viable solutions in addressing the need for healthy nutritious food in your school community.

45: Engaging Youth in Promotion of Early Literacy
Tracy McDaniel, Paula Steele

Babies are born learning, and early social and physical environments matter. How can we reach the parents of at-risk infants and young children with that important message? This workshop explores Mission: Graduate’s hands-on approach to teaching early literacy concepts and engaging youth in the promotion of early literacy messaging. Presenters will share engagement strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned. Attendees will examine materials and discuss innovative approaches to engaging non-traditional voices in community-based early childhood initiatives.

46: Children: Our Most Valuable ASSETS
Trudy M. Rouillard-Soole

As children, teachers, and staff attend to work, school and learning each day, they all, we all, carry with us things that may impact our ability to listen, to concentrate, remember things, pay attention, think clearly, regulate our emotions, control our behaviors and articulate our thoughts, lesson plans and directions. Explore the importance of trauma-informed caregivers, mental health systems, and schools through storytelling, photographs and music. When school personnel and caregiving systems are informed, children, youth & adults can be intervened with effectively to learn and achieve their emotional, social and academic potential.


1:45-3:15 pm | Breakout Sessions

47: Reboot Your Wellbeing with Tools from Energy Psychology
Jean Manz

Energy psychology (EP) is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors. Did you know that The American Psychological Association approves EP as a qualified continuing education topic? Or, that the Veteran’s Administration and worldwide relief organizations now use the tools of energy psychology to combat trauma symptoms. With more than 60 studies showing its efficacy in mental health treatment, what once was thought fringe is now a scientifically validated approach to improving whole-person well-being. Learn the science and add effective new approaches to your toolbox!

48: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness [REPEAT]
Erika Partridge, Kamilla Venner, Lindsay Worth

Motivational Interviewing (MI) and mindfulness are becoming indispensable tools for healthcare providers. MI is a way of listening deeply and talking with people in such a way as to evoke their wisdom about solutions to their problems. How can we truly give this type of attention in the fast pace of healthcare today? This seminar offers ideas about how to use mindfulness to be truly present with clients and themselves. By weaving together MI and mindfulness, one may find a way to both evoke their own and their client’s deepest wisdom.

49: Regulation, Co-regulation and Dysregulation: Managing Neglected and Abused Children
George Davis

Early neurodevelopment is a sensitive process largely promoted by the quality of the primary caretaking. Abuse and neglect interrupt normal early brain development, and harsh parenting has been proven to have similar detriments. Understanding the mechanism of regulation, dysregulation, and co-regulation and its effect on both the caregiver and child provides an informed framework for responding to early brain disorganization. The neurodevelopmental process of co-regulation underscores the importance of sensory sensitive, sequentially appropriate, relationally based clinical and parenting practices in working with mainstream and at-risk children. These parenting principles apply to the school situation as well, although they require translation. The application of developmentally sound and regulating principles in the school setting are possible, and can help to reduce student stress and acting out.

50: Jedi for Peace: Breaking the Cycle of Violence
Dan Giuliano

Be inspired to break the cycle of violence in your life. Explore and understand the concept of non-violence by examining the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, multimedia examples of violence and revenge, personal experience and audience participation. You will receive everything you need to take this presentation back to your schools and community to educate and inspire your students (elementary, middle and high school levels) to break the cycle of violence.

51: School Nurses as Leaders in Health – Combating Chronic Absenteeism
Susan Acosta

For students to develop into well-educated, successful individuals who will make significant contributions to society regular attendance is vital. Yet over 5 million students in the United States are chronically absent and the rate continues to grow. Historically school nurses have not been recognized as key stakeholders in reducing chronic absenteeism and increasing student engagement. School nurses are in an ideal position to play a vital role in reducing chronic student absenteeism and enabling students to achieve success in school. Explore opportunities and barriers to be leaders of health in educational communities. Learn to define chronic absenteeism, dissect the root causes, and explore successful strategies to create positive impact in reducing chronic absenteeism, enhancing student engagement, health and safety within the educational system.

52: QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
Lynn Antoun

QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is an educational program designed to teach “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. Learn to recognize someone at risk for suicide, intervene, and refer them to an appropriate resource. Participants receive a QPR booklet and a resource tool that includes local referral resources.

53: Transgender Students 101
Adrien Lawyer

Do you want to feel more confident in providing compassionate services and education to the many transgender students in our state? Despite increased media coverage transgender people remain alien to others, which creates discomfort and fear. This session provides an introduction to transgender students, explaining basic terminology and exploring the disparities they are experiencing. Learn more about these young people and what’ happening in New Mexico’s schools, and nationally to protect this vulnerable student population.

54: Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach
May Sagbakken

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the philosophy, strategies and techniques of the Nurtured Heart Approach. The training will empower you to create transformations in behavior and relationships in your classroom, home or workplace. The Nurtured Heart Approach is a social emotional strategy that instills greatness and transforms negative behaviors into positive behaviors, increases inter-relatedness between adults and children and builds “Inner Wealth” more commonly known as character strengths and virtues. Participants will leave with a changed perspective and new communication tools!

55: Building Resiliency from the Inside Out
Erin Doerwlad, Grietje Laga

The Sky Center of New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project offers a program titled Inner and Outer Life Skills. A “self-care toolbox for youth”, it aids students in developing the internal and external resources needed to create well-being and, in turn, social and academic achievement. Gain insight into the connection between risk and protective factors, self-care, and resilience. Through fun and thoughtful experiential activities, you’ll receive new tools to assist in classroom management, self-care, student behavior and academic performance.


3:30-4:30 pm | Breakout Sessions

56: Dermatologic Presentations of Infectious Diseases in Children
Walter Dehority

Infectious exanthems, enanthems and infectious disease mimics will be presented. Rashes will be organized by cause (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, mimics), with a discussion of presentation, diagnosis, treatment and any infection control concerns associated with the condition. A separate section on ‘Red Flag Rashes’ will also be included (those rashes requiring urgent action and recognition).

57: Hit me with Your Best Shot: How to Keep Kids in School through Vaccination
Lisa Jacques-Carroll, Winona Stoltzfus

Come and hear about the latest immunization trends in New Mexico schools and learn about new vaccine recommendations for children and adolescents.

58: Community Preparedness – DOH Response!
Tim Reeder

We all hope that a health emergency never arises, but, we all know that on any given day, a real risk to our society is possible. A disease outbreak can pose a threat to our health and well-being. In response, the New Mexico Department of Health has developed a strategy to rapidly dispense protective measures called Point of Dispensing or POD. A pre-planned POD site at a school can quickly dispense much-needed medications, vaccines, and medical supplies to all community members. This presentation offers an overview of an Open Point of Dispensing or POD, including a tour of its structure and demonstrates the functions it can rapidly perform to minimize illness and death in an affected population during a health emergency.

59: Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Adolescent Patient [REPEAT]
Abraham Lichtmacher

Sexually transmitted infections are common in teens who are sexually active, even if they don’t go “all the way.” There are 20 million new cases of STIs in the United States annually with half of those cases being in young people ages 15-24. This presentation provides health care providers and school-based clinic workers information on current diagnosis and treatment guidelines and resources for providing prevention strategies for a teen patient population.

60: Bathrooms and Beyond: Building Safe Places for Gender Non-Conforming Youth in NM Schools
Linda Penaloza, Danielle Reed, Jessica Reno

Issues surrounding students who are transgender or gender non-conforming are becoming more a part of the public school conversation. In this workshop, we discuss the impact of the presence or absence of gender-inclusive policies on adolescent safety, health, and academic achievement.

61: 4 Simple Ways to Dissolve Anger in Seconds [REPEAT]
Annie Chin Taylor

Anger. It doesn’t feel good. It affects our health. And it creates disharmony between people. Rather than manage anger, which implies that it’s always there, what if it could be dissolved within seconds? Discover one surprising way anger gets triggered and four unusual, yet simple, tools to dissipate anger so that calm is restored and relationships can grow closer. Children, teenagers, and adults have used these “invisible” tools to not only dissolve anger, but also anxiety and depression. Come with an open mind, and leave with amazing tools you can share with others.

62: Far from Home: Work with New Mexico’s Refugees
Rachel White

New Mexico experienced a 73% increase in refugee resettlement last year. It is challenging to work with such linguistically and culturally diverse patients and students, but the rewards can be tremendous. Learn about the current demographics of refugees and some of the struggles they face. Topics to be discussed include recognizing and addressing the needs of refugees, providing supportive learning environments, overcoming communication barriers, as well as positive ways to encourage integration.

63: Advocating for Appropriate Mental Health Services for Youth
Matthew Bernstein, Tara Ford

The current Medicaid program called Centennial Care lists specific behavioral health services to which individuals are entitled, some services are specific to children. In addition, Medicaid has a provision called Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT), which requires that children under the age of 21 receive all medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services. Services have become difficult to access because the state’s Medicaid system was decimated in June of 2013 when HSD decided there was “credible evidence of Medicaid fraud” on the parts of 15 behavioral health providers. This workshop describes what behavioral health services should be available to youth and how to advocate for those services.

64: Pic-APP (Pictorial Asthma Action Plan) Possibilities for Increasing Pediatric Self-Management
Brandon Bell, Kirsten Bennett

This session includes an introduction and discussion of the pictorial asthma action plan (pic-AAP) and its potential to help patients better manage their asthma. Presenters will also incorporate an overview, practical demonstration, and participant practice session using the pic-AAP for patient-education. The method used in the demonstration will be teach-back: an effective, data-driven strategy used to increase retention of complex medical information.