Building Brighter Futures: Advances in Pediatric and Neonatal Care

Event Date: October 28th, 2019 3:45 PM - October 29th, 2019 4:15 PM
Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT


Building Brighter Futures conference

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Be part of the solution! Join neonatal and pediatric professionals to learn and discuss the latest advances that build brighter futures for our children. 

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Monday, October 28th

3:45-4:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm
Welcome, Posters and Reception

5:00-6:30 pm
General Session
Speaker:  Cathy Alvarez, MA, BS, RN, CNML, HNB-BC, PCCN

Building Brighter Futures speaker Cathy AlvarezCatherine (Cathy) Alvarez, MA, RN, CNML, HNB-BC, PCCN, is an Education Specialist at Yale New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, CT. Cathy has 18 years of nursing experience, and is certified as a Nurse Manager and Leader, Holistic Nurse and Progressive Care Nurse. Cathy designs and implements holistic nursing education programs that specifically focus on self-care, mindfulness, and resiliency. In addition to her role at Yale, Cathy is a nurse educator for the American Holistic Nurses Association Integrative Healing Arts Program and serves as a faculty advisor for the Birch Tree Center for Healthcare Transformation.

6:30-7:30 pm
Poster Presentations

Tuesday, October 29th

7:00-7:45 am
Breakfast and Registration

7:45-8:00 am
Opening Remarks

8:00-9:00 am
General session
Speaker: Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC

Building Brighter Futures speaker Kari SchmidtKari has extensive experience in nursing leadership development and professional development. She received her Master of Science in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Adult Education from the University of Wisconsin, is certified in Nursing Professional Development, and is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation.  She served as co-editor of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development; and served as vice president and is past president of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD).  Kari received the ANPD award “Excellence in Educational Design,” and the prestigious ANPD Belinda E. Puetz award.

9:10-10:00 am
Concurrent Workshops

10:00-10:45 am
Refreshments and Vendor Exhibits

10:45-11:45 am
Concurrent Workshops

11:45-1:00 pm
Lunch and Vendor Exhibits

1:00-1:55 pm
Concurrent Workshops

2:05-3:00 pm
Concurrent Workshops

3:00-3:15 pm

3:15-4:15 pm
Closing General Session
Speaker: Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC

Speakers & Topics

Mental Health
Steven Rogers, MD

Shabnam Lainwala, MD

Integrative Medicine
Ana Maria Verissimo, MD

Palliative Care
Taryn Hamre/Mary Fran McGeary

Medical Marijuana
William Zempsky, MD

Pediatric Disaster Considerations and Blast Injuries
Gena Costello

Mary Lussier

Esophageal Stem Cell Research
Christine Finck, MD

Microbiome Research
Adam Matson, MD

Evelyn Kissi

Diabetes Management: Where We Are and Where We Are Going?
Carey Driscoll, APRN

Emergency Medicine
Speaker TBD

Contact Hours

Pending: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Call for Abstracts

We invite you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the Building Brighter Futures conference. Abstracts of completed research, research in progress, evidence-based practice, concept analysis, integrated reviews, best practice, and innovative ideas related to any of the following areas are welcome:

  • Neonatal and/or Pediatric Care
  • Pediatric Medical/Surgical Care
  • Pediatric Emergency/Critical Care

Deadline: June 15, 2019 

Download submission form > 


Guest room rate of $169/night available at the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa until September 28, 2019 (subject to availability)

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