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
Bounce Back… Self-Care and Resiliency
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
Opening General Session
Thriving in Times of Change
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:

Optimizing Preterm Nutrition
Speaker: Shabnam Lainwala, MD PhD

A Bright Beginning: Pediatric Integrative Medicine
Speaker: Ana Maria Verissimo, MD, MA ABIHM

Updates on Diabetes Management and where we are Headed
Speaker: Carey Driscoll, APRN

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

10:45-11:45 am
Concurrent Workshops:

Esophageal Stem Cell Research
Speaker: Christine Finck, MD, FACS

Small Victims, Big Challenges: Pediatric Disaster Triage
Speaker: Mark Cicero, MD, FAAP

It’s High Time to Talk About Medical Marijuana
Speaker: William Zempsky, MD

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

12:00-12:45 pm
Leadership Luncheon session by Kari Schmidt
Accelerating Team Effectiveness through Engagement

1:00-1:55 pm
Concurrent Workshops:

The Science of Human Milk for Vulnerable Infants
Speaker: Mary Lussier, RN

The Nuts and Bolts of Pain and Symptom Management through a Case Study
Speakers: Taryn Hamre DNP, APRN, FN-BC, CPHON and Mary Frances McGeary BSN, RN, CPHON

Pediatric Disaster Considerations and Blast Injuries
Speaker: Gena Costello RN, BSN, CPEN

2:05-3:00 pm
Concurrent Workshops:

The Neonatal Gut Microbiome: Implications for Infant and Childhood Health
Speaker: Adam Matson, MD, MS

Suicide Recognition and Prevention
Speaker: Steve Rogers, MD

Diversity in Healthcare
Speaker: Evelyn Kissi

3:00-3:15 pm

3:15-4:15 pm
Closing General Session
Energizing Your Practice Through Resilience
Speaker: Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC

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.


Guest room rate of $169/night available at the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa until September 28, 2019 (subject to availability)
To reserve online click here and use Group ID code: 369017
Call 800-222-5901 and mention Building Brighter Futures to receive the discounted group rate by September 28, 2019 (subject to availability)

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