Monday, September 3, 2012


Our November 1, 2012 Fall Conference was a great success! Our topic was:
The Impact of Premature Birth:
Lessons Learned Serving Premature Infants
and their Families

We had 165 participants, including: Physicians; 90 RNs; Social workers; Insurers; Case managers; Foster parents; Therapists; Clinicians; Parent educators; Child care providers; and many other community organization representatives.


Conference Outcomes: Focus on Premature Birth:
o   Learned the biological and health dimensions of prematurity
o   Met diverse local and regional partners
o   Shared practical strategies and tools
o   Defined common issues and solutions
o   Helped to enhance the system of health care and support services in the region

The Day’s Panel Presentations:
Introduction: The Impact of Premature Birth in Kern County
·   Marc R. Thibault, MA, MVCCP Project Director
·   Gail Davidson, RN, MVCCP Care Coordinator

Infant-Family Mental Health Panel
·  Isabell B. Purdy, PhD, NNP, CPNP, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology & Developmental Biology, David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Medical Center      
·  Mary Alice Melwak, PhD, CPNP, CNS, CCRN, UCLA Medical Center, NICU High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic

Panel on Substance Exposed Infants and Children 
·  Lily Alvarez, Behavioral Health Administrator, Kern Co Mental Health Department
·  Ranjit Padhy, M.D., UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor, Child & Adolescent & Adult Outpatient Services 
·  Michelle Curioso, PHN, KC MCAH Coordinator
·  Felicia Skaggs M.S. MFTI, Supervising MH Clinician Kern County Gate Team/West Kern/SART

Specialty Care Panel
·  Tony Pallitto, MSA-HCM, Administrator, California Children's Services, Kern County (CCS)
·  Shellby Dumlao, Supervising PHN III, CCS
·  Loalea Underwood, PHN II, Case Manager, CCS
·  Robert Flores, Fiscal Support Technician, CCS
·  Gary Frazier, Vice President of Business Development, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
 Panel on Substance Exposed Infants and Children 

Specialty Care Panel

Infant-Family Mental Health Panel

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