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HealthCare Summit: Paradigm Shifting in Healthcare

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Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, East Longmeadow, MA
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Join us on September 28 for our 2018 Inaugural HealthCare Summit: Paradigm Shifting in Healthcare.

This event is free to the public but registration is required. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Keynote Speaker:

Steve Walsh: President and CEO of The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

Mr. Walsh will discuss what is driving and influencing the transitions in our
healthcare delivery models as we move into the 21st Century and beyond. 


Telemedicine and its Effect in the Field of Genetic Counseling
Susan Capasso, MS, EdD, LCGC

This presentation will discuss the manner in which Telemedicine has been embraced as a mode of healthcare delivery; additionally, how the field of Genetic Counseling is utilizing this tool to meet the needs of the hard to reach communities that are in need of Genetic Services.

Assessing and Treating Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mark Benander, PhD, MS, LMHC

This presentation will take a look at a few of the most common diagnostic and treatment methods used with young children with Autism. We will also discuss ways for healthcare providers to interact with the Autistic child who may be a patient, including recommendations for things to do and things to try to avoid doing.

Best Practices for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)
Cheryl Boucakis, OTD, OTR/L

This presentation will briefly review Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). The best practices for communicating with and meeting the needs of those with ADRD to ensure quality of life and best ability to function based on staging will be discussed. Techniques to prevent caregiver burnout and how to deal with problem behaviors will be reviewed.

The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and How They Impact Healthcare
Marie Meckel, MPH, MS, PA

The SDOH are now being identified as a major cause of unnatural death and disease in this country. This presentation will discuss the SDOH impact on health care and ultimately on health policy. We will focus on how we can help alleviate the disparities and address the health care of those in this country who are most vulnerable.

Self-Care for the Healthcare Practitioner
Kristina Hallett, PhD, ABPP

This session will provide an overview of burnout, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. Participants will learn to differentiate among these concepts and how to identify each. Participants will learn tools for assessing and managing stressors within healthcare practice. Introduction to viewing stress from a positive mindset and how this supports self-care and resilience.

Accommodation Requests
If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions regarding accessibility, please call Surbhi Patel, Director of Student Academic Support Services, at 413.565.1602 or email at in advance of your participation or visit. Accommodation requests should be made at least two weeks in advance of the event/program start time to ensure availability. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.