Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Johns Hopkins Hospital 
1800 Orleans Street
Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287

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Dr. Jenese McFadden 

                                                       Continuing Education Seminar

Room to Grow:
Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference 
 “Promoting Health Equity:  Understanding and Addressing Underserved Populations”

 Date:          Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time:           8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Registration and Light Breakfast

                     8:30 AM to 11:45 AM Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH, Chevy Chase Auditorium)

                     Noon to 1:00 PM  Lunch Served 

                     1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  Lunch and Learn Sessions

Location:     8:00 AM to 11:45 AM  

  • JHH, Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Tower 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21287                     

                      Noon to 3 PM

  • Professional Staff, Administrators & Faculty Lunch and Learn -- JHH, Chevy Chase Room 2117
  • Students and Trainees Lunch and Learn -- Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe, Feinstone Hall, Room E2030, Baltimore, MD  21205 

Live stream of morning conference will be offered

Admission: Free of Charge following Registration for students, residents, and community members; $150 conference fee for faculty, researchers, and clinicians

 Registration Closes September 18, 2017                 

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM    “What Can CDC and Population Data Tell Us about Health Disparities and Disabilities”                                               


Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp is board-certified in Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She is an Assistant (Adjunct) Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine. She was the Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Branch at CDC from 1999 until 2015. She was awarded the C. Anderson Aldrich Award in 2006 and in 2008 the Arnold J. Capute Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics, both for her work in the field of children's disabilities. She publishes extensively on the epidemiology of developmental disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy; and speaks to audiences across the country and internationally about CDC’s work.

 Learning Objectives: After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to:

  1. Describe which groups of children are more likely to have developmental disabilities
  2. Explain the role of socioeconomic status in the prevalence and quality of life in individuals with disabilities
  3. Discuss whether children and young adults with developmental disabilities have differences in health outcomes

9:30 AM to 10:30AM  “Children Exposed to Traumatic Life Experiences: Fostering Resilience” 


Dr. Valerie Maholmes is currently the Chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development where she leads the Branch in supporting research and training in trauma, injury and critical illness across the continuum of care.   She serves on numerous NIH and Federal Interagency working groups to further the mission and goals of the Branch. In 2003, Dr. Maholmes was awarded the prestigious Executive Branch Science Policy Fellowship sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 Learning Objectives: After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to:  

  1. Explain Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and associated risk and protective factors
  2. List the long-term consequences of ACEs
  3. Discuss the role of resilience in overcoming and coping with adversity
  4. List the signs and symptoms of the “cost” of resilience

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM  “Policy and Practice: Understanding the Educational Journey of Mexican Americans in the United States”


Dr. Ruth Enid Zambrana, is Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. Dr. Zambrana’s scholarship applies a critical intersectional lens to structural inequality and racial, Hispanic ethnicity, and gender disparities in population health and higher education trajectories.  She has published extensively and serves on many social science and public health journal editorial boards. Her recent work includes an anthology with Sylvia Hurtado, The Magic Key: The Educational Journey of Mexican Americans From K-12 College and Beyond (UT Press, 2015); an edited volume with Virginia Brennan and Shiriki Kumanyika, entitled Obesity Interventions in Underserved U.S. Communities: Evidence and Directions (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Latinos in American Society: Families and Communities in Transition (Cornell University Press, 2011). Dr. Zambrana was the recipient 2013 American Public Health Association Latino.

Learning Objectives: After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to: 

  1. List the challenges to educational success for Mexican Americans in the United States
  2. Define intersectional factors that lead to educational success
  3. Discuss educational policy implications to promote educational success

 Noon to 1PM: Lunch

 1PM to 3PM:   Interactive Lecture and Workshop for Students, Residents, and Trainees

“Building an Interdisciplinary Workforce to Influence Policy and Transform Practice Leading to Child Health Equity”

 Andrew Imparato, JD and W. Benjamin Jackson, III, Esq. Facilitators

Andrew Imparato has served as executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) since September, 2013. As a disability rights lawyer and policy professional with more than two decades of experience in government and advocacy roles, Imparato has worked with bipartisan policymakers to advance disability policy at the national level in the areas of civil rights, workforce development, and disability benefits. Prior to coming to AUCD, he was senior counsel and disability policy director for Senator Tom Harkin on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Before that, he spent 11 years as President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, a national membership organization working to grow the political and economic power of the disability community. Imparato's perspective is informed by his personal experience with bipolar disorder.


W. Benjamin Jackson, III, Esq. is currently an attorney at Disability Rights Maryland, where he focuses on Social Security and voting rights.  Past advocacy and policy experience includes policy specialist and disability policy leadership fellow for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and law clerk for Project HEAL at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Mr. Jackson has been an annual speaker and facilitator on policy for the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. 

 Learning Objectives: After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to:

  1. List strategies for effective communication with local, state and federal policy makers
  2. Describe career trajectories leading to policy and advocacy
  3. Discuss ways to get involved in policy today

1PM to 3PM:   Faculty, Clinical Staff, and Administration Lunch and Learn:  “Institutional Transgressions, Work Stress and Health /Mental Health of Underrepresented Populations in Academe”

 Ruth Zambrana, PhD and Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS, Round Table Discussion Facilitators

Dr. Harolyn Belcher is a Professor of Pediatrics who is jointly appointed in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), Department of Mental Health. She currently directs the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training with colleague Jacqueline Stone, PhD and is the Associate Director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

 Learning Objectives:  After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to: 

  1. Identify relationships between work stress and health and mental health
  2. Explain workplace stressors unique to historically underrepresented faculty
  3. Translate session information into an institutionally responsive and effective practice approach to decreasing adverse health and mental health effects in academic workplaces 

Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 5 CE Credits will be granted to licensed psychologists. This seminar reflects program content and is intended to meet the Maryland license requirement to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations. There is no fee for students, residents, and trainees. $150 conference registration fee charged for faculty, researchers, and clinicians.

  No conflicts have been identified.

If an accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities is needed please email mcfadden@kenendykrieger.org with your request by 09/11/2017.

Conference Sponsor

 Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute

In Partnership with

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program, and Office of the Provost Johns Hopkins University