Maine AAP 2018 Spring Conference, April 13 & 14 - Hilton Garden, Freeport

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KEY TOPICS include ADHD, School Health/Communication between Providers & Schools, Substance Abuse and Treatment/SBIRT Method, MPHP: Physician Mental Health & Assistance, 2017 MIYHS Data Analysis, Updates on Oral Health and Ophthalmology, New Concussion Treatment Best Practices, Perinatal Quality Collaborative, & More!

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING the Maine AAP Spring Conference and Members Meeting include quality programming, and networking with 150 or more pediatric providers, practice managers, and other child health clinicians. Conference held in collaboration with the Maine DOE/school nurses and Maine Quality Counts. This is a unique opportunity to strengthen your relationship with other health systems, providers, policy decision makers, and legislators. 

Please call Dee Kerry, Maine AAP's Executive Director for more information at 207-480-4185 or email dakerry@aap.net.

See the full agenda below!

Agenda

DAY ONE Friday, April 13, 2018 Maine AAP Conference with School Nurses & CALM Learning Session


8:00 am

Registration: Continental Breakfast, Exhibits and Poster Session Open

9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

Stephen Meister MD, MHSA, FAAP
Medical Director, The Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center
MaineGeneral Medical Center
President, Maine Chapter of the AAP

Amy  Belisle, MD,  FAAP
Medical Director, Maine Quality Counts
Board Member, Maine Chapter of the AAP

9:05 am

Effectively Co-Managing ADHD between the Primary Care Office and Schools

  • Deborah Hagler, MD, FAAP Pediatrician, MidCoast Hospital, Vice President, Maine Chapter of the AAP

    Deborah Hagler, MD, FAAP attended Duke University and Cornell Medical College and did her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout her educational journey she has been involved in collaborative efforts to educate her community. As a resident in Philadelphia she worked with at risk youth in a local homeless shelter and helped organize a series of talks for residents to educate herself and colleagues about social determinants of health.  For these efforts receiving the the Nancy Barnhart Community Service Award and the Senior Resident Humanitarian award.

    Dr. Hagler has lived in the Mid Coast area of Maine for the last 20 years with her very wonderful husband and two boys ( now young men).  She has enjoyed the beautiful state of Maine and  been an active member of the community serving as the school physician for many of those years and working with many local organizations on issues pertinent to children’s health and well being . She has been the recipient of several Community Builder Awards from the local United Way.

    Dr. Hagler is currently a pediatrician at Mid Coast Hospital, and is the Vice President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is  currently working on a Masters of Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University focusing on  child and adolescent mental health and using many of her new skills to lead a  multi stakeholder coalition to improve children’s mental health and spearheading the creation of a substance abuse treatment clinic for adolescents in the Mid Coast Region. 

  • Carrie Woodcock Maine Parent Federation

    Carrie Woodcock is the Executive Director for Maine Parent Federation, a non-profit grant funded agency which assists families of children with special healthcare needs navigate all the systems of care. Carrie has been the Executive Director for a little over a year and has worked for Maine Parent Federation for 5 years. Carrie is also the parent to two children with disabilities; she has a 13 year old with ADHD and Dyslexia and a 10 year old with Down Syndrome. Carrie has successfully navigated all the systems of care for both of her children and that experience has driven her as she leads Maine Parent Federation to assist all Maine families of children with special healthcare needs.

  • Linda Morris MSN, RN

    Linda Morris has served as the Elementary School Nurse in Brunswick for the past thirteen years. Prior to this, she held several positions including Office Nurse at Bowdoin Medical Group in Brunswick, which was a Family Practice that included Obstetrics; a Hospital Nurse at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick which included medical-surgical, cardiac rehabilitation, pediatrics, intensive care, emergency department, where she became ACLS certified; and a Clinical Assistant through St. Joseph’s College’s Nursing Program where she lectured and supervised at clinical sites. Linda has an MSN from the University of Southern Maine and a BSN from St. Joseph’s College in Maine.

  • Lori Huot, RN

    Lori Huot has been an RN for nearly 11 years and has had the opportunity to care for many types of patients. These patients have ranged from pediatric to geriatric, acute and long-term care, and she has had focus on infusion and oncology nursing. A strong advocate for patients and caregivers, and her tireless drive to collaborate with physicians and community has been an asset to her profession. With two young boys at home, she has recently taken her passion for advocacy to the school setting and is serving as a school nurse at Philip W Sugg Middle School in Lisbon Falls. Lori understands the position of a parent with ADHD, as her supportive husband and herself have been navigating the school system with an energetic, charismatic, jewel of a son with ADHD. Lori is in the process of formulating a plan for educators in her district to heighten awareness of mental health of our adolescents. To start, the focus will be on our current prevalence, ADHD and Anxiety. The integrity of self-esteem and confidence of our youth population is paramount.

9:50 am

Managing ADHD in the Older Adolescent and at the College Level

  • Bernie Hershberger, PhD Bowdoin College

    Bernie Hershberger, Ph.D. has been working at Bowdoin College for the past twenty years.  He is the Director of Counseling and Wellness Programs.  Prior to coming to Bowdoin he worked as the clinical manager for seven years at the Jackson Brook Institute Outpatient Department.   Bernie completed a pre-doctoral internship at University of Missouri and then worked for four years at Boston University.  He is drawn to working with students with anxiety and perfectionism, spiritual and existential questions, sports performance, and disabilities.  He approaches his clinical work from a Buddhist philosophical orientation and utilizing CBT and mindfulness interventions. 

11:00 am Morning Breakout Sessions

How Providers can Assist Children with Special Needs get help in school: lEPs and 504s – what are they and how are they different?

  • Jill Adams, MSEd Maine Administrative Services for Children with Disabilities

    Jill Adams holds a Masters of Education in Special Education and a B.A. in Speech Therapy from the University of Maine.  She has been Executive Director of the Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC) for the last 13 years.  Prior to that she was a Special Education Administrator, Special Education Teacher, Elementary Teacher and Speech Clinician.  Jill also spent two years as a Distinguished Educator at the Maine Department of Education in Special Services.

This session is for providers and other attendees not part of the CALM Learning Session.

CALM Participant Session: Brainstorming on Spreading and Sustaining Change on ADHD work Throughout the Practice; Review QI Data and Progress

  • Sue Butts- Dion Consultant to Maine Quality Counts

This session is for the CALM Learning Session Attendees only.

12:30 pm

Understanding the connection between ACES, Resilience, and ADHD: Working More Effectively with Families

  • Sue Mackey Andrews Maine Resilience Building Network

    Sue Mackey Andrews is the co-facilitator and co-founder of the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN), composed of cross-sector partners including tribal, state and community agencies and members working to advance the understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs in Maine and to promote resilience in children, families and our communities.  Sue has specialized  in pediatrics and early childhood services for nearly four decades and describes her work now as her “career of passion!” as she travels throughout the Maine to spark conversations focused on a holistic, strengths-based and trauma-informed systems of care for Maine’s most vulnerable citizens and their families.  Sue’s consulting services prior to the MRBN spans 48 states and Puerto Rico in the development of comprehensive systems of coordinated care for children prenatal – age 5 and their families to include public policy, financing, professional development and system evaluation.  Prior to this, Sue served as the state Director for Child Development Services for nearly a decade.

  • ​Stephen J. Meister, MD, MHSA, FAAP MaineGeneral and Maine AAP

    Dr. Meister is the Medical Director for the Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center/MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville and Augusta, Maine. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, he served his internship and residency at the Babies and Children’s Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. During his active duty in the US Navy, Dr. Meister served as Division Head of the Pediatric Acute Care Clinic at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. In 1990-91, during the First Gulf War, he served with the Marine Corps in a field hospital managing the Emergency Department near the Kuwait border of Saudi Arabia. He practiced General Pediatrics for over 20 years and from 2009 to 2011 was the Medical Director for the Family Health Division of the Maine CDC. In 2003 and again in 2007, Dr. Meister was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for his work with foster care in Maine.  He currently serves as the President of the Maine Chapter of the AAP.

1:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions

The Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey – 2017 Data Presented with Analysis

  • Reid Plimpton Maine CDC

    Reid Plimpton is a Medical Care Development Public Health employee that is embedded as a project coordinator for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. His background and undergraduate degree are in community health sciences, and Reid is currently pursuing his MPH.. This is his 2nd project cycle working on the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, including coordinating various programmatic aspects of the MIYHS such as question revision and recruitment.

  • Sheila Nelson, MSW, MPH Maine CDC

    Sheila Nelson is the Maine CDC Project Manager overseeing the Adolescent Health, and Injury Prevention programs, within the Division of Disease Prevention Program. Sheila had worked within the public health field since the early 2000’s, after she completed both her MSW and MPH Degrees from the University of Michigan. Sheila’s background includes brain development, adolescent health, sexual health and suicide prevention.

     

This session is for providers and other attendees not part of the CALM Learning Session.

CALM Learning Session: Practices Report: Share Seamlessly and Steal Shamelessly

This session is for the CALM Learning Session Attendees only.

2:45 pm

Optimizing Peak Performance in Kids: New Research on the Brain and How to Use Exercise and Nutrition to Achieve Better Physical and Mental Health in Children

  • John Ratey, MD Harvard Medical School

    John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 15 languages, including the groundbreaking ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of "Spark:The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. 

    John  attended Colgate University, where he was a Washburn scholar, receiving his BA in philosophy before moving to Boston. Finding work at Harvard’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) as an attendant, John was often assigned with caring for some of the most difficult patients, inspiring him to learn more about how to help those with mental health challenges. Seeing a career in Psychiatry as the path, he completed his science requirements at Harvard before returning to Pennsylvania to attend the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, where he won multiple awards for scholastic achievement in psychiatry. Returning to Harvard for his Psychiatric training, John was eventually named inpatient chief resident. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Elvin Semrad Teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and was appointed Harvard’s Assistant Director of Residency and Medical Student Training, a position he held for 9 years. It was during these early years at Harvard Medical School that he began his groundbreaking research on aggression, autism and ADD, leading to a career of speaking and teaching around the world.

    Dr. Ratey’s work in Attention Deficit Disorder came after he and his former student, Ned Hallowell, recognized and diagnosed their own ADD, prompting them to write a book to raise awareness and an understanding of the diagnosis to a lay audience. Published in 1994, “Driven to Distraction” became a bestseller, with over 2 million copies in print, and is still considered one of the Bibles of ADD today. Dr. Ratey and Dr. Hallowell went on to write “Delivered to Distraction” and “Answers to Distraction”, and have become recognized around the world as authorities on the subject. They continue to collaborate and are currently working on a new book.

    As an author, Dr. Ratey’s other groundbreaking work includes, “A Users’ Guide to the Brain” and “Shadow Syndromes”. With the publication of “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”, Dr. Ratey has embarked on a world-wide mission to re-engineer schools, corporations, and individual lifestyle practices by incorporating exercise to achieve peak performance and optimum mental health. A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Ratey has lectured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe. His work is frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.

3:50

Wrap Up

  • Kayla Cole Maine Quality Counts

    Kayla grew up in Maine and attended the University of Maine, Orono for her undergraduate studies. Shortly after graduating, Kayla began her career working for the Maine Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) serving as the Vendor and Data Services Manager. She spent several years working with the grocery stores in Maine that accept WIC as well as the USDA to ensure adherence to federal regulations as well as identifying future technology needs of the program. In 2013, she transitioned into the field of Information Technology and served as a Certified Scrum Master on agile software development teams. After several years of leading Agile teams, Kayla achieved her Scrum Professional Certification from the Scrum Alliance. Kayla began working for Maine Quality Counts in January of 2017 and serves as the Project Manager for Child Health Projects at Maine Quality Counts.

DAY TWO Saturday, April 14, 2018 Maine AAP Conference with School Nurses


8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Stephen Meister MD, MHSA, FAAP
Medical Director, The Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center
MaineGeneral Medical Center
President, Maine Chapter of the AAP

8:45 am

A New Prescription: Exercise and the Groundbreaking Techniques for the Treatment of ADHD, Aggression, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • John J. Ratey, MD Harvard Medical School

    John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 15 languages, including the groundbreaking ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of "Spark:The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. 

    John  attended Colgate University, where he was a Washburn scholar, receiving his BA in philosophy before moving to Boston. Finding work at Harvard’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) as an attendant, John was often assigned with caring for some of the most difficult patients, inspiring him to learn more about how to help those with mental health challenges. Seeing a career in Psychiatry as the path, he completed his science requirements at Harvard before returning to Pennsylvania to attend the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, where he won multiple awards for scholastic achievement in psychiatry. Returning to Harvard for his Psychiatric training, John was eventually named inpatient chief resident. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Elvin Semrad Teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and was appointed Harvard’s Assistant Director of Residency and Medical Student Training, a position he held for 9 years. It was during these early years at Harvard Medical School that he began his groundbreaking research on aggression, autism and ADD, leading to a career of speaking and teaching around the world.

    Dr. Ratey’s work in Attention Deficit Disorder came after he and his former student, Ned Hallowell, recognized and diagnosed their own ADD, prompting them to write a book to raise awareness and an understanding of the diagnosis to a lay audience. Published in 1994, “Driven to Distraction” became a bestseller, with over 2 million copies in print, and is still considered one of the Bibles of ADD today. Dr. Ratey and Dr. Hallowell went on to write “Delivered to Distraction” and “Answers to Distraction”, and have become recognized around the world as authorities on the subject. They continue to collaborate and are currently working on a new book.

    As an author, Dr. Ratey’s other groundbreaking work includes, “A Users’ Guide to the Brain” and “Shadow Syndromes”. With the publication of “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”, Dr. Ratey has embarked on a world-wide mission to re-engineer schools, corporations, and individual lifestyle practices by incorporating exercise to achieve peak performance and optimum mental health. A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Ratey has lectured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe. His work is frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.

10:00 am

Concussions: Conflicting Recommendations - What is Best Practice?

  • Michele Labotz, MD Intermed

    Michele LaBotz has been caring for athletes at all levels of participation since 1997. She initially trained in pediatrics before completing a sports medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She subsequently served as a team physician, as well as assistant professor and associate director of the sports medicine fellowship at the University of Hawaii.

    In 2006 Michele and her family returned to Maine, where she began a private practice career at InterMed’s sports medicine clinic. She is currently a member of American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and serve on the board for the AAP’s Maine Chapter. She also serves on the Strategic Health Initiative Committee on Youth Sports and Health for the American College of Sports Medicine.

    Michele is particularly interested in the principles of exercise training, athlete development, physical literacy, injury prevention, and nutrition and supplement use, and speaks nationally on a variety of topics concerning the young athlete. Her most recent publications include lead author for the AAP’s clinical report “Use of Performance Enhancing Substances;” an editorial for the British Journal of Sports Medicine on the preparticipation physical evaluation; and sports nutrition chapters for both the AAP’s Pediatric Nutrition Handbook and textbook on Care of the Young Athlete.

10:30 am

Interpreting HIPPA and FERPA

  • Gordon Smith, Esq. Maine Medical Association

    Gordon H. Smith, Esq. graduated from the University of Maine with highest distinction in 1973 and from the Boston College Law School, magna cum laude, in 1976.  A native of Winthrop, Maine, Mr. Smith was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Maine in 1976 and in the federal courts in 1978.   In 1990, Mr. Smith was a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center.   After four years of private practice in Augusta, he joined the Maine Medical Association as General Counsel in 1981.  He is a past Chairman of the American Society of State Medical Association Counsel, a nation-wide group of 140 attorneys representing medical associations.  Mr. Smith holds numerous board positions and is a frequent lecturer to medical groups on various medical legal subjects, Mr. Smith has joined the Maine Medical Association as their General Counsel in 1981 and has served as Executive Vice President of the Association since September, 1993.  

10:45 am

Using SBIRT in the Treatment of Substance Abuse

  • Deborah Hager, MD Mid Coast Hospital

    Deborah Hagler, MD, FAAP attended Duke University and Cornell Medical College and did her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout her educational journey she has been involved in collaborative efforts to educate her community. As a resident in Philadelphia she worked with at risk youth in a local homeless shelter and helped organize a series of talks for residents to educate herself and colleagues about social determinants of health.  For these efforts receiving the the Nancy Barnhart Community Service Award and the Senior Resident Humanitarian award.

    Dr. Hagler has lived in the Mid Coast area of Maine for the last 20 years with her very wonderful husband and two boys ( now young men).  She has enjoyed the beautiful state of Maine and  been an active member of the community serving as the school physician for many of those years and working with many local organizations on issues pertinent to children’s health and well being . She has been the recipient of several Community Builder Awards from the local United Way.

    Dr. Hagler is currently a pediatrician at Mid Coast Hospital, and is the Vice President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is  currently working on a Masters of Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University focusing on  child and adolescent mental health and using many of her new skills to lead a  multi stakeholder coalition to improve children’s mental health and spearheading the creation of a substance abuse treatment clinic for adolescents in the Mid Coast Region. 

Handouts:

11:00 am

MPHP - Helping Providers

  • Guy R. Cousins, LCSW, LADC, CCS Medical Professionals Health Program, Maine Medical Association

    Guy R. Cousins has been in the behavioral health counseling, and education fields for over 35 years.  A native Mainer from Aroostook County, he received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1983 from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and received his Masters of Social Work in 1991 from the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland.

    Guy has had a wide variety of exciting work experiences having lived and practiced in Italy, Scotland & the United States.  He has worked in a variety of settings; school based, community based, residential, and hospital based services.  He has worked with adults, children, adolescents, couples & families.  He has worked for nonprofit, state, and federal social services agencies.  He has been active in building continuums of services for people of all ages and needs.  

    Guy is a former member of the Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors and served as both Vice Chair and Complaint Officer during his tenure. 

    Guy is the former Director of the State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and served as the Single State Authority for Substance Abuse Services for 7 years.  He served concurrently as the Single State Authority for Mental Health Services for 3 years

    Guy joined the University of Maine at Augusta faculty in fall of September 2015, where he teaches full time training the behavioral workforce of the future.

    In February, Guy became the Director of the Medical Health Professionals Program.  The MPHP provides confidential services to individuals who are dealing with behavioral health disorders that impact their work as healthcare professionals.  

11:15 am

Oral Health Update

11:35 am

Perinatal Quality Collaborative & ESC Tool for Substance Exposed Infants

  • Kelley Bowden, MS, RN Maine Medical Center

    Kelley Bowden is the Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator for the state of Maine.  After graduating from the University of Southern Maine with her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, she joined the Maine Medical Center NICU staff.  Kelley then went on to earn a certificate from Georgetown University as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.   After working in the NICU for 18 years, she left to become a chart abstractor for the Maine Birth Defects Program and assumed the outreach position in 2004.  Kelley completed her master’s degree in nursing at USM in 2005.

     In her current role, she serves as a resource and consultant for birthing hospitals, community based health care organizations, and health care providers on topics related to perinatal care.  Kelley presents locally and nationally and has publications in Pediatrics, Advances in Neonatal Nursing, and on the National Guideline Clearinghouse website.  She is past Board Chair of the March of Dimes Maine Chapter and sits on several statewide committees, including the Maternal, Fetal, and Infant Mortality Review Panel. 

      Kelley is the section chair for AWHONN Maine, the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in Maine.  She also facilitates meetings of the Perinatal Leadership Coalition of Maine, a group that meets four times per year to discuss and collaborate on a variety of perinatal issues.  Kelley’s projects in the past four years include education of perinatal nurses and physicians on the importance of educating families on the Period of PURPLE crying and Safe Sleep for Newborns, co-leadership in the development of the Snuggle ME project, a guideline to assist providers in caring for drug affected mothers and babies. In 2012, Kelley became a co-principal investigator for a New England regional three year Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant to establish Critical Congenital Heart Disease screening, education and data collection programs in Maine.

1:00 pm

Ophthalmology Update

  • Stephen Meister, MD, MHSA, FAAP MaineGeneral

    Dr. Stephen Meister is a pediatric specialist and medical director of the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center in Waterville and Augusta. He is board certified in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and has developed programs to improve care for children with special needs in Maine. His specialty is in the development and management of programs which evaluate the needs of and provide services and care to children with developmental delay and/or behavior disorders. This includes special services for children in out of home care (foster care) and children with autism.  Dr. Meister also served as clinical director for the Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program (PREP) and principal investigator for the Mid-Maine Child Trauma Network from 1996 to 2009. A member of MaineGeneral Medical Center's active staff, he has practiced locally since 1996. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for over 30 years. Dr. Meister is the current President of the Maine AAP.

  • Jeffrey Berman, MD

    Jeffrey L. Berman, MD is a fellowship trained pediatric ophthalmologist. He specializes in the complete treatment of eye problems in infants and children, including eye muscle imbalances and blocked tear ducts. Dr. Berman also treats double vision and misalignment’s of the eyes (strabismus) in adults.

    Dr. Berman is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the University of Kentucky following his ophthalmology residency at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

2:00 pm

Substance Use and Treatment Options for Adolescents

  • Lucien Gonzalez MD, MS, FAAP University of Minnesota

    Lucien Gonzalez MD, MS, FAAP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gonzalez received a Medical Degree from the University of Massachusetts, while also pursuing graduate studies in Neuroscience. Dr. Gonzalez completed an internship in Pediatrics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Pediatric residency at Westchester Medical Center and pursued a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gonzalez is a former member of the AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention, Core Project Team member of AAP Practice Improvement to Address Adolescent Substance Use, and Steering Committee Member to Providers' Clinical Support Services for Opioid Therapies and Medication-Assisted Treatment. 

3:00 pm

Transitions of Care Best Practices

  • Nancy Cronin Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

    Nancy Cronin is the Executive Director of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council. Prior to this role, Nancy was the Coordinator for the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Systems Change Initiative and the State Autism Implementation Grant Manager in Maine.  In that role, she facilitated an interagency effort to achieve an efficient and cost-effective comprehensive system of care for persons with ASD.  Nancy joined the staff of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council in January 2008, having previously served for over four years as the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Maine.  While at the Autism Society, Nancy's work at the local, state, and national levels focused on the development of effective services and supports for persons with ASD of all ages and their families.

  • Stephen Meister, MD, MHSA, FAAP

    Dr. Stephen Meister is a pediatric specialist and medical director of the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center in Waterville and Augusta. He is board certified in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and has developed programs to improve care for children with special needs in Maine. His specialty is in the development and management of programs which evaluate the needs of and provide services and care to children with developmental delay and/or behavior disorders. This includes special services for children in out of home care (foster care) and children with autism.  Dr. Meister also served as clinical director for the Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program (PREP) and principal investigator for the Mid-Maine Child Trauma Network from 1996 to 2009. A member of MaineGeneral Medical Center's active staff, he has practiced locally since 1996. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for over 30 years. Dr. Meister is the current President of the Maine AAP.