Maine AAP Spring Conference - May 6 & 7, 2017 - Portland, Maine

The Spring 2017 conference will focus on a theme of pediatric obesity, food insecurity, and similar issues affecting the physical and mental health of children and adolescents that are obese and/or suffer from eating disorders, metabolic syndrome, or other related conditions. Additional talks will feature experts on telehealth and treating children with significant behavioral issues and ADHD. Click here to register.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017


7:30am Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors - Poster Session Open

8:15am

Welcome and Speaker Introduction

  • Janice Pelletier, MD, FAAP President, Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

    Janice L. Pelletier, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, teacher, and researcher who received her education at Harvard, Einstein Medical School, Eastern Virginia Graduate School, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Massachusetts General, and the Hospital for Sick Children. She has published in both basic and clinical arenas. As an avid teacher and mentor, she has taught for 10 years an innovative and successful course on Health Professions at the University of Maine, aiming to "grow our own" in health related careers in our State. She has been a physician for 30 years, working in general pediatrics for 17 years, overlapping with subspecialty consultative work for 20 years which she now exclusively practices. She is Head of Pediatric Dermatology at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she mentors numerous residents, medical students, nursing students, and undergraduates. She is tremendously enthusiastic in her role as President of the Maine Academy of Pediatrics, where efforts have focused on advocacy and legislation related to child health- particularly on poverty, resilience, immunizations, and collaborations. In the AAP Section on Dermatology, she is helping to advance awareness and legislation surrounding nickel allergy dermatitis.

8:30am

Morning Keynote - "Treating Pediatric Obesity Seriously: The Role of Pharmacotherapy"

  • Aaron S. Kelly, Ph.D. University of Minnesota Medical School

    Aaron S. Kelly, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Kelly is an expert in pediatric obesity medicine and his research focuses on the clinical aspects of severe obesity, including strategies aimed at the prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes starting in childhood. His current research includes a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study assessing the vascular status of children and adolescents with severe obesity and the evaluation of vascular outcomes following bariatric surgery in teens, and clinical trials evaluating weight loss medications in severely obese adolescents. Dr. Kelly is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and serves as a member of the AHA Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in the Youngand the AHA Obesity Committee. He is also a fellow of The Obesity Society (TOS) and serves as a member of the TOS Membership Committee. Dr. Kelly is the chair of the Minnesota Pediatric Obesity Consortium, a collaborative network of 4 institutions in the state of Minnesota dedicated to advancing research and education in the area of clinical pediatric obesity. He has served as a regular reviewer of NIH grant applications for the last 10 years. Dr. Kelly was co-chair and lead author of a scientific statement from the AHA on severe obesity in children and adolescents published in the journal Circulation.

9:30 - 10:30am Updates from the Field - part one

9:30am

Update on Pediatric Dermatology

  • Janice L. Pelletier, MD, FAAP Eastern Maine Healthcare

    Dr. Pelletier is a pediatrician, teacher, and researcher who received her education at Harvard, Einstein Medical School, Eastern Virginia Graduate School, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Massachusetts General, and the Hospital for Sick Children. She has published in both basic and clinical arenas. As an avid teacher and mentor, she has taught for 10 years an innovative and successful course on Health Professions at the University of Maine, aiming to "grow our own" in health related careers in our State. She has been a physician for 30 years, working in general pediatrics for 17 years, overlapping with subspecialty consultative work for 20 years which she now exclusively practices. She is Head of Pediatric Dermatology at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she mentors numerous residents, medical students, nursing students, and undergraduates. She is tremendously enthusiastic in her role as President of the Maine Academy of Pediatrics, where efforts have focused on advocacy and legislation related to child health- particularly on poverty, resilience, immunizations, and collaborations. In the AAP Section on Dermatology, she is helping to advance awareness and legislation surrounding nickel allergy dermatit

9:50am

Update on Oral Health -obesity and food insecurity

  • Rachel L. King, DDS, MPH University of New England

    Dr. Rachel King is originally from the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, but she has lived in a variety of locales throughout her years of education and practice. After graduating from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in 2009, Dr. King continued her training as a pediatric dental resident at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Following residency, she entered the U.S. Air Force, where she had the opportunity to practice for two years in Japan as a pediatric clinical provider on Misawa Air Base, and for one year as an AEGD residency faculy member at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Dr. King received her Master of Public Health degree in 2015 from the University of Massachussetts Amherst and began a residency in Dental Public Health through NYU Lutheran soon thereafter. Working in Providence, Rhode Island, with both the Rhode Island Department of Health and St. Joseph Pediatric and Family Dental Center, Dr. King received her second specialty certificate in 2016, prior to joining the UNE College of Dental Medicine.

10:10am

Adolescent Mental Health - Issues with Body Image, Eating Disorders, & Decision Making

  • Michele Labotz, MD Intermed

    Michele LaBotz is a Sports Medicine Physician and has been caring for athletes at all levels of participation since 1997. She initially trained in pediatrics before she completed 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 her family returned to Maine, where she began a private practice career at InterMed’s sports medicine clinic. She is currently a member of the national executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and is particularly interested in the principles of exercise training, injury prevention, nutrition and supplement use, and speaks nationally on a variety of topics concerning the young athlete. Her most recent publications include the sports nutrition chapters for both the AAP’s Pediatric Nutrition Handbook and Care of the Young Athlete and she was  lead author of the AAP's clinical report on Performance Enhancing Substances which was released this past June. 

10:30am Break with Exhibitors - Poster Session Open

11:15am Breakout Sessions

Obesity Basics & AAP Alogorithm

  • Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP MaineHealth - Let's Go!

    Dr. Rogers is the Director of The Kids CO-OP at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. There she oversees the development, coordination, and promotion of community-oriented pediatric healthcare initiatives. She is also the Director of the Let’s Go! Program. Let’s Go! Uses a multi-sector approach to reach youth and families where they live, learn, work and play to reinforce the importance of health eating and physical activity. Dr. Rogers graduated from Dartmouth College receiving a BA in political science and received her medical degree from the University of Vermont. Currently, Dr. Rogers is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.

    As a leader in the field of childhood obesity prevention and management, she is often called upon as a consultant by The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other national organizations to provide her expert opinion and review. Additionally, Dr. Rogers is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Leadership Workgroup.

    In 2011, Dr. Rogers received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her work in the field of childhood obesity. In 2012, Dr. Rogers received the 2012 Giraffe Award from the Maine Children’s Alliance for “sticking her neck out for Maine kids”. Additionally, Dr. Rogers was the recipient of the 2013 Healthcare HEROS award presented by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and the Portland Press Herald.

  • Michael Dedekian, MD, FAAP Maine Medical Partners

    Dr. Dedekian is a pediatric endocrinologist with Maine Medical Partners and also starting working with Let’s Go! in 2009 as a medical advisor. Dr. Dedekian is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical School.

    Dr. Dedekian got his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts medical school and did his residency at Children's Hospital in Boston. 

    He is an outdoor enthusiast who loves sailing, running, and exploring the natural world with his kids. A strong believer in leading a well-balanced, active lifestyle, his favorite part about working for Let’s Go! is the fact that the work has the ability to make children healthy and prevent future disease. As he puts it, every pediatrician would rather prevent disease than treat it!

  • Nona Tsotseria, MD, PhD Maine Center for Disease Control, DHHS

    Dr. Nona Tsotseria is a Senior Health Program Manager for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control   Program at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services. She provides program-wide strategic directions for multiple disease areas including obesity prevention. 

    Dr. Tsotseria has her MD as well as a PhD in public policy and 20+ total years of experience in healthcare management, public health, epidemiology, outcomes research, advanced health analytics, health care economics and financing, medicine, health information systems, and health policy.

Advanced Obesity Treatment Options

  • Valerie M. O'Hara, DO, FAAP, ABOM EMMC, Way to Optimal Weight - WOW Program

    Dr. O’Hara, Medical Director of the WOW (Way to Optimal Weight) Clinic brings 16 years of pediatric weight management experience to her families and community. She received her board certification in Obesity Medicine in 2013 via the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She began this focused work as part of the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative in 2000.  She has been involved with Let’s Go as a Physician Champion, visiting the Primary Care Practices in the EMHS region since 2010. Recently, Dr.O’Hara presented research data at the National Fall OMA Conference in Washington, D.C.  As an advocate for her patients, she shared her WOW experience with the Dept. of Defense in Washington, DC and with former Gov. Baldacci. She also serves on the MaineCare Provider Advisory Board. She is a member of The Obesity Society and the Obesity Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. O’Hara graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 and completed her Pediatric Residency at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in 1999.  Dr. O’Hara is passionate about her patients and is dedicated to improving the health of the families she works with.

  • Aaron S. Kelly, Ph.D. University of Minnesota Medical School.

    Dr. Kelly is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Kelly is an expert in pediatric obesity medicine and his research focuses on the clinical aspects of severe obesity, including strategies aimed at the prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes starting in childhood. His current research includes a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study assessing the vascular status of children and adolescents with severe obesity and the evaluation of vascular outcomes following bariatric surgery in teens, and clinical trials evaluating weight loss medications in severely obese adolescents. Dr. Kelly is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and serves as a member of the AHA Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in the Youngand the AHA Obesity Committee. He is also a fellow of The Obesity Society (TOS) and serves as a member of the TOS Membership Committee. Dr. Kelly is the chair of the Minnesota Pediatric Obesity Consortium, a collaborative network of 4 institutions in the state of Minnesota dedicated to advancing research and education in the area of clinical pediatric obesity. He has served as a regular reviewer of NIH grant applications for the last 10 years. Dr. Kelly was co-chair and lead author of a scientific statement from the AHA on severe obesity in children and adolescents published in the journal Circulation.

  • Allen Browne, M.D., FAAP, FACS, ABOM Pediatric Surgeon

    Dr. Browne is a pediatric/adolescent weight management specialist and pediatric surgeon. He has worked in the development of treatment algorithms for pediatric obesity for 12 years as Clinical Director of the New Hope Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management Program at UIC Medical Center in Chicago (2004-2008), Attending physician at The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio (2008-2009), and founder of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at the Carle Clinic in Urbana (2012 to present).  With Drs. Mark and Ai-Xuan Holterman, Dr. Browne developed and served as Principal Investigator of FDA IDE #1 to study the adjustable gastric band in severely obese adolescents.  Dr. Browne is the author and co-author of a number of papers, articles, and chapters on the treatment of pediatric obesity.  He is a member of the Section on Obesity of the AAP, the Pediatric Committee of The Obesity Society, the Pediatric Committee of ASMBS, and the Pediatric Obesity Committee of APSA.  In 2014, Dr. Browne became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  As of July 2016, Dr. Browne’s practice will focus full-time on pediatric weight management. 

Eating Healthy –Help Kids and Families Learn

  • Courtney Kennedy Cooking Matters - Good Shepherd Food Bank

    Courtney's career focus has been to develop program strategies that foster individual motivation, engage in wellness promoting activities and personal wellness-enhancement through nutritional awareness. While directing the program team collaborations, she has observed resulting changes (behavior, attitude, outlook, knowledge) for individuals who participate in the wellness programs and believes they are intrinsically rewarding for everyone involved and a driving force for her career choice. She is committed to continually educating herself as a professional with wellness concepts and theories that strengthen her abilities. 

  • Carrie Gordon, MD Maine Medical Partners & Countdown Program

    Dr. Gordon is a pediatric nephrologist, and serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Maine Medical Partners Pediatric Specialty Care and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical School. Nephrologists are devoted to treating kidney diseases and conditions. They work with people who are dealing with complications congenital abnormalities, vascular disease and surgery, extremely high blood pressure (hypertensive crisis), kidney stones (nephrolithiasis), endocrine and metabolic disorders, complications of malignancy, and complex multi-trauma injury.

  • Starr Johnston, RN Way to Optimal Weight - WOW Program

    Starr is the clinical coordinator and has 23 years of nursing experience, which coincided with a military lifestyle as she and her family moved to various states and countries. This allowed her to gain nursing experience in many types of cultures. Starr enjoyed the opportunity to work in many different settings including adult care, psychiatric nursing, and pediatrics. Upon her husband’s retirement from the military in 2002, they moved to Maine. Starr’s interest in pediatric weight management peaked when she became involved in MYOC (Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative) in 2004.  She continues to attend various seminars and conferences, allowing her to network with many experts in this field.  Starr enthusiastically shares this knowledge with children and families in a fun interactive environment at WOW.  She has presented and co-presented WOW in various primary care clinics as well as the State of Maine AAP conference in 2012.  Starr‘s special interest is serving as teacher and preceptor for nursing students; currently working with students from UMO and Husson University.

12:30 Lunch

1:00

Presentation of Legislator of the Year Award

  • Awardee: Geoffrey Gratwick, MD Senator, State of Maine

    Geoff Gratwick is a retired rheumatologist/arthritis specialist from Bangor. He served on the Bangor City Council from 2003 until 2012, and has served in the Maine State Senate since 2012. Currently he lives on Kenduskeag Avenue with his wife Lucy, a practicing clinical psychologist. Their two children attended Bangor schools and they have four granddaughters ranging in age from 1 to 15.

    Until his retirement from active private practice in 2013, Geoff managed a small medical office with 12 employees and dealt with innumerable health care issues. He cared for over 25,000 Maine patients from Waterville to Fort Kent and served as the Chief of the Rheumatology Section at Eastern Maine Medical Center. In 2014 he worked at the St Joseph’s Hopsital Arthritis Clinic for one year.

    Geoff is a member of the Bangor Noontime Rotary and the Maine Humanities Council where he served on the board 1990-2003 and as chair 2000-2003. He also had the distinction of representing Maine Physicians for Social Responsibility at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, Oslo, Norway, 1985. He attended Harvard College, Cambridge University (England), Columbia University Medical School, and did his post-doc research fellowship at Cornell University.

    Geoff loves family time, woodworking, tending to his small farm of chickens and goats, working in the woods, competitive rowing and attending various community events.

1:30 - 2:30pm Updates from the Field - part two

1:30pm

Care Transitions for Kids with Developmental Disabilities

  • Stephen Meister, MD, MHSA, FAAP MaineGeneral Health

    Dr. 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.

1:50pm

Link between Obesity and GI Issues

  • Allison Behrle Yardley, MD Eastern Maine Healthcare

    Dr. Yardley, a pediatric gastroenterologist, is new to EMMC and comes from George Washington University Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she pursued her fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. Prior to living in D.C., Dr. Yardley attended the University of Delaware where she studied applied nutrition, received her doctor of medicine degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed her residency at Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI.

2:10pm

Rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation, and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHAD)

  • Brooke Surran, MD Eastern Maine Healthcare

    Dr. Surran, a pediatric neurologist, earned a bachelor’s degree at Smith College in Northampton, MA and her medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. She completed a pediatric residency at Baystate Children’s Hospital through Tufts University and a child neurology residency at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special qualifications in child neurology. Prior to arriving in Bangor, she was a staff pediatric neurologist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA and assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.

2:30pm Break with Exhibitors - Poster Session Open

3:00pm Pediatric Food Insecurity & the Obesity Epidemic

3:00pm

Partnering to Improve Community Health: Addressing Food Insecurity in Maine

  • Doug Michael, MPH Eastern Maine Healthcare

    Doug Michael Joined the EMHS Leadership Team in 2013, as the first Chief Community Health and Grants Officer. Doug is responsible for setting the strategic course for community health improvement and building population and public health capacity into the day to day functioning of our dynamic healthcare system.

    Doug leads the EMHS vision to measurably improve the health of all Maine people by accelerating the deployment of innovative community health improvement strategies that address population health priorities. He leads team efforts to build collaborative community partnerships, leverage strategic resources, and deliver impactful health initiatives in coordination with healthcare, community, and public health partners.

    With more than 20 years of community health improvement experience, Doug is a strong leader whose innovative style, collaborative spirit, and passion for improving public health has been instrumental in developing creative solutions for our communities’ toughest health challenges.

3:30pm

Panel - Pediatric Food Insecurity & The Community Response

  • Kristen Miale Good Shepherd Food Bank

    Kristen Miale is the president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. Kristen is the founder of Cooking Matters for Maine, a local chapter of Share Our Strength's nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program for low-income families. After successfully launching the program in Maine in 2010, she brought it to Good Shepherd Food Bank in order to provide a greater opportunity to reach more families in need.

    Kristen is a dynamic leader who is passionate about ending hunger in Maine, has a strong business background, and earned the respect and confidence of the GSFB board, employees and partners during her association with their organization. 

    Prior to her work with Cooking Matters, Kristen worked for over a decade in private equity and business consulting. After volunteering for hunger relief organizations, she decided to make her passion for ending hunger her occupation.

    Kristen received her Masters in Business Administration from Boston University where she studied both entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. She serves on the board of the Cumberland County Extension Association and has been a board member and treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.

  • Holly Couturier Maine Principals' Association

    Holly is the Assistant Executive Director for the Maine Principals’ Association where she is responsible for providing high quality professional development to the educational leaders in the state of Maine.  She currently serves on the Breakfast Sub Committee for the Full Plates/Full Potential Network.  Prior to this role she was the principal of a high poverty school and worked closely with Good Shepherd Food Bank and often spoke on their behalf on the topic of food insecurity in children.  She helped to bring a Police Action League, P.A.L., center to the city of Auburn which provides a safe space for children up to the age of 18 to play, get homework help, learn life skills, and eat nutritious meals year round.

  • Karen Parker Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program

    Karen Parker is the Executive Director for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program located in Brunswick and serving eight mid coast towns.

    In her 5 years as Executive Director MCHPP has focused on childhood hunger. MCHPP is a partner agency of Good Shepherd Food Bank

    She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. Her first career was in retailing as a Buyer, Product Developer and Inventory Manager. In 2007 she received her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and in 2011 a Masters in Organizational  Leadership.

    Most recently she was awarded the CVA credential by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Karen is the Co-Chair of Access Health and a Stakeholder member of the Merrymeeting Food Council.

  • Katie Brown Locker Project
  • Jen Robichaud, RN Aroostook Medical Center Pediatrics

    Jennifer Robichaud is a Registered nurse who has worked for TAMC Aroostook Pediatrics as a staff nurse before accepting a nursing supervisor position in 2007. She is a super-user for her employers electronic medical record system and helps train medical staff on the system. She coordinates clinical time for paramedic and nursing students as well as provides feedback to the instructors and advisors. She hosts a telemedicine clinic for WOW (way to optimal weight) as well as coordinates a pediatric cardiology clinic.

    Jennifer graduated from Washburn District High School in 1992 and achieved her Associate in Science Degree in Nursing from Northern Maine Community College in 1994. Jennifer is a certified child passenger safety technician and hosts a child passenger seat distribution program through the State of Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

    Jennifer lives in Presque Isle with her husband Tony, who works for the City of Presque Isle as a firefighter/first driver and daughter Sydney, age 14, who attends the Presque Isle Middle School and is currently in grade 8. She also has another daughter Bailee, age 19 who attends the University of Maine at Fort Kent majoring in behavioral science.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


7:30am Maine AAP Annual Meeting & Continental Breakfast

8:15am

Welcome and Speaker Introduction

  • Stephen Meister, MD, MHSA, FAAP President Elect, Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

    Dr. 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.

8:30am Morning Keynote

  • Ross Greene, PhD Founder, Lives in the Balance

    Dr. Greene is the Founding Director of Lives in the Balance. He has served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia.

Morning Plenary Talks - Telehealth

9:45am

Telemedicine in Maine

  • Danielle Louder Northeast Telehealth Resource Center

    Danielle Louder is Program Director for the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC), where she leads efforts focused on the implementation and growth of telehealth programs throughout the eight-state NETRC region, (New England, New York and New Jersey), as well as collaborating with colleagues from the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers on nation-wide efforts to advance the reach and impact of telehealth. Regional activities are carried out in partnership with the Telemedicine Program at the University of Vermont, and through collaboration with many additional stakeholders throughout the region.

     Ms. Louder also serves as Co-Director of Medical Care Development's Public Health Division, and is responsible for maintenance and growth of the public health portfolio, identifying opportunities for funding diversity, fostering relationships with new and potential funders, developing new initiatives and facilitating collaboration with other organizations locally, regionally and nationally. In this role, she is responsible for expanding the range of public health programs, with emphasis on bridging population health and primary care as well as initiatives deploying technology to enhance health promotion and disease prevention. She has a breadth of experience working across multiple sectors, including health systems, public and community health, with content expertise in telehealth, technology, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and worksite health/wellness.

10:15am

On Demand vs Scheduled Time

  • Jonathan Wood, MD Eastern Maine Healthcare

    Jonathan Wood, MD was the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) from 2002 until 2012.  He currently serves as Senior Lead Physician for Pediatrics for the EMMC Medical Group.  Dr Wood received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his MD from the Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine.  He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Rochester, Rochester NY.  Dr Wood is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care.

    Prior to coming to EMMC, Dr Wood spent five years on the faculty at the University Of Massachusetts School of Medicine.  During that time he served as attending physician in both the Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric Emergency Department.  While Dr. Wood’s main clinical interests are in the areas of pediatric acute care, pediatric sedation and hospital-based medicine, he has had an ongoing interest in medical informatics throughout his career

    Dr Wood has been a strong advocate for telemedicine initiatives in Central, Eastern, and Northern Maine since his arrival in 2002.  He is on the EMMC Telemedicine Steering Committee and has been instrumental in moving the Pediatric Intensivists and acute care pediatrics to the front of the clinical telemedicine applications being pursued by EMMC.  Dr Wood was Principle Investigator for a J. M. Hopwood Charitable Trust grant awarded in October 2005:  “Rapid-access Tele PICU to improve pediatric critical care services in rural Maine”.   This grant provided for funding high definition IP-based video connections in each of the three pediatric intensivists’ homes and at EMMC.  Through several related federal grants, EMMC has now equipped 15 rural Emergency Departments with wireless IP-based camera systems.  These ED’s consequently have immediate access to pediatric critical care specialists, allowing real-time evaluations and consultations for practitioners faced with managing a critically ill child.  This system also facilitates transport decisions that must be made promptly, accurately, and appropriately.

10:45am

Success Stories - Telehealth in Maine

  • Valerie O'Hara, DO, ABOM Eastern Maine Medical Center - WOW Clinic

    Dr. O’Hara, Medical Director of the WOW (Way to Optimal Weight) Clinic brings 16 years of pediatric weight management experience to her families and community. She received her board certification in Obesity Medicine in 2013 via the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She began this focused work as part of the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative in 2000.  She has been involved with Let’s Go as a Physician Champion, visiting the Primary Care Practices in the EMHS region since 2010. Recently, Dr.O’Hara presented research data at the National Fall OMA Conference in Washington, D.C.  As an advocate for her patients, she shared her WOW experience with the Dept. of Defense in Washington, DC and with former Gov. Baldacci. She also serves on the MaineCare Provider Advisory Board. She is a member of The Obesity Society and the Obesity Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. O’Hara graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 and completed her Pediatric Residency at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in 1999.  Dr. O’Hara is passionate about her patients and is dedicated to improving the health of the families she works with.

  • Joseph Anderson, MD Waldo County Hospital/MaineHealth - Belfast Pediatrics

    Joseph Anderson MD FAAP is a Pediatrician at Belfast Pediatrics at Waldo County Hospital since 2003. After concentrating on International Health at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, he trained at Yale and is now on the faculty of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He began telehealth in 2015 with the Maine Center for Feeding and Swallowing at Waldo County. He has three children of his own and enjoys getting out on the waters of Penobscot Bay.

  • Rick E. Redmond, LCSW Acadia Hospital

    Richard “Rick” Redmond, LCSW has worked in behavioral health for 30 years – the past two decades at Acadia Hospital where he has been a clinician and an administrator and is now the Senior Director of Service Development and Planning. Rick has built many partnerships between his hospital and a variety of rural medical, residential and mental health organizations including the construction of a successful telemental health service which includes multiple service lines.