Maine AAP Spring Conference 2019 - May 18 & 19

‘Treatment and Prevention of Medical and Mental Health Emergencies’

Registration Opens late February!

Sponsor/Exhibitor opportunities are available!

The agenda below has detailed information about the speakers and sessions. Download a condensed conference at-a-glance.


FRIDAY, May 17

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Pizza and Bowling Night - at Point Lookout's own bowling alley



Registration & Breakfast with Exhibitors - Exhibits Open


Welcome - Conference Begins

  • Steve Meister, MD, FAAP & Deb Hagler, MD, FAAP - Maine AAP - President and Vice President

7:45am Morning Plenary Talks

Advancing Diagnosis and Management of Atopic Dermatitis in Children and Adolescents

Introduction: Jan Pelletier, MD, FAAP, Maine AAP Immediate Past President

Asthma Management Updates

Updates on chronic diagnosis/classification (or lack of classification) and treatment & Inhalation gadgets/techniques

Introduction: Deborah Hagler, MD, FAAP - Maine AAP Vice President

10:00am Break with Exhibitors

10:30am Morning Keynote Talk

Disaster Preparedness

Phases & Associated Risks: Emergency management/preparedness in Maine

Hazard Vulnerability Assessment: A look at state/local Hazard Vulnerability Analysis – What are our most pressing risks as a locality/state and nation?

Disaster Response: Readiness and Preparation

Introduction: Jennifer Jewell, MD, FAAP, Maine AAP Board of Directors - Education/Conference Committee Chair

Panel to Follow Dr. Sholl's Talk

Maine CDC Preparedness Lead - Bill Jenkins

Maine EMS-Coordinator – Marc Minkler

12:15pm Awards Ceremony

AAP Special Achievement Awards

Legislator and Advocate of the Year Awards

12:30 Luncheon Keynote

Health Behavior Change & Promoting Patient Adherence to Vaccines

  • Kent Hunter, PharmD Pfizer Vaccines

    Kent Hunter is a Vaccines Medical Director in the Medical Affairs Division of Pfizer. Kent joined Pfizer in October of 2000 and worked as a Medical Outcomes Specialist in Pfizer’s Primary Care division until transitioning to Pfizer Vaccines in 2015.

    Kent received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and earned his PharmD degree from the University Of Florida’s College Of Pharmacy.

    Kent also serves as an adjunct professor, preceptor, and mentor for the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and as an adjunct professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.

With Motivational Interviewing component

*Non-CME talk

2:00pm Afternoon Plenary Session

Adolescents and Psychoactive Substances: New Challenges for Pediatricians

  • John Rogers Knight, Jr., MD Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

    Dr. John Knight, Founder/Director, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Children's Hospital, Boston & Associate Professsor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School John Knight received his MD degree from University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital and a postgraduate fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. He has served as a consultant to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy.

    Dr. Knight's research is directed at developing an effective brief intervention for drug abuse that could be widely implemented in settings where adolescents receive routine healthcare. The long-term goal of Dr. Knight and his colleagues at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) is to improve screening and intervention for adolescent substance abuse in medical office settings.

Introduction: Stephen Meister, MD, FAAP, Maine AAP President

Panel to Follow Dr. Knight's Talk

  • Greg Marley, LCSW NAMI Maine

    Greg Marley is the Clinical Director of NAMI Maine, and a licensed clinical social worker. He has practiced in the field of community mental health and prevention in Maine for over 25 years.

  • Robyn Ostrander, MD MaineHealth

    Dr. Ostrander is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at MaineHealth. Her approach to children and families is that the brain is an organ, and needs medical attention sometimes just like the rest of the body. She tries to be a tour guide as much as a physician, explaining how the mental health system works and supporting getting the right diagnosis and proper treatment fast, so that kids can get back to being kids.

  • Alane O'Connor, DNP Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program, MaineGeneral Medical Center

    Dr. O’Connor's clinical work focuses on addiction medicine and the management of opioid use disorders using buprenorphine. She developed an integrated medical and behavioral health treatment program that has served hundreds of opioid dependent pregnant women over the past ten years. Dr. O’Connor has published her ground breaking research on infant outcomes following exposure to buprenorphine during pregnancy in many journals including the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, the Journal of Perinatal Medicine, European Addiction Research, the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

4:00 - 5:00pm

Optional Workshop: Motivational Interviewing

This is an optional one hour workshop focused on improving motivational interviewing techniques. Offered by luncheon keynote speaker, Kent Hunter, PharmD.

6:00 - 9:00pm SATURDAY NIGHT COOKOUT / BONFIRE / LAWN GAMES / MUSIC - at the Point Lookout Gazebo and Lawn

SUNDAY, May 19

7:30am Maine AAP Annual Members Meeting

8:00am Conference Opens - Breakfast with Exhibitors, Poster Session Open


Keynote Speaker

Gun Safety and Youth

Panel to Follow Dr. Sakran's Talk

  • Mark Delmonte, JD American Academy of Pediatrics

    Mark Del Monte, JD serves as interim CEO/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In this capacity, Mark leads a strong chief executive team for the organization which serves 67,000 pediatrician, pediatric medical subspecialist, and pediatric surgical specialist members. Prior to this role, Mark served as the AAP’s Chief Deputy and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and External Affairs where he directed the organization’s communications, public relations and advocacy activities.

    Prior to joining AAP in 2005, Mark served as Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families, a national organization advocating for children and families with HIV/AIDS. Before moving to Washington, DC, Mark worked as a lawyer in his home state of California, providing direct legal services to HIV-positive, low-income children and families.

    Mark holds a law degree from the University of California (Berkeley) and a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University.

  • Rita Furlow Maine Children's Alliance

    Rita Furlow is a senior policy analyst

  • Nico Bocour, JD Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

    Nico Bocour is the State Legislative Director for Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly. Prior to joining Giffords, she was a government affairs consultant and policy director in New Jersey working to prevent gun violence in the Garden State. Nico is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and holds her JD from Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ.


Pediatricians and Advocacy

  • Laura Blaisdell, MD, FAAP Intermed

    Dr. Blaisdell is a board certified pediatrician who focuses on providing personalized care that is evidence-based and responsive to families’ changing needs. She believes being part of life’s journey with families, children and adolescents is a tremendous honor.

    She sees patients at Intermed's Yarmouth site, conducts research with the Center for Outcome Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center Research Institute, and teaches at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Pediatrics Residency Program. She received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a medical doctorate and public health degree (MD/MPH) at the University of Minnesota, and completed a residency in pediatrics at Maine Medical Center in 2005.

Interactive Session on Advocacy and Work to form a Gun Safety and Violence Prevention Campaign


Conference Wrap-Up