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Co-sponsored by: West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition; American Academy of Pediatrics, West Virginia Chapter, CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, WV Community Voices; Office of Maternal Child and Family Health; West Virginia Primary Care Association; Office of Healthy Schools, Department of Education; West Virginia Institute for Health Policy Research.
Generously Supported By: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation; WV Childrenís Health Insurance Program; Mountain State Blue Cross & Blue Shield; Office of Maternal Child and Family Health, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion

First Lady Gayle Manchin Will Host Children's Health Forum

First Lady Gayle Manchin will host the Child Health Forum on November 2-3, 2006. This is the second annual event on child health hosted by the First Lady. Last year, the Child Health Conference explored topics in child health including prevention, obesity, quality of care, oral health, school health and perinatal health. This year we are sponsoring a smaller event with three plenary sessions and a number of updates. The purpose of the forum is to continue the State conversation on child health, celebrate our progress and come to consensus around the most urgent issues. Co-hosts for the forum will be Joan Phillips, MD, president of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Fernando Indocochea, MD, president elect.

With plenary sessions focusing on:
  Perinatal Health: Findings and Recommendations of the Perinatal Health Study Group
  School Health: Findings and Recommendations of the School Health Partnership
  Mental Health: Organizing to Identify and Address Priorities for Children's Mental Health

Updates on:
  SCHIP Re-Authorization in 2007: Find out how you can help.
  FamilyUSA Campaign for Children's Health Care
  West Virginia Medicaid Redesign: What does it mean for child health?
  West Virginia Child Health Quality Initiative
  Taking Care of Your Sick Child Parent Education Project
  What West Virginia Communities Have to Say About Priorities in Child Health

Guest Speakers:

Professor Mark D. Weist is currently a Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He has been involved in school mental health (SMH) training, practice, research and policy since 1991. He directs the School Mental Health Program and the Center for School Mental Health Analysis and Action (CSMHA).


Dr. Pat Cooper is the superintendent of schools in McComb, MS and is in his thirty-fifth year of public education service. He has served as a classroom teacher, principal, university faculty member, and as Assistant State Superintendent in the Louisiana State Department of Education. Dr. Cooper is also President of the Mississippi Alliance for School Health (MASH), and serves on the Governorís Association to develop a national network on school/health partnerships.


Registration Fee: $75 for both days; $50 for one day.

Register online.


Download the conference brochure for a printable conference registration form.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students and others. For scholarship information, contact Renate Pore at renatepore@verizon.net.

CEUs and CMEs will be available through the CAMC Institute

Rooms are being held at the Charleston Marriott for conference participants at a rate of $119 plus applicable taxes. Reservations should be made by calling the Marriott at 800-228-9290. When making reservations, please mention that you are reserving from the WV Healthy Kids Room Block.

Conference Brochure

Exhibitor Form
Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Essay Contest




Conference Planning Committee: Dr. Joan Phillips, Robin Rector, Sharon Carte, Phil Edwards, Dr. Fernando Indocochea, Nancy Tolliver, Ann Dacey, David Majic, Linda Anderson, Becky King, Rebecca King, Eileen Barker. 
Staff: Renate Pore, Anne Durham, Mountainside Media.  If you would like to help plan or participate contact Renate Pore.


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