2021 CASBHC Annual Conference Presentations
School Based Health Center (SBHC) staff members provide primary care medical, behavioral health, and oral health services in the school setting. They address and treat a multitude of physical and mental health issues and provide care for an increasingly wide range of health issues. The Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers (CASBHC) organizes an annual conference to improve the quality of services provided in SBHCs.
In partnership with the Weitzman Institute, CASBHC is making the recordings of the 2021 annual conference presentations available. In order to earn the 6.5 credits available, you must view all presentations and complete the session evaluations. The presentations cover a myriad of topics relevant to SBHCs from experts from within the field and have been grouped in the following manner:
Package 1 (1.25 credits):
- Motivating the Child and Adolescent Using a Developmental and Neurological Perspective - Youngsun Cho, MD, PhD
- Irritability and Anger: Helping Children Manage Difficult Emotions - Denis Sukhodolsky, PhD
Package 2 (1.75 credits):
- Pediatric Obesity: Nutritional Perspective - Nataliya Korostensky, MS, RD, CDN
- School Gardens through SBHCs - Nicole Casbarro, APRN, FNP-c
Package 3 (2 credits):
- How Should You Respond When a Child Discloses Sexual Abuse? - Bridget Koestner
- Vaping and E-Cigarettes: Packaging Nicotine for a New Generation - Danielle Davis, PhD
Package 4 (0.25 credits):
- Pediatric Practices, Children's Hospitals, and School Based Health Centers: Opportunities for Collaboration - David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP
Package 5 (0.25 credits):
- SBHC through a Racial Equity Lens - Natalie Zwerger, MEd, JD
Package 6 (1 credit):
- Metabolic Healthcare - David Alleva
Acknowledgement of Support
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:
- Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
- Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Community Health Center, Inc.
- Connecticut Children's
This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)
- Physician Assistants
- Medical Assistants
- Social Workers
- Registered Dental Hygienists
- School Nurses
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to do the following:
- Apply skills to meet the medical, behavioral, and oral health needs of children and adolescent that utilize SBHC services
- Collaborate with community providers to advance health equity and implement trauma-informed approaches within school settings
Nicole Casbarro, APRN, FNP-c is a family nurse practitioner who has worked in SBHC’s since 2016. She has a passion for pediatric care and is currently pursuing a DNP at UCONN where her focus is Food Insecurity, Food Justice and Childhood Obesity initiatives. In her current role at Community Health Center, Inc., Nicole is the medical lead for the Therapeutic Greenhouse program at three SBHC’s in CT.
Youngsun Cho, MD, PhD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at Yale University in the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry. Her research uses neuroimaging to examine the effects of motivation on cognition. She is particularly interested in understanding how psychiatric illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia impact developmental trajectories in children and adolescents. She primarily sees patients in a hospital setting and enjoys working with patients and families of all ages. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Danielle Davis, PhD is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2019 and completed a NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on addictions in the Division of Substance Abuse at the Yale School of Medicine in 2021. Dr. Davis’ current research interests are understanding the influence of flavors in tobacco products on use behaviors among both youth and adults, developing innovative tobacco cessation interventions for youth, and exploring how tobacco control policies, such as flavor regulation or product restrictions may uniquely effect especially disparate populations.
Bridget Koestner is the Youth and Education Services Coordinator at the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence (The Alliance), after several years providing direct service to survivors of sexual violence first as a victim advocate through a local crisis center, and then as a post-conviction victim advocate on several sex offender supervision units statewide. In her current position, Bridget provides the Alliance's member centers as well as campus, K-12, and other community partners with technical assistance, resources, training programs, and additional support. She also lends her assistance to relevant Alliance policy efforts. Bridget believes in the importance of prevention work, intersectionality, and empowerment & survivor-centered services.
Nataliya Korostensky, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as a Master's degree in Human Nutrition. Ms. Korostensky currently works in the clinical nutrition field, with the majority of my experience being in transplant, GI/cardiac/hepatology/renal nutrition, nutrition support, and pediatric nutrition. She has worked as a transplant dietitian at YNHH since completing her internship three years ago, and loves working with the pediatric population. Nataliya has been interested in the intersection of food, nutrition and health for almost her entire life thanks to my diverse background and upbringing. She was born in Ukraine, and moved to U.S. just before starting kindergarten. Nataliya grew up with an acute awareness to the differences in food cultures (our preferences, our traditions, our values) and how these can impact our health beliefs. She approaches medical nutrition therapy with a patient centered approach with emphasis the social-cognitive aspect of health behaviors, and loves helping her patients and their families achieve better health through diet and lifestyle changes.
David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP is a pediatrician who serves as Medical Director of the Connecticut Children’s Care Network. Dr. Krol brings over 20 years of experience and leadership in clinical practice, policy, research, education, administration, and advocacy. A graduate of the University of Toledo, he received his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland. He received an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and a former Bush Fellow in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. Dr. Krol is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Denis Sukhodolsky, PhD is an associate professor in the Yale Child Study Center and the author of the book Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anger and Aggression in Children. He also directs a lab at the Yale Child Study Center that conducts clinical research on treatment and brain mechanisms of irritably in children with autism spectrum disorder and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Sukhodolsky is a clinical psychologist and, in addition to his research, he works with children and families at the Yale Child Study Center and teaches a course on cognitive-behavior therapy to the child psychiatry fellows at the Yale School of Medicine.
Natalie Zwerger, MEd, JD is a long-time educator and advocate who joined RE•Center as Executive Director in July of 2021. For two decades, she has fought for equity, racial justice, and liberatory education. As a white Puerto Rican cis-hetero, non-disabled woman, she is driven by an ongoing interrogation of where folx are situated in both historical and contemporary oppressions. Her expertise includes elevating critical consciousness, dismantling systems of oppression in educational settings, and centering Black & Brown youth and youth from historically excluded identities in teaching and learning. Natalie earned a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master’s of Education from City College, and a B.A. in Sociology from Tufts University. She leads a team of practice leaders, consultants, and co-conspirators who work nationally to ensure systems operate against embedded racial injustice, white supremacy, and persistent inequity. Natalie coaches organizational leaders, Board members, superintendents, district leaders, university faculty and staff, racial equity consultants, instructional coaches, equity coaches, undergraduate and graduate students and PK- 12 educators on advancing the principles of equity and racial justice.
David Alleva is a medical laboratory scientist who worked for ProHealth Physicians as a general chemist for 15 years. He founded The Body Lab in 2007 and leads a team of highly skilled health coaches and registered dieticians to support clients with their health and wellness goals. The Body Lab's mission is to coach their clients to increase their metabolism and establish healthy lifestyle habits.
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In support of improving patient care, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
By completing this activity you provide the Weitzman Institute permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).
- 6.50 AAPA Category I CMEThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 6.50 ACE/ASWBThrough Joint Accreditation Community Health, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
- 6.50 ACPEThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
- 6.50 ADA CERPThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.
- 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
- 6.50 ANCCThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
- 6.50 APAThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
- 6.50 CDRThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide CDR credits to registered dieticians at its activities.
- 6.50 Participation Hour(s)