Save the date: This year’s MCHSO symposium will address children with special needs

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USF College of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO) will hold its 11th annual symposium on Friday, March 6, in the USF Health Lehigh Valley Health Network Auditorium.

The MCHSO is a forum for students interested in maternal and child health to interact and engage in service and learning opportunities related to the well-being of women and children. It is open to all USF students, regardless of major or graduate/undergraduate status.

The annual event aims to bring students, faculty, staff and community members together to discuss issues that impact women, children and families.

This year’s symposium is entitled “Improving Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Needs.”

“Each session was designed to explore opportunities of interprofessional collaboration between disciplines, including public health, medicine, education, and social work,” said Sharonda Lovett, one of the research and education chairs for MCHSO and an MPH student pursuing combined concentrations in epidemiology and maternal and child health. “There will be plenty of opportunities for attendees to discuss strategies to improve systems of care for children with special needs as they transition between life stages.”

Attendees at the 2019 MCHSO symposium pose with MCHSO faculty advisor Russell Kirby, PhD. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

This event will feature several faculty members within the COPH such as Drs. Russell Kirby, Jennifer Marshall, and Dean Donna Petersen.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey P. Brosco, director of Title V, Children with Special Health Care Needs for the Florida Department of Health and professor of clinical pediatrics from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Other speakers and panelists include:

  • Dr. Emily Shaffer-Hudkins, associate professor at USF College of Medicine Pediatrics
  • Paula Thomas, MA, parent liaison for Hillsborough County School Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System
  • Nanci Nolan, MA, Region 6 project manager for the Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
  • Christine Nammour, MA, directory of education and behavioral services for MacDonald Training Center
  • LaKeesha Shipman-Hines, MEd, BCBA, co-founder for Support 4 Caregivers

The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to all USF students, faculty, staff and the public. The event is free. For more information, click here.