News Release

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

CHKD Hosts Seventh Annual Chronic Illness Conference

"Pathways to Support, Transition and Empower Chronically Ill Children and Their Families"

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. -- The Seventh Annual Chronic Illness Conference will be held December 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle. The popular conference is expected to attract approximately 400 parents, educators, health professionals, social workers, psychologists and guidance counselors and will offer a forum for health care agencies, families and school personnel to meet and share information on effective medical and educational interventions for children with chronic illnesses. The conference keynote speaker will be Janice Fialka, mother of a disabled child and a Michigan-based social worker who is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on children with special needs. Additionally, interactive workshops and demonstrations will provide participants with: knowledge of specific chronic illnesses and the medical, educational and psychosocial impacts of them; an understanding of the particulars of childhood trauma, abuse and neglect and terminal illnesses; updated information on transitional services, including creating a safe environment for children with chronic illnesses; information on adaptive physical education and sporting activities; identification of successful behavioral techniques; and ways to empower parents, schools and physicians to work together to meet the needs of children with chronic illnesses. The conference is co-presented by Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, the Hospital School Program of the Virginia Department of Education and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Conference fee is $70; it includes continental breakfast, lunch and handouts. A limited number of scholarships are available for parents. Re-certification points for school personnel and continuing education units for health care professionals will be awarded for attendance. Click here for more information or to register or call (757) 668-7061.