News Release

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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

11th Annual Chronic Illness Conference

"Children in our care: Collaboration for success"

Keynote presentations will address pandemic flu and youth violence.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ 11th Annual Chronic Illness Conference will be held November 30, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake. The always popular conference is designed for parents, educators, health professionals, social workers, psychologists and guidance counselors.

The conference format has been designed to offer a forum for health care agencies, families and school personnel to meet and share information on effective interventions for children with chronic illnesses. Interactive workshops and demonstrations will afford participants opportunities to gain knowledge along three strands:

  • Medical: the impact of pandemic influenza, childhood obesity, cancer, Asperger’s syndrome and child abuse.
  • Educational: Virginia alternative assessments and standards of learning, the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, assistive technology, returning to the classroom after cancer treatment, bullying and gang violence in schools.
  • Psychosocial: anxiety disorders, assessing and managing aggression of children and adolescents, impact of grandparents as parents and psychosocial issues of childhood cancer.

Two keynote presentations also will be offered:

  • Admiral John O. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A, assistant secretary for health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and head of the U.S. Public Health Services will speak on planning for a flu pandemic and its impact on children with special needs.
  • James Garbarino, Ph.D., chairman and professor of humanistic psychology at Loyola University, Chicago, and noted author of “See Jane Hit” will discuss violence among our youth and what can be done about it. Continuing education credits will be allotted for educational personnel and nurses.

Conference fee is $75 pre-registered prior to November 27 by mail or online; on-site registration is $85, space available. A student fee is also available. Fee includes continental breakfast, handouts, lunch and refreshments during breaks. For more information, a detailed conference brochure or to register, call (757) 668-7500, toll free (800) 395-2453 or visit