News Release

Thursday, October 16, 2008

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

13th Annual Chronic Illness Conference

Health Issues Affecting our Children Today

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ 13th Annual Chronic Illness Conference will be held November 13, 7:30 a.m.-4 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 offers 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: information about autism, abdominal pain, seizures and diabetes.
  • Educational: the Response to Intervention (RTI), challenges and solutions when providing special educational services, school phobias and Section 504 plans.
  • Psychosocial: the dangers of recreational use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, what can trigger anger in children, adolescent brain development and child neglect.

Two keynote presentations also will be offered.

  • John Harrington, M.D., a board certified pediatrician and father of a 12-year-old son with autism will speak on the need for and benefits of establishing a “medical home” for children with autism. He is the division director of general pediatrics at CHKD and an associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow recipient for primary care research and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, many on autism and the use of complementary and alternative medicines. Harrington is currently establishing a medical home for autism at CHKD.
  • Barb Bancroft, R.N., a pediatric nurse practitioner and acclaimed national speaker noted for her entertaining and information-packed seminars. She is author of the books Medical Minutia, An Apple A day—the ABCs of Diet and Disease and Live A Little, Laugh a Lot. Bancroft has provided more than 2,000 motivational seminars on clinical and health maintenance topics. She also is executive director/president of CPP Associates, a continuing education firm for corporations and healthcare professionals based in Chicago.

Conference fee is $85 pre-registered prior to October 31 by mail or online; on-site registration is $100, space available. A reduced 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 or visit

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,200 inpatient admissions and 195,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout the region.