Open Talks Health Conference

October 27, 2017 @ 8:00AM — 4:00PM

Open Talks Health Conference is a component of our community health education initiative to provide year-round comprehensive health care training for clinicians, patients and consumers. Held annually in the fall, the conference provides 5 CEs for nurses, social workers and licensed practicing counselors on various disease states affecting the residents of Baton Rouge. The 2017 conference theme is Adolescent Health Care

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We believe addressing adolescent healthcare needs is essential to promoting healthier behaviors into adulthood, thereby bridging the gap between pediatric and adult primary care. The program goal is to increase the knowledge of current adolescent health issues, youth clinical practices, current legal rights, and culturally appropriate health promotion and prevention in an effort to provide better quality service to our community's youth.

We invite nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors, students and other health care professionals to attend this one-day event on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Crown Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.

NPs, RNs, Licensed Social Workers, LPCs and PLPCs can earn 5 continuing education units! In addition to the CEs, the day's coursework will allow networking with colleagues and vendors plus provide the information, skills and resources needed for attendees to advocate for their patients/clients.

We encourage everyone who has a focus on adolescent healthcare to attend.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support!



Agenda (Printable Version)

Friday, October 27, 2017

7:30am – 8:15am: Registration and Networking

8:15am – 8:30am: Welcoming

8:30am – 9:30am: Breakfast Plenary

Adolescent-Centered Medical Homes: Ways Health Centers can be Youth-Friendly - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 GENERAL CEU for Social Workers

Presented by Jenni Lane, MA, Adolescent Health Initiative

An interactive session on core components of an adolescent-centered medical home and strategies to improve the delivery of adolescent-centered care. Adolescent Health Initiative will also provide a 15-minute Spark, or mini-training, on Adolescent-Centered Environments which attendees may facilitate at their health center/organization to enhance adolescent-centered practices. Jenni Lane, MA, Adolescent Health Initiative

9:30am – 9:45am: Break and Networking

9:45am – 10:45am: Session #1

Presentation A

Adolescents and HIV: Guiding and Protecting the Vulnerable* - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 GENERAL CEU for Social Workers

Once diagnosed, youth with HIV are the least likely out of any age group to be linked to care and achieve viral suppression once on ART. This program will discuss HIV epidemiologic trends among adolescents, awareness/perceptions of HIV and prevention, counseling needs/challenges for those at-risk, and PrEP/treatment considerations.

Lisa Henry-Reid, MD, Simply Speaking of the University of Nebraska

Presentation B

Adolescent Substance Use - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 CLINICAL CEU for Social Workers

Presented by Janzlean Laughinghouse, Ph.D., LCSW, Capital Area Human Services District

This session will review the current trends in adolescent substance abuse and explain the neurobiology of addiction and its effects on the developing brain. Factors that increase the risk of substance use among adolescents and those factors that promote resilience will also be discussed. Additionally, methods of screening and identifying adolescent substance abuse will be reviewed.

10:45am – 11:15am: Break and Networking

11:15am – 12:15pm: Session #2

Presentation A

An Ounce of Prevention: Risk Screening in a Clinical Setting - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 GENERAL CEU for Social Workers

Presented by Jenni Lane, MA, Adolescent Health Initiative

The literature is clear that adolescents are a vulnerable population, and that they experience health outcomes related to risk behaviors at disproportionate rates. Clinical risk screening is one of the most valuable practices to address this, as it provides an opportunity to mitigate the harm that can come from risk behaviors. Through discussion and case scenarios, we'll look at the barriers and best practices to confidential, comprehensive, standardized risk screening. Participants who are clinical will gain concrete strategies to implement or improve existing risk screening; non-clinical participants will gain a deeper understanding about the approaches to risk screening.

Presentation B

Adolescents' Legal Rights to Healthcare - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 ETHICAL CEU for Social Workers

Presented by Meghan Spell, JD, Open Health Care Clinic

This session will discuss the legal rights of adolescents as they relate to healthcare, especially sexual and reproductive healthcare. Participants will learn the definition of consent, age of majority and confidentiality issues that arise when treating adolescents. Participants will also learn how the law relates to sexual health services and abortion from both a national as well as a Louisiana specific perspective.

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch and Networking

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Sessions #3

Presentation A

Building Blocks of Youth Sexual Health Promotion - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 GENERAL CEU for Social Workers

Presented by Kendra LeSar, MPH, CHES, Louisiana Public Health Institute

This training covers the basics of what's allowed and when under the Louisiana sex education law RS 17.281. There are many common misconceptions around the state law concerning sex education. Understanding the legal environment around sex education is the first step in preparing to implement comprehensive sexual health education.

Presentation B

Caring for Gender Dysphoric Youth and Their Families - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 CLINICAL CEU for Social Workers

This program discusses clinical issues and health disparities facing the transgender community, and suggests how they can be improved through educational and organizational change. Sample topics include developing a better understanding of transgender identities and lives; creating a welcoming and gender-affirming environment for transgender patients and staff; and learning ways to use and document patient names and pronouns in clinical records.

Presented by Molly McHenry, NP, National LGBT Health Education Center of the Fenway Institute of Boston

2:15pm – 2:30pm Break and Networking

2:30pm – 3:30pm Session #4

Presentation A

A New Epidemic – Diabetes in the Adolescent - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 GENERAL CEU for Social Workers

Presented by Wayne Gravois, MD, Baton Rouge Family Medicine Residency Program

This session will provide information on the spectrum of diabetes with special attention to adolescent health and the importance of early recognition and intervention. We will review statistics and the direct correlation between the rapid rise in obesity and pre-diabetes/diabetes and the harmful effects on the endocrine system in our young people.

Presentation B

Understanding the Mandatory Reporting Rule - 1 Nursing CE, 1 LPC CE, 1 GENERAL CEU for Social Workers

The goal of this workshop is to increase recognition of indicators of abuse and neglect, understand the mandated reporter role in responsible reporting, and help prepare reporters so that they can make a report of suspected child abuse/neglect.

Presented by Connie Guillory, MSW and Kiandra Murray, MS,

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

3:30pm – 4:00pm Evaluations

This activity has been APPROVED by the Louisiana State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Louisiana State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This program has been APPROVED for 1 ethical, 2 clinical, and 7 general continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

This program has been APPROVED for 9.0* continuing education clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

*This activity is sponsored for continuing medical education credit by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education for physicians and physician assistants, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education for nurse practitioners/nurses, and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for pharmacists.

Event Location

Crowne Plaza Executive Center
4728 Constitution Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70808