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Fourth Annual Nebraska Child Health Summit, Dec. 4 at Creighton

Creighton University will host the Fourth Annual Nebraska Child Health Summit, Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Harper Center Auditorium, on Creighton’s campus at 2500 California Plaza, Omaha. Opinion leaders in education and healthcare will discuss the needs of Nebraska’s children and their families and how to ensure that all children, regardless of their family income, can reach their highest potential in school.

Sam Meisels, Ph. D., executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, will present the institute’s Strategic Plan Brief. He will also moderate a panel session on pre-kindergarten programming which includes ReNae Kehrberg, Ph. D., Omaha Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, Darcy Gruttadaro, director of Child & Adolescent Action Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, State Senator Kate Sullivan, chair of the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee and Tim DeWaard, Centennial Public Schools Superintendent from Utica, Neb.

Voices for Children, which is an organization that educates and motivates Nebraskans to take action to better the lives of Nebraska’s vulnerable children in the areas of health, education, safety and economic stability, will present research from their Kid’s Count Report. Executive Director, Carolyn Rooker, will also moderate a second panel focusing on the impact of poverty on health and learning. Panelists include Mark Latta, D.M. D., dean of Creighton University’s School of Dentistry, John Sparks, M.D, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UNMC, Kyle McGowan, Superintendent of Crete Public Schools and Melissa Tibbits, Ph. D. from the UNMC College of Public Health.

Wrapping up the morning summit will be Rowen Zetterman, M.,D., director of Faculty Mentorship Programs at UNMC and past president of the Nebraska Medical Association and former dean of the Creighton University School of Medicine, talking about the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion program on Nebraska’s working poor families.

Co-sponsors of the summit are Alegent Creighton Health and Creighton University, Boys Town National Research Hospital and Boys Town, Building Healthy Futures, Nebraska Appleseed, Nebraska Child Health Alliance, Nebraska State Education Association, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Urban League of Nebraska and Voices for Children.

For more information please contact Aubri Faustman at 402-475-0727.