New York School-Based Health Alliance 
Conference 2016 

October 20th-21st
Courtyard Marriott
Saratoga Springs, New York

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Join us for our long-awaited full day conference with reception October 20th-21st in lovely Saratoga Springs, sure to be a sight in the fall! Network with peers from across the state; meet presenters and sponsors and learn about and discuss pertinent topics in the school health field. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your staff to attend a school-based health specific conference right here in New York!

Thank you Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors!


 *Please note that all sessions, meals and breaks will be taking place in the 

Excelsior Springs banquet hall adjacent to the Courtyard*

Oct 20th

 7:00pm - 8:30pm  Networking Reception 
Join the Alliance Board of Directors, presenters and your peers for lively conversation, cocktails and savory seasonal hors d'oeuvres the evening before a full day of education. 


October 21st 

Exhibits will be available throughout the conference day 

Presenter and Panelist Bios

8:00am - 9:00am  Opening Plenary Presentation by Hayley Lofink Love, PhD, MSc
School-Based Health Alliance

Dr. Hayley Love, Director of Research and Evaluation for the national School-Based Health Alliance will kick off our conference with a state of the nation address, informing participants about national SBHA initiatives and how New York fits into the 'big picture.' 

Hayley Lofink Love, PhD, is director of research and evaluation at the School-Based Health Alliance. She is a researcher in the field of medical/nutritional anthropology and has designed, implemented, and published research examining nutrition-related health inequalities and disparities. More about Hayley

9:10am - 10:40am  Oral Health: How to Integrate and Fund Successfully
Research indicates that oral health, particularly the treatment of dental caries, plays a larger role in overall health than previously thought. So what services should be the focus of treatment, who should provide them, and how does a program integrate and fund oral health services into an sbhc successfully? Panelists will discuss these topics and open the floor to participants for questions.


Leah Carpenter, DMD, Bassett Healthcare Dental Health Team

Dionne J. Richardson, DDS, MPH,Title V State Dental Director, Division of Family Health, NYSDOH
Kara Connelly, MS, Assistant Director, Bureau of Child Health, NYSDOH
Esther Kim, DMD, MPH, Dental Public Health Residency Director, NYSDOH

10:50am - 12:20pm  Addressing Children's Mental Health 
The American Psychological Association says "Mental health — an essential part of children's overall health — has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society." School-based health staff understand the value of preventative services and the obstacles faced in attempting to provide sufficient care. Our panel will discuss successful strategies for sbhcs to partner with state regulators and providers to effectively work with children struggling with mental health issues.

Charles Soulé PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center

Donna Bradbury, MA, LMHC, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services For Children and Families, NYS Office of Mental Health

Connie Donohue, MA, CCC-A, Medicaid Policy, NYSDOH

12:30pm - 1:50pm  Luncheon: Honoring Richard N. Gottfried, Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health, NYSBHA Update and Board Installation
Our conference luncheon will include an organizational update, floor vote and installation of our leadership and an opportunity to recognize and thank NYS Assemblyman Gottfried for his longtime, unwavering support of school-based health. It will also provide a chance to catch up with friends and conference attendees over a great meal! Join us for this interactive and relaxing part of the conference experience.

Richard N. Gottfried represents the 75th Assembly District, covering Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Murray Hill, Midtown and part of the Lincoln Center area in Manhattan. He is chair of the Assembly Health Committee since 1987. He is a leading state health policy-maker not only in New York but also nationally. More about Assemblyman Gottfried

2:00pm - 3:20pm Asthma Management in School and the Community - What Works
New York is privileged to have as our presenter Anne Kelsey Lamb, MPH, Director, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) to discuss asthma prevalence as the most common chronic condition of childhood and its management through the reduction of environmental triggers. Developed with guidance from the NYS DOH Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Control - Asthma Program, this session will provide key state resources in addition to national findings.  A guide developed specifically by RAMP for school-based health providers will be given to participants. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, whose son suffers from the condition, has been invited to this session to discuss her national asthma initiative.

Anne Kelsey Lamb is the Director of RAMP. Serving as the Director since 2002, Anne provides overall strategic guidance in working toward the organization’s vision and mission, ensuring a highly effective organization and innovative, successful programs. More about Anne

3:30pm - 4:00pm  NYS DOH Medicaid Managed Care Update
Staff from the New York Department of Health, Bureau of Child Health and Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP), will provide an update on the Medicaid Managed Care carve-in and answer your questions about its implementation.


Sharyn Brandt-Ruzza, School-Based Health Unit Clinic Manager, Bureau of Child Health, NYSDOH

Jonathan Bick, MS, Director of the Division of Health Plan Contracting and Oversight, NYSDOH

Event Registration Fees:

Member rate: $79
New member + Registration rate: $99 (join while registering for this conference at a reduced rate!)
Non-member rate: $100

Your registration fee includes the reception, all sessions a light breakfast and the luncheon. Cancellation date is 10/15/16; no cancellations after this date, no-shows will be invoiced.

Getting to and Staying in Saratoga Springs

Plan to stay overnight on the 20th?  The Courtyard is offering a rate of $139.00 per night. Make your reservation HERE or by calling 518-226-0538 and mention you are part of the NY School-Based Health Alliance group by 9/30 to receive this rate.

For those arriving by Amtrak in Saratoga on the 20th and departing on the 21st, a shuttle will be arranged between the hotel and the station.

About the Courtyard and Saratoga Springs

Questions? Contact us at or 518.694.3423

New York School-Based Health Alliance
P.O. Box 8324  Albany, NY 12208 

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