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Welcome to the 2022 HEAL Virtual Conference

We are excited to bring you a New and Improved Virtual Conference Experience, providing rich content and opportunities to connect and network with others who share our mission and vision.

Mission:
To support and connect professionals who work to improve the educational outcomes for students with medical and mental health needs.
Vision:
A world where students with medical and mental health needs are embraced and supported to reach their full potential.
Conference Objectives:
  • To promote collaboration among professionals serving students with medical and mental health needs
  • To provide opportunity for strategic planning and participation of action steps
  • To develop advocacy skills, knowledge and methods for interventions with students who manage medical and/or mental needs
Live sessions
will occur at various times throughout the scheduled conference days (April 27-29, 2022) and will be recorded for future access. These will include Lectures, Roundtable Discussions, Panel Discussions, and Poster Sessions
All times listed are in EST.
Networking Opportunities
including Chat Rooms, Virtual Happy Hour, and more....
On Demand Presentations
are pre-recorded and will remain available to all paid registrants on the conference website for 30 days, allowing 24/7 access.

Agenda

April 27, 2022 11:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Inspiring Empathy, Action Civics and Cross-Cultural Understanding in the Hospital Classroom

Akash Patel

April 27, 2022 12:45 pm

Breakout 1: Lecture:

Rebeca Grysko, PhD, CBIS
Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida

PedsAcademy®: A Hospital and University Partnership that Prepares Future Teachers to Meet the Needs of Students with Chronic Health Conditions

This session will describe PedsAcademy®, a hospital school program and collaborative partnership between a children's hospital and a large urban university. PedsAcademy® is the nation's first hospital school program to offer a formal internship for future teachers based on the nine required essentials of a professional development school (NAPDS, 2021). This unique internship provides future teachers with deep insight and gained understanding into the educational and social-emotional needs of children coping with chronic illness. The presenters will provide an overview of the PedsAcademy® program, including its impact for patients, families, and future teachers.

 

April 27, 2022 12:45 pm

Breakout 2: Roundtable:

Patty Dillhoff, MAT
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Orientation for New Members

For those who are new to HEAL, this roundtable session will introduce participants to the history, mission, and vision of this multidisciplinary professional organization. HEAL President, Patty Dillhoff will moderate this session, welcome new members, and answer questions during this interactive session.

April 27, 2022 02:00 pm

Breakout 3: Lecture:

Jodi Krause, MA, CBIS
Children's Hospital Colorado

If You've Seen One Brain Injury You've Seen One Brain Injury: Understanding School Supports Across the Continuum of Brain Injury from Concussion to Severe

The presentation includes education on brain injury classification, symptom presentation from physical, cognitive and behavioral perspectives, and explores the different supports for instruction and reintegration into classrooms in both the short and long terms.

 

April 27, 2022 02:00 pm

Breakout 4: Panel Discussion:

Courtney Emery, MEd, NBCT
DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Michelle Harvey
Children’s Medical Center Dallas

Joni Hildreth, MA
Levine Children's Hospital

Moderated by: Kelly Ihejiawu
Children's Medical Center Dallas

Covid-19: Past, Present, and Future

From Pandemic, moving to Endemic; Members of the HEAL board will discuss how they have shifted to ensure that patients and students had the best educational experience during COVID. The Panel will also answer questions about how they continue to shift as COVID guidelines change.

April 27, 2022 03:45 pm

Breakout 5: Lecture:

Amy Fitzgerald, MAT
Rush University Medical Center

Rosario Cosme, M.D.
Rush University Medical Center

The Connection Between School Related Depression/Anxiety, and Children/Adolescents with A Learning Disability in Reading

The authors in a pediatric psychiatric inpatient unit noticed a pattern with children who were bright but struggled in school. They described how they had anxiety regarding school, low self-esteem, and school refusal. After doing research discovered that many school districts are not using best practices to teach reading. Children with a learning disability in reading often fail to graduate high school, had some involvement with the law, and had a lower percentage of employment than their peers. The authors wanted to know how to stop this pattern.

April 27, 2022 03:45 pm

Breakout 6: Roundtable:

Fatoumata Togola
Association Malienne de Lutte contre la Drépanocytose

School abandon by sickle cell disease children due to repetitive absence (limited capacity)

In my country more than 50% of sickle cell disease children abandon studies very early. Their sick conditions cause repetitive absence causing low level specialy for those who haven't anyone to help them understand all the lessons they miss. They spend a large part of their time at hospitals, either for crisis or for regular control. They suffer from misunderstanding either with their own communauty : parents, relatives, comrades"¦ or their school administrations and teachers.

April 27, 2022 5:00pm-9:00pm

Happy Hour/Networking

Happy Hour Breakout Rooms will include Networking, Guided Meditation and Relaxation, Psych/Mental/Behavioral Health, Oncology, Brain Injury, and more
April 28, 2022 11:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Charting a Path Toward Educational Equity

Kate Dickinson-Villaseñor

overcoming the legacy of racial inequity in education and healthcare

April 28, 2022 12:45 pm

Breakout 7: Lecture:

Jennifer Harris, MSE
Sie Center for Down Syndrome, Children's Hospital Colorado

Increasing Comprehension and Compliance of Learning Targets for Patients with Down Syndrome

It is no surprise or mystery that individuals with Down syndrome are capable of a great many things. What can be a mystery is how to engage, empower, and educate them during a medical visit or hospital stay. In this engaging lecture participants will learn how an individual with Down syndrome learns best so that they are able to become active agents in their care.

 

April 28, 2022 12:45 pm

Breakout 8: Panel Discussion:

Patty Dillhoff, MAT
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Jenny Lindwall, PhD
University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado

Benjamin White
Multnomah Education Service District

Moderated by: Kelly Ihejiawu
Children's Medical Center Dallas

Our DEI Journey

The HEAL Board has been working behind the scenes to educate ourselves on our responsibility as a board and organization to promote equality for our members and the patients that we serve. HEAL has a unique opportunity to impact racial bias in the education and healthcare systems. The panel will discuss the work we have done individually and as a board. We would also like to use this opportunity to hear from our membership on moving the work forward for our students and members.

April 28, 2022 02:00 pm

Breakout 9: Lecture:

Sharon Wozny, BS, MEd
Children's Cancer Network

H.O.P.E. Honoring Our Peers Everyday

Honoring Our Peers Every Day, or H.O.P.E. teaches everyone who is part of your village's support system... school community, family, sports teams, troops, dance teams, church groups, friends, what this cancer journey entails for your family. Using the 3 components of Education, teaching the facts about childhood cancer, Compassion, learning about what it is like to return to the things you did before cancer, and a Call to Action, how to become a H.O.P.E. Ambassador and make a difference for the cancer fighter and the family, H.O.P.E. gives a glimpse into the realities of the cancer journey where you find yourself embracing a new normal.

 

April 28, 2022 02:00 pm

Breakout 10: Roundtable:

Julia DeAngelo, MPH
Children's National Hospital

Mason Hines
Mediator in RESOLVE’s Washington, D.C

Meaghan Ervin Tishler
Children’s National

Introducing a School-Friendly Health System Framework to Support Children’s Health and Learning (limited capacity)

A school-friendly health system (SFHS) means that hospitals and health systems have made a commitment to actively help children reach optimal health and achieve their full academic potential. In this roundtable, the presenters will describe the SFHS principles, share initial learnings from the pilot launch an initial cohort of hospitals and primary care centers and engage with attendees on strategies to improve the delivery of health services and relationships with the education sector.

April 28, 2022 03:15 pm

Breakout 11: Lecture:

Kendra Homan, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Debbie South, MEd
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Understanding Chronic Pain: A Guide for Working with Schools

The impact of pediatric chronic pain on academic functioning is severe, pervasive, and negatively affects academic achievement, attendance, and social functioning. Research indicates that school personnel report feeling inadequately prepared to work with students with chronic pain. The purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief overview of the complex nature of chronic pain and to describe ways in which school liaison specialists and hospital teachers can best support schools in working with students with chronic pain.

 

April 28, 2022 03:15 pm

Breakout 12: Roundtable:

Ashley Smith, BA
MD Anderson CCH

College and Career Conference: A Collaborative Symposium for Teen and Young Adult Oncology Patients

The Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult (AYA) College and Career Fair began in 2019 as a symposium to connect patients and families to educational, vocational, and psychosocial support they need to tackle the unique challenges of transitioning from active oncology treatment to survivorship. Today, the program has evolved into a multi-day Conference with virtual opportunities for AYAs to engage in optimal opportunities for academic and occupational success. In this session, participants will observe the goals of the program, witness its evolution over the years, and hear about the vision for the future.

April 28, 2022 04:30 pm

HEAL Association Business Meeting

April 28, 2022 6:00pm-9:00pm

Networking/Happy Hour

Happy Hour Breakout Rooms will include Regional Networking, Guided Meditation and Relaxation, and more
April 29, 2022 11:00 am

Keynote Speaker: What's Here Now?: Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

Caverly Morgan

April 29, 2022 12:45 pm

Breakout 17: Lecture:

Karen Mixon-Martin, MS
University of California, San Francisco

Gina Dragomanovich, MA, CCLS
San Francisco Unified School District

Taking Time to Reflect: A Conversation About Clinical Supervision and Self-Care for Hospital Educators

Our department has begun holding monthly interdisciplinary clinical supervision groups called reflective practice. This session will explore how our institution is creating a space for hospital educators to practice self-care and reflection by sharing the objectives and details of reflective practice and providing a space for attendees to share their practices with each other.

 

April 29, 2022 12:45 pm

Breakout 18: Panel Discussion:

Nicole Martinez
Guidance Counselor, Florida

Susan Fail
Principal, North Carolina

Courtney Emery
School Liaison, Kentucky

David Tate
School Nurse, California

Caroline Kornhauser

Challenges, Tips and Advice: Transitioning Your Student Back to School During or After a Cancer Diagnosis: A Panel Discussion (sponsored by: LLS)

Participate in this informative panel discussion of school personnel for practical tips on supporting a student attending school during or after cancer treatment. Panelists will share their experiences, offer practical information on communicating with the student with cancer, their classroom peers and school staff, address issues that may arise, and provide examples for how to deal with those challenges. A live Q&A session will be included.

April 29, 2022 02:00 pm

Breakout 19: Lecture:

Elaissa Hardy, PhD
Emory University/Georgia Tech

The Importance of College Volunteers in Children's Hospitals as Near-Peer Mentors to Pediatric Patients

Our research focuses on exploring the first-hand impact and importance of College Student Volunteers (CSVs) as near-peer mentors to pediatric patients. Our program has witnessed the first-hand impact, numerous positive outcomes, and social value created when CSVs are provided sufficient time of cultivate near-peer mentorship and meaningful interactions with pediatric patients. Our presentation will include perspective data from both the pediatric patients and the CSVs, outlining the positive benefits.

 

April 29, 2022 02:00 pm

Breakout 20: Roundtable:

Suzanne Seungyoon Lee

Anthony Villaseñor

Critical Practices for Inclusive Family Engagement

This session will focus on practical tools, strategies, and thinking routines to support inclusive family engagement.

  • What are ways in which hospitals and school systems disenfranchise or fail to engage families of color and other minoritized identities?
  • What does inclusive anti-bias and anti-racist family engagement look like on action?
April 29, 2022 03:15 pm

Closing Session: Gratitude as a Practice

Caverly Morgan
Topic: Self-care

April 29, 2022 04:15 pm

Conference Wrap-Up

Productivity: Guide to Building an Individualize Productivity Tool

Deanna Morgan, MS
Children's Health

School Services is a non-revenue generating department. As a non-revenue generating department it is critical for School Services to account for the time they spend with patients and the patient populations they work with. A productivity tool is necessary for School Services to show the time we spend on the work we do. An accurate productivity tool allows us to see areas we are utilized in and make staffing decisions.

College and Career Conference: A Collaborative Symposium for Teen and Young Adult Oncology Patients

Ashley Smith, BA
MD Anderson CCH

The Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult (AYA) College and Career Fair began in 2019 as a symposium to connect patients and families to educational, vocational, and psychosocial support they need to tackle the unique challenges of transitioning from active oncology treatment to survivorship. Today, the program has evolved into a multi-day Conference with virtual opportunities for AYAs to engage in optimal opportunities for academic and occupational success. In this session, participants will observe the goals of the program, witness its evolution over the years, and hear about the vision for the future.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Special Education Services for Children with Hematological and Oncological Conditions in the era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Katie DiCola, MS
Columbia University Medical Center

Dara Steinberg, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center

This poster presentation will include an overview of changes to special education services following the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, this presentation will focus on the impact of these changes on children with hematological/oncological medical conditions. Findings from a retrospective chart review of children referred to educational liaison services within an oncology, hematology, and stem cell transplant division at an urban hospital will be discussed. Participants will be able to help identify potential solutions to educational challenges.

Addressing School-Related Inequities for Individuals Living with Sickle Cell Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Kaitlin Murtagh, MEd
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, New Jersey Section of Hematology/Oncology, Voorhees Specialty Care Network Center

Students living with sickle cell disease (SCD) are disproportionately affected by inequities in education caused by direct and indirect disease-related factors. Coupled with school-related challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the psychosocial team supported students and their caregivers across the tri-state by establishing a system and process of providing proactive programming, documentation, communication, and advocacy aimed at building and supporting the academic and social competencies of students living with SCD.

Teacher Talk: Closing the Gap on Teacher Preparedness to Educate Students with Chronic Illness or Mental Health Needs

Kelly Ihejiawu, MA
Children's Medical Center Dallas

Introducing a School-Friendly Health System Framework to Support Children’s Health and Learning

Julia DeAngelo, MPH
Children's Medical Center Dallas

Mason Hines
Mediator in RESOLVE’s Washington, D.C

Meaghan Ervin Tishler
Children’s National

Keynote Speakers

Day One 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Akash Patel
Keynote Address 

Akash Patel began his teaching career in very small rural communities in Oklahoma where people had never seen or met “a brown Indian guy who spoke five languages and had traveled to over 50 countries”. He used his travel experiences to design all of his lessons. For example, he used his experiences of working with elephants in South Asia to teach children to make elephant poopoopaper and map elephant DNA to study poaching patterns. He currently teaches Spanish at a Title 1 ACE (Accelerating Campus Excellence) 100% low socioeconomic middle school in Dallas and has previously taught at a similar elementary school in Oklahoma City. In both schools, his students have come from very difficult backgrounds and have included gang members, drug addicts and juvenile delinquents. The majority of his students at both schools had never traveled outside the US.

In his first year of teaching, he was recognized by the State Department of Education and the Multicultural Education Institute as the January 2015 Educator of the Month and the 2015 Multicultural Teacher of the Year for promoting global citizenship in his classroom and achieving a successful academic turnaround. In December 2017, Patel was selected from over 30,000 nominations as one of the top 50 teachers around the world and shortlisted as a finalist for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million prize that is awarded annually to one teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession: https://bit.ly/2JKeXF5 In June 2020, Patel was elected to the National Council of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) to serve the 2020-2022 term. At UNA-USA, Patel chairs the Global Engagement Summit committee, the largest gathering of grassroots changemakers and global activists in the General Assembly Hall at the UN and the Educators Affinity group, responsible for helping educators from across USA champion the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their classrooms.

Akash has connected all of his classrooms with people and professionals worldwide using virtual platforms such as Facebook video calling, Skype and Google Hangout. At first, he started inviting his friends from social media platforms. Eventually, he mobilized over 1,000 volunteers from over 150 countries to join his Global Connect database at the Happy World Foundation (www.happyworldfoundation.us), a Texas based global education nonprofit he founded after the passing of his twin brother Anand Happy Patel.

Patel frequently speaks at regional, national and international conferences about his classroom experience. He has also trained over 40,000 teachers to use the Global Connect database and other multicultural programs. Today, thousands of American children travel to countries worldwide through Happy World Foundation’s global education programs.

Day Two – 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Kate Dickinson-Villaseñor
Keynote Address

Kate Dickinson-Villaseñor founded Educating Changemakers to move from intent to impact—cultivating socially, emotionally, and culturally competent educators and leaders, inspired and equipped to change the world through inclusion, connection, and innovative social action.

Kate has led initiatives, educator professional development, and facilitated faculty training related to social emotional learning, cultural competency, critically reflective anti-bias practice, family and community engagement, and social justice in K-12 schools and higher education for the last 20 years. Kate holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Change Leadership from the University of Southern California and her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of San Diego. Kate’s research examines the social emotional and cultural competency of educators in their ability to lead inclusive classrooms and teach for social change.

Day Three - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Caverly Morgan
Keynote Address

Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the founder of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She is also the founder and Lead Contemplative of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation's first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001. Prior to her pioneering efforts with Peace in Schools, Caverly formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion, warmth and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages and experience levels. Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a teacher and presenter at the Science and Nonduality Conference, 1440 Multiversity, Sangha Live, Esalen, the Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Buddha at the Gas Pump, Open Circle, the New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care, and many more. Caverly speaks publicly at conferences on topics including contemplative practice, social entrepreneurship, authentic leadership, and mindfulness education, and has been featured in publications such as Mindful magazine (as a cover subject) and The New York Times. Caverly’s children’s book, A Kid’s Book About Mindfulness, is now available. Her new book for adults - The Heart of Who We Are: Realizing Freedom Together - will be released through Sounds True in the fall of 2022. She is dedicated to actualizing possibility, serving love, and embodying the truth of interconnection. Caverly lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Vineet and their two dogs Sweetpea and Dōgen.

Speakers

Amy Fitzgerald, MAT
Rush University Medical Center

Amy worked in professional theatre in Chicago for 8 years before returning to school to start a new adventure as a teacher. After teaching for 7 years Amy felt that school districts were not addressing the needs of some students with a disability in reading, therefore affecting their self-esteem. Amy feels very fortunate to have gotten a job at Rush Medical Center, where she met Dr. Rosario Cosme and worked with in-patient students on the pediatric psychiatric floor. From their observations of what some patients needed grew a program, Read to Heal, to address children's reading disabilities and the connection to their mental health

Ashley Smith, BA
MD Anderson CCH

Ashley Smith is the Program Coordinator for Arts in Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Cancer Hospital. She has been with the hospital for 6 years, and in her role provides Creative Arts education programming for patients and families. Ashley received her BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Baylor University, and is currently a student of dual-MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy.

Benjamin White
Multnomah Education Service District

Benjamin is the Lead Teacher at the Multnomah ESD Hospital School Program on the Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon. With 25 years of experience working with diverse teen groups, Benjamin leads a culturally relevant program that partners with hospitalized teens in psychiatric crisis and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to support their transition back to school. Benjamin and his team actively blend expertise in Trauma-Informed Care & Collaborative Problem Solving with instructional technique, therapeutic goals and a lil' bit of clowning around in order to meet patients where they're at, build critical connection and explore how school can work for them. With the support of the Oregon Department of Education, the program aims to keep brains engaged while recovering from a mental health crisis and, more importantly, help patients and their school teams explore how to best support their re-entry to school. As a result, he and his team have built better communication with hundreds of school counselors across Oregon and Southwest Washington, helping thousands of patients return to school more understood, appreciated and supported. Benjamin also loves aerating his lawn, spicy pastor burritos, the Portland Timbers Football Club and loud music!

Courtney Emery, MEd, NBCT
DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Courtney Emery is the School Intervention Specialist in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology Oncology Clinic in Lexington, KY. Courtney’s educational background includes a BA in Elementary Education and Special Education. Additionally, she earned a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and is certified by The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She also serves on the executive board of the Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison Association. Courtney is passionate about helping children and young adults reach their full potential in and out of the classroom.

Dara Steinberg, Ph.D. 
Columbia University Medical Center

Dara Steinberg, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology jointly appointed in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She serves as the Psychosocial Director in the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation. Dr. Steinberg specializes in pediatric psychology, working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, who have chronic and acute medical conditions, particularly oncological and hematological conditions. Dr. Steinberg uses evidenced-based treatment to address adjustment, adherence, and emotional and behavioral aspects of living with medical conditions. Her research interests focus on the interaction between physiological and psychological health and well-being.

Deanna Morgan, M.S
Children's Health

Deanna Morgan is a certified Educational Specialist at Children's Health, Children's Medical Center-Plano in the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders. Deanna has worked with eating disorder patients for the past 13 years. Prior to her tenure as a teacher, she was a milieu therapist. Deanna holds a MS in Educational Psychology with a focus on Research and Evaluation. Deanna is a passionate advocate for patients who have an eating disorder in schools. Deanna is fulfilling Children's mission "making life better for children" by ensuring that schools in North Texas and beyond understand the impact that an eating disorder can have on education.

Debra South, MEd
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Debbie South is a School Liaison Specialist with the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and a member of the multidisciplinary team in the Functional Independence Restoration Program (FIRST), an inpatient chronic pain rehabilitation program. For the past seven years, she has provided support and recommendations to families and school teams when planning patients' return to school after an admission to inpatient rehab. Prior to her liaison position with CCHMC, she taught science for 22 years in both the private and public school settings. She received both her undergraduate and master's degrees in education from Xavier University and earned a graduate certification from George Washington University in Brain Injury and Transition Services. She is currently completing a retrospective research paper with colleagues on data regarding school re-entry after rehabilitation.

David Tate
School Nurse, California

Elaissa Hardy, PhD 
Emory University/Georgia Tech

Dr. Hardy is an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her background is in Electrical Engineering and microelectronic fabrication. In addition to hematologic research, she has a passion for teaching undergraduate and K-12 students. She created BME HealthReach, an educational outreach volunteer program for patients with chronic illnesses, where they are taught math and science through innovative hands-on activities using their own illness as the springboard for learning. She recently completed a certificate program in Child Life at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Fatoumata TOGOLA
Association Malienne de Lutte contre la Drépanocytose

Fatoumata Togola is a secretary and English trainer in a technical training center in Mali, West Africa. I have 3 children. My 4 year-old child is a sickle cell disease warrior like me. I'm member of AMLUD: Association Malienne de Lutte contre la Drépanocytose (Malian Association for the Fight against Sickle Cell Disease). In our association, we have families with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or even more sickle warriors. This disease causes school abandon to more than 50% of those children. They too deserve roles to play in the nation's development. They have right to education. They need support.

Gina Dragomanovich, MA, CCLS
San Francisco Unified School District

Gina is dually trained as a Child Life Specialist and a Special Education Teacher. She has been a special education teacher in the Marie Wattis School inside UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco for the past 14 years, which has been perfect blend of her training and skills. One aspect of her job that she particularly enjoys is the constant change and diversity of the children and families she works with. The privilege to have a job that relieves some of the stress of hospitalized students and families is what drives her to continue to be a committed hospital educator.

Jennifer Harris, MSE
Sie Center for Down Syndrome, Children's Hospital Colorado

Jennifer Harris is the Education Specialist at the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children's Hospital Colorado. She has held this role for over four years, allowing her to provide services to over 800 patients. Her passion follows the mission of the Sie Center in improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. Jennifer provides direct patient care, support to families, and educates school teams on the best practices in education and Down syndrome. She holds a Special Education Generalist Teaching license with the Colorado Department of Education and a Master's in Science of Education through the University of Kansas.

Jenny Lindwall, PhD
University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado

Jennifer Lindwall, PhD (she/her), is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). She is the lead psychologist at a multidisciplinary school at CHCO for youth with significant medical diagnoses. Dr. Lindwall provides interventions to address adherence, pain, quality of life, anxiety, depression, and learning/cognitive disorders, and leads program evaluation efforts, psychosocial initiatives, and psychology training within the program. Dr. Lindwall is also the psychologist in the multidisciplinary neurology clinics, where she provides psychosocial support for youth with multiple sclerosis and acute flaccid myelitis. She also serves as a Co-Investigator for a research investigation focused on the development and implementation of a tele-coaching intervention for adolescents and young adults with cystic fibrosis. Dr. Lindwall’s clinical, teaching, and scholarship interests are focused on coping, quality of life, and resiliency of youth with chronic medical diagnoses and their families.

Jodi Krause, MA, CBIS
Children's Hospital Colorado

Jodi Krause is the Brain Injury Education Coordinator for the Department of Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO). In this role she assists providers, parents, patients and school staff on matters related to thinking, learning and behavior following injury from concussion (or mild TBI) to severe. She works mostly in the outpatient setting and is a part of the multidisciplinary Acquired Brain Injury Clinic team. Jodi attends IEP meetings, trains school staff, sees patients in clinic, and supports the inpatient teacher during the discharge process. She has been with CHCO for 12 years.

Julia DeAngelo, MPH
Children's National Hospital

Julia DeAngelo, MPH, is passionate about collaborating with local and national leaders to identify and mobilize evidence-based solutions to address health and social challenge. Ms. DeAngelo is Program Manager of School Strategies at Children's National Hospital where she collaborates with Children's National staff to plan, implement, evaluate and sustain data-driven school-connected programs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She also supports advocacy and population health improvement efforts, including the implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan. Ms. DeAngelo holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joni Hildreth, MA
Levine Children's Hospital

Joni Hildreth is a School Support Specialist at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She began her career as a full-time teacher in the public school system while serving as a part time Child Life Specialist at the Children’s Hospital. In 2012, she merged her two passions into one, establishing the Hospital School Program for pediatric patients. She is a fierce advocate for educational equality and believes flexibility, communication and commitment are key to supporting growth. Joni is currently a member of the HEAL Executive Board, serving in the role of Secretary. At the onset of Covid, Joni searched the virtual world, finding a global group of educators to navigate the new waters of the pandemic.

Kaitlin Murtagh, MEd
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, New Jersey Section of Hematology/Oncology, Voorhees Specialty Care Network Center

Kaitlin Murtagh is the Outpatient Education Coordinator with The Valerie Fund's Hematology/Oncology clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Voorhees Specialty Care Network Center in Voorhees, New Jersey. She partners with an interdisciplinary team to provide the organization, planning, and delivery of educational support services to patients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English from the College of Saint Elizabeth, a Master of Arts in Education (MAED) degree from Michigan State University, and teaching certificates from the state of New Jersey as a Teacher of English and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Throughout her career, Kaitlin has been committed to helping update and share school-related documentation and resources. She has presented her work at national conferences since 2018 and was proud to present her work at the HEAL National Conference (2019), SCDAA's 47th Annual National Convention (2019), and the Sickle Cell Disease Coalition Meeting (2021). Most recently, Kaitlin won an award for "Best Abstract in Response to the NASEM Report" at SCDAA's 49th Annual National Convention (2021). Kaitlin is dedicated to helping patients maintain their educational goals and remain active members of their school communities throughout their academic careers.

Katie DiCola, MS
Columbia University Medical Center

Katie DiCola, MS, is an Educational Liaison within the Pediatric Division of Hematology, Oncology, & Stem Cell Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center. She works with patients undergoing medical treatment for cancer and blood disorders to promote school involvement and help minimize disruptions in education. She provides support to patients and their families with a variety of academic services such as school enrollment, requesting educational accommodations, and understanding ways in which patients' academic needs can be met during medical treatment. She is interested in research aimed to identify and support the educational needs of children with Hematological and Oncological conditions.

Karen Mixon-Martin, MS
University of California, San Francisco

Karen Mixon-Martin received her Multiple-Subject and Special Educational Credential, and a Master of Science in Education, from Dominican University of California. She also received specialized training at the Marie Wattis Hospital School Program. Upon completing her training, she was hired by the program as a special education teacher. Karen is currently an Educational Liaison and provides school advocacy for students who receive treatment in the hospital outpatient clinics. Karen utilizes reflective practice to support staff during a monthly peer supervision group, and to facilitate Brave Spaces as part of the staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.

Kendra Homan, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Kendra J. Homan, Ph.D. is a pediatric clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of pediatric chronic pain and the association between pediatric chronic pain and comorbid disordered eating. Dr. Homan divides her time working in the Functional Independence Restoration Program (FIRST), an inpatient chronic pain rehabilitation program, and Outpatient Behavioral Pain Management Service. Dr. Homan’s her research agenda focuses on the psychosocial functioning of patients presenting for intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment, identifying variables that impact the trajectory of change after pain treatment, parenting practices in pediatric chronic pain, and the impact of disordered eating on outcome among pediatric patients with chronic pain.

Kelly Ihejiawu, MA
Children's Medical Center Dallas

Kelly Ihejiawu is the Director of Family Resource Library and School Services Program at Children’s Health, Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Kelly has worked in various roles at Children’s Health for the past 18 years. Prior to working at Children’s Medical Center, she worked as a special educator in Richardson ISD. Mrs. Ihejiawu is from Tucson, AZ where she started her career in special education in a childcare facility for children with disabilities. She has served in a variety of roles during her career all geared toward supporting adults and children with special needs. Kelly has worked in education for over 25 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona, where she also received her MA in Special Education with an emphasis on inclusion. Kelly is currently apart of Leadership ISD Legislative Voices class of 2020 in Dallas, TX. Her work in Leadership ISD is focused on racial equity in the public schools. Kelly’s main interest is working with educators to train them on working with all students.

Mason Hines
Mediator in RESOLVE’s Washington, D.C

Mason Hines is a Mediator in RESOLVE’s Washington, D.C., office. His work focuses primarily on health and the myriad intersecting social issues that affect it, including food and water safety, nutrient access, employment, housing, education, and more. His work often involves engaging expert stakeholders to build agreements and solutions that improve wellness, advance research, promote sound policies, and develop practical resources. The underlying goal of these efforts is to improve health outcomes at the individual, community, and population levels, particularly for those whom our current system underserves.

Mason’s background is as a mediator and ombudsman. Prior to joining RESOLVE, Mason worked for the American Red Cross, where he helped constituents effectively manage workplace conflict, raise sensitive issues, and strengthen team functioning. Before that he served as a court mediator in Tillamook, Oregon.

Michelle Kelley, EdD
University of Central Florida

Michelle Kelley is a Professor of Reading at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on metacognition related to comprehension and independent reading, and teacher knowledge related to reading assessment and instruction. She has published several chapters, articles, and teacher resources. She is active in many professional organizations, and regularly presents at international, national, and state conferences. From 2011-2018, she was Co-Editor of Literacy Research and Instruction. She is co-director of the UCF Reading Clinic and Director of PedsAcademy®, a partnership with Nemours Children's Hospital to educate children with chronic and critical illnesses.

Nicole Martinez
Guidance Counselor, Florida
Michelle Harvey
Children’s Medical Center Dallas

Michelle Harvey has been an educator for over 22 years working with both general and special education student populations. She began working in the public and private school settings before transition to her role at Children’s Health. For the last 13 years, Michelle has worked as an Educational Specialist at Children’s Health to advocate for the educational services of children in the hospital setting. She has worked in different roles at Children’s Health with various populations, but she now works as the dedicated Educational Specialist for the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Michelle continues to look for unique ways to ensure these patients have appropriate educational opportunities and equal access to educational services. She is responsible for the implementation of numerous educational programs within the hospital, including the VGo robot, which allows students to virtually participate in school activities while being in the hospital or at home, and the MakerPlay STEM education program​, which provides patients with individualized STEM education kits and activities for use in a hospital setting. Michelle has been a member of both the APHOES and AECMN organizations for a collective 10 years. During that time, she participated in both the APHOES research committee and the joint APHOES/ AECMN legislative action committee. Serving as a Member At Large on the HEAL Executive Board would be a wonderful opportunity to contribute her expertise and on a national scale in collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary community of professionals seeking to further the mission of the organization and to improve and enact programs and services that enhance the academic opportunities for patients both here and across the nation. ​

Meaghan Ervin Tishler
Children’s National
Patty Dillhoff, MAT
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Patty Dillhoff is a Manager in the Center for School Services and Educational Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC). Patty has been working in the School Intervention Program at CCHMC since 2007. Prior to becoming manager, Patty worked as a school intervention specialist who advocated for the educational needs of patients in the Survivorship Clinic in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at CCHMC. In partnership with the School Services Leadership Team at CCHMC, Patty seeks to improve the delivery of service, transition of care, educational success, and overall quality of life for patients with chronic medical conditions. In addition to her work at CCHMC, Patty collaborates and shares her expertise across the country and internationally through as president of the Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison Association (HEAL).

Rebeca Grysko, PhD, CBIS
Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida

Rebeca Grysko, PhD, CBIS is the Supervising Teacher at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL. She manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of hospital school programming for patients with a wide variety of medical conditions, including cancer, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, and brain injury. Dr. Grysko also oversees the PedsAcademy internship program at Nemours Children's Hospital. As supervising teacher, Dr. Grysko supervises and mentors 15+ teacher interns from the University of Central Florida each semester. This unique internship provides future teachers with deep insight and gained understanding into the educational and social-emotional needs of children coping with chronic illness.

Rosario Cosme, M.D.
Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Cosme has received several teaching awards, has published numerous papers, and has presented for various organizations including the European Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her topics of interest include learning disabilities and their impact on children’s mental health, traditional and nontraditional interventions for the treatment of ADHD, and the role of religious-CBT treating adolescents with depression and self-injury. She graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo. She completed her psychiatry residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in NY, and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Sharon Wozny, BS, MEd
Children's Cancer Network

Sharon Wozny is a retired Elementary teacher. She has been a Program Specialist for Children's Cancer Network for the past 6 years coordinating programs for the families that allow them to connect and engage with other families on the cancer journey. She has written a book, Jamie's Journey: Cancer From the Voice of a Sibling, that gives the siblings a safe space to tell their story. The book tells a story and has a journal section that focuses on the various emotions that the siblings face as they travel this journey. She loves her Golden Retrievers Mac and Dixie who provide endless laughter and joy to her day. It is an honor for her to work for Children's Cancer Network and be able to meet such inspiring families.

Susan Fail
Principal, North Carolina

Suzanne Seungyoon Lee

Suzanne Seungyoon Lee is a proud teacher, mother, immigrant, and connector of humans. After graduating with a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and a MS.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Bankstreet College, she began her teaching journey in Philadelphia's Chinatown at the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School, supporting and honoring the experiences and cultures of a diverse immigrant community. Fifteen years later, you will find her with third graders at Portland’s Oregon Episcopal School, following students’ natural curiosity about one another and the world to explore underlying assumptions about dominant culture and to co-create an intentional, joyful community of belonging.

Anthony Villaseñor

Anthony Villaseñor is a dedicated and passionate educator with two decades of mission and vision aligned work in progressive education. With Southern Californian roots and rich experiences in public, public charter, and independent schools, Anthony is committed to equity through innovation and collaboration. Anthony was the founding principal of the Mountain View School in San Diego, a K-8 family-cooperative focused on inclusion, social justice and student-centered design. In his return to the first grade classroom, Anthony has been able to craft a healthy balance teaching, mentoring/coaching and collaborating with colleagues and families.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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All sessions can be accessed in the lobby or through the navigation bar on the top of your screen.
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