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    Nursing Symposium with Keynote Speaker Dr. Chris Howson

    Friday, November 02, 2012
    NIU Rockford Educational Center
    8500 E. State Street
    Rockford, IL 61107

    The March of Dimes Nursing Symposium will address topics in perinatal health from a global, national and local perspective. Contact hours will be provided for nurses.  Our keynote speaker is Dr. Chris Howson, co-author of Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.

    Register by Oct. 26, 2012: Cost is $50 per participant. Checks may be made payable to March of Dimes and mailed to the March of Dimes Northern Illinois Division at: 5411 E. State St., Ste. 8, Rockford IL 61108. Please include your Name, Credentials, Employer, Home Address and Day Phone Number.

    The cost includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch and contact hours. Please specify if a vegetarian lunch is required. Registration is non-refundable. For questions about payment only, contact the March of Dimes at: 815-397-0097.

    For questions about the symposium only, contact Lois Christian at: 815-971-6359 or lchristian@rhsnet.org.


    Registration/Breakfast 7:15 – 7:45


    The Global Toll of Preterm Birth: Strengthening Prevention and Care Christopher P. Howson, PhD

    Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait: Changing the Culture around Elective Early Term Deliveries Susan Knight, MA, LCSW

    Successes and Challenges in Eliminating Elective Deliveries < 39 Weeks

    Sandra Dennis, MS, RN


    Illinois Breastfeeding Blueprint: From Data to Strategy to Change Sadie Wych, MPH


    The Newborn with Congenital Heart Defects Jodi Hoskins, RNC, MSN

    Centering Pregnancy: Group Facilitated Prenatal Care Mary Mather, MSN, CNM


    Genetic Testing from the Womb to the Nursery Gina Morley, MS, CGC

    Final Overview / Evaluations

    Dr. Chris Howson Bio: Christopher P. Howson is Vice President for Global Programs at the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and responsible for developing the Foundation’s international outreach.  Prior to joining the March of Dimes in 1998, Chris served as Director of the Board on International Health and Acting Director of the Medical Follow-up Agency of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC.

    He is an epidemiologist and author and editor of numerous articles and books on global health. His professional interests focus on assessing population health needs in lower-income countries and partnering with developing country experts to help design and implement public health interventions in response. His recent work has centered on the creation of international networks to promote exchanges of knowledge, experience and expertise among developing country experts in order to improve birth outcomes in lower-income regions.

    He has served as a member of several committees of the US National Academies dealing with the redirection of biologic weapons specialists in the former Soviet Union and the contribution of the biosciences to public health, counter-terrorism and non-proliferation activities in Russia and Pakistan.

    He received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles.



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