Thursday, April 23, 2015
3:00pm ET - 4:00pm ET
Location: Virtual Event using Adobe Connect


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Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with the Act Early Network and attend the Act Early Network Virtual Networking Event on Thursday, April 23, 3pm-4pm ET. By attending, you will gain knowledge on effective program methods and strategies that have improved the early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. The virtual networking event will bring together public health, health care, developmental disability, and additional professionals from the Act Early Network and Friends of NCBDDD coalition to share and discuss developmental screening, monitoring, and early detection practices through interactive posters and presentations. There will be six brief presentations with discussion opportunities in between, so attendees are able to virtually meet new professionals in the field.

Join to hear from these dynamic speakers:

•JoAnn Yuen, Director of the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii and Learn the Signs. Act Early (LTSAE) Ambassador who will talk to us about the Collective Impact Model.
•Stephan Viehweg, Associate Director of the Riley Child Development Center, Indiana LEND and LTSAE Ambassador and Kathleen Daly, Catie B. Fellow and LEND Trainee of the Riley Child Development Center, will present on developing a partnership with the State of Indiana Library systems to incorporate and distribute LTSAE materials.
•Alycia Halladay, Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation, will present on their work in support of researchers and families.
•Michelle Esquivel, Director, Division of Children with Special Needs at the American Academy of Pediatrics will present on key projects for early identification.
•Adriane Griffen, Director of Public Health at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and Friends of NCBDDD Chair will present on AUCD's Sixby'15 Campaign, specifically the Early Childhood goal, as well as an overview of the Friends Helping Children Live to the Fullest by Understanding Developmental Disabilities like Autism thematic area.
•Pat Johnson the Assistant Director for Federal Affairs at the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Friends of NCBDDD coalition Champion for the Helping Children Live to the Fullest by Understanding Developmental Disabilities like Autism thematic area will provide information and instruction on advocacy resources and talking points.

Live tweet with us during the event by following the Public Health is for Everyone Twitter handle, @PHis4Everyone, and using the hashtags #ActEarly and #HelpingChildren. The event will provide opportunities to share feedback, ask questions and learn new information on early identification best practices through tweeting and interactive poll questions.

Join us to network with the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors, Friends of NCBDDD Champions, change agents, and leaders of early identification! By participating, you'll have a chance to share your strategies and lessons learned, as well as virtually meet someone new!


JoAnn YuenJoAnn Yuen, Director of the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii and Learn the Signs. Act Early Ambassador. JoAnn Yuen has degrees in Journalism (BS), Communication (MA) and Education Administration (EdD). She discovered her professional passion within Hawaii early intervention (1991-1998) as a child and youth specialist. She became a faculty member at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), University of Hawaii (1998- Present), and created a pre-K ACE boost camp to develop learning and social skills and prepare incoming kindergarteners and families for school. She is a governor-appointed member of the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities (2009-2017) and serves on the Health and Early Education Committee. As the new Director of the CDS, she has access to research facilities, resources, and University and community-based networks; and has the potential to impact policy. She serves on the Autism Society of Hawaii Board and the Board of a local non-profit providing day care and programs to adults with developmental disabilities (DD). She has been actively involved in Hawaii's/AUCDs Collective Impact Initiative/Learning Community and this innovative process is driving the implementation of a statewide system of developmental screening; within this "Collective" she facilitates the Data Outcomes Subgroup.

Steve ViehwegStephan Viehweg, ACSW, LCSW, IMH-E" (IV) is Associate Director of the Riley Child Development Center-Indiana LEND. Steve organized local arrangements in partnership with AUCD for the September 2010 ACT Early Region V Summit held in Indianapolis. He organized a follow-up forum for the LEND Great Lakes Region (IN, IL, MN, WI, MN and PR) held in Indianapolis in 2012. He is a member of the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council. Steve is also the Interim Director of the IUPUI Center for Translating Research into Practice. He is founding president of Family Voices Indiana, founding chair of the Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health and chair elect of Mental Health America of Indiana. He is board member of the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, and past president of the Indiana Chapter, NASW. Steve is tri-lingual (English, Spanish and ASL). His varied background makes him a valuable resource for Indiana's efforts to expand and fully implement Indiana's Autism Plan.

Kathleen DalyKathleen Daly, MSW Candidate, BA is a 2014-2015 LEND Trainee of the Riley Child Development Center-Indiana LEND and a 2014-2015 Catie B. Fellowship recipient, a prestigious award supported by a partnership between the Indiana University School of Social Work and the Riley Hospital for Children Circle of Care Program. Prior to pursuing her Master's of Social Work, Kathleen completed a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude at Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee. To complete her foray in education, Kathleen also attained a fellowship at L'Hôpital Louis Pasteur in Normandy, France where she studied clinical psychology. Kathleen's interests lie in international public health and international affairs. Her current professional memberships include Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Kappa Gamma Phi Alpha Honor Society, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Indiana Chapter.

Michelle EsquivalMichelle Esquivel, MPH, serves as the Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Division of Children with Special Needs and the Director of the MCHB HRSA funded National Center for Medical Home Implementation. Michelle oversees all federal and private grant activities in the Division. She is integrally involved in the development, oversight, and management of Academy-based activities that promote the medical home approach to care for all children and youth. She has extensive experience in health care administration, medical education, and collaborating with physicians and other health care professionals and organizations to develop and achieve consensus on public health policy and organizational issues. Ms Esquivel has demonstrated success in the development, writing, planning, coordination, and implementation of major health care programs and national, state, and local educational conferences and training programs. Ms Esquivel received a Masters in Public Health, Health Policy Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Alycia HalladayAlycia Halladay is the Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation. She oversees the science programs and portfolio of ASF. She previously served as Senior Director of Environmental and Clinical Sciences at Autism Speaks. She holds a PhD in psychology from Rutgers University and completed a post doctoral fellowship in pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers University.



Adriane GriffenAdriane Griffen, DrPH (c), MPH, MCHES serves as the Director of Public Health at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), where she focuses on building public health capacity on birth defects, developmental disabilities, and health promotion for people living with disabilities across the age span. Previously, she served as the Director of Health Promotion and Partnerships for the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) where she was responsible for program and campaign management, program design, evaluation, partnership development and grant efforts. Ms. Griffen serves as the Chair of The Friends of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, sits on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Health and Disability Workgroup, and serves as the Awards Chair on the Executive Committee of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Section. Ms. Griffen holds a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, with a specialty in social marketing, is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Patrick JohnsonPatrick Johnson is an Assistant Director for Federal Affairs at the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Friends Champion for the focus area of Helping children live to the fullest by understanding developmental disabilities like Autism. Patrick is covering a range of issues including children with disabilities, newborns and infants, school health, sports medicine, infectious diseases, military health care, health information technology and medical liability. Mr. Johnson also helps lead AAP's appropriations efforts. Prior to joining AAP in 2011, Mr. Johnson worked on Capitol Hill for six years, serving as a Legislative Assistant for Health Affairs to three Delaware Senators: Joe Biden, Ted Kaufman and Chris Coons. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Johnson worked at the Health Policy Tracking Service at the National Conference of State Legislature for eight years, tracking and monitoring state legislative activity in Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program and other state-funded health care programs.

Adriane Griffen, DrPH (c), MPH, MCHES Director of Public Health at Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Abigail Alberico, MPH, Project Manager of Public Health at Association of University Centers on Disabilities

This virtual event is hosted by the Act Early Network. Please contact Abigail Alberico at [email protected] to join the Act Early Forum e-mail listserv.

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