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Caring for Diverse Children & Youth with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Providers from a variety of disciplines care for children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders from many diverse backgrounds. This conference will provide opportunities to learn more about how cultural beliefs shape clinical encounters and affect patient outcomes. The conference will include a workshop session with Dr. Avila. At the end of the day, participants will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions with health professionals from their state/region.

This CME is sponsored by: BANDS (Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Services) at DHMC; Connecticut LEND (CT LEND) at UCONN Health; NH-ME LEND Program at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine; Eunice Kennedy Shriver LEND Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School; LEND Program at Boston Children's Hospital; LEND Program at the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center; Maine LEND at the University of New England; Vermont LEND, College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Activity Details
Start Date: May 14, 2018
End Date: May 14, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Bedford Village Inn
2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH 03110

Registration for this event is full. For conference questions, please e-mail gidget.m.lyman@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online and by credit card only. The registration fee is $75. 

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after that date. A $25 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Speakers & Topics
8:30 am - 9:00 am Sign In, Coffee & Light Breakfast will be served.
9:00 am - 9:15 am Introductions
~ Jennifer McLaren, MD and Betsy Humphreys, PhD, NH-ME LEND
9:15 am - 10:45 am Equity and Inclusion: Evidence, Impact, Action
~ Mercedes Avila, PhD, MSW
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Part I: Cultural and Linguistic Competence Workshop
~ Mercedes Avila, PhD, MSW
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (Provided)
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm Part II: Cultural and Linguistic Competence Workshop
~ Mercedes Avila, PhD, MSW
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Facilitated Discussions by State/Region
4:00 pm Adjournment
Keynote Title: Equity and Inclusion: Evidence, Impact, Action

Dr. Avila will speak to the importance of understanding the social determinants of health, cultural and linguistic competency, and workforce diversity in promoting health equity for unserved and underserved racially/ethnically and other culturally diverse communities. The session will also highlight the importance of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural-linguistic responsiveness in every aspect of service provision.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Workshop Session

After the keynote address, Dr. Avila will engage participants in a workshop session that will explore 1) how cultural beliefs shape clinical encounters and patients’ health outcomes, and 2) how to incorporate cultural and linguistic competence into service provision. Participants will develop an understanding of racial, ethnic, and class bias as it applies to practice and service provision, define stages of cultural and linguistic competence awareness, identify links between racial and health inequities and disparities and learn how to integrate National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS) into practice.

Keynote Speaker: Mercedes Avila, PhD

Dr. Avila directs several federal and state projects in the areas of health disparities, workforce diversity, developmental disabilities, and training and consultation on cultural and linguistic competence. Since 2011, she has been invited to lead 28 national presentations and 55 regional sessions on topics related to National CLAS Standards, health disparities, social justice in health care, culturally responsive care and practice, and cultural and linguistic competence in advocacy and leadership. Dr. Avila has provided consultation to more than a dozen SAMHSA grants in Vermont and has been involved in developing a Cultural and Linguistic Competence checklist and guide for the National TA Network. Her work has reached more than 3500 providers across 48 organizations and 9 states. She has authored and co-authored articles, curricula, and technical reports in these fields. At the national level, Dr. Avila is the immediate past chair of National Association of University Centers on Disabilities Multicultural Council. In this role, she has helped infuse diversity and inclusion knowledge in programs around the country and has led initiatives that have resulted in diversifying the workforce at all levels of organizations and leadership. Dr. Avila is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, the Director of the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, and the Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence Liaison at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. Dr. Avila is a member of the Vermont Governor's Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs, chair of the state Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) committee, and member of the Vermont Governor’s Workforce Diversity and Equity Council. In these roles, she has helped advocate for prevention programs for children and families, reduce youth contact with juvenile justice, and ensure a fair justice system. Through her local, state and national work, she has been nominated for eleven teaching, service and research awards. The most recent recognitions include the 2016 ALANA Outstanding Faculty Award, the 2016 Child Mind Institute National Change Maker Local Hero Award, the 2016 AUCD National Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity, and the 2017 Outstanding Woman Faculty Award.

Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss how racial, ethnic, class and cultural biases and beliefs shape clinical encounters when providing care to a diverse population with developmental disabilities.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Credit

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive credit for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A credit tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

    Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

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View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

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Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org.

For accessibility needs, dietary or any other requests, please email gidget.m.lyman@hitchcock.org.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Employees - Tuition fees must be paid online by credit card. D-H Accounts Payable will no longer process internal transfers of registration fees. Individuals must pay online with a credit card and then seek reimbursement, if appropriate.

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