Plenaries/Gallagher Lecture

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Plenary I

Wednesday, March 11,  9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP​
California Surgeon General​

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is an award-winning physician, researcher and advocate dedicated to changing the way our society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma. She was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019.

Dr. Burke Harris’ career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities. After completing her residency at Stanford, she founded a clinic in one of San Francisco’s most underserved communities, Bayview Hunters Point. It was there that Burke Harris observed that, despite the implementation of national best-practices for immunizations, asthma, obesity treatment and other preventive health measures, her patients still faced outsized risks for poor health, development and behavioral outcomes.

Drawing in research from the CDC and Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Burke Harris identified Adverse Childhood Experiences as a major risk factor affecting the health of her patients. In 2011, she founded the Center for Youth Wellness and subsequently grew the organization to be a national leader in the effort to advance pediatric medicine, raise public awareness, and transform the way society responds to children exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. She also founded and led the Bay Area Research Consortium on Toxic Stress and Health, to advance scientific screening and treatment of toxic stress.

She currently serves as a government liaison for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Advisory Board for Screening and sat on the board of the Committee on Applying Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Sciences From Prenatal Through Early Childhood Development: A Health Equity Approach for the National Academy of Medicine.

Her work has been profiled in best-selling books including “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough and “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance as well as in Jamie Redford’s feature film, “Resilience”. It has also been featured on NPR, CNN and Fox News as well as in USA Today and the New York Times. Dr. Burke Harris’ TED Talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across the Lifetime” has been viewed more than 6 million times. Her book “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity” was called “indispensable” by The New York Times.

More information regarding this plenary will be posted shortly. 

(This session is not CME/CE eligible)

2020 Gallagher Lecture/Plenary II 

Thursday, March 12, 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Lourdes A. Rivera, JD
Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs
Center for Reproductive Rights

L-Rivera-B72A9435-2017-0906-(1).jpgReproductive Rights as Human Rights: An update from the frontlines in the global and U.S. legal fight to protect and expand access to abortion and reproductive health

Globally, reproductive rights increasingly are being recognized as fundamental human rights, requiring governments to respect and protect women’s health and bodily autonomy.  Additionally, under human rights norms, governments are required to remove existing policy and structural barriers that prevent patients’ effective access to abortion.  In contrast, we are experiencing relentless attacks in the United States with the intent to eliminate abortion access. For example, since 2010, U.S. states have adopted over 450 restrictive laws burdening the ability of doctors and clinics to provide abortion services and the ability of patients to access timely and dignified abortion care.  In a case brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court in 2016 struck down Texas abortion laws that were meant to shut down clinics. Just four years later, the Center is back at the Supreme Court challenging an identical, unconstitutional law being defended by the state of Louisiana. In the current case, June Medical Services v. Gee, Louisiana politicians hope to convince the Court to overturn close to 50 years of precedent to undermine the right to abortion. Oral argument will take place at the Supreme Court on March 4th, -- days before the SAHM Annual Meeting.  A decision by the Court is expected by the end of June and will be pivotal for the right and access to abortion and for the ability to make decisions about one’s reproductive health.

In this session, Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs at the Center for Reproductive Rights, will discuss the current state of the U.S. domestic and international abortion and reproductive rights landscape. She will draw on the Center’s comprehensive state-by-state research report, What if Roe Fell? and the Center’s World Abortion Map. Lourdes will provide an update of the Supreme Court challenge; highlight the impact on adolescents and young people; and discuss ways in which we move forward to ensure the reproductive rights of all in the United States and around the world. In addition to the work in the U.S., the Center for Reproductive Rights is the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights and regularly works within the UN Human Rights system to advance reproductive health and rights around the world. 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will gain knowledge of:

  1. Reproductive rights, including abortion, as recognized fundamental human rights, and how an understanding of human rights strengthens our U.S. advocacy.
  2. The U.S. federal and state legal and policy reproductive rights landscape, including the impact on young people’s access.
  3. The latest update on the Supreme Court case, June Medical Services v. Gee, and how SAHM members can take action to support young people’s reproductive rights and access, including access to abortion. 

Lourdes Rivera is the Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs, at the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Lourdes leads all of the Center’s U.S. work, including litigation, human rights advocacy, and state, federal, and foreign policy.
Lourdes is a leader in the fields of health law and policy, women’s rights, and sexual reproductive health and rights.  Prior to joining the Center in January 2017, Lourdes worked as a Program Officer and then Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, where she managed U.S. and global grants for sexual and reproductive health and rights, using a social justice and human rights approach.  She has been a leader in developing women of color organizations in the field and is widely known for putting the concept of intersectionality into practice. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2006, Lourdes was the Managing Attorney of the Los Angeles office of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and specialized in issues relating to Medicaid, managed care, and women’s and children’s health.  Previously, she worked in Washington D.C. as a Senior Associate with the Children’s Defense Fund, Health Division and as a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with the National Women’s Law Center.

Lourdes is also a member of the Board of the Brush Foundation and of the National Health Law Program.  She is a co-founder and former chair of the Advisory Board of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, a former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Rights and Bioethics Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, and a former chair of the Board of the National Women’s Health Network.  She taught a graduate level course in Health and Human Rights at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she is an adjunct Professor. 

Lourdes has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.

Plenary III 
Friday, March 13, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Gayathri J. Dowling, Ph.D.
Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Project
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

GDowling-2016.jpgThe Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study: Teen Brains. Today’s Science. Brighter Future

Adolescence is a time of intellectual refinement and social/emotional growth. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study was designed to better understand the developing brain and the many childhood experiences that shape social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. The ABCD Study is the largest longitudinal study of brain development and child health in the U.S., having enrolled nearly 12,000 youth starting at ages 9-10 who will be followed for a decade. Youth participants undergo magnetic resonance imaging to assess brain structure and function, provide biospecimens for pubertal hormone, substance use, and genetic analyses, and take part in a range of behavioral and neurocognitive assessments. Both youth and their caregivers will provide information about physical and mental health, culture and environment, and other variables. These measures include questions about attitudes, experiences, and behaviors that may influence risk and resilience, as well as cognitive tasks that tap into the propensity of an individual to engage in such behaviors. In the quest to “transform risk to wellness,” such a comprehensive array of questions provides the opportunity for researchers to tease apart the factors that tip the scale towards unhealthy risk behaviors and to identify those factors that can restore a healthy balance. The baseline data from the full cohort was released to the scientific community through the National Institute of Mental Health Data Archive in April 2019, allowing scientists worldwide to conduct analyses, pool resources, and enrich the value of this study, with the ultimate goal of providing actionable information to help educators, health professionals and policymakers improve the lives of all children, today and for generations to come.
Learning Objectives:

  1. To appreciate the comprehensive nature of this longitudinal study using measures of developmental psychology, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, bioassays & bioinformatics.
  2. To describe the potential value of such a dataset for understanding risk and resilience factors that influence adolescent development. 
  3. To understand the open science model and how it can facilitate the use of science to inform policy and practice.  

Dr. Dowling is the Director of the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Project at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The ABCD Study, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States, has enrolled nearly 12,000 children ages 9-10 and is following them through their teens and into early adulthood to explore how diverse experiences during adolescence shape brain, cognitive, social, emotional, and academic development. Previously, Dr. Dowling served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Chief of Science Policy at NIDA. In these positions, she provided scientifically-based information to patients and their family members, health professionals, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to inform policy and promote the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases. Dr. Dowling earned a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of California at Davis, where she studied the developing nervous system, and subsequently conducted research at the Parkinson’s Institute prior to joining NIH where she initially worked at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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