A Learning Forum on Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities 
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Building a Brighter Future for Infants & Toddlers:
Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities

Join us April 19th to hear experts discuss current trends involving child fatalities, both nationally and in Connecticut, and learn about the inter-agency and multidisciplinary work underway in Connecticut to address frequent causes of child fatalities, including Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma. This forum is intended to raise awareness of the public health campaigns underway and sustainability opportunities for partners.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA)
110 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492

Event Registration – The event is free, but registration is required. F
ree parking on-site. Breakfast will be provided.

Keynote Speakers
The Safety of Young Children:

Whose Responsibility is it?

Zeinab Chahine

Managing Director at Casey Family Programs
Dr. Zeinab Chahine has dedicated the past 31 years to improving the lives of families and children. Since 2007, she has served as a Managing Director for Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs, a national foundation dedicated to improving child welfare outcomes. She is responsible for Casey’s strategic consulting engagements in 15 states and multiple jurisdictions. In addition, since 2011, she has led Casey’s national initiative to improve safety and prevent child maltreatment-related fatalities. This work was memorialized in a special issue for the CWLA journal Child Welfare: Chahine, Z., Pecora, P.J., Sanders, D. & Wilson, D. (Eds.) (2013). Preventing severe maltreatment related injuries and fatalities: Applying a public health framework and innovative approaches to child protection. Child Welfare, Vol. 92, No. 2.

Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, Dr. Chahine served as NYC’S Administration for Children’s Services Executive Deputy Commissioner for Child Welfare Programs. In that role, was responsible for the operation of all child protective, preventive, foster care and adoption services in New York City. During her 22 year career in NYC ‘s child welfare system, she also held casework, supervisory and managerial positions in child protective services. She had a significant role in the design, development and implementation of major innovative child welfare reform initiatives in New York City.
She has received local and National recognition for her work. In May 2, 2007, she was featured in the New York Daily News as an Immigrant New Yorker who has made a positive difference for the City. She was awarded The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators Peter W. Forsythe Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare in 2009. Dr. Chahine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College, a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University, and a Doctoral degree from the Graduate School and University Center - City University of New York.

Learnings and Recommendations from the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Where does Connecticut Stand?
Amy Templeman
Director at Within Our Reach,  Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Amy Templeman directs the Within Our Reach office at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. The office is the key organizer to promote the work of the U.S. Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Amy was executive director of the federal Commission. Previously, Amy was a manager for the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency. There she established a new Office of Well Being and directed programs in domestic violence, education, substance abuse, housing, and child care. Amy’s experience also includes leading a CDC program to improve adolescent mental health in an urban youth employment and training setting while working for the Center for Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; serving as a project manager in the Peace Corps in Malawi, where she conducted needs assessments with local leaders to identify primary health problems and potential community-based interventions in 93 rural villages; and conducting child welfare research for the Urban Institute. She received her B.A in political science from Marietta College and lives in Washington, DC.

The Public Health Work Group is a public-private collaboration of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, Department of Children and Families, Department of Public Health, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of the Child Advocate, Casey Family Programs, Connecticut Hospital Association, Day Kimball Hospital and Yale New Haven Health Systems.
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