Ending Corporal Punishment in New York State @ Webinar
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
New York
Child Abuse Medical Provider Program

Co-sponsored by:
Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling
International Association of Forensic Nurses New York State Chapter
New York State Academy of Family Physicians
New York State American Academy of Pediatrics – Chapters 1, 2 & 3

Proudly Present:

Ending Corporal Punishment in New York State

Webinar Speakers:
Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD
Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS


American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – New York (APSAC-NY)
The New York State chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) mission is to improve New York State’s response to the identification, investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Its membership is multidisciplinary, consisting of professionals and leaders in the field of child maltreatment in New York State. The New York State chapter of APSAC provides an opportunity for professionals in New York State to meet, share ideas and experiences, develop strategies for improving professional services to clients, influence public policy and educate the public, other professionals, and policy makers about child maltreatment.

Child Abuse Medical Provider Program (CHAMP)
Since its founding in 1997, the CHAMP Program has worked to improve New York State’s medical response to child abuse. In addition to educating eligible pediatric practitioners to become CHAMP Network Members, CHAMP provides Internet-based education. These courses, webcasts, and web-based resources help medical providers improve the diagnosis, treatment and reporting of child abuse and neglect.



February 28, 2018 from 12 noon to 1 pm

Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS
Professor of Pediatrics, Division Head, Child Protection Services
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Addressing punishment and discipline is a regular challenge in primary care. Parenting practices can have substantial and long lasting consequences for children’s health and development. This session will offer practical guidance on screening for harsh punishment, engaging parents who may believe deeply in less than optimal approaches and encouraging them to adopt more constructive strategies. Participants will be invited to raise dilemmas they’ve faced in practice.

The purpose of this educational webcast is quality improvement.
Learning Objectives – Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize alternative discipline strategies
  • Describe how to share ideas about discipline with their patients’ families
  • Describe how to incorporate advice about discipline into a busy practice


Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D. is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on how parental and school discipline affect child and youth development and how parent education and early education programs, such as the Federal Head Start program, can improve the lives of at-risk children. She is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of physical punishment on children. She currently serves as Director of the Interdisciplinary Collaborative on Development in Context and as Associate Director for Faculty Development at the Population Research Center, both at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Gershoff has been awarded numerous federal grants to support her research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute for Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Howard Dubowitz, M.D., MS is a Professor of Pediatrics and head of the Division of Child Protection within the Pediatrics Department, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Dubowitz is a Past-President of the Ray Helfer Society, an honorary international group of physicians working the child maltreatment field. He has served as on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and the national boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and Prevent Child Abuse America. Dr. Dubowitz led the development of the Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) model, building upon the opportunities in pediatric primary care to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Dr. Dubowitz has over 180 publications and he has presented at many national and international conferences.

Educational Webcast

Pre-registration is required for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM Award.  This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals who may respond to suspected child abuse.

This activity has been planned and implemented by Ann Botash, MD.  She and the speakers, Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD, and Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS, have no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation: SUNY UPSTATE Medical University is accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: UPSTATE Medical University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy To ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all certified CME activity UPSTATE Medical University requires that all planners, faculty and individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest.  Detailed disclosures will be made in writing prior to speaker presentations.

Please note that the registration form covers both presentations.  Even if you plan to attend only one of the webcasts, use this registration form.
In order to receive CME credit, you will also need to complete an evaluation for EACH webcast you attended.
Register by emailing a completed registration form to JoAnne Race,
CHAMP Program Manager:

Be sure to save completed registration form before re-attaching it to an email to
*Registration deadline is noon Tuesday, February 13.

JoAnne Race, CHAMP Program Manager
Phone 315-883-5615
FAX 315-883-5616

Advocacy Day 2018 @ University Club
Mar 6 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Annual Lobby Day

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 6, 2018
WHERE:  University Club, 151 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Come to the State Capitol and
Advocate for Kids and Pediatricians!
  • Hear the Chairs of the Health Committees in the State Senate and the State Assembly discuss priority issues for children’s health in the 2018 Legislative Session and Budget Negotiations.
  • Hear Decision Makers in the State Department of Health and the State Department of Financial Services Health Insurance Unit talk about the new opportunities and challenges this year.
  • Ask questions and participate in a give and take with State leaders.
  • Meet with Your legislators in their offices and talk with them about our priorities for the Children and Families of New York.
8:00 am: Registration / Breakfast
9:00 am: Morning Session – Legislature & State Agency Leader Presentations:
  • Richard Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Health Committee
  • Kemp Hannon, Chair, Senate Health Committee
  • Jason Helgerson, New York State Medicaid Director
  • Troy Oechsner, Deputy Superintendent for Health at New York State Insurance Department
12:00 pm: Afternoon Session – Lunch / Legislator Visits
3:30 pm: Adjourn

                     Breakfast and lunch included / no charge for Chapter members

Bring Your Voice to Albany on March 6th!

University Club
141 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY
(Transportation will be available)


MSSNY Annual Physician Advocacy Day @ Lewis Swyer Theatre
Mar 7 @ 1:22 pm – 2:22 pm

Come on Along! Come on Along!
Legislators Need to Hear from You One-on-One! 

MSSNY’s Annual Physician Advocacy Day Coming Right Up!

Wednesday, March 7th in the Lewis Swyer Theatre in
“The Egg” at the Albany’s Empire State Plaza

Join your colleagues from all around New York State to speak with YOUR LEGISLATORS to ensure they’re making the right choices for you and your patients!

Join us to urge your legislators to:

  • Reduce excessive health insurer prior authorization hassles that needlessly delay patient care
  • Reduce the high cost of medical liability insurance
  • Preserve choice of physician for our patients
  • Reject burdensome mandates that interfere with patient care delivery
  • Preserve opportunities for our medical students and residents to become New York’s future health care leaders

Following a morning program, you will have a chance to hear from and— more importantly—question New York’s legislative leaders, followed by an informal luncheon where Assemblymembers and Senators are invited to join their constituents.

Please contact your county medical society to coordinate Legislative appointments for physicians to meet with your elected representatives on that day.

To register:  Call Nassau County Medical Society 516-832-2300, ext 14
Or contact Carrie Harring at