This year’s Forum to address current healthcare climate with presentations
on patient safety, childhood obesity, chronic conditions, health information
technology and medical home
The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)
today announced that Dawn Denton, community education manager at Atlantic
General Hospital, has been chosen to speak at NICHQ’s 2010 Annual
Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity
Congress, being held March 8-11 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood
Obesity Congress will bring together hundreds of healthcare professionals
of all disciplines to improve children’s healthcare quality. Sessions
- Patient Safety
- Childhood Obesity
- Chronic Conditions
- Quality Improvement-linked to finance, advocacy and equity in care
- Health IT
Denton will present “How a Community Hospital Combats Childhood Obesity,”
highlighting the hospital’s key role in bringing the Emmy Award-winning
FOODPLAY production that tours the country to each of the public elementary
schools in Worcester County.
She will join a roster of notable healthcare leaders including David L.
Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, director and founder of Yale University's
Prevention Research Center; Daniel Salinas MD, senior vice president and
chief medical officer, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; and Lisa
Simpson MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, director, Child Policy Research Center, Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center.
“We’re thrilled to have such an impressive line-up of speakers
present at our 2010 Annual Forum and Childhood Obesity Congress,”
said Charles J. Homer MD, MPH, president and chief executive officer at
NICHQ. “The Forum represents the most promising work being done
in children's healthcare quality today and these presentations will
contribute greatly to the value for attendees.”
“The best way to combat the obesity epidemic is by empowering our
youth,” said Michael Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General
Hospital. “Dawn discovered a wonderful tool to deliver important
healthy living messages to our area youth, and the program has been embraced
by the schools and the community. We’re honored that she will able
to share our efforts at the Forum.”
For more information, contact Forum@nichq.org or 617.391.2712. To register
for the Forum, please visit
Founded in 1999, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare
Quality (NICHQ) is an action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving
a world in which all children receive the healthcare they need. Led by
experienced pediatric healthcare professionals, NICHQ’s mission
is to improve children’s health by improving the systems responsible
for the delivery of children’s healthcare.
For more information, visit www.nichq.org.
About Atlantic General Hospital and FOODPLAY
Through the sole sponsorship of Atlantic General Hospital, more than 2200
students in kindergarten through fourth grades in Worcester County’s
public elementary schools witnessed the antics of Johnny Junkfood, whose
dream is to become a juggling star, but keeps dropping the balls. With
the help of the “Coach” of the National Junior Juggling Team
and the children in the audience, Johnny learned how to juggle the foods
he eats to wind up with a balanced diet.
FOODPLAY is an award-winning theater production with colorful characters
and a serious but engaging message that tours the country educating children
about the importance and ease of living a healthy lifestyle through good
diet and physical activity. Atlantic General is preparing for “This
is Your Life,” FOODPLAY’s counterpart for adolescents and
teenagers, which will be presented at Worcester County’s middle
schools the week of February 8.