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For Release:  April 8, 2013 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601

Media Advisory

Child Abuse Prevention Day at State Capitol Tomorrow

What:              “It’s Your Turn -- Make a Difference for Children”

                        Child Abuse Prevention Day Activities at the State Capitol


When:             Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9, beginning at 8 a.m.


Where:            State Capitol in the morning; free “Connect the Dots” workshop

                        Tuesday afternoon at the SAMIS Education and Conference
                        Center,  Children’s Hospital, 1200 Children’s Avenue,  Oklahoma


Background: Events will include presentations by local and national experts on
                        the importance of becoming involved in community activities to
                        prevent child abuse and neglect.


State Capitol Events Agenda:

8:00 a.m. -- General Registration in room 108 at the State Capitol
8:15 a.m. -- Connecting with Legislators – 412A, 4th floor
8:15 a.m. --
Advocacy 101 with Doug Gibson, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, in the Governor’s Blue Room, 2nd floor
8:45 a.m. --
Child Abuse Reporting Class by Debi Knecht, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, room 534A, 5thfloor
9:00 a.m. -- Children’s Choir -- Linwood Elementary School, 4th floor rotunda
9:15 a.m. --
Advocates photo opportunity with legislators, south staircase
11:15 a.m. --
Advocacy 101 with Billie Brown, Parent Promise/PCA Oklahoma on the second floor north hall

10:00 a.m.-- News Conference -- Governor’s Blue Room hosted by Parent Promise/PCAOK featuring:
--Presentation by Dr. Robert Block
, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, on the “Economics of Preventing Abuse and Neglect”

Immediately following the news conference:
--Presentation of Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Awards

Connect the Dots Workshop, SAMIS Education and Conference Center, Children’s Hospital:

12:45 p.m. Registration 
Welcome:  Robert W. Letton Jr., MD, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director, The Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center/ The Children’s Hospital at the OU Medical Center;  Annette Jacobi, Chief, Family Support & Prevention Service (OSDH)

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Keynote 
Keynote Speaker:  Suzin Bartley, Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, speaking on a “Call to Action: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Oklahoma”

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions 
-“Overview of a Comprehensive Child Safety Program” by Suzin Bartley, Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund

-“Stop, Go & Tell” by Amy Merrell, Bethesda Inc. 
-“OneVoice for Women and Girls” by Kristin Davis, The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition
-“The Basics of Reporting Child Abuse” by Debra Knecht, Oklahoma State Department of Human Services

3:15p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions 
-“A Hope and a Future” by Dr. Deborah Shropshire, OU Children’s Physicians 

-“Prevention and the Press: How to Leverage the Media to Share Child Welfare Stories” by Cherokee Ballard & Britten Follett, former journalists and co-authors “Who Killed Kelsey?” 
-“Hosting a Community Café” by Sherri Jo McLemore, Arkansas Children’s Trust Fund
-“The Rise and Fall of Child Sexual Abuse in Oklahoma” by Dr. Barbara Bonner, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

4:15 p.m. Closing Address 
“Pay Attention to the Social Determinants of Health” by Dr. Robert Block,
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa

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