Professional Development Conference 2020

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Due to some of the recent developments related to the coronavirus, including SUNY moving to distance learning for the remainder of the semester, the SUNY Brockport Healthcare Studies Professional Development Conference has been postponed until further notice. We are so grateful for your support and look forward to collaborating with you at another time. If you have already registered, you should be refunded within the next week.


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When: Friday, March 27, 2020 from 9 am–3 pm
Location: Brockport Downtown (1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room) 161 Chestnut Street, Rochester, NY 14604
Parking: Washington Square Garage ($2 for the first two hours and a $10 maximum), as well as Midtown Garage that are across the street. 

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Program Agenda

8:30–9 am: Registration

Morning Program

Alex Lyon

9–11:30 am: Courageous Communication Strategies for Healthcare Professionals

Session Description: This workshop focuses on participants’ leadership development, especially for emerging leaders in healthcare contexts. Specifically, the program teaches courageous communication strategies for leaders. By the end, attendees will learn foundational approaches to be more collaborative, encourage upward feedback, be more transparent, and interact in more engaging ways with colleagues and followers. The program will take a conversation and hands-on approach by looking at case studies and applying those lessons to participants daily work lives.

Speaker: Dr. Alex Lyon is a full-time associate professor and chairperson at SUNY Brockport in the Department of Communication. He specializes in communication in the workplace with an emphasis on leadership. For the past 15 years, he has also done workshops and consulting for clients such as Nike, Visa, Homeland Security, and Google in addition to local clients in Rochester. In 2017, he published a book, Case Studies in Courageous Communication.

11:30 am–12:30 pm: Lunch (provided)

Afternoon Program

12:30–3 pm: Vaping: Where are we? How did we get here?

Session Description: After years of campaigning against tobacco, the US began to see real progress. Rates of tobacco use decreased from 22.4% of 12th graders in 1998 to 3.6% of 12th graders in 2018. After this significant progress, e-cigarettes were introduced, in 2017, “11% of high school students reported vaping nicotine at least once in the past 30 days.” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

“Vaping:  Where are we?  How did we get here?” is meant to look at these changes over the past 20 years. Three presenters, with three different backgrounds will provide history, knowledge and experience, to explore these issues and help bring some perspective to those working in healthcare and other parts of the community in which they encounter people who are vaping.

12:30–1:15 pm: Background and Trends of Vaping

Godfred Antwi

Speaker: Godfred Antwi, PhD

Dr. Godfred O. Antwi is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Education. He holds a doctorate in Public Health from Indiana University, Bloomington-School of Public Health (IUB-SPH). With research interests in Cancer Prevention and Control, Substance Abuse and Health-Related Quality of Life Research, Dr. Antwi studies modifiable health-related behaviors including alcohol and tobacco use as well as psychosocial and socioeconomic factors that contribute to cancer health disparities.

1:15–1:45 pm: Impact of Vaping

Speaker: Jacqueline Dipzinski, EdM

Jackie Dipzinski is a lecturer for the Department of Public Health and Health Education at The College at Brockport. She earned her Masters in Education from the University at Buffalo in 2006. She worked at East Irondequoit Central Schools for 15 and a half years implementing technology and online learning in her health and AVID classes. In 2018, she made a transition to teach the online graduate program in health education at Brockport. She currently teaches the following asynchronous courses; Foundations of Health, Principals and Philosophy of Health Education, Health Education Curriculum and Design, Assessment and Evaluation in Health Education, Teaching Methods in Health Education, Communication in Health Education, and Health Education Field Experience.

1:45–2:30 pm: Response to Vaping

Speaker: Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS; Commissioner of Public Health

Dr. Michael Mendoza is Commissioner of Public Health for Monroe County and Associate Professor at the University of Rochester in the Departments of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Nursing. Dr. Mendoza bridges his experience leading clinical practice transformation with his passion for systems change to improve population health and approaches his role as Commissioner with the goal of strengthening the connections between clinical medicine and public health in our community. He is board certified in family medicine, and in addition to his responsibilities as Commissioner, Dr. Mendoza is an active clinician and educator practicing both ambulatory and inpatient family medicine.

2:30–3 pm: Audience Questions

Registration Cost

Early Bird Rate (until February 29)

Professional: $25
Student: $10

Normal Rate

Professional: $30
Student: $15

Last Updated 7/1/20

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