For Immediate Release
March 16, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE, Partners Offer Conference on Healthy Living for Kansans with Special Health Care Needs

Health Team Empowerment Conference is March 31 in Salina

TOPEKA, Kan.The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has partnered with Families Together, Inc. and the Youth Empowerment Academy to offer a Health Team Empowerment Conference entitled “Calling the Shots: Building a Voice for a Healthier Future” on Saturday, March 31 in Salina at the Courtyard by Marriott. This conference is designed for youth (13 and up), parents, school nurses and other professionals involved in serving Kansans with special health care needs.

At this conference, attendees will find information, workshops and other resources to help support healthy living for youth with special health care needs or disabilities. Workshops are designed to help youth, parents and providers understand the importance of health in all aspects of life.

KDHE’s Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program promotes the functional skills of young persons in Kansas who have or are at risk for a disability or chronic disease by providing or supporting a specialty health care system. With locations in Garden City, Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita, Families Together, Inc. is a parent training and information center serving families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy is a statewide organization serving youth with disabilities through education, mentorship and support to be contributing members of their community.

Keynote speakers at the conference are father-daughter duo Brad and Hali Thompson. They will share their experience as both the father of a child with a disability and the youth’s perspective of living life to the fullest with both a physical and cognitive disability. 

Sessions include but are not limited to:

A limited number of parent scholarships are available for child care and lodging for those who travel over 100 miles. Coordinators have applied to allow for Continuing Nursing Education hours from the Kansas State Board of Nursing, and the status is pending.

To register, go online here http://familiestogetherinc.org/?page_id=3531 or call 1-800-264-6343.