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Trainee Capstones & Presentations

Trainees are required to complete a Capstone Project toward the end of their training experience. The Capstone reflects an area of study in which the trainee has had a particular interest. Following are a select sample of Capstones recently presented by UW PPC graduates.

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  • Finding Health Insurance: Navigating the Marketplace for

    Children with Special Healthcare Needs

    Presented by Jennifer Fisher, MSSW

    This booklet is a combination of existing community resources created by Family Voices of Wisconsin,, and the Off to College Transition Booklet.

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  • The Amish and Healthcare

    Presented by Janet Poff, MSW

    This presentation focuses on helping healthcare professionals understand the lifestyle, beliefs and attitudes of the Amish population. The presentation offers background on the history of the Amish in the US, views of the healthcare system by the Amish, and suggestions for healthcare providers on working with Amish patients and their families.

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  • Cultural Competence While Working with the

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing

    Presented by Jason Marshall Valentine, MSSW

    This presentation focuses on work with the deaf and hard of hearing population. Topics covered include definitions, statistics, interpersonal tips, lip reading, working with interpreters, captioning, UW Hospital services, planning for meetings, and challenges.

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  • Using Effective Communication and Family-Centered

    Strategies to Improve Health Literacy

    Presented by Sarah Berger, MSSW

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During their fellowship, UW PPC Fellows have the opportunity to present at the Pediatrics Department Grand Rounds. Below are links to former UW PPC Fellows' Grand Rounds presentations.

Chronic Cough - Iqbal Rashid, MD

Pulmonary Complications of Sickle Cell Disease - Kelly Cowan, MD

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia - Ben Tippets, DO

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in Children - Zoran Danov, MD

Prepared for Life: A Program for Caregivers of NICU Graduates

Presented by Shawn Wedlund, DNP

This presentation is about understanding the typical developmental trajectories of children born prematurely. It focuses on how to recognize warning signs during early childhood that can reveal underlying physical or intellectual disabilities, recognize the importance of early intervention in addressing delay and disability, and provide comprehensive knowledge on the availability of community resources for children with special health care needs.

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Fatty Acid Status in Infants and Young Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Presented by Lyanne Chin, MS, RD

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A Comparative Analysis of Two MCH Leadership Training Programs in Madison, Wisconsin

Presented by Anne Palmer, DNP

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Nutritional Management of Children with SMA: A Toolkit

Presented by Nora McCormick, RD

Nutritional Management of Children with SMA: A Toolkit, presented by Nora McCormick, RD
This toolkit was created in order to synthesize and summarize existing recommendations, evidence, and clinical guidelines for the nutritional management of children with spinal muscular atrophy. Although geared towards registered dietitians, it can be used by any clinician wishing to gain basic yet comprehensive knowledge regarding nutrition in the setting of SMA. The toolkit is published in the form of a WebBook on

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The Experience of Siblings of Children with Developmental Disabilities

Presented by Wanda Meeteer, BSN

The aim of this presentation is to help the clinician gain an understanding of the many variables that influence the sibling experience including various family-system perspectives, parent and sibling interaction, available support systems, the sibling's own viewpoint, and the severity of the disability.

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Mature Minor Doctrine in Wisconsin versus Illinois

Presented by Ashley Monahan, MSSW

This presentation presents existing research on adolescent brain development in relation to adolescent rights in healthcare with emphasis on end-of-life decision-making. This presentation will also compare current policies surrounding the Mature Minor Doctrine in Wisconsin versus Illinois and end with presenting on "Voicing My Choices" as a recommendation to facilitate end-of-life conversation and planning with adolescents facing chronic and serious illnesses.

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Recommendations for Addressing Obesity in Pediatric Asthma Patients

Presented by Andrea Magee, RD

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Spina Bifida Care Brochure

Presented by Lisa McLennan, RN

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Physical Activity in Pediatric CF: Melding Research into Practice

Presented by Rachel Bell, MS, RD, CD

The presentation reviewed recent literature and highlighted current exercise promotion practices in CF centers in the UK, Canada and the US. This presentation discussed the results of AFCH provider and patient surveys, as well as handouts available for use in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

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Developing a Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice Program

Presented by Tristian Prescher, MSSW

This presentation addresses assess to current resources and utilize the literature to develop methods for improving pediatric palliative care and hospice services. A modified version of Seattle Children’s Hospital’s “Decision Making Tool” as a means of communication and referral for palliative and hospice services.

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Off to College: A Guide for Young Adults with Chronic Illness

Presented by Mary Arbuckle, MSW

This e-book is a resource guide with college selection considerations, academic accommodation rights and services, student housing options, tips for health care management, encouragement of peer support, financial assistance opportunities, and insurance information to assist students with chronic illness transitioning to college life. This quick guide provides information helpful to both students and parents embarking on this new journey.

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Safety and Injury Prevention for Children with Special Needs

Presented by Linn Duga RN, CPNP

This presentation explored the unintended injuries in the pediatric population and in CYSHCN, by identifying injury patterns and trends in children, discussing safety issues for the child with special health care needs, and proposing safety education strategies for CYSHCN.

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Growth & Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis

Presented by Claire Clemens, MS, RD

This presentation assesses differences between two Wisconsin cohorts (2000-2004 and 2006-2010) of children with cystic fibrosis, ages 0-2 years.

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Traumatic Stress and Childhood Illness: Providing Trauma Informed Care

Presented by Tiara T. Muhr, RN, MSN

This presentation covers: Prevalence of Chronic Childhood Illness, Medical Traumatic Stress, Stress Responses, Prevalence of Medical Traumatic Stress, Treatment Implications, Trauma Informed Care, Screening Tools,  Post-Traumatic Growth, Resources for Providers.

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Diversity in MCH Training: A Peer Learning Collaborative

Presented by Shanna Vander Galien, APSW

This presentation highlighted a peer learning collaborative process, at the Wisconsin Peer Learning Collaborative (WI PLC), which addressed the lack of diversity in leadership training programs, faculty and staff.

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Improving Pre-Hospital Care and Transport for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Presented by Justine Ropp, RRT

This presentation focuses on the current conditions of pre-hospital care and transport for children with special health care needs in Wisconsin.

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Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus in Patients with CF

Presented by Kate Amond and Jeneile Luebke Cleary

The presentations focused on Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) in patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Topics covered include the growing prevalence of MRSA in the sputum of children with CF, how MRSA effects lung function, the protocol used at UW American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH) CF Center to eradicate first acquisition of MRSA in the sputum of children with CF, and the findings of a study recently conducted at the UW AFCH CF Center.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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