Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 8th Annual ABC Conference

Posted on: August 28, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 8th Annual ABC Conference

“Lives in the Balance: Caring for Children with Special Needs, Their Families, Their Communities, and Ourselves in These Precarious Times”

When: Friday, November 17, 2017

Where: Moraine Business and Conference Center, Palos Hills, IL

Hosted by the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

1. Timely educational opportunity

We take current research and news from the headlines and turn it into useful information for our work. Many of you are now familiar with the science of adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, and the impact of social determinants on the health of children, families, and communities. At the same time, many of you are also coming to terms with this knowledge and the challenge of caring for these children, families, and communities in the face of state budget cuts, delayed payments, lack of knowledge of and/or access to resources, and increasing caseloads. We have heard child-serving providers from multiple systems say they are overwhelmed, and it is impacting their ability, as those who serve the community, to be empathetic and emotionally effective in their work.

Experts in the fields of primary and specialty care pediatrics, public health, nursing, social services, and others will deliver valuable information about navigating the current realities of service delivery in Illinois, advocating for those we serve, and professional self-care, family self-care, and community self-care in order to enable providers across many disciplines to recognize and address these realities when caring for children and families with special healthcare needs, including those impacted by trauma and adversity.

2. Break out of your professional silo

Learn from and share information with other professionals and speakers representing multiple child-serving systems. The ABC Conference is a unique opportunity for all providers who work with children and families to learn the same information at the same time. Approximately 250 are expected and will include healthcare providers, child care providers, teachers, early intervention providers, public health experts, and many more. Take advantage of our ample networking time to begin collaborating with providers across systems in order to best serve the children and families in your communities.

3. High quality professional development and continuing education

The ABC Conferences have a reputation for offering high-quality, current, and relevant educational topics. The conference has been approved for multiple types of continuing education credit, including credits for clinical staff (MD/DO, NP, PA, RN, MA, LCSW, LCPC, OT, PT, and more) as well as community providers (educators, early care and education providers, and more). View the conference brochure for the full list of credit designations. Discounted rates are available for groups, so bring your whole office!

4. Generous and informed exhibitors

Exhibitors tell us that they really appreciate the energy of this conference and look forward to the opportunity to network. The ABC Conference will feature a wide array of exhibitors including non-profit and for profit organizations. See the various services and products they offer and pick up some great resources to take back to your organizations. Plus, if you visit every exhibit table you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $25, $50, or $100 Amazon gift card – perfect timing for the holiday season!

5. Conveniently located, professional conference center

Past conference participants have continuously commented on the high quality of the ABC Conference venue. Moraine Business and Conference Center is a professional and modern conference center conveniently located on the Moraine Valley Community College campus in Palos Hills, IL, less than 30 minutes from Interstates 55, 294, and 80. The conference center offers ample and complimentary parking space, private and comfortable facilities for nursing mothers, and ample seating outside of the conference rooms for those who need to send a quick email or make a phone call.

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