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7th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Needs) Conference

Zip Code vs. Genetic Code: The Social Determinants of Caring for Children and Families with Special Needs

Friday, November 18, 2016

Moraine Business and Conference Center
9000 W College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465


Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. In the past, health was only measured by markers including how well we ate, whether or not we exercised, and which vaccines we had. While these factors play an important role in our health, increasing attention is being focused

on the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. In fact, where a child lives (their zip code) has a far greater impact on their health and well-being than biological influences (their genetic code) alone. Furthermore, environmental factors, such as chronic stress, can actually change how a person’s genetic code is expressed.

Examples of these social determinants of health include availability and access to resources such as quality medical care and clean food, water, and air, the quality of education in a community, the overall physical and social safety of a community and more.All of these factors help shape the physical, mental, and behavioral health of children and families.Therefore,there is a greater need for tools that enable providers to recognize and address some root sources of health and pathology from children’s social, economic, physical, and educational environments. The 7thAnnual ABC Conference will deliver valuable information about social determinants of health in order to enable providers across many disciplines to recognize and address these determinants when caring for children and families with special healthcare needs.

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Credit Designation


The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing education for physicians.

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Continuing  Education Available!

Illinois Early Intervention Credits
Illinois Education Association
Gateways to Opportunity
Medical Assistant Continuing Education Units
Registered Nurse Continuing Education Pre-Approved Sponsor
Licensed Clinical Social Work Continuing Education
Illinois Occupational Therapist Continuing Education Units


For more information about the ABC Conferences, please contact:

Tom Bradach
Coordinator, Child Development Initiatives
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext. 218
Fax: 312/733-1791