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3rd Annual ABC-D (ABC-Downstate) Conference

Friday, April 28, 2017

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

Regency Conference Center
400 Regency Park
O’Fallon, IL 62269

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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 3rd Annual ABC-D 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, including those impacted by trauma and adverse childhood experiences. 


The target audience for the ABC conference includes primary care providers and their teams, including pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, fellows, medical students, and allied health care professionals.  In addition, providers from other settings including child care, early education, home visiting, and more are encouraged to attend. The conference will offer an opportunity for providers to network with like-hearted and like-minded professionals from child-serving systems that also have a stake in the lives of children with autism, behavioral challenges, and complex medical needs.


Save the Date!

8th Annual ABC Conference

Friday, November 17, 2017

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


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