Connecticut Children's & CHDI to Host Infant Mental Health Webinar on October 29

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Connecticut Children's Medical Center in collaboration with The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut's Educating Practices in the Community program (EPIC) will hold a webinar on Social & Emotional Health and Development in Infants on Thursday, October 29 at 12:15pm. The webinar will be presented by Gerald Calnen, MD, retired, board certified pediatrician and current board member of the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health.

Healthy, social and emotional development relies on the early relationships between babies and their parents and caregivers. The quality of these early relationships provides the foundation for a child's social, emotional and cognitive development and lifelong mental health.

Early identification and intervention for infants at risk for developing social and emotional or behavioral problems is critical to the health and well-being of children and can minimize long-term consequences.

The free, educational webinar will include:

  • AAP guidelines for screening and anticipatory guidance
  • Monitoring questions that pediatricians can use in well-child visits
  • Formal screening options and procedure codes for obtaining reimbursement
  • Community mental health resources to help families who need services

A 15-minute Q &A will follow.

Webinar participants will be eligible to receive 1 MCE credit upon completion of an evaluation form. To learn more or to register, please visit

About Dr. Calnen: Dr. Calnen is a retired, board-certified pediatrician who practiced in the community of Enfield, Connecticut for thirty years. For many years, he was an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. He became a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in 2004 and a board certified lactation consultant in 2002. Dr. Calnen served as President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine from 2009 until 2011. He also served on the leadership team of the American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Task Force from 2003 until 2005. Dr. Calnen is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association for Infant mental Health. Dr. Calen delivers this training as part of CHDI's Educating Practices in the Community program.

About the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut

The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) is a catalyst for improving the health, mental health and early care systems for children in Connecticut. We advance and inform improvements in primary and preventive pediatric health and mental health care programs, practice and policy in Connecticut, with particular focus on disadvantaged or underserved children and their families. CHDI offers free training for pediatric health providers on a range of topics through our Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC) program. EPIC trainings are less than one hour, held in the provider's office and eligible for CME and/or MOC credit. Visit to learn more.

About Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children's hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings, Connecticut Children's is the only free-standing children's hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and 11 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children's has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties.

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* Sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Connecticut Children's) is accredited by the Connecticut State Medical Society to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for Physicians.

* Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education by the Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Connecticut Children's). Connecticut Children's takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

*Connecticut Children's Medical Center's Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Conflict of Interest Policy: All faculty participating in Continuing Medical Education activities sponsored by Connecticut Children's are required to disclose to the program audience any actual or perceived conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Program planners have an obligation to resolve any actual conflicts of interest and share with the audience any safeguards put in place to prevent commercial bias from influencing the content. The planners, activity director and Dr. Gerald Calnen does not have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation, will not be discussing the use of any off-label product. This CME activity has no commercial support associated with it.

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Source:Connecticut Childrens Medical Center