Rescheduled: 2020 Child Abuse Prevention and Recognition Conference

The 2020 Child Abuse Prevention and Recognition Conference has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. The conference will help improve health care workers’ recognition of high-risk situations to enhance child abuse and neglect prevention efforts.

For the second year in a row, Kentucky had the highest child abuse rate in the United States, according to the 2018 Child Maltreatment report from the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the most recent available.

The curriculum is designed to help attendees:

  • Recognize high-risk situations for neglect and child abuse.
  • List community resources/support for prevention.
  • Identify tools for prevention of child abuse.
  • Discuss the criteria for Child Protective Services case referrals.
  • Describe the Child Advocacy Center experience and interdisciplinary approach to child abuse management.

The conference will be held at Norton Children’s Hospital in the S. Randolph Scheen Family Conference Center. The conference is intended for physicians, physician extenders and nurses in pediatrics, family medicine and emergency medicine, as well as therapists and social workers.

Program agenda

7:30 a.m. | Registration and breakfast

7:55 a.m.  | Welcome and opening remarks

8 a.m. | Keynote Presentation: Fatherhood Engagement as an Imperative Part of Child Abuse Prevention

David Cozart

9 a.m. | Break

9:15 a.m. | Online Sexual Exploitation: Current Trends, Prevention Tips and Tools

Maj. Jeremy Murrell; Lt. Mike Bowling

10:15 a.m. | Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Safe Sleep

Tina Ferguson

11 a.m. | Criteria for CPS Cases/Reporting Tips

Jennie Green, M.D., FAAP; Crystal Wilder, MSSW

Noon | Lunch

12:30 p.m. | Corporal Punishment and Alternatives

Kelly L. Dauk, M.D.

1:15 p.m. | Family Members as Traffickers: Child Trafficking in Kentucky

Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D., LCSW

2 p.m. | Break

2:15 p.m. | Acute Evaluation of Sexual Abuse

Vinod B. Rao, M.D., FAAP

3 p.m. | Child Advocacy Center Experience/Interdisciplinary Approach to Child Abuse

Becky League, MSSW; Vinod B. Rao, M.D., FAAP

4 p.m. | Wrap-up

4:05 p.m. | Adjournment


Deadline: Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

Registration fees

Physicians, nurses and allied health providers: $15

Medical and nursing students, interns and residents: Free

To register, visit or call (502) 629-1234, option 4.

Continuing education credits


Accreditation: Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Norton Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information related to CME, contact the Norton Healthcare Center for Continuing Medical Education at (502) 446-5955 or


Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Approved Provider: Norton Healthcare, provider number 4-0002-12-20-125. The program has been approved by Norton Healthcare for 8.4 contact hours, which expires 12/31/2020. KBN approval of a continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. Nursing participants must attend a minimum of one hour, attest to the number of hours of attendance and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.

For more information related to nursing credits, contact Sally Sturgeon, DNP, R.N., SANE-A, AFN-BC, at (502) 446-5889 or

Social workers

This activity will provide 7 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Norton Healthcare is an approved provider for social worker credits through the National Association of Social Workers, Kentucky chapter (NASW-KY). Approval: NASWKY#032020

Location and parking

This year’s symposium will be held at Norton Children’s Hospital in the S. Randolph Scheen Family Conference Center on the first floor. Norton Children’s Hospital is located at 231 E. Chestnut St. in downtown Louisville. Self-parking is available at any Norton Healthcare garage located on the downtown medical campus. Parking costs are the responsibility of the attendee.

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