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Saturday, October 5, 2019
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7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration and Networking Breakfast with Sponsors & Exhibitors
8:00 AM - 8:20 AMWelcome Announcements
8:20 AM - 9:20 AMSession 1 | Ethics and Case Management
9:20 AM - 10:05 AMNetworking Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
10:05 AM - 11:05 AMSession 2 | How to Identify, Respond and Care for Victims of Human Trafficking
11:05 AM - 12:05 PMSession 3 | Human Trafficking from a Legal Perspective
12:05 PM - 1:20 PMNetworking Lunch with Sponsors & Exhibitors
1:20 PM - 2:00 PMChapter Business Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:15 PMGiveaways
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMSession 4 | Bethlehem Haven Medical Respite: Healing Toward Home
3:15 PM - 4:15 PMSession 5 | Inclusion Health: Creating Health for All
4:15 PM - 4:30 PMClosing Remarks and Membership Drawing

Conference Sessions

Session 1 | Ethics and Case Management

Jeffrey Sarabok, A.S., RN, MBA
Ethics Consultant · Medical Affairs
UPMC, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh · Pittsburgh, PA

Case management professionals regularly encounter complex ethical dilemmas that do not have simple answers. Decisions and actions must take into consideration values, principles and standards. Ethical responsibilities to clients, to colleagues, to the profession and to the broader society also play a role. This session will help attendees frame ethical decisions and decrease moral distress. 


  1. Discern the difference between morals, ethics and laws.
  2. Define the four basic ethical principles used in health care.
  3. Recognize the practical role of ethics in case management.

Session 2 | How to Identify, Respond and Care for Victims of Human Trafficking

Shayla Sojourner, MSW
Lead Case Manager
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape · Pittsburgh, PA

Case management professionals in health care settings are at an advantage when it comes to providing trauma-informed, confidential support to victims of human trafficking. During this session, we will discuss an overview of human trafficking and how to identify victims and traffickers. You will return to your practice with interventions and resources so you will be better equipped to effectively engage, respond and care for victims who may walk through your doors.


  1. Examine an overview of human trafficking.
  2. Determine vulnerable populations and grooming techniques used by traffickers.
  3. Identify and respond to possible victims of trafficking.

Session 3 | Human Trafficking from a Legal Perspective

Dianne M. Curtis, Esq.
Managing Attorney
The Law Office of Dianne M. Curtis, LLC · Twinsburg, OH

The child trafficking epidemic is a very real situation in our country today. Statistics regarding the magnitude of child trafficking are difficult to obtain, but the International Labor Organization estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. This session will dispel common myths and provide tips about how to recognize possible victims in your daily practice. We will also discuss Safe Harbor laws and resources available to victims and health care professionals.


  1. Identify the basic legal and practical concepts of domestic child trafficking.
  2. Recognize warning signs that patients may be victims.
  3. Identify Safe Harbor laws and intervention services available to victims.

Session 4 | Bethlehem Haven Medical Respite: Healing Toward Home

Matthew Cotter, MSW
Medical Practice and Respite Manager
Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center · Pittsburgh, PA

Sharon R. Higginbothan, PhD
Chief Operating Officer
Bethlehem Haven Medical Respite · Pittsburgh, PA

Homelessness can take many forms, such as people living on the streets, in encampments or shelters, in transitional housing programs, or doubled up with family and friends. The federal government reports 1.5 million people each year experience homelessness, with estimates as high as twice this number including persons without housing in any given year. This session will outline the evolution of a medical respite center from pilot to current state and examine the Bethlehem Haven Medical Respite within the context of other Medical Respites nationally. We will review respite team member roles, collaboration, service linkage, housing outcomes and barriers to desired outcomes.


  1. Identify the medical respite model, how it is evolving nationally and the evolution of the program in Pittsburgh.
  2. Recognize the specific composition of the treatment team model at the Bethlehem Haven Medical Respite, how the program design evolved and how it continues to evolve to meet the needs of respite clients.
  3. Assess an overview of Bethlehem Haven Medical Respite utilization, disposition and and services that clients have utilized while at respite.

Session 5 | Inclusion Health: Creating Health for All

Stuart Fisk, MSN, CRNP
Director · Center for Inclusion Health
Allegheny Health Network · Pittsburgh, PA

Case managers advocate for and seek to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and services they require to meet their basic human and health care needs. During this session, we will present an approach from the Center for Inclusion Health at Allegheny Health Network’s that creates access to high-quality health care for excluded and marginalized populations.


  1. Define what “inclusion” health means.
  2. Discuss the importance of including marginalized persons in health care.
  3. Identify methods for including all people in health care.

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Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
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