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Childrens Summit II
was held at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton on November 21. The event was hosted by The
Childrens Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Childrens Summit II was designed to highlight the importance and value of the team
approach to establish a meaningful diagnosis, and management plan for children and
adolescents. Educators, parents and families were provided tools for enhancing the quality
of life for our children.
Summit II's mission was to create systemic
awareness about neuroscience and cognitive research and its implications of assisting
families, learning institutions, and especially children at risk; to create working
partnerships between local schools, hospitals, and social agencies; to emphasize the
importance of prevention as a primary step to strategically planning for the next
generation of children.
The Summit focused on three important areas of
research that impact every child and every citizen: cognitive development, social
development and behavioral development.
Participating in the Summit included parents,
educators, advocacy agencies, healthcare professionals and community leaders.
Attending from Hasbrouck Heights were Dr. Roy Perham III, BOE Superintendent Dr.
Richard Stepura, Lincoln School Principal Laura Schoen and Child Study Team Director Mrs.
Harriet Eisenberg and BOE member Mrs. Marie Fitzgibbons.
The Honorary Chairman is Assembly Speaker Jack Collins. Co-Chairs include: Assemblywoman
Rose M. Heck; Martin Finkel, D.O. Director UMDNJ Center For Childrens Support;
Marvin I. Gottlieb, M.D., Ph.D. Chairman, Department of Pediatrics Hackensack University
Medical Center; Ceil Zalkind Associate Director, Association For Children of New Jersey
and Tri-Region Coordinator Howard Herbert Ramapo College.
Welcoming comments were made by John P. Ferguson, President and CEO
Hackensack University Medical Center, Assemblywoman Rose M. Heck and Marvin Gottlieb.
Morning seminars on neurosurgery, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, genetics, special
education and infectious diseases were held in the Grand Ballroom.
Luncheon presentations were made by Assemblywoman Rose M. Heck with Senate President
Donald T. DeFrancesco as the keynote speaker.
Eight workshops were held in the afternoon on these topics: pediatric oncology, child
abuse, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, audiology, creative art therapy, social work,
child development and kids in crisis.
Senate President Donald T. DeFrancesco
Assembly Conference Leader and Co-Chair of the Children's Summit II Rose Marie Heck
Hackensack University President and CEO John P. Ferguson
Director Pediatrics HUMC and Co-Chair of the Children's Summit II Dr. Marvin
l-r Assembly Minority Leader Joseph Doria, Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Nicholas
Felice, Assembly Conference Leader and Co-Chair of the Children's Summit II Rose Marie
Heck, Hackensack University President and CEO John P. Ferguson and Director Pediatrics
HUMC and Co-Chair of the Children's Summit II Dr. Marvin I.Gottlieb.
Hasbrouck Heights BOE Child Study Team Director Mrs. Harriet Eisenberg,
Superintendent Dr. Richard Stepura and Lincoln School Principal Laura Schoen
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Nicholas Felice and Dr. Roy Perham III