The New Normal: Long-Haul Health and Safety Guidance for CACs

Recorded On: 05/26/2020

Many states and localities are in the process of reopening non-essential services as COVID-19 infection rates have subsided—or not. Some are partially ending lockdown orders. Others are maintaining these orders. Hospitals, businesses, schools, and other institutions have their own health and safety procedures. On top of that, some experts are saying that reopening too early may mean dangerous infection spikes and necessary re-closure. It’s enough to confuse CAC staff and teams about what to do right now, much less tomorrow.

Join NCA, Midwest Regional CAC, and medical and CAC experts for a session to learn discuss simple, national guidance based on best practices to keep you, your teams, and your kids and families safe for the long haul. What’s critical? What’s overkill? Ask our panel your burning questions and help us frame the guidance documents we’re working on to serve you better.

Co-sponsored by and hosted with Midwest Regional CAC.


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The New Normal: Long-Haul Health and Safety Guidance for CACs
05/22/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
05/22/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes Join NCA, Midwest Regional CAC, and medical and CAC experts for a session to learn discuss simple, national guidance based on best practices to keep you, your teams, and your kids and families safe for the long haul. What’s critical? What’s overkill? Ask our panel your burning questions and help us frame the guidance documents we’re working on to serve you better. Co-sponsored by and hosted with Midwest Regional CAC.
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Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D

Child and Family Clinical Psychologist, Duke Health; Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

Karen Farst, MD, MPH

Child Abuse Pediatrician, Arkansas Children's Hospital; Director, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Children at Risk

Mark Hudson, MD

Executive Director, Midwest Regional CAC

Carole Swiecicki, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center; Clinical Assistant Professor, MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Teresa Huizar (Moderator)

Executive Director, NCA

Teresa Huizar was appointed the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, February 26th, 2008.  National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for nearly 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US.  These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including:  forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment. Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate the multidisciplinary team as it carries out its investigative, prosecutorial, and treatment functions.  In 2018, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 367,000 child victims of abuse, and provided child abuse prevention education to more than 2 million individuals.

Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for­­­ two hundred Children’s Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams in twelve Western states.  And, has served as the Executive Director of two local Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Ms. Huizar has a special interest in public policy in the child welfare arena, especially, in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse.  She has testified before Congress on child abuse issues.  And, she has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings.  Ms. Huizar has been interviewed by CNN, WSJ, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other media outlets, on child welfare policy matters.

Ms. Huizar has served on numerous related Boards and Committees over the years.  She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths.