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Saturday, September 17, 2022

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Annual Pediatric Summit seeks to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents. Sessions will focus on advancing pediatric health care across the Sandhills region by providing the most current evidence-based guidelines in medicine and facilitating a multidisciplinary network opportunity for healthcare professionals. The goal is to improve providers’ clinical knowledge and skills related to the care of child and adolescent patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions. This year’s theme highlights pertinent issues that are impacting our children.


Priorities for Child and Family Well-Being

Gerri Mattson, MD, MSPH, FAAP, has worked for more than 16 years as the state pediatric medical consultant in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). She is currently serving as the senior medical director in the Division of Child and Family Well-Being in NC DHHS. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine and a Master of Science in Public Health in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Mattson has served in several key roles in state and national efforts related to early childhood, mental health, children and youth with special health care needs, immunizations, Bright Futures preventive health recommendations, and social determinants of health. She is active in the state chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Public Health Association (APHA), and American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Mattson has maintained her clinical skills which has given her the opportunity to practice medicine for more than 20 years in a variety of pediatric health care settings including the Indian Health Service, a rural pediatric practice, military base, and currently at a local county health department. She is the proud mother of a young adult who is majoring in physics and minoring in music at UNC at Chapel Hill.

Yvonne Copeland, MBA is the first director for the newly established Division of Child and Family Well-Being (DCFW) within the NC Department of Health and Human Services which brings together complementary health, behavioral health, early development, social, and nutrition programs that support children 0-21 and their families with a focus on whole-person care. Yvonne provides strategic direction and oversight for approximately 1000 FTEs in the operation of programs within DCFW’s portfolio including Whole Child Health, Early Intervention, Community Nutrition Services (WIC and CACFP), and FNS/SNAP.

Yvonne has over 30 years of strategy, policy, operations, and change management experience in public-sector health and human services. As Senior Vice President of Operations for a multi-state quality improvement organization-like entity, designated by Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service, she provided strategic direction and operations oversight of all federal and state services lines (population health, external quality review, utilization management, and program integrity) to enhance the quality of services provided by health plans and health care providers serving Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. As Vice President of

Community Operations for a managed care organization, Yvonne partnered with

local government agencies and stakeholders in rural counties to strengthen the

behavioral health service delivery system, enhance coordination of care across agencies, and advance whole-person care to increase access to services, improve outcomes, and reduce unnecessary health care costs. As Executive Director for a trade association for publicsector managed care organizations, she led the organization through two major system transformations over a decade that led to a statewide IDD and behavioral health waiver to increase Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to services, expand the provider network, improve beneficiary outcomes, and provide budget predictability and savings for the state.

Yvonne is a graduate of Meredith College with a Master of Business Administration from Meredith College and Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Statistical Research Methods/Sociology.


  • Participants will be able to explain at least two mental health competencies recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to care for children
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one new resource to help with screening and addressing food insecurity in infants, children, and adolescents.

ACES and ABC Soup of Development Diagnoses

Sharon Cooper, MD is the CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, P.A., a consulting firm that provides medical care to children with developmental disabilities, as well as medical care, research/training, and expert witness testimony in cases of child maltreatment. She has served as a practicing physician for more than 30 years at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Dr. Cooper recently established The MACE Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on mitigating the effects and reducing the occurrences of Adverse Childhood Experiences, closing the gap in health disparities, and improving maternal health outcomes. Dr. Cooper holds faculty positions at UNC Chapel Hill-School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She serves on the boards of several national and international organizations focused on violence against children.

Dr. Cooper has lectured worldwide in over 300 conferences, including federal justice agencies, APSAC, INTERPOL, and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics conferences. She has provided extensive training on the analysis of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to more than 50 child sexual exploitation hotlines worldwide.

She is the lead author and editor of two comprehensive texts on child sexual exploitation and has contributed numerous chapters to textbooks on child maltreatment. She has served on the International Working Group which published the landmark Survivor Survey of victims of abusive images, sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Dr. Cooper is the Executive Producer of the documentary Not Just Pictures, examining the victim impact of abusive images and other types of sexual exploitation.

Dr. Cooper was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General to serve on the Defending Childhood: Children Exposed to Violence Task Force and served 15 years on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

She has provided testimony regarding child sexual exploitation to the United States Congress, the European Commission, the Manitoba Legislature, the Italian Senate, and the Russian Duma (Parliament).


  • Participants will be able to outline the four main types of developmental disorders.   
  • Participants will be able to discuss the most common developmental disabilities and their most common etiologies.
  • Participants will be able to review recent research that affirms that maternal adversity is significantly linked to fetal and infant neurodevelopmental dysfunction.
  • Participants will be able to review strategies that promote parental resilience and assist in decreasing the impact of the developmental disorder through neuroplasticity.

Hearing What Kids Are Saying and What to Do About It

Ken Fleishman, MD was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. He earned his medical degree at the East Carolina School of Medicine. He attended the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital psychiatry residency program for general psychiatry then the Emory School of Medicine for his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. He has been working with all ages of children in many different medical and psychiatric hospitals, clinics, and residential treatment programs for over 29 years. He was excited to return to his hometown eight years ago. He is heavily involved in the psychiatry residency training program at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. He is the Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Behavioral Healthcare at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. He is pleased and honored to be able to speak with you about evaluating and meeting the psychiatric needs of the children and adolescents of our community. 


  • Participants will be able to review techniques and assessment tools for evaluating mental health issues in pediatric patients.
  • Participants will be able to describe treatment options for common psychiatric illnesses in pediatric patients.
  • Participants will be able to discuss Top Ten List: Child Psychiatry Pearls for Pediatricians.

Suicide Prevention in Children and Teens: Knowing the Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Sree Latha Krishna Jadapalle, MD is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Case Western Reserve university, Cleveland. Dr. Jadapalle has been working at Cape Fear Valley Hospital as staff psychiatrist for the last five years. Currently, she is the service line Director for Dorothea Dix Care Adolescent Unit, Cape Fear Valley Health Systems, which has 16 adolescent inpatient psychiatric beds. She is the Program Director for child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program that started this year in 2022. Dr. Jadapalle’s areas of interest are autism spectrum disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders, pediatric anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.


  • Participants will be able to review current statistics and facts on youth suicide.
  • Participants will be able to identify the warning signs of suicide in the pediatric population.
  • Participants will be able to identify ways to mitigate risk factors for suicide in the pediatric population.
  • Participants will be able to outline timely access to mental health resources.

Advances and Psychosocial Challenges in the Management of Children and Adolescents with Diabetes Mellitus

Echo Meyer, PhD is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics Consultation Liaison Programs. She is the founding psychologist of the program for treatment of acute stress reaction in children and adolescents with severe burn injury in the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Meyer is also faculty with the UNC Hospitals BEACON program, the hospitals' multidisciplinary organization on trauma and domestic violence. She is the founder and co-director of the Gender Wellness and Equality Clinic (GWE) in the department which is partnered with the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic for Gender (PAC-G) in the Department of Endocrinology.

Dr. Meyer is a member of the UNC Hospital board on the treatment of children with disorders of sexual development, a consulting member of the inter department committee on preservation of fertility in children, and a member of the UNC Healthcare board on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). She is also the chief of psychology within the School of Medicine.

She was a first-year fellow in both the Division of Autism in the University of

North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and a second-year fellow in the Consultation and Liaison Programs. Her area of specificity in training and practice has been in trauma, somatoform disorders, disorders of sexual development, and transgender health. Dr. Meyer’s clinical research has focused on the clinical integration of population specific interventions. To this end, she has consistently been involved in the development and implementation of interventions with a focus on the amelioration of the negative self-experiences related to the loss of body integrity, low feelings of self-efficacy, and harsh self-talk in children and adolescents who have experienced body dysmorphia and dysphoria.

In addition, she is the psychologist with the fellowship training clinic where she

both supervises and teaches these skilled interventions. Dr. Meyer is regularly invited to lecture or create workshops on topics of her areas of specificity. In the most recent years, and following the formalization of the Gender Equality initiatives, she is consistently invited to train other professionals on the application of these interventions for individuals identified as transgender or gender variant who experience gender dysphoria. Regarding recent prior research experience, she has been involved in several studies with the T1DM population including the development and implementation of a neurocognitive battery related to cognitive impact of Ketoacidosis; as well as the development of and oversight of graduate assistants administering a neurocognitive battery to determine executive functions impacted by cancer treatment and HIV.

Dr. Meyer is the lead psychologist on the health service provider intervention

STRESS FIRST AID providing moral injury and fatigue intervention to more than 800 physicians and providers during COVID-19 as well as organizing and supervising multiple supportive groups during COVID and LISTEN TO LEARN RACIAL TRAUMA and Mental Health forums.

Ali Suha Calikoglu, MD is a professor in pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, at the Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill.

In 1982, he received his doctorate in medicine from Ankara University in Turkey. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Upon arrival in the United States, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology in the Department of Pediatrics at UNC, Chapel Hill. Since he finished his fellowship, he has been a faculty at the same institute.

Dr. Calikoglu has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in his areas of interest, namely regulation of IGF-I system proteins in developing mammalian brain, vitamin D deficiency and growth disorders in pediatric endocrinology and pediatric/adolescent diabetes.

He served as division chief for nine years and was instrumental on establishing the multi-disciplinary, comprehensive pediatric diabetes program at UNC-CH.


  • Participants will be able to review the psychological and social factors impacting the metabolic control and life quality of children with diabetes mellitus.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the strategies to overcome such challenges, including new treatment options.

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