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Saturday, September 23, 2023

8 a.m. - 1:30 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 underscores the importance of creating a safe and inviting space for children and adolescents to positively impact their healthcare experience and health outcomes alike.


Updates About 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.


  • Participants will be able to describe two resources that help better support child and family well-being.

Disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

Shalaka Indulkar, MD received her medical degree from Grant Medical College. She completed her pediatric residency at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. In her first year of residency, she received the award for best resident of the year. She then trained in Neurology and Child Neurology at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

She joined the staff at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC in 2011.

Dr. Indulkar is board certified in pediatrics and neurology with special qualifications in child neurology and epilepsy. Her interests include epilepsy, ADHD, headache, tics, developmental delay, and autism. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband and daughter.


  • Participants will be able to explore opportunities for early and appropriate intervention to reduce disparities in ASD diagnosis and treatment among children.

Mental Health Crisis in LGBTQ+ Pediatric Population - Identifying and Providing Care

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.

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Malcolm Vaught, MD


  • Participants will be able to discuss gender identity in pediatric population.
  • Participants will be able to identify ways to acknowledge and respect gender identity.
  • Participants will be able to describe the current mental health crisis in LGBTQ+ pediatric population.
  • Participants will be able to identify screening methods and mental health resources available for LGBTQ+ pediatric population.
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The Missing LARC: The Use of Long-Acting Contraception in Adolescents

Christina Bell, MD , completed undergraduate training in 2015 as a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Howard University in Washington, DC. She commissioned into the US Army in 2015 while attending the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, graduating in 2019.


  • Participants will be able to review evidence for the use of LARCs in the adolescent population.

Building Pediatrician Capacity to Address Food Insecurity and Other Social Needs

Kimberly Montez, MD, MPH, FAAP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Social Sciences & Health Policy, Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency, Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion for the Pediatrics Department, and the Associate Director in Pediatrics at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr. Montez’s research focuses on pediatric food insecurity, health equity, and community-engagement. She co-authored the Food Insecurity Toolkit for Pediatricians with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and is a lead author for the upcoming revision of the AAP Food Security Policy Statement. For the AAP, Dr. Montez serves as a liaison to the Committee on Federal Governmental Affairs for the Section on Early Career Physicians and is Associate Editor for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice for the Pediatrics journal. In 2022, she received the AAP Minority Health Equity and Inclusion Award for Excellence in Health Equity.

Dr. Montez received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Stanford School of Medicine, and her Master of Public Health from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. She completed pediatric residency at the University of California San Diego and fellowship in Community Health and Leadership at the Massachusetts General Hospital.


  • Participants will be able to distinguish the current landscape of social drivers of health.
  • Participants will be able to define trends in food insecurity and its impact on health.
  • Participants will be able to describe effective methods for screening.
  • Participants will be able to propose two intervention strategies to integrate into practice.