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Children's Hospice International 23rd World Congress (15MN07)

Incorporating Community-Based Needs in the Development of Perinatal, Pediatric and Adolescent Palliative Care Programs

Wednesday, November 5 - Friday, November 7, 2014  
(Please note date change.)


Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
1 Hotel Road
Newark, NJ
(973) 623-0006

When booking overnight accommodations, please refer to the CHI 23rd Congress to receive the discounted group rate of $179.00, single/double occupancy, plus applicable taxes and fees. Rooms are available until the block is full or until October 15, 2014.


Sponsored by Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Department of Pediatrics
and Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences In partnership with Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – Barnabas Health and Circle of Life Children’s Center under the auspice of Children’s Hospice International.


This conference will continue the tradition of reaching around the globe to address the issues that challenge all of us caring for children faced with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Conference theme: Community Needs That Drive the Development of Perinatal, Pediatric and Adolescent Palliative Care Programs: Experiences in cancer, trauma, HIV, congenital anomalies, early gestation and other life threatening/ life limiting conditions.

To view the program, click here (pdf format.)


Physicians, nurses, child life specialists, social workers, administrators, clinical leaders, chaplains, counselors, volunteers, coalition leaders, educators, researchers, advocates, parents and others interested in pediatric hospice, palliative, and all-inclusive coordinated care.


In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are expected to check in at the registration desk, attend the program each day of the conference and complete an online evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. A letter certifying your attendance and credit verification will be emailed to you upon completion of the online evaluation survey.


Activity Co-Chairs

Onajovwe Fofah, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Division of Neonatology
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

James M. Oleske, MD, MPH
François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Division of Pediatrics
Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Planning Committee
James M. Oleske, MD, MPH, Co-Chair
Onajovwe Fofah, MD, Co-Chair
Nicole Alston, MSW
Ann Armstrong-Dailey
Naimah Campbell-Jenkins, RN, BSN
Laurence Flint, MD
Stacey Rifkin-Zenenberg, DO
C.K. Steele
Frances Rieth Ward, PhD, RN, MBE


Ann Armstrong-Dailey
Founding Director, Children’s Hospice International, Alexandria, VA

Most Reverend Manuel Aurelio Cruz, D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop in the Newark Archdiocese, Newark, NJ

Ana Draper
Consultant Systematic Psychotherapist, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Hertfordshire, England

Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH
Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics
Attending Physician & Research Director, Pediatric Advance Care Team & Integrated Care Services, Scientific Co-Director, Policy Lab
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Laurence Flint, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist, St. Claire’s Hospital, Denville, NJ
President, Board of Trustees, Circle of Life Children’s Center, Elizabeth, NJ

Michael Giuliano, MD
Director, Neonatology/Perinatology
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ

Monsignor William Linder
Founder, New Community Corporation, Newark, NJ

Scott Mallard
Family Facilitator, Founder, Connor’s House, Randolph, NJ

Pat Murphy, PhD, APN, FAAN, FPCN
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Susan Murphy, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ

Barbara Ostfeld, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
Program Director, SIDS Center of New Jersey
Program Director, High Risk Infant Follow-up Program
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Newark, NJ

Dolly Rodgers
Family Facilitator

John Schobel
Family Facilitator

Lisa Schobel
Family Facilitator

Sam Varsano, BS, MBA
Executive Director, Circle of Life Children’s Center, Elizabeth, NJ

Stacey Rifkin-Zenenberg, DO
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ
Pediatric Medical Director, Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Frances Rieth Ward, PhD, RN, MBE
Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark, NJ

Charlotte Wool, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA


This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and nursing contact hours.


Limited Time offer: $499 (all 3 days)

Day 1 Only: $240
Day 1 & 2 Only: $470
Day 2 Only: $230
Day 2 & 3 Only: $380
Day 3 Only: $150

Registration fee includes a welcoming reception, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, continuing education credit and course material.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on October 30, 2014 or earlier if seating capacity is reached. On-site registration will be accommodated on a space available basis.


Course Information: For additional program information, questions, or concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact Cate Mackay at (973) 972-3691 or cate.mackay@rutgers.edu.

Registration: Call 973-972-4267 or 800-227-4852 (outside of NJ).

For additional information on the registration process, please call 973-972-4267 or email at ccoe@ca.rutgers.edu.

A full refund, less a $35 cancellation fee, will be granted if notice is received no later than October 6, 2014. Refunds will not be issued for any cancellation received after October 6, 2014. Refunds cannot be given for “no shows.”

Click here to go to the registration portal. Click "Log in" and enter your user name (email address) and password. Select "Current Schedule" on the top menu, and select “Cancel Registration.”

Rutgers reserves the right to modify the program contents, faculty, and program activities, and reserves the right to cancel the program if necessary. If the conference is cancelled, liability is limited to the registration fee.

Scholarship Opportunitytop

Children’s Hospice International (CHI) has limited scholarship opportunities available to those who wish to attend but are unable to do so due to financial constraints. For additional information click here (pdf format.)


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