PA-DOH: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Seminar
 Course ID: 1074655
 Format: On-Site - Classroom course or workshop (Live Event)
 Clinical / Non-Clinical: Clinical
 Course Number:
 Cost (US$): 0.00
 Credit Type(s): 3 CEU/CE
 Certificate: PA-DOH Non-CEU Certificate of Attendance, PA-DOH Act 48 and 58 combined
Course Description:

This seminar is approved for Act 48 (School Personnel) and Act 58 (RN continuing education) credits. To apply for these credits, you must select CEU/CE Credit Type on the Registration tab.


February 26 – March 4, 2018 is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. In recognition of this, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is hosting a seminar to increase awareness of eating disorders. The seminar is free and open to anyone looking to increase their knowledge of eating disorders. Educators, high school counselors, school nurses, health professionals in pediatrics and family medicine, and state agency and legislative employees are encouraged to attend.

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from clinically significant eating disorders at some time in their life; these disorders affect people across all backgrounds and include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders. The Commonwealth is committed to eating disorder awareness to create greater public understanding of eating disorders and the need for early detection and prompt treatment.

Panel 1 - Eating Disorder Awareness and Early Intervention

Eating disorders affect all kinds of people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size, or background. In order to address eating disorders, it is necessary to increase awareness. This panel will discuss the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Knowing these signs is the best way to improve early detection and intervention.

Panel 2 - Access to Care and Payment

Many families struggle finding care for their child affected by eating disorders, as well as how to pay for it. This panel will discuss several avenues by which families can access care, as well as payment options for treatment, including Medicaid. The panel will also discuss the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and its enforcement, which prohibits group health plans from imposing requirements or limitations on mental health and substance use disorder benefits that are more restrictive than those for medical and surgical benefits.


1:00pm Welcome, Rachel Levine, MD, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, Pennsylvania Department of Health

1:10pm Keynote, Martha Levine, MD, Partial Hospitalization Program Director, Division of Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine, Penn State Children’s Hospital

1:50pm Panel: Eating Disorder Awareness and Early Intervention
Moderator: Loren Robinson, MD, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Rollyn Ornstein, MD, Associate Professor and Interim Division Chief, Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Lauren Smolar, Director of Programs, National Eating Disorder Association
Eleni Lantzouni, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Eating Disorder Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2:40pm Break

2:50pm Panel: Access to Care and Payment for Eating Disorders
Moderator: Rachel Levine MD, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Katie Dzurec-Dunton, Special Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner, Pennsylvania Department of Insurance
Alexis Fertig, MD, Director, UPMC Center for Eating Disorders
Lynn Kovich, Deputy Secretary for Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Lori Ciotti, LICSW, Regional Assistant Vice President, The Renfrew Center

3:40pm Closing, Rachel Levine, MD, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Subject Area(s):
Access to Care (includes health insurance)
General Public Health
Health / Risk Communications
Mental Health
Mental Health Professionals
Physicians and Other Clinicians
Policy / Planner
Human Services
Administrators / Directors / Managers
General / Field / Frontline Staff
Government / Community Leader
Senior Level-non supervisory staff
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Course Level: Intermediate
Registration Required Outside of TRAIN: no
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Sponsor: PA Department of Health
Accreditations: none
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Course Contacts
Name: Carolyn Byrnes
Phone: 717-547-3551
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