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2020-2021 Educational Webcast Series

Upcoming CHAMP Webcast, November 18

Race and Bias in Child Abuse Diagnosis and Reporting
Vincent J. Palusci, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P.
Professor of Pediatrics
New York University
Grossman School of Medicine

Ann S. Botash, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12:00 Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time


  1. Review national and NYS statistics regarding associations of race and ethnicity with child maltreatment reports;
  2. Recognize racism and bias including how it affects pediatrics and medical diagnosis, and literature reports;
  3. Discuss case examples and explore potential steps to reduce racism and bias in healthcare for child maltreatment.

Please use the REGISTRATION FORM, as pre-registration is required for CME. This activity is approved for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.

Please use this evaluation link, to give feedback after the webcast. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM Award requires a pre-registration and a completed evaluation, which is due on Friday, November 20th.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences designates this regularly scheduled series activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals who may respond to suspected child abuse. This activity has been planned and implemented by Dr. Ann Botash, Upstate Medical University. She has no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

CHAMP now partners with the SUNY Buffalo CME office for credit management. Starting in Fall 2019, transcripts for educational webcasts will cost $25. Please reach out to JoAnne Race at with questions.

For CME prior to July 2019,
Upstate Office of Continuing Medical Education provides CME transcripts.

Please use the CME weblink for tracking CMEs:

Or, send an email request to providing a range of dates (prior to July 1, 2019) that you would like a CME transcript to cover and they will send you a transcript of past CME awards.

CHAMP Webcast 2020-2021 Schedule

October 14
November 18
December 9

January 13
February 10
March 10


Caring with Compassion Course

Taking care of ourselves is essential for the unique role we play as a Child Abuse Medical Professional. Mandy A. O’Hara, MD, MPH, TCTSY-F, a board certified child abuse pediatrician, a CHAMP Mentor and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, has developed the course Caring with Compassion. It provides the opportunity to pause, reflect, and expand your self-knowledge and perspective. It is an opportunity to deepen your self-compassion. Accompanying this course is a 12-minute Trauma Sensitive Yoga Chair Practice video as a step to begin addressing secondary traumatic stress that is often held in the body.

Explore these opportunities by clicking on this Caring with Compassion link.


Practice Recommendations

Trauma-Informed Care
Mandy A. O’Hara, MD, MPH, TCTSY-F, a board certified child abuse pediatrician and CHAMP Mentor, has developed practice recommendations related to trauma-informed care. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Child Advocacy Center. The Universal Trauma Precautions and Trauma-Specific Guidelines and Trauma-Informed Care Pocket Guide can be downloaded from the Practice Recommendations page.

Here is a list of all the CHAMP Practice Recommendations that you can download from our Practice Recommendations page:

  • Evaluation Guidelines for Suspected Child Physical Abuse (May 2017)
  • Evaluation Guidelines for Suspected Child Sexual Abuse (May 2017)
  • How to Write an Effective Impact Statement (December 2015)
  • Photographic Documentation (Revised January 2009)
  • Photographic Documentation Pocket Guide (December 2008)
  • Post-Assault Testing and Treatment Guide (October 2016)
  • Skeletal Survey (April 2008)
  • Triage (September 2005)
  • Universal Trauma Precautions and Trauma-Specific Guidelines (May 2019)
  • Trauma-Informed Care Pocket Guide (May 2019)

Resources for Professionals

SOGIE Handbook
SOGIE Handbook: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Affirming Approach and Expansive Practices by Kiku Johnson, 2019.
The goal of this handbook is to equip educators and facilitators of youth-based programs with a guide to expand understanding and knowledge of terminology, definitions, and an affirming approach and practices. It can assist them in building a setting that addresses and eliminates invisibility, discrimination, and high rates of self-harm and suicide in relation to youths’ known and emerging identities along the SOGIE spectra. Although the handbook was developed for educators and facilitators of the One Circle Foundation program models the Girls Circle® and The Council for Boys and Young Men® anyone can use this guide to better prepare themselves and learn how to implement any youth-based program or provide services to all individuals.

This handbook is being distributed free of charge. It can be downloaded from the New York State Department of Health website (PDF)
Or, download a copy of the SOGIE Handbook here (PDF 49 pages; 900KB).

New Website
To address the most prevalent risk factor of child physical abuse, corporal punishment, the Audrey Hepburn Children at Risk Evaluation (CARE) Center and the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center (NOCAC) introduced No Hit Zones at the Children’s Hospital and its clinics. They have made their materials available in a downloadable Toolkit. Learn about this free Toolkit,

CDC Child Abuse Technical Package

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a technical package to help states and communities prioritize strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. These evidence-based strategies include those focused on prevention as well as approaches to lessen immediate and long-term harms. The strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other. They include:
  • Strengthen economic supports for families
  • Change social norms to support parents and positive parenting
  • Provide quality care and education early in life
  • Enhance parenting skills to promote healthy child development
  • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk
To download Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities (PDF), click on this link to the CDC page. There you will find a link to the document.

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