Tue., Jan. 13, 2015, Noon to 1 p.m.
Developing an Understanding of the Child's Developing Brain
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
All adults once were children. Although this is an obvious statement, this fact is often ignored during early childhood, when the brain is undergoing its most important foundational development. Children exposed to toxic stressors, like domestic violence or poverty among many factors, will have a brain that is either less developed than possible, or developed in an abnormal fashion that predicts problems during childhood and continuing into adult life. Properly addressed social determinants of health can reverse the abnormal development and can bolster resiliency, the ability to absorb stress and "bounce back" toward a more normal life trajectory. Not only is brain health an important part of overall health and development, it has astounding financial implications. Participants will be able to be more informed and successful advocates for children as a result of this talk.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Robert Block is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as President-Elect in October, 2010, served as President from October, 2011 through October, 2012, and as Immediate Past President from October 2012 through December, 2013.Dr. Block received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was appointed the first Chair of the newly formed subboard on Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) from 2006-2009, and continued to serve on the subboard through 2012. He holds Certificate #1 from the ABP in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Block is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and former member and chair of the Academy’s Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a former President and Board Chair of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the relatively new national organization focused on increasing health care professionals’ education, and academic research, on the health effects of violence and abuse. Dr. Block was appointed Oklahoma’s first Chief Child Abuse Examiner in 1989, and served in that capacity until October, 2011.