Zero To 10: Children’s Behavioral Health Conference

The Fairbanks Hospital Foundation has partnered with the UAF Chancellor’s Gala for the past 4 years. Each year, the Gala makes a generous contribution to a community and University organization. This year, Chancellor Rogers and Sherry Modrow will use the proceeds from the event to support mental health services and assistance for families in the Fairbanks community.

A group of community leaders decided that a conference focusing on Children’s Behavioral Health would be a good first step. The focus of the conference is on children between the ages of 0 and 10. The conference will bring together health professionals, therapists, UAF PhD faculty and students, school psychologists, daycare professionals and others to learn from experts, gather resources and develop and action plan for our community.

Conference Title:  0 to 10.  Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives
Conference Goals:  (1) acquire skills and strategies to improve outcomes for our children; (2) share best practices; (3) create a community coalition that will work together after the conference.
Conference Agenda:  Children’s Behavioral Health Summit – 1 Page Agenda Overview
Location:  Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska
Dates:  October 15-16
Time:  8:30 – 4:30 each day
Cost:  $50 per person

Albert Wall:
 Importance of Children To A Community (No Powerpoint)
Dr. Linda Chamberlain: Adverse Childhood Experiences: What We know Can Change The Future
Matt Hirschfeld, M.D.:  “The Science and Economics of Early Toxic Stress”
Cynthia Erickson:  “Healing A Village:  Historical Trauma, Resilience and Wellness in Alaska Native Children” (No Powerpoint)
Vanessa Venezia, M.D.:  “Impact of Military Lifestyle on the Behavioral Health of Children”
Cristina Ackerman:  (No Powerpoint)
Mishelle Nace, M.D.:  “Growing Up Healthy – Toddlers To Teens”
Panel Discussion:  Vanessa Venezia, M.D., Stephanie Monahan, Dr. Christopher Brown (No Powerpoint)

J. Kate Burkhart:  “The Behavioral Health Needs of Children in the Interior”
Shirley Pittz:  “Serving Our Most Vulnerable Children”
Marcus Wilson:  “Building a Resilient School Climate by Using Trauma Informed Practices”
Jill Saxton-Moody:  “Young Children in Alaska’s Juvenile Justice System”
Patrick Sidmore:  “The Economic Impact of ACEs in Alaska and What It Means in Lean Financial Times”
Josh Arvidson:  “The Science of Traumatic Stress and Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: Building An Effective Response Across Systems Within A Community”


A Resource Guide was completed by UAF students in conjunction with the Summit in October 2015. If you have updates to the Guide, please email them to