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Open Talks Health Conference


Program Highlights:

  • Sessions on minor's rights to health care, Louisiana sex education laws and mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Gain knowledge on the social determinants and disparities in the health care of adolescents and special youth populations.
  • Understand culturally appropriate health promotion and prevention for a practice setting.
  • 5 CEU's available for nurses, social workers, and LPCs
  • Breakfast & Lunch included in fees


  • $75.00 Licensed Professional
  • $40.00 Unlicensed Professional/Student

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Open Talks Health Conference is a component of our community health education initiative to provide year-round comprehensive health care training for clinicians, patients and consumers. Held annually in the fall, the conference will provide CE approved sessions for nurses, social workers, counselors, students and other health care professionals on various disease states affecting the residents of Baton Rouge.

2017 Theme:  Adolescent Healthcare

We believe addressing adolescent healthcare needs is essential to promoting healthier behaviors into adulthood, thereby bridging the gap between pediatric and adult primary care.  The conference goal is to increase the knowledge of current adolescent health issues, youth clinical practices, current legal rights, and culturally appropriate health promotion and prevention in an effort to provide better quality service to our community's youth.

We invite nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors, student and health care professionals to attend this one-day event on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Crown Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.

Online registration for Open Talks is available via the link below. If you have questions, please contact our Development Director, Lori Lauve at or (225) 424-1772.


Our 2017 Sponsors:


Our 2017 Exhibitors as of August 10, 2017

Avita Pharmacy

Baton Rouge General

Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Louisiana Primary Care Association

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana

Louisiana Healthcare Connections



7:30am – 8:15am       Participant Registrations/Displays

8:15am – 8:30am       Welcoming

8:30am – 9:30am       Breakfast Plenary:  Adolescent-Centered Medical Homes:  Ways Health Centers can be Youth-Friendly

                                       Jenni Lane, MA and Matthew Rosso, MPH, Adolescent Health Initiative

9:30am – 9:45am       Break/Displays

9:45am – 10:45am     General Session #1                  

                                       Presentation A:  Adolescents and HIV: Guiding and Protecting the Vulnerable

                                        Lisa Henry-Reid, MD, Simply Speaking of the University of Nebraska

                                       Presentation B:  Adolescent Substance Use

                                       Janzlean Laughinghouse, Ph.D., LCSW, Capital Area Human Services District

10:45am – 11:15am     Break/Displays

11:15am – 12:15pm      General Session #2

                                       Presentation A:  An Ounce of Prevention: Risk Screening in a Clinical Setting

                                       Jenni Lane, MA & Matthew Rosso, MPH, Adolescent Health Initiative

                                       Presentation B:  Adolescents’ Legal Rights to Healthcare

                                       Meghan Spell, JD, Open Health Care Clinic

12:15pm – 12:45pm     Lunch Service and Networking

12:45pm – 1:15pm       Break/Displays

1:15pm – 2:15pm          General Session #3

                                        Presentation A:  Building Blocks of Youth Sexual Health Promotion

                                       Kendra LeSar, MPH, CHES and Louisiana Public Health Institute

                                       Presentation B:  Caring for Gender Dysphoric Youth and Their Families

                                       Molly McHenry, NP, Fenway Institute of Boston

 2:15pm – 2:30pm       Break/Displays

 2:30pm – 3:30pm      General Session #4

                                       Presentation A:   A New Epidemic – Diabetes in the Adolescent

                                       Wayne Gravois, MD, Baton Rouge Family Medicine Residency Program

                                        Presentation B:  Understanding the Mandatory Reporting Rule

                                        Connie Guillory, MSW & Kiandra Murray, MS, Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services

3:30pm – 4:00pm       Evaluations



Please note: all sessions have been submitted to LSNA for CE approval with the exception of Session 4, Presentation A which has already been awarded CEs as cited below.***

*This activity has been APPROVED by the Louisiana State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Louisiana State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This program has been APPROVED for 1 ethical, 2 clinical, and 7 general continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

This program has been APPROVED for 9.0 continuing education clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

***This activity is sponsored for continuing medical education credit by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education for physicians and physician assistants, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education for nurse practitioners/nurses, and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for pharmacists.