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Youth Summit 2019: Friday, April 5 for students; Saturday, April 6 for parents, educators and community

During the course of this important event, hosted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, students and subject-matter experts explored the issues that are significantly impacting our youth, families, schools and communities.

The event content and planning was guided by a highly-engaged group of high school students from across New Hampshire.

Read about the expert speakers that were part of the two-day program.

Youth Summit 2019 Recap

Find out what happened at the two-day Youth Summit held April 5-6, 2019 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

2019 Youth Summit media coverage

Toolkit for Organizing a Youth Summit

Event dates and location

Supporters

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock would like to thank our supporters for their generous support of this event.

Ford Motor Company Fund

Silver Sponsors

  • Cigna
  • Northeast Delta Dental
  • Hypertherm HOPE Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

  • DEA 360 Strategy
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Grappone Automotive Group
  • NEA-NH
  • NH Charitable Foundation

Copper Sponsors

  • Atomic Professional Audio, Inc.
  • NH College & University Council
  • NH Community Behavioral Health Association
  • NH School Administrators Association
  • NHPBS

Non-Profit Sponsors

  • NAMI NH
  • New Futures
  • NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative
  • NH School Board Association
  • Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc.
  • Seacoast Mental Health Center, Inc.

Topics of discussion

The following topics were explored on both days:

  • Academic Pressures
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Community Support
  • Distracted Driving
  • Eating Disorders
  • Race and Gender Equality
  • School Violence
  • Self Harm
  • Sexuality, Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Substance Use
  • Using Social Media for Good

Event goals

  • Identify and implement "best practices" to support students in their schools and communities.
  • Draft recommendations for policy changes at the state and local levels.
  • Identify opportunities for coordination of services, both public and private, to reduce duplication of efforts.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
  • Identify opportunities to share existing resources in schools and communities.
  • Create a "Youth Summit Commission" for one year followed by a white paper for student champions to share at the state and federal levels.

Agenda

  • Friday, April 5
  • Saturday, April 6

"Knowledge, Empowerment, Understanding"

The program on Day 1 was built by youth, for youth, with guidance from the event planning team. Dartmouth-Hitchcock conducted youth focus groups to determine which topics were most relevant for students to explore.

Each public and private high school in New Hampshire was contacted by the New Hampshire Department of Education, School Boards Association, School Administrators Association, Association of School Principals and NEA-NH to select four student ambassadors and an adult mentor to attend the event.

Over the course of the day, students drove the discussion, with adult experts on hand to assist and introduce resources as needed. Special VIP keynote speakers were part of the program to engage and inspire the audience.

Day 1 concluded with a Film and Writing Festival and awards ceremony, hosted by Magnify Voices and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Visit the Magnify Voices Film & Writing Contest website to see all of the entries, including those who received awards.

Schedule

8:00 to 9:00 am

Registration and breakfast; visit sponsor tables

9:00 to 9:20 am

Welcome

9:20 to 10:20 am

Block 1: Mental Health

A student facilitator will lead the discussion for each topic listed below, with support from the following content experts.

  • Substance Use

    Mary Brunette, MD
    Staff Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

    Lorene Zammuto, MSN, RN
    Executive Director, Granite Pathways Youth Residential Treatment Center

    Shazia Savul, MD
    Staff Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

  • Eating Disorders

    Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP
    Physician-in-Chief and Adolescent Sports Medicine Specialist, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

    Katherine Shea, MD, MPH
    Staff Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and The Dartmouth Institute

    Sloane Franklin, LICSW
    Psychotherapist, Center for Eating Disorders Management

    Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD
    Associate Professor in Community and Family Medicine, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine

  • Self Harm/Depression/Suicide

    Debbie Baird
    Community Educator and Support Specialist, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), New Hampshire

    Daniel Potenza, MD
    Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School; and Psychiatric Medical Director, New Hampshire Department of Corrections

    Susan Pullen, MSW, LICSW
    Pediatric Primary Care, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

10:20 to 10:30 am

Break

10:30 to 11:30 am

Block 2: Diversity & Respect

Topics:

  • Gender and Sexuality

    Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP
    Physician-in-Chief and Adolescent Sports Medicine Specialist, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

    Susan Pullen, MSW, LICSW
    Pediatric Primary Care, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

    Kathleen Blood
    Case Coordinator, Timberlane Regional High School

    Jessica Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
    Program Coordinator, Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

  • Race and Ethnicity

    Dottie Morris, PhD
    Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Keene State College

    Pedro Altagracia
    Community Engagement Coordinator, New Futures

    Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD
    Associate Professor in Community and Family Medicine, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine

  • Bullying

    Len Korn, MD
    Executive Council, New Hampshire Medical Society

    Tim Lena, MSW, CPS
    Student Assistance Program Coordinator, Timberlane Regional School District

    Jeff Levin, MAT, MSW
    Life Coach

    Craig Donnelly, MD
    Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

11:30 to 11:40 am

Break

11:40 am to 12:35 pm

Block 3: Timely Topics

Topics:

  • School Violence

    Perry Plummer
    Director, New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

    Len Korn, MD
    Executive Council, New Hampshire Medical Society

    Tim Lena, MSW, CPS
    Student Assistance Program Coordinator, Timberlane Regional School District

  • Pressure for Success

    Susan Pullen, MSW, LICSW
    Pediatric Primary Care, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

    Seoka Salstrom, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist and Owner, Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

    Craig Donnelly, MD
    Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

  • Road Trip

    Mike Speck
    Lead Instructor, Ford Driving Skills for Life Team

    Chelsie Mostone
    Highway Safety Specialist, Buckle Up New Hampshire Program, Injury Prevention Center, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (or her designee)

12:35 to 12:50 pm

Break to gather lunch

12:50 to 2:00 pm

Lunch and Discussion: Report-Outs from Morning Sessions

Co-moderators:

  • Julie Balaban, MD
    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Jon DeLena
    Associate Special Agent in Charge, New England Field Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

2:00 to 2:45 pm

Keynote Speaker: Hannah Kearney, Olympic Gold Medal Skier

2:45 to 3:30 pm

Social Media For Good: Empowerment and Resiliency

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE
Pediatrician, Blogger "Seattle Mama Doc™", Seattle Children's Hospital

3:30 pm

Program concludes for those not attending the Film and Writing Festival

3:30 to 3:45 pm

Break

3:45 to 6:00 pm

Film & Writing Festival and Awards Reception

Co-hosted by NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

3:45 to 4:00 pm

Welcome

  • Jim Wahlberg
    Executive Director, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
  • Dellie Champagne
    Community Engagement Coordinator, NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative
  • New Hampshire First Lady Valerie Sununu

4:00 to 4:45 pm

Presentation of Winning Submissions

4:45 to 5:55 pm

Granite Solutions Youth Engagement

  • Cynthia Farrar
    Co-founder and CEO, and Executive Producer, Purple States
  • Cara Cargill
    Carsey Fellow, NH Listens, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire
  • John Kennedy
    Co-founder, Executive Producer, and Producer, Purple States

5:55 pm

People's Choice Award Winner

6:00 pm

Event concludes

"They’re Talking, Are We Listening?"

Day 2 of the Summit was meant for parents, educators, school administrators, policy makers and community leaders. Some of the students who attended Day 1 helped to facilitate the sessions along with a content expert. Perspectives shared by students on Day 1 were incorporated into the program.

Schedule

9:00 to 9:30 am

Registration and breakfast

9:30 to 9:50 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:50 to 11:15 am

What We Heard from Youth at the Summit and Why it Matters

Participants will briefly summarize the discussions from Day 1 of the Youth Summit, during which youth expressed their concerns, needs and aspirations. Best practices and resources to address the issues will be presented.

Moderated by Moira O'Neill, PhD, RN
Director, New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate

Topics to be presented:

  • Substance Use

    • Lorene Zammuto, MSN, RN, Executive Director, Granite Pathways Youth Residential Treatment Center
    • Student facilitator
  • Eating Disorders

    • Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP, Physician-in-Chief, Adolescent Sports Medicine Specialist, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
    • Student facilitator
  • Suicide and Self Harm

    • Debbie Baird, Community Educator and Support Specialist, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire
    • Student facilitator
  • Gender and Sexuality

  • Race and Ethnicity

    • Seddon Savage, MD, MS, Advisor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Substance Use and Mental Health Initiative (SUMHI)
    • Student facilitator
  • Bullying

    • Tim Lena, MSW, CPS, Student Assistance Program Coordinator, Timberlane Regional School District; Prevention Task Force Chair, Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drugs, Treatment and Recovery
  • School Violence

    • Perry Plummer, Director, New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Chairperson, Governor's School Safety Preparedness Task Force; Assistant Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Safety
    • Tim Lena, MSW, CPS
    • Student facilitator
  • Pressure for Success

    • Susan Pullen, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, Pediatric Primary Care, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
    • Student facilitator
  • Road Trip

    • Mike Speck, Lead Instructor, Ford Driving Skills for Life Team
    • Chelsie Mostone, Highway Safety Specialist, Buckle Up New Hampshire Program, Injury Prevention Center, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (or her designee)

11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Social Media for Good

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE
Pediatrician, Author of the Seattle Mama Doc Blog™, Seattle Children's Hospital

12:00 to 12:15 pm

Break and gather lunch

12:15 to 1:20 pm

Lunch Session: Bringing Communities Together for Solutions

Moderated by Nate Jones, PhD
Chief Psychologist and Director, Center for Innovation, Southeastern Regional Education Center

12:15 to 12:40 pm

Community-Engaged Research: A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Community Challenges

Moderated by:

12:40 to 12:55 pm

How New Hampshire Public Health Networks Can Help

Moderated by Mary Forsythe-Taber, CPS
Executive Director, Makin' It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth, Inc.

12:55 to 1:10 pm

Collaborating with Health Care

Moderated by Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP
Physician-in-Chief and Adolescent Sports Medicine Specialist, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

1:10 to 1:20 pm

Discussion of lunch session topics, Q and A

1:20 to 1:25 pm

Brief Summary of Youth Summit, Day 2

Presented by Jim Wahlberg

1:25 to 1:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Presented by Joanne M. Conroy, MD

Guest speakers

  • Joanne M. Conroy, MD

    Joanne M. Conroy, MD

    CEO and President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

    Joanne M. Conroy, MD, serves as CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, which is the only nonprofit academic health system in New Hampshire. It includes a teaching hospital in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; a multi-specialty group practice, an NCI-designated cancer center, a children’s hospital, four member hospitals and a visiting nurse and hospice organization.

    Prior to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dr. Conroy served in other prominent leadership roles including Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts, the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington DC, Atlantic Health and Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey, and the Medical University of South Carolina.

  • Frank Edelblut

    Frank Edelblut

    Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education

    Frank Edelblut was sworn in as commissioner on February 16, 2017. In his role as commissioner, Edelblut serves on a number of boards, including as a trustee for the University System of New Hampshire, which includes the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College; as an ex-officio trustee for the Community College System of New Hampshire; a member of the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission; among others.

    He has a vision to make education accessible to everyone. He is a businessman who started his career as a certified public accountant with a large international accounting firm. He briefly worked as a chief financial officer for a public company and then took the “entrepreneurial plunge,” starting his own company, which was sold to a French firm in 2009. Edelblut continues to be active as an investor in early stage companies across a range of industries including technology, med-tech, and even a wine company.

    Edelblut was a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. During his term in the House, he served on the Finance Committee, Special Committee on Pensions and the Child and Family Law Committee.

  • Hannah Kearney

    Hannah Kearney

    Olympic Gold Medalist

    Hannah Kearney is one of the most decorated World Cup athletes of all time, with Olympic Gold and Bronze medals, three World Championship victories and a record-tying 46 World Cup wins. In 2012, she also set the record for most consecutive World Cup victories with a streak of 16 straight wins.

  • Christopher T. Sununu

    Christopher T. Sununu

    Governor of the State of New Hampshire

    Governor Sununu is serving his second term as Governor of the State of New Hampshire.

    Among his accomplishments during his first year in office was delivering a balanced state budget with no new taxes or fees and establishing full day kindergarten. Additionally, Governor Sununu doubled funds to fight the opioid crisis, made investments in clean water projects, expanded educational opportunities for students, and signed job creating business tax cuts into law.

    Governor Sununu received the New Futures' 2017 President's Award for championing policies that improve the health and wellness of all Granite Staters. He is the Lydia's House of Hope 2017 Lebanese Cook-Off Winner.

    Before being elected Governor in 2016, Chris served three terms on the New Hampshire Executive Council representing 32 cities and towns in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

  • Valerie Sununu

    Valerie Sununu

    First Lady of New Hampshire

    Valerie Sununu is the first lady of New Hampshire. She works to raise awareness and increase funding for causes that support education, childhood development, reading, local and small businesses, and addiction recovery. She currently serves as Board President of the Friends of Bridges House, Board member of City Year, and Board member for the New Hampshire Humanities.

    She is an advocate for Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization that creates and promotes loving bonds, inclusive employment, and living situations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Valerie also maintains a private practice as a learning specialist, focusing on children, ages 3-18.

  • Mike Speck

    Mike Speck

    Lead Instructor, Ford Driving Skill for Life Team

    With over 20 years of high performance driving instruction, teen driver coaching and professional racing experience, Driving Skills for Life lead instructor Mike Speck has become an integral part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life team since its inception. Originally trained as a race driver, Mike has competed at tracks across North America in racecars ranging from karts to slick shod street stock sedans. Mike’s career as an instructor has also allowed him to become a civilian trainer of military special operations groups, teaching some of America’s most capable soldiers the finer points of vehicle usage. Mike has branched off into other areas of the automotive world as well.

  • Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE

    Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE

    Pediatrician, Author of the Seattle Mama Doc Blog, Seattle Children's Hospital

    Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a Pediatrician, Chief of Digital Innovation, and author of the Seattle Mama Doc Blog for Seattle Children’s Hospital. She works to bridge the gap between parents and doctors using digital media. As the first physician blogger for a U.S. hospital, Dr. Swanson helped lead the way for novel use of social and digital media in health care. She speaks in the U.S. and internationally on the intersections among health, healthcare, and communication with patients through digital media. Her career has focused on the design and development of digital tools that 1) empower patients, 2) help healthcare providers do their jobs well, and 3) strengthen communication between these two groups. Dr. Swanson founded Digital Health at Seattle Children’s in 2013, leading a team in innovation by testing and creating new digital tools to leverage the wisdom of patients, families and providers for the benefit of all.

  • Jim Wahlberg

    Jim Wahlberg

    Executive Director, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

    In addition to his work at the Foundation, Jim has also produced a number of films centered around the issue of substance use disorder. His company, Wahl St. Productions, released “If Only” in 2015, and since then, the film has been shown to hundreds of thousands of people in communities across the country. He is currently working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to bring “If Only,” through a series of youth opioid summits, to the areas of the country most devastated by this epidemic.

    Wahl St. Productions continues to produce films designed to keep the focus on this issue, and released their latest film “The Circle of Addiction: A Different Kind of Tears” last year.

Summit moderators

  • Julie Balaban, MD

    Julie Balaban, MD

    Julie Balaban, MD, leads the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (CHaD’s) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Team and serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Her areas of interest include the evaluation and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, improving systems of care to meet patient needs, consultation to primary care providers, and provides clinical and administrative consultation to treatment programs.

  • Jon DeLena

    Jon DeLena

    Associate Special Agent in Charge, New England Field Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

    Jon DeLena is a member of the Department of Justice’s Senior Executive Service and currently serves as the Associate Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) New England Field Division. In this role, he has oversight of DEA operations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. Jon has made numerous public appearances on behalf of the DEA, speaking on the topic of opioids and law enforcement efforts.

  • Nate Jones, PhD

    Nate Jones, PhD

    Nate Jones, PhD, is the Chief Psychologist and Director of the Center for Innovation at Southeastern Regional Education Center (SERESC) in Bedford, NH. He was the 2017-2018 NH School Psychologist of the year and the 2018 National School Psychologist of the Year. Through SERESC, Nate provides consultation and evaluation of students with complex learning, mental health, developmental and medical disabilities. He has provided multiple trainings at state, regional, and national conferences for professionals, family members and students.

  • Moira O'Neill, PhD, RN

    Moira O’Neill, PhD, RN

    Moira O’Neill, PhD, RN, is the first director of the New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate, an independent and impartial state office established to oversee the state child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and ensure the best interest of children are protected. The Office of the Child Advocate seeks to amplify the voices of children in building the most responsive systems of care and protection.

Panelists

  • Anna Adachi-Mejia

    Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD

    Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD, is an associate professor in Community and Family Medicine, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Adachi-Mejia's research focuses on how the community and the built environment contribute to health behaviors in rural areas.

  • Pedro Altagracia

    Pedro Altagracia

    Pedro Altagracia is a community engagement coordinator at New Futures, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of New Hampshire residents through policy change.

  • Debbie Baird

    Debbie Baird

    Debbie Baird is a community educator and support specialist for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), New Hampshire. She is also the support specialist for the New Hampshire Survivors of Suicide Loss Network and co-chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Subcommittee, on the New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council.

  • Kathleen Blood

    Kathleen Blood

    Kathleen Blood is a case coordinator at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, NH, and faculty advisor for the Genders and Sexualities Alliance.

  • Maureen Boardman, MSN, FNP-C, FAANP

    Maureen Boardman, MSN, FNP-C, FAANP

    Maureen Boardman, MSN, FNP-C, FAANP, is a clinical assistant professor of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

  • Mary Brunette, MD

    Mary Brunette, MD

    Mary Brunette, MD, is a staff physician in the Department of Psychiatry, and an associate professor of psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and the medical director of the Bureau of Mental Health Services in the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Brunette is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and has been involved with research, administration and clinical care of patients with behavioral health conditions and substance use disorders for over 20 years. She has authored over 150 articles, book chapters and books.

  • Craig Donnelly, MD

    Craig Donnelly, MD

    Craig Donnelly, MD, is the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). He also serves as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His areas of focus include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and pediatric psychopharmacology.

  • Aurora Drew, PhD

    Aurora Drew, PhD

    Aurora Drew, PhD, is a lecturer at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and was formerly the Director of Health Promotion and Student Wellness at Dartmouth College. She also consults with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network on their Community Health Improvement Plan.

  • Mary Forsythe-Taber, CPS

    Mary Forsythe-Taber, CPS

    Mary Forsythe-Taber, CPS, is the Executive Director of Makin’ It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth, Inc., located in Manchester, NH. Makin’ It Happen is focused on building capacity, encouraging collaboration and supporting the development of healthy thriving communities for our youth, families and communities. She is also the team lead for the Greater Manchester Regional Public Health Network, Substance Misuse Prevention, Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care and Young Adult Strategies.

  • Sloane Franklin, LICSW

    Sloane Franklin, LICSW

    Sloane Franklin, LICSW, is a psychotherapist at the Center for Eating Disorders Management in Bedford, NH. He specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment of eating disorders, self-harm, depression, anxiety and trauma. He works with children, teens, adults, couples and families.

  • Len Korn, MD

    Len Korn, MD

    Len Korn, MD, is a member of the Executive Council of the New Hampshire Medical Society. He sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. A specialist in forensic psychiatry, his research interests include the issue of communication between therapists, psychiatrists and other physicians, ethics in medicine and bullying in our schools.

  • Tim Lena, MSW, CPS

    Tim Lena, MSW, CPS

    Tim Lena, MSW, CPS, is the Student Assistance Program Coordinator for the Timberlane Regional School District. He is the Prevention Task Force Chair for the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drugs, Treatment and Recovery, and in 2016 he was selected as New Hampshire’s Prevention Specialist of the year.

  • Jeff Levin, MAT, MSW

    Jeff Levin, MAT, MSW

    Jeff Levin, MAT, MSW, is a life coach based in New Hampshire and Boston. He has been a consultant and coach to parents, families, schools, sports teams, athletes and corporations throughout the country. Prior to becoming a life coach, he was a practicing psychotherapist for more than 25 years.

  • Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP

    Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP

    Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP, is the Physician-in-Chief and adolescent sports medicine specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). He also serves as Chair and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Loud’s areas of interest include adolescent sports health, stress fractures and bone health and concussion.

  • Dottie Morris, PhD

    Dottie Morris, PhD

    As the Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Dr. Dottie Morris is a member of the Keene State College President’s Cabinet. Her main areas of focus are on support and direction to the Executive, Academic, Student Affairs, Advancement and Finance and Planning divisions of the college as the institution works to fulfill its commitment to equity, diversity, social justice and multiculturalism.

  • Chelsie Mostone

    Chelsie Mostone

    Chelsie Mostone is the Highway Safety Specialist for the Buckle Up New Hampshire Program from the Injury Prevention Center at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).

  • Perry Plummer

    Perry Plummer

    Perry Plummer is the Director of the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He is responsible for coordinating the state’s response to major disasters as well as planning, training and exercises to ensure readiness at the local and NH state government levels. He also serves as the Chairperson for the Governor’s School Safety Preparedness Task Force and was recently nominated to be the new Assistant Commissioner for the NH Department of Safety.

  • Daniel Potenza, MD

    Daniel Potenza, MD

    Daniel Potenza, MD, is an American Psychiatric Association Gold Award winner for innovative programming, an American Medical Association Honoree for work with veterans, and a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards. He is currently a fellow of The American Psychiatric Association and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, and serves as Chair of The New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council, and The New Hampshire Medical Society’s Council of Continuing Medical Education. He currently serves as the Psychiatric Medical Director of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.

  • Susan Pullen, MSW, LICSW

    Susan Pullen, MSW, LICSW

    Susan Pullen, MSW, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who partners with providers to address the mental health care of patients in the Pediatric Primary Care Practice at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). She previously worked with children, youth and families in diverse health and behavioral health care settings. Susan is also a former upper elementary and middle school educator.

  • Seoka Salstrom, PhD

    Seoka Salstrom, PhD

    Seoka Salstrom, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of the Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in Hanover, NH. She specializes in mindfulness and acceptance-based cognitive behavioral therapies for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders across the lifespan. She has a special interest in working with adolescents struggling with OCD, social anxiety, excessive worry, panic and other forms of anxiety.

  • Seddon Savage, MD, MS

    Seddon Savage, MD, MS

    Seddon Savage, MD, MS, is an educator, advocate and former clinician in the fields of addiction medicine and pain medicine. She currently serves as Advisor to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Substance Use and Mental Health Initiative (SUMHI) developing provider, trainee, and staff education aimed at optimizing the clinical care of persons with behavioral health challenges. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology on the faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

  • Shazia Savul, MD

    Shazia Savul, MD

    Shazia A. Savul, MD, is a Staff Physician at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has been involved in the clinical care of youth with substance use and comorbid conditions such as ADHD and other developmental disorders. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general adult, child and adolescent and addiction Psychiatry.

  • Katherine Shea, MD, MPH

    Katherine Shea, MD, MPH

    Katherine Shea, MD, MPH, is a Staff Physician at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and The Dartmouth Institute. She specializes in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and child and adolescent behavioral health.

  • Jessica Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

    Jessica Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

    Jessica Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, is the Program Coordinator for the Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Program with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Jessica’s clinical experience and interests include sexual and reproductive health, with particular interest in care of LGBTQ+ adolescents and young adults. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

  • Lorene Zammuto, MSN, RN

    Lorene Zammuto, MSN, RN

    Lorene Zammuto is the Executive Director of Granite Pathways Youth Residential Treatment Center (GPYRTC) in Manchester. GPYRTC provides substance use disorder/recovery services exclusively to adolescents ages 12 to 17 years old in a residential setting. The program includes medical, clinical, recreational and education services with an “all paths to recovery” methodology in a compassionate and innovative setting.

Film and writing contest moderators

  • Cara Cargill

    Cara Cargill

    New Hampshire Listens Carsey Fellow

    Cara Cargill works as a facilitator and mediator covering a spectrum of areas from agriculture, food systems, land access and accessibility, to family systems and civic engagement. She began facilitating dialogues for New Hampshire Listens in 2013 and has facilitated such topics as mental health, substance use, community police relations, transportation, environmental resiliency, education, and strategic planning for various communities.

  • Cynthia Farrar

    Cynthia Farrar

    Cynthia Farrar, co-founder and CEO of Purple States TV and an affiliated member of the Granite State News Collaborative, has extensive experience at the intersection between inclusive civic engagement and media. She has developed and executive-produced many of the company's mini-documentaries for a range of foundations and national news platforms, and is currently working on two local media projects (in Connecticut and New Hampshire) that integrate community engagement with video storytelling to anchor reporting in the stories and concerns of those affected by issues and policies.

  • John Kennedy

    John Kennedy

    Purple States Co-founder John Kennedy has developed, produced and directed many Purple States series. He specializes in working with communities to identify and co-produce the stories they want to tell, and in building capacity of individuals and organizations to capture their own stories in video. In 2018, John directed and produced 14 short-form videos with communities around the country for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a series for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He co-produced a 2017 multimedia investigative project with PBS Frontline, The New York Times, and DCTV. “On the Outside” followed ten individuals for a year after they were released from prison in Connecticut. John is currently working on a mass oral history of opioid use, with people using or in recovery in the Southern Appalachians. Before co-founding Purple States in 2008, John worked as a local journalist in North Carolina.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the Youth Summit, please call or email:

Karen J. Borgstrom
Director, External Affairs, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
(603) 653-1927
Karen.J.Borgstrom@hitchcock.org

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