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Plain Community Clinical Education Collaboration Conference

October 22, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for the 2nd annual Plain Community Clinical Education Collaboration Conference! This conference is organized by members of the Clinic for Special Children, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, and WellSpan Health. The half-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 8:00 am – 12:15pm.

The conference is in-person or virtual, does not have a cost, and CME credits are available.  To register, follow this link: www.eeds.com/live/750621


8:00 AM – 8:10 AM | Welcome to the Plain Community Clinical Education Collaboration | Stephen Ratcliffe, MD (Union Community Care & Clinic for Special Children)

8:10 AM – 9:15 AM | Perception and Reality: Recent Research Provides Insight into the Health Needs of the Plain Community in South Central Pennsylvania | Berwood Yost, PhD (Franklin & Marshall College)

The Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College conducted a household survey between May and July 2022 that assessed the health needs of adult Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite individuals living in Central Pennsylvania. The purpose of the survey was to gain an understanding of the current health and health needs of these Plain communities. The survey consisted of questions covering a range of topics including current health status, health conditions, social support, physical and mental health status, access to and use of healthcare, and oral health.

Dr. Berwood Yost presents the findings from this survey.  As part of his presentation he discusses differences that exist between the Amish and Mennonite populations, and also provide data that compares responses for these Old Order groups to the responses of non-Amish residents of Central Pennsylvania.

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Fostering Productive and Respectful Communications: Guidance for Clinicians who Serve the Plain Communities | Pamela Craddock, CNM  (Wise Woman Healing), Lydia Nolt (Wellspan), & Cindy Heisey (Wellspan)

Gain best practices to communicate in a variety of clinical settings with members of the Amish and Mennonite communities.

Presenters include Cindy Heisey, BS, BA, and Lydia Nolt, Liaison Team members from WellSpan Health Plain Community Program presents ways to break down barriers to communications in both inpatient and office settings.

Pam Craddock, CNM, provides deeper insight on ways to broach sensitive topics of abuse and domestic violence and the resources available locally to support survivors of abuse within the Plain Community.

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Clinical Partnerships: Melding Research and Clinical Practice to Address Barriers to Care in the Plain Communities | Devyani Chowdhury, MD (Cardiology Care for Children), Amber Beitelshees, PharmD, MPH (University of Maryland School of Medicine), Patricia Lee, CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife), Amy Albright, MS, CGC (Clinic for Special Children)

Clinical Partnerships: Melding research and clinical practice to address barriers to care in the Plain Community.

Drs. Deveyni Chaudhury and Amber Beitelshee team up to summarize examples of their clinical and research efforts to address barriers to care of the plain community.  Their work has occurred at the Amish Research Clinic and at the Clinic for Special Children (CSC).  They present examples of how they have collaborated to improve services.

Patricia (Patti) Lee, CNM teams up with Amy Albright, Genetics Counselor at the CSC describe their care of the plain community and how on selected occasions when they have partnered to combine their disciplines for the benefit of the Plain community.

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM | Wrap-Up, Acknowledgements and Next Steps | Stephen Ratcliffe, MD (Union Community Care & Clinic for Special Children)


October 22, 2022
8:00 am - 12:30 pm


Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Clinic for Special Children
WellSpan Health


Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
2102 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, 17601 United States
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