MINI-PLENARY  SPEAKERS

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Mini Plenary  Speakers

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

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Dipesh Navsaria is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate.  With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together.

An associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is director of the MD–MPH program there as well as the medical director of the physician assistant program. Clinically, he practices primary care pediatrics, with special interest in underserved populations.  He is the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. Dr Navsaria is heavily involved in both training and in the practice of child health advocacy — writing and speaking publicly locally, regionally and nationally on early brain and child development, early literacy, and advocacy to a broad variety of audiences.  He also has extensive involvement with the American Academy of Pediatrics at the state and national levels.

Committed to understanding how basic science can translate into busy primary-care settings via population health concepts and policy initiatives, Dr Navsaria aims to educate the next generation of those who work with children and families in realizing how their professional roles include being involved in larger concepts of social policy and how they may affect the cognitive and socioemotional development of children for their future benefit.


Sandra Gutierrez

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Sandra Gutierrez is the Founder and National Director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors (AP). Ms. Gutierrez led the development of AP-the nation’s first evidence-based, comprehensive training program for Latino parents with children 0 to 5. She brings over forty years of experience with legal, children’s advocacy and community service organizations. Her multi-faceted career has included founding the first service organization to assist Central American Refugees, developing health education programs for the United Farm Workers of America and leading campaigns to promote the benefits of preschool to the Latino community. In addition, for seven years, she served as a founding member and State Commissioner for First 5 California where she established the Advisory Committee on Equity. In March 2014, Ms. Gutierrez was named by the White House as a César E. Chávez Champion of Change, and in February 2015 she received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.