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CS1-01 - Building a Successful School-Based Telehealth Program

Sunday, April 29
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: E450A

Explore how school-based telehealth—when built well and collaboratively—efficiently offers access to physical and mental health services for underserved youth. Hear first-hand perspectives from a successful team of implementers and discover what you need to know about development, implementation, challenges and outcomes. Explore the crucial features for building a growing and sustainable program. Emerge with knowledge and strategies for engaging key partners and building your own successful program.

Learning Objectives:

Kathryn Cristaldi

Medical Director, School-Based Health
Medical University of South Carolina

Kathryn King Cristaldi, M.D., MHS, is the Medical Director for School-Based Health and an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital. She oversees the functioning of both in-person and telemedicine school-based health centers throughout the state.

Dr. Cristaldi has a special interest in extending the reach of primary care and preventative medicine to underserved children through school-based health and most specifically through telehealth. Throughout her career she has sought out opportunities to ensure the health and wellness of children using public health methods. She currently serves as the representative from the AAP Section on Telehealth Care to the Pediatric Academic Society Program Committee.

As the medical director for school-based health in the Center for Telehealth, Dr Cristaldi directs programmatic functioning, evaluation and the clinical care provided by pediatricians, nurse practitioners and herself in school-based health centers and telehealth centers in more than 50 schools in South Carolina. During her time as medical director the program has more than doubled in size and continues to rapidly expand throughout the state. Dr. Cristaldi chairs the South Carolina School-Based Telehealth Workgroup, a network of hospital systems and providers who collaborate with each other as well as state agencies to implement telehealth programs in school districts with the highest health and educational disparities. In addition, Dr. Cristaldi continues to use her experience and skills to advocate at the state and national level for increased access to care through telehealth and has been invited to share her telehealth expertise at the National School-Based Health Alliance, Pediatric Academic Society and the South Carolina Telehealth Summit.

Dr. Cristaldi received her undergraduate education at the University of Dayton and earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her pediatric residency at MUSC, and an academic generalist fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a Master of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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Elana Wells

School-Based Health Manager
Medical University of South Carolina

Elana Wells, MPH, CHES is the School-Based Health Manger at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is responsible for overseeing the administrative components of the program including the development, implementation, and expansion efforts.

Elana earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in Communication Studies and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. She was selected to participate in the 2015 School-Based Health Alliance Leadership Fellows Program and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.


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Kelli Garber

Lead Nurse Practitioner, The Center for Telehealth
Medical University of South Carolina

Kelli Garber, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC, is the Lead Nurse Practitioner for School-Based Health and the Center for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Garber is responsible for providing direct patient care to children across the state of South Carolina who are enrolled in the School-Based Telehealth Program. She provides oversight for the clinical aspects of the program as well as providing education and training to the school nurses who have partnered with MUSC to bring telemedicine into their respective schools. Working in tandem with the School-Based Health Program Manager, Kelli Garber is responsible for the development and implementation of projects which support the mission of the School-Based Health Program. In addition, she provides support to advanced practice providers at MUSC as they implement telemedicine in their respective departments. Ms. Garber has extensive pediatric experience in both private practice and school-based settings.

Ms. Garber received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Science Degree in advanced practice pediatric nursing at the University of Maryland. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.


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Regan Stewart

Assistant Professor
Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Stewart is an assistant professor in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish at the College of Charleston, a Master’s in Early Childhood Education at the College of Charleston, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at MUSC. Her work primarily focuses on health disparities among trauma-exposed youth and the use of telemedicine to address mental health disparities.


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