Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: April 27, 2017 – Parenting with a Disability and Young Children’s Mental Health

SPEAKERS: Karen Hodge, MSW, RCSW, Social Worker at Sunny Hill Health Centre and founding member of the Spinal Cord Injury Perinatal Interest Group, and Melanie Basso RN, BSN, MSN, PNC(C), Senior Practice Leader-Perinatal for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and co-founding member of the Spinal Cord Injury Perinatal Interest Group

PRESENTATION: Karen Hodge is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and is currently a paediatric social worker at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. At the age of 15, Karen sustained a spinal cord injury but despite the challenges she faced, Karen didn’t let her injury stop her from achieving her goals. Karen is a passionate advocate for spinal cord injury care, an active volunteer in her community and the mother of two young children. Karen is also a founding member of the Perinatal Interest Group – a diverse committee working to increase dialogue and awareness between health care providers and women with spinal cord injury with an interest in reproductive health.

Melanie is the Senior Practice Leader-Perinatal for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. In her advanced practice nursing role, she is involved in evidence-based practice from all domains of practice- clinical, research, administration and education.