TeamPeds Talks: Conversations on Child Health Equity - Caring for Children in Military Families

0.5 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered free to NAPNAP Members and for non- members. 

Caring for Children in Military Families

TeamPeds Talks will spotlight Child Health Equity in our first Conversations on Child Health series. This series of recorded conversations will reflect the several key issues that make up the underlying factors in the arena of Social Determinants of Health.

A “place-based” organizing framework, reflecting key areas of social determinants of health (SDOH), was developed by Healthy People 2020. Each of these determinant areas reflects a number of key issues that make up the underlying factors in the arena of SDOH.

Each conversation episode is hosted by National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Executive Board President Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP.

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Dr. Peck is joined by Konstance Mackey, Alicia Gill Rossiter and Catherine J. Hernandez.

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Share your expertise: If you are interested in joining NAPNAP to explore the ways in which social influencers affect the health of children and their families - we are looking for you! We are planning to launch a new conversation each week from August - November, but we need you to make this happen. Each part of the series will be approximately 30 minutes long and focus on one of 16 topical areas.

Target Audience

Pediatric advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, nurse practitioner students

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the significance and impact military service may have on children.
  • Describe the deployment cycle and correlate with behaviors that may indicate ineffective coping.
  • Examine approaches to employ the use of the I Serve 2 pocketcard in practice.
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Konstance Mackey, Alicia Gill Rossiter  and Catherine J. Hernandez

Guest Biography

Alicia Gill Rossiter DNP, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Dr. Alicia Gill Rossiter Lt Col USAFR NC (retired) is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing and serves as the Director of the Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program and the Military Liaison.  She retired in June 2015 after 28 years combined active duty service in the Army Nurse Corps and reserve duty in the Air Force Nurse Corps. Dr. Rossiter was instrumental in the development of a first of its kind “Introduction to Military and Veteran Health” course.  She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from USF where she was a Bob Woodward Jonas Veteran Healthcare Scholar and an American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar.  Her DNP grant funded (Jonas Center) project focused on Women Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder secondary to Military Sexual Trauma.  Additional areas of research/scholarship include the effects of parental military service on military connected children, and transitioning needs of medics and corpsmen into the professional role of nursing.

Konstance C. Mackie, DNP, APRN, LCDR, NC, USN, CPNP-PC
Dr. Konstance C. Mackie, Lieutenant Commander, Nurse Corps, United States Navy is an active duty Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.  She has nursing experience is primary Mother Baby with additional human lactation training. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of South Florida where she focused her doctoral project on the identification of military connected children by school nurses in public schools. 

Catherine J. Hernandez BSN, RN, IBCLC, CPNP-PC
Ms. Catherine J. Hernandez is a graduate student in the Bachelor of Science-Doctorate in Nursing Practice (BS-DNP) program at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing with a concentration in pediatric health.  She completed the master’s portion of her DNP degree in December 2018. She served for six years in the active duty Air Force from September 2001 through September 2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 2011, she obtained her certification as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a passion of hers that stemmed from the need for improved breastfeeding support for new mothers, especially for those whose births required surgical intervention or who had prenatal complications. She is currently collecting data for a quality improvement project that entails implementing an EMR identifier for military-connected children in a primary care practice to improve their health care outcomes by helping to address the unique needs of these children.


Jessica Peck DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP; President, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Host Biography

Dr. Peck is an expert pediatric clinician, faculty scholar, and anti-trafficking advocate providing innovative, visionary, and award-winning leadership to develop and lead inclusive, diverse interprofessional teams. She has a history of dedicated service to many state and national organizations. As a mother of four, she has special interest in educating and equipping families to promote physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. She is an accomplished author and frequent guest on radio and television. She is the Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year. 

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