The HEAL Association


The Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison Association’s Annual Conferences provide opportunities for professional development and ongoing collaboration among multidisciplinary professionals to support our mission of improving the educational outcomes for students with medical and mental health needs.  Combining the expertise our members and invited speakers we offer a robust educational program specific to the needs of our membership.

Tentative Conference Schedule – at a glance

(Schedule subject to change)

7:30 am Registration and Nutrition Bar Opens
8:30-8:45 am Welcome and Conference Kick-off
8:45-10:00 am

Keynote Presentation: Laying the Foundation for Well-Being through Self-Awareness and Meaningful Self-Care

Presented by: Kristy Eaton, EdD, MSW, LCSW, Director of the Purdue University College of Engineering’s Community, Assistance and Resources for Engineering Students (CARES) Hub

10:00-10:15 am Break
10:15-11:15 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Lecture: Using Tiered Intervention to Stretch Resources and Meet the Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer

Session 2: Lecture: Support Through the Storm: Where School Program and Child Life Meet

Session 3: Roundtable: New Member Orientation

11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30 am-12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 4: Panel: Building a Statewide Educational Support Program for All Childhood Cancer Patients and Survivors

Session 5: Lecture: Assessment 101 for Hospital Teachers: Identifying Patient’s Individual Learning Needs Through Formal and Informal Assessment

Session 6: Roundtable: Developing a Collaborative Communication Model to Address Absenteeism for Students with Chronic Medical Conditions

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch – provided (Regional Connections)
12:30-2:00 pm Vendor Showcase
2:00-3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 7: Lecture: Hearing Their Voices: Exploring Children’s Perspectives and Enhancing Communication in Pediatric Visits

Session 8: Lecture: STEM in the Hospital: An Implicit Statement of Hope

Session 9: Roundtable: Standardizing the Field of Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison Practice

3:00-3:15 pm Break
3:15-4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 10: Spirituality and the Work of the Hospital Educator/Academic Liaison

Session 11: Lecture: Healing Hearts Through the Arts

Session 12: Roundtable: School Transition Planning for Students Leaving Psychiatric Treatment

4:30-5:30 pm Welcome Reception (with Cash Bar)


(Schedule subject to change)

7:30 am Nutrition Bar Opens
8:30-9:30 am General Session: When Multiple Systems Fail: Contextualizing Disparities to Inform Interventions for Diverse Youth
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:45 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 13: Panel: Microschooling: Meeting Every Student’s Unique Needs in Fully Customized Learning Environments

Session 14: Building Self-Management and Self-Advocacy Skills in Students with Sickle Cell Disease: Communicating Health Needs in the School Setting

Session 15: Roundtable: Holistic Lesson Planning: A Roundtable Discussion of Lesson Planning Best Practices for Hospital/Homebound Students

10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 16: Helping Schools Educate Students with Acquired Brain Injury 

Session 17:  Lecture: Partnerships Multiply Teaching Hands

Session 18: Roundtable: Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital: Virtual Tour and Program Sharing

12:00-1:30 pm

Awards Luncheon and Personal Story: Triumph Over Tragedy

1:30-2:30 pm

Vendor Showcase

Poster Session

  • Summer Camp in the Hospital…A New Take on Summer School
  • Starting School Strong: ​Providing 1:1 Education to Caregivers of Children with CHD to Increase Knowledge of and Advocacy Within the Early Childhood Special Education System
  • Story & STEAM: Putting Wonder in Wait Time
  • Science Journeys
  • Parent Desired Resources and Support for School Following Cancer
  • Kidney Kash and Brave Bucks…Incentive based Financial Literacy with the Kidney and Heart Carts
  • Read, Rest, Recover: A Pilot Pediatric Inpatient Program
  • HEART CART: Empowering Children to Actively Engage in and Express Art
2:30-3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 19: Measuring our Impact

Session 20: Lecture: Reframing Late-Effects of Childhood Cancer as a Chronic Medical Condition to Support Educational Attainment

Session 21: Roundtable: Navigating the Complex College Admissions and Financial Aid Process for Children and AYA Cancer Patients and Survivors

3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 22: Panel: Adapting Educational Resources for Long-Term School Support in Cancer Survivorship

Session 23: Mental Health Meet Up

Session 24: Roundtable: School Needs Intake Brainstorming and Discussion Group

  Evening on your own


(Schedule subject to change)

7:30-9:00am Nutrition Bar Open
8:00-9:15 am HEAL Business Meeting
9:15-9:30 am Break
9:30-10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 25: Lecture: Bridging the Gap: Using Research to Better Support the Reintegration of Mental Health Patients Back into School

Session 26: Roundtable: Riley Children’s Hospital: Virtual Tour and Program Sharing

Session 27: Roundtable: Creation and Implementation of an Academic Discharge Summary

10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-12:15 pm Closing Session: Panel Discussion- Peace Rounds: Enhancing Educational Success Through Whole-Person, Interdisciplinary Care Rounding
12:15-12:30 pm Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Due to circumstances beyond our control, conference content, speakers, and schedule may change unexpectedly.

We will post any changes as soon as we are made aware of them. Thank you for your patience.