ACA Virtual Health Fair Series

Hosted by ACA, Northern California

Join us for our first ever Virtual Health Fair Series:

Mental Health! A State of Well-Being

Registration for this series is now closed.


Join us on Wednesday, April 6th for our first annual Virtual Health Fair! Our theme this year is MESH-related topics (Mental, Emotional, and Social Health). Participate in one, two, or all three sessions and join us for some great online discussion! All sessions will be facilitated by Vicky Flaig.
*Note: All times are Pacific Standard Time. 

"A key to a long healthy life not only includes nutrition, activity, sleep but also positive thinking, laughing and love! Keeping one’s mental health in balance is as important as eating right and keeping active."

- Vicky Flaig, MEd, RDN; Camp Director, Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake

Mental health is not a "dirty phrase" and creating positive conversations will ensure its acceptance as a measure of one’s health. Join us on April 6th to learn more and participate in some great discussions! These sessions will be much like a webinar - with plenty of opportunity for questions, networking, and discussion - as if we were all in one room together! 

Session 1: April 6, 2016 – 10:00am – 11:00am PST

Getting the MESH-age Out: Expanding the Camp Professional’s Toolbox for Mental, Emotional & Social Health Challenges
Presented by Linda E. Erceg, RN, MS, PHN

Sensitively responding to campers and staff with MESH (mental, emotional & social health) needs can be challenging.  Balancing the desire to be as inclusive as possible with the reality of your camp’s capacity and the fact that most camp staff are not mental health professionals often creates a tough push-pull situation.  This is exactly the focus of ACA’s Healthy Camps Committee.  The content of this presentation is designed to build out your toolbox so you are more comfortable assessing and working with both MESH information and the people who have challenges in this area.  The session includes orientation to a new tool, “Assessing a Camper’s Behavior of Concern.”

Session 2: April 6, 2016 – 12:30pm – 1:30pm PST

Presented by Katherine Soule, PhD & Robert Winthrow-Clarke, University of California Cooperative Extension

Join us for an interactive presentation on how to use mindfulness practices in your work with youth. Participants will increase their skills in leading youth through mindfulness practices, and also learn about the latest research in neuroscience and mindfulness. The presentation will include guided mindfulness activities in the form of mindful eating, breath awareness and body scans that you can utilize at your next camp event.  Also, we will discuss the current development of a 4-H Mindfulness Curriculum and pilot study in camp settings.

Session 3: April 6, 2016 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm PST

Mental Health & Camp: Theory vs. Reality
Presented by Michael D. Amylon, MD, Camp Okizu

While we can prep and discuss mental & emotional health issues and procedures at camp, the theory vs. the reality of those situations often vary widely! With that, hear from Dr. Mike as we explore real-life scenarios and how the team at Camp Okizu utilizes protocols and procedures to manage camper emotional and mental health.

Presenter & Facilitator Bios

Vicky Flaig, MEd, RDN: Vicky is a Camp Director at Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake, as well as a  Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education with an emphasis on special populations that oversees all aspects of Camp, Program and Food Service.   For the past 17 years she has been running undergraduate food service internships for students who are studying nutrition and dietetics.  Prior to Camp Ronald McDonald, Vicky was a special education teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer. She has over 20 years experience working with nutrition, camping and special populations.


Katherine E. Soule, PhD: Katherine is with the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources  as the youth, families, & communities advisor in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. In this capacity, Soule has oversight of two 4-H program, UC CalFresh Nutrition Education, the Master Food Preserver program, and other healthy community programs. She brings a passion for professional development, inclusion, and positive youth development.


Linda E. Erceg, RN, MS, PHN: Linda has been connected to the Healthy Camps initiative since its inception.  Her years of full-time camp nursing experience, leadership in the Association of Camp Nurses, and varied service as an ACA volunteer add richness to the topic she’ll present.  Linda’s practical approach means that her suggested camp strategies are grounded in the reality of a given camp’s capacity but also sprinkled with moments of humor.  Her personal motto, “Healthier Camping for All,” reflects her passion for improving the health outcomes for campers and the staff who serve them.  The session she presents here reflects the work of the Healthy Camps committee.  


Robert Withrow-Clark: Robert has been working in the education/youth development field for nearly 10 years in a variety of capacities. He developed youth cross-age, peer mentoring programs focused on social-emotional development during his time as a program manager at People Reaching Out, a Sacramento-based non-profit. As the School and Community Prevention Specialist at San Juan High School, Robert was responsible for the development, coordination and assessment of programs focused on addressing school climate and culture. In this role, he provided one-on-one and group social-emotional as well as academic support for struggling students. In his current role as a 4-H Youth Development Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension, Robert has piloted youth development programs that utilize mindfulness as a strategy to promote positive youth development. In addition to this, Robert facilitated a session at the 2015 CA 4-H State Leadership Conference focused on mindfulness-based practices as positive youth development tools. Robert possesses a M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of the Pacific, and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Pacific with dual concentrations in Educational Psychology and Curriculum & Instruction.


Michael D. Amylon, MD: "Dr. Mike" was born and raised in New England, and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1972. He then moved to California as a medical student at Stanford University, where he earned his M.D. in 1976. After continuing at Stanford in a Pediatric Residency and then Post-doctoral Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Amylon joined the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1981. His early research interests included clinical trials in the treatment of pediatric leukemia and lymphoma. After completing additional training in bone marrow transplantation at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, he inaugurated the hematopoietic stem cell transplant program at Stanford and directed the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Service at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford for many years. Dr. Amylon currently is an Emeritus Professor (active) at Stanford.


Over the course of his career, Dr. Amylon has had extensive experience in the design, conduct and oversight of clinical trials, both locally at Stanford and nationally and internationally through the Pediatric Oncology Group and the Children's Oncology Group. He has been involved in Stanford’s oversight of the ethical conduct of human research, and continues to serve on Stanford's Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects in research and the Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.


Dr. Amylon also has a long-standing interest in the psychosocial impact of pediatric cancer and its treatment on patients and their families. He has been extensively involved with Camp Okizu, a program of peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreation for children with cancer and their families, centered on a residential camping experience. He serves as Medical Director and Vice Chair of the Board for the Okizu Foundation. He has conducted research into the impact of camping and peer support programs on pediatric cancer patients and their well siblings, with Okizu and also the Children’s Oncology Camping Association –International (COCA-I). He previously served as a member of the American Cancer Society's Peer Review Committee on Psychosocial and Behavioral Research, and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of COCA-I and chairs their Research and Education Committee.