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Optimal Health & Adolescents

Date(s) - May 25, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Diane Foley, MD
Optimal Health & Adolescents

About the Topic
We will discuss the concept of the Optimal Health Model for Adolescents. In particular, we will discuss the reason that prevention and cessation are key in educating youth about sexual and reproductive health, opioid and substance use.  We will discuss the stages of behavior change and ways to recognize when adolescents are ready to change their behavior.

Participants will be able to:

  • define optimal health and the optimal health model
  • understand the stages of behavior change
  • learn how to use the health belief model to encourage behavior change
  • understand how optimal health fits into the SRAE model

About the Speaker
Dr. Foley currently lives in Carmel, Indiana and directs the public health operations of LTS providing services in multiple states.  She has spent her professional career in the clinical practice of pediatrics with a focus on adolescent health. Originally from Indiana, Dr. Foley founded and served as medical director of Northpoint Pediatrics shortly after completing a residency in pediatrics. She spent the next seventeen years establishing what is still one of the largest pediatric practices in central Indiana. During this same period, she also served as a pediatric clinical instructor for pediatric and family practice residency programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Most recently she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she provided leadership to the core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHC) Commissioned Corps, as well as the 10 regional health offices across the nation on projects of special concern to the Assistant Secretary for Health. She also served as the Director of the Office of Population Affairs and the Office of Adolescent Health. Before moving to Washington DC, she was in part-time pediatric practice in Lamar, Colorado. At the same time, Dr. Foley served as Director of Medical Ministries for Global Partners of the Wesleyan Church, where her responsibilities included oversight of mission hospitals in Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Haiti. Earlier in her career, Dr. Foley served as President/CEO of Life Network, a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs, CO, that provided physical, financial, and emotional support for women and men facing unintended pregnancies, mentoring for young parents, as well as sexual risk avoidance (SRA) education presented in local middle and high schools. Prior to assuming this responsibility, she directed Life Network’s sexual risk avoidance education program for eight years where she was responsible for grant management, curriculum and program development, as well as instructor training.

Dr. Foley is a graduate of Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) and of Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Society of Adolescent Health, and served on numerous other national boards and committees. Dr. Foley is fluent in Haitian Creole, having spent her formative years in Haiti.  She is married to Steven Foley MD, also a graduate of Marion College, and they have four married children and ten grandchildren.