Advancing links between behavioral health, medical care and public health in our communities
A fundamental reorientation of our healthcare system is underway—from a “sick care system” that focuses on treating illnesses and injuries, to a prevention-oriented system that addresses the community conditions that shape health. Clinical institutions – including in the behavioral health sector – can take key steps to promote community health and engage in population health strategies while delivering high-quality clinical and social support services to individuals.
Those steps will be discussed April 6-8, when more than 150 health and behavioral health leaders gather in San Diego for the College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s Summit 2016, Population Health: Leadership for Building Healthier Communities. Co-hosted by Prevention Institute and the College of Behavioral Health Leadership, the summit will discuss the contributions and leadership role of behavioral health providers in improving the health and wellness of communities. To register for the conference, please visit the College’s website.
Presenters will include:
- Dr. Tony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities, The California Endowment, who will kick-off the conference with “Behavioral Health – A Critical Partner in Building Healthy People and Communities”
- Sheila Savannah, Program Director, Prevention Institute, who will lead a session on “Issue Framing: Promoting Health Equity and Social Justice through Addressing Social Determinants, Health Disparities/Inequities”
- Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Prevention Institute, who will co-lead a session with Dr. Lynda Frost, Director of Planning and Programs, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, on “Leadership Skills and Practices Necessary to Engage in Cross-System Population Health Strategies”
- Marvin J. Southard, Mental Health Director Emeritus, County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical Officer, Health Shore of Oregon, who will close the conference with “Financing and Sustaining Population Health Initiatives”
Summit hosts are encouraging conference participants to explore current movements in population health and the implications for behavioral health; examine the intersections of health equity, social justice, and the social determinants of health; understand ways that population health is financed, assessed, and measured; and learn from place-based initiatives that promote healthy, equitable communities.
The Summit will also include an Innovation Showcase. PI will participate in the showcase by sharing key tools and resources, including the Spectrum of Prevention and our recently released reports Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience and Making Connections for Mental Health and Well-Being among Men and Boys in the U.S.
It is not too late to register for the Summit. Click here for more information about the Summit and for conference registration.
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