2016 Plenary Sessions

Monday Morning Plenary

March 14, 2016 - Bayshore Ballroom

Place, Race, and Disease: Addressing the Roots of Behavioral Health Disparities

Brian D. Smedley, PhD, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Washington, DC

  • Many in communities of color face high levels of risk for behavioral health problems, including substance abuse and mental illness. Much of the research on the etiology of these disparities focuses on individuals and families, but fails to consider how social, economic, and environmental attributes of neighborhood, schools, and workplaces can also contribute to risk for behavioral health problems. This talk will focus on the role of place, and in particular, residential segregation as a root cause of substance abuse and mental illness. Special attention will be devoted to policy strategies that address community-level health risks, as well as the role of racism as a determinant of health.

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Monday Afternoon Plenary

March 14, 2016 - Bayshore Ballroom

Impact of Historical Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences on American Indian Health Inequity

Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University, Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board

  • The American Indian (AI) population suffers from significant health disparities. Death rates from diabetes, cancer, infant mortality, suicide and other causes are higher among AIs. Numerous psychosocial influences, including a history of genocide and boarding school experiences have led to unresolved historical trauma and its associated poor health outcomes. Adverse Childhood Experiences are also a strong predictor of risk for numerous chronic and behavioral health conditions. Adverse adulthood experiences, including poverty, racism, substance abuse, and others lead to depression, anxiety, and poor health outcomes. Dr. Warne will discuss the social circumstances that can have an impact on the quality of parenting skills for the next generation, leading to continued inter-generational health disparities. Dr. Warne will conclude his remarks with a call for additional research into the prevention and mitigation of psychosocial influences and social determinants of health that is needed to ensure improved policy and program development.

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Tuesday Morning Plenary

March 15, 2016 - Bayshore Ballroom

Early Intervention in Psychosis: Youth Perspectives, State Efforts, and Research Findings

  • Janet Walker
    Amy Goldstein
    Tamara Sale

    Presenters: Tamara Sale, MA, Program Development Coordinator, Early Assessment and Support Alliance, Regional Research Institute (RRI), Portland State University; Amy Goldstein, PhD, Program Chief, Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health; Janet Walker, PhD, Co-Director Pathways to Positive Futures RRTC, Director of Research, Early Assessment and Support Alliance, Regional Research Institute (RRI), Portland State University

    Exciting new developments in research, policy and practice related to early intervention in psychosis have drawn increased attention and funding to efforts aimed at improving outcomes and preventing disability for young people who are experiencing the symptoms of psychosis for the first time. This plenary introduces a variety of perspectives on this work, beginning with those of young adults who have participated in early intervention programs. The plenary will also include a presentation by the EASA Center of Excellence, which helps to coordinate statewide early psychosis implementation as well as providing support nationally to emerging programs, through technical assistance and training, practice guideline development, fidelity review, participatory decision making, outcomes monitoring, and clinical consultation. The plenary will close with a research perspective featuring findings from the National Institute of Mental Health, a discussion of the implications of those findings, and a question and answer period.

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Tuesday Afternoon Plenary

March 15, 2016 - Bayshore Ballroom

Why Paper Tigers Works- Behind the scenes with the Children’s Resilience Initiative in Walla Walla, WA.

Theresa Barila, co-founder, Children’s Resilience Initiative, Walla Walla, WA

  • Theresa Barila, co-founder of the Children’s Resilience Initiative and longtime community mobilizer in Walla Walla, WA. will share the “back-story” to the documentary Paper Tigers, now in national screenings. Theresa will describe how a focus on common language, common agenda and the community capacity development model of the Family Policy Council, created the context, structure and support not just for Paper Tigers but for the many other untold resilience-based stories underway in Walla Walla. Newly released research showing how youth positive supports and resilience-building strategies can buffer the negative effects of ACES – even for youth with a large number of ACES- will also be reviewed.

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Wednesday Morning Plenary

March 16, 2016 - Bayshore Ballroom

Addressing the Impact of a Changing Health Care Environment through Behavioral Health Research and Policy

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD, Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD

  • Dr. Huang will discuss the impact of a changing health care environment on behavioral health evaluators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. With the increasingly difficult economic climate facing our nation, it is imperative that research and policy leaders examine effective approaches to serving children with behavioral health challenges and their families. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we begin a national discussion on funding strategies that support an evidence-based approach to meeting the behavioral health needs of children and families.

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