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Psych Mental Health Summit
September 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm EDT
Experience a remarkable synergy with USAHS as we join hands with our esteemed community partners. Unveil a golden opportunity to engage directly with the champions aiding vulnerable populations, delving deep into the challenges they face. Discover invaluable insights that illuminate the path towards best practices, enhancing the quality of lives affected by the intricate threads of mental health disruptions. Register to attend our seminar, either in person or virtually, and join us in promoting mental health within vulnerable communities alongside interprofessional and academic networks.
Hours: 8 or .8 Continuing education contact hours
Who Attends: RN, APRN, PT, OT, SLP, LCSW, Behavioral/Mental Health professionals
Location: St. Augustine, FL Campus: 1 University Boulevard St. Augustine, FL 32086 | OR Virtual
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance to identify vulnerable populations, stating they are “defined by factors such as race or ethnicity, gender, education or income, disability, geographic location (e.g., rural or urban), or sexual orientation (2023).” While these vulnerable populations have been identified for many years, the continued effects of transient populations, economic realities, and the post-pandemic era health care changes, the need for interprofessional solutions is a call to action. Effects of health disparities in these populations are present from young children through the older adult populations, triggering the need for early intervention.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2022), 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness. Depression alone is estimated to cost the American economy $210 billion annually. The National Alliance on Mental Health (2022) reports the cost of treating people with both mental and physical illnesses is 2 to 3 times greater than for people with physical illnesses alone. The costs associated with treating depression in America are likely underestimated since less than half of adults with mental health disorders seek treatment and even fewer receive evidence-based care.
At the completion of this seminar, the participant should be able to:
- Recognize and celebrate the ways that community organizations and structures support and promote mental health in vulnerable communities across the lifespan
- Foster Interprofessional connections among mental health practitioners and community leaders
- Provide opportunities for mental health, and healthcare providers from the community and academic communities to interact around important topics
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.