Monday, December 30, 2013

Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy

The National Prevention Strategy was developed in 2011 as a key component of the Affordable Care Act. The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives.

During 2014, the Health Resources and Service Administration will host a series of webinars on the National Prevention Strategy as it relates to community-level mental health. Registration is open to the public and will be available approximately one month before the date of each webinar. All webinars will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

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  • Feb 20: Community and Historical Trauma: Surviving and Recovering - This webinar will provide a framework for understanding community and historical trauma, and key strategies for survival and recovery. The webinar will highlight American Indians, refugees, and those individuals and communities that have been impacted by community violence. 
  • March 20: Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: The ACE Study and Trauma-Informed Care - This webinar will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study completed by Kaiser Permanente in 2009 and the model of trauma-informed care. The impact of trauma is pervasive across all health, education, and social service programs, and its recognition is of critical importance for service provision that leads to healthy outcomes. 
  • May 22: Reducing Stigma and Misunderstanding of Mental Health - One of the greatest barriers to people getting the mental health care they need is the significant misunderstanding and stigma related to mental health. In this webinar, we will share innovative national and regional programs that promote mental and emotional well-being. 
  • July 17: Prescription Drug Abuse: Why Does it Matter and What Can We Do? - Prescription drug abuse is one of the most dangerous and underreported issues in our country today. This webinar will highlight the prevalence of prescription drug abuse, outline the five pillars of the White House Strategy, and share state and community initiatives that reduce prescription drug abuse. 
  • Sept 18: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care - Recovery is “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” (SAMSHA, 2011) This webinar will highlight the role that individuals, families, and communities share in promoting recovery through work, housing, and social connectivity.
  • Nov 20: Suicide Prevention and Response: Successful Community Strategies - This webinar will include an overview of suicide data related to specific populations such as American Indians, youth, older adults, and individuals living with disabilities; Region VIII’s mobilization of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention; and successful suicide prevention strategies.
For more information about how the federal government is partnering with Colorado communities to implement the National Prevention Strategy, visit the Colorado Federal Executive Board website. 

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