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Addressing the Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Sara Coffey, D.O.

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Creating environments where all children can thrive is critical to building a healthier and happier future. In this article, Sara Coffey, D.O., a member of the National Council’s Medical Directors Institute, shares her insights into childhood trauma and thoughts on support systems. More and more, we are learning about the significance of Adverse Childhood Experiences […]

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Understanding Health Disparities in Migrant Communities

August 26, 2019 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Rene Hurtado

Chief of Staff for Emergence Health Network

From July 23-25, the National Council’s Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program visited Emergence Health Network, the mental health authority in El Paso, Texas, to explore the needs of local migrant families. In this special blog post, Rene Hurtado (pictured), chief of staff for Emergence Health Network, recounts the experience. The migrant experience in border communities […]

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Serving the Community by Being on a Nonprofit Board

May 16, 2019 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Carl Clark, M.D.

President and CEO, Mental Health Center of Denver, Board Member, National Council for Behavioral Health

Serving on a nonprofit board of directors is an honor and a privilege. Done well, it’s also a fair amount of work. I should know. I have served on dozens of nonprofit boards throughout my career and as the president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, I’m answerable to my own board […]

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Introducing an Integrated Care Culture? We Can Help

April 19, 2019 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Nicholas Thomas

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), individuals with behavioral health needs may die decades earlier than those without, largely due to untreated and preventable physical, chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Integrating primary and behavioral health care helps people with complex health conditions receive the comprehensive treatment […]

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National Council’s Practice Transformation Academy: Creating a Building Block for Change

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Michael Carrone

Director, Health Transformation, National Council for Behavioral Health

The health care landscape is changing with unprecedented speed and organizations of all sizes are feeling the pressure to make the complex switch to value-based care. The National Council’s Practice Transformation Academy has already helped 20 organizations that were proactively preparing to transition to population health, risk and quality management and from volume-based care to […]

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Legalized Cannabis 2.0: Learning from Experience in Denver

September 7, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Drew Lovejoy

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Four hundred behavioral and physical health providers, state officials and public health scientists gathered in Denver last week for the first annual National Cannabis Summit. Hosted by the National Council, Advocates for Human Potential and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, the summit took a unique view of cannabis legalization: what are the health benefits […]

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Marijuana Legalization is a Process and We Haven’t Reached the Midway Point

May 12, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Jonathan Caulkins, PhD

H. Guyford Stever University Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College

  On August 28, 2017, the National Council for Behavioral Health, Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) and the ATTC Network are partnering to host the  2017 National Cannabis Summit in Denver: An objective national forum for changing public policy, public health, treatment and research. In today’s blog post, drug policy researcher and National Cannabis Summit plenary speaker […]

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The Happiness Advantage: Better Habits for Better Outcomes

April 5, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Special NatCon17 Feature

Come hear Shawn Achor turn your understanding of happiness and success upside down. He’ll speak from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm in WSCC: 4AB.  Wednesday’s closing General Session at NatCon17 is not to be missed. Many of you remember that childhood song that begins, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”  Well, […]

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Jim’s Insider Seattle Travel Guide

April 3, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments

Jim Vollendroff

Welcome to Seattle!  As a local I wanted to give you a few insider tips that may enhance your time in this beautiful City surrounded by water and mountains. There is the obvious must do list: Space Needle Pike Place Market Pioneer Square Seattle Seattle Wheel Best Museum: Museum of Flight Best running/Walking Path: The […]

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No Ordinary Time

April 3, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO

Join Linda Rosenberg at 8:30 am PT in room WSCC 4AB as she rallies the behavioral healthcare field to action in the way only she can! No Ordinary Time Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO National Council for Behavioral Health In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “This is no ordinary time.” We won an important battle when […]

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