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CoE Office Hours: Advancing Health Equity Starts with Us

July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – a month dedicated to growing public awareness of mental health topics, including mental illness among communities of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC).

To celebrate and contribute to this growing awareness, join us as we discuss how advancing health equity requires personal learning, reflection and growth to understand health disparities and injustices, especially among communities of color and other marginalized communities. This individual process requires time and commitment to equip individuals to address health equity and health disparities among clients and take action within their organizations and communities, while also supporting wellbeing of staff.
Join us on Wednesday, July 14 from 12-1 p.m. ET, as health equity and racial justice experts reflect on the connections between advancing equity, first as an individual, then as an organization and, finally, as part of a larger community. Strategies to pursue health equity at each level will be discussed, with particular focus on the individual level.

This session will feature expert speakers, including:
• Maura Gaswirth, LICSW, Director, Practice Improvement and Consulting, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
• Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, Consultant, Trauma Informed Services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
• Aaron Williams, MA, Integrated Care Consultant, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
• Terence Fitzgerald, PhD, EdM, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Children Youth and Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
• Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, President, Multicultural Development Institute, Inc.

Managing Risk for Your CCBHC with MHRRG and Negley Associates

Becoming a CCBHC means promoting rapid access to care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, and that requires transformational clinical adaptations to expand your array of services and staffing structure. Understanding your vulnerabilities and employing the right risk management strategies can help protect your staff and organization.

Knowing the most up-to-date evidence-based processes and how to deliver them can reduce the chances of a breach of the standard of care you provide. In this webinar we examined risk management considerations for CCBHCs and best practices to protect you and your organization.

Strategies for Leveraging your Medical Director as a CCBHC

CoE Office Hours: Sustaining the Momentum – Reflecting on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement Efforts Since June 2020

It has been just over a year since the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd and the ensuing wave of resistance against systemic racism. Since then, our health care system has also experienced a major reckoning of historical and contemporary racial inequities faced by people who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Over the past year, many health care organizations have worked to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement (DEIE) efforts internally to support the wellbeing of staff and to address health disparities among clients.

What have been your experiences during this time as affected communities build resilience to long-sustained inequities and social injustice? Join us in an open discussion, “Sustaining the Momentum: Reflecting on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement Efforts” on Tuesday, June 22 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET, to hear from renowned health equity and racial justice experts. Participants are strongly encouraged to share their own DEIE-related successes and barriers they have faced over the past year as well as their plans for the future.

This session will feature expert panelists, including:

  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, Consultant, Trauma Informed Services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Aaron Williams, MA, Integrated Care Consultant, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Terence Fitzgerald, PhD, EdM, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Children Youth and Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, president, Multicultural Development Institute, Inc.

Rural Health Part 2: Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Strong Rural Health Workforce

Rural communities face a particular set of health inequities that are not as common in urban areas, largely because of how structural urbanism and the mental health and recovery services workforce shortage affects rural health service delivery. To advance health equity among under-served rural communities, it is important to recognize social determinants that shape rural health outcomes and consider evidence-based solutions to improve rural health care.

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions and rural health experts for a two-part webinar series that will explore challenges and opportunities to improve rural mental health care and recovery services

During the second webinar, participants will hear from a rural health provider about the mental health and recovery services workforce shortage in rural communities, strategies for increasing this workforce – and for supporting wellness and training needs of rural health staff – and also, success stories of rural health workforce opportunities.

Rural Health Part 1: Addressing Structural Urbanism in Rural Communities through Integrated Care

Rural communities face a particular set of health inequities that are not as common in urban areas, largely because of how structural urbanism and the mental health and recovery services workforce shortage affects rural health service delivery. To advance health equity among under-served rural communities, it is important to recognize social determinants that shape rural health outcomes and consider evidence-based solutions to improve rural health care.

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions and rural health experts for a two-part webinar series that will explore challenges and opportunities to improve rural mental health care and recovery services.

During the first webinar, participants will hear from rural health experts who will explore structural urbanism, rural social determinants of health and strategies to improve integrated rural health care.

Addressing Trauma in Older Adults with IDD in a Post-COVID World: Innovations and Strategies

Join us on Wednesday, May 26, from 3-4 p.m. ET, for a thoughtful discussion about trauma. This forum will look at the trauma experienced by older adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), the impact of the lack of social interaction and strategies for addressing the trauma as we reintegrate to a new “normal” in a post-COVID world.

CoE Office Hours: Supporting Leadership Development Among BIPOC Staff

Due to the far-reaching effects of structural racism, staff who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized groups based on class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality and age face several obstacles in career advancement and leadership development opportunities. As organizations prioritize improving health equity, it is imperative to consider how internal policies, practices and organizational cultures support or hinder BIPOC communities and other identities.

Leaders of health care organizations are well-positioned to remove barriers through staff empowerment strategies, providing space for staff to find and use their voice and investment in professional development.

Please join us for our Office Hour session on Monday, May 24 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET to explore these topics.

This session will feature expert panelists, including:

  • Maura Gaswirth, LICSW, Director, Practice Improvement and Consulting, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, Consultant, Trauma Informed Services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Aaron Williams, MA, Integrated Care Consultant, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Terence Fitzgerald, Ph.D., EdM, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Children Youth and Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D., President, Multicultural Development Institute, Inc.

CoE Office Hour: How to Leverage Telehealth Strategies for Substance Use Brief Intervention

Adapting to telehealth services can pose unique challenges and opportunities for mental health and substance use services organizations working with adults and adolescents. However, effectively delivering screening and brief intervention for substance use challenges via telehealth can improve access to treatment, patient engagement, and overall health outcomes, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us for our Office Hour session, a follow-up to our recent webinar How to Leverage Telehealth Strategies for Substance Use Brief Intervention, from 3:00 – 4:00pm ET on Thursday, May 13, to have your questions answered.

Addressing Trauma in Young Adults with IDD in a Post-COVID World: Innovations and Strategies

Join us on Wednesday, May 12, from 2-3 p.m. ET, for a thoughtful discussion about trauma. This forum will look at the trauma experienced by young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), the impact of the lack of social interaction and strategies for addressing the trauma as we reintegrate to a new “normal” in a post-COVID world.

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