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Mental Health is Public Health

8:00am - May 7, 2019
Central East MHTTC

MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center
100 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
United States

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019
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This conference will focus on the importance of mental health as an essential part of overall health.  Presentations will include Mental Health and Mental Illness; Substance Use and Mental Illness; Suicide, Overdose and Mental Illness; Concurrent Epidemics of HIV, HCV and Substance Misuse; Early Childhood Trauma and Trauma Informed Care; STDs and Risky Sexual Behavior; and LGBT Youth and Mental Health. Professionals working in these areas will be able to increase their knowledge of new updates in an interprofessional environment.




Physicians, clinicians, nurses, counselors, social workers, educators, case managers and intervention specialists.


  • Introduce key aspects of mental health as part of overall health
  • Discuss ways that stigma has affected prevention and treatment of mental illness, including the criminalization of mental illness
  • Describe the epidemiology of mental health as it relates to substance use
  • Identify current clinical guidelines for treatment of opioid misuse disorder
  • Identify key links between overdose and suicide and how to prevent both by utilizing crisis management and suicide prevention models
  • Describe types of suicidal thoughts and behaviors and how the health professional can address these through illustrative case studies 
  • Describe the relationship between Opioid Misuse, Hepatitis C and HIV epidemics in Pennsylvania
  • Discuss methods for health providers to combat the opioid and HCV epidemic at an individual and systems level, including HCV screening and the epidemiology of HCV as a surrogate for substance use
  • Identify key aspects of how trauma affects the brain and how to work with traumatized patients
  • Discuss the challenges of vicarious trauma and how to address these challenges
  • Develop action plans which build on the principles of trauma-informed care
  • Describe current trends in sexually transmitted diseases, including changes in incidence, prevalence, treatment and guidelines
  • Discuss the benefits of incorporating sexual health history taking into mental health and behavioral health practice
  • Describe effective methods of culturally competent care for young LGBT patients
  • Demonstrate effective methods of incorporating competent LGBT care through illustrative case studies