People with serious mental illnesses have high rates of comorbid medical problems, leading to reduced quality and length of life. This presentation will present a public health, multilevel approach to addressing this epidemic, along with specific ways in which mental health clinicians can help improve the lives and lifespans of the individuals that they serve.
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- Define the concept of public mental health and describe how it applies to understanding the problem of early mortality in individuals with serious mental illnesses.
- Summarize current literature on individual, provider, and system-level approaches to improving whole-person care for people with serious mental illness.
- Discuss roles for mental health clinicians in addressing the medical needs of the people that they serve.
Counselor; Nurse/Nurse Practitioner; Pharmacist, Psychiatrist; Physician (Non-psychiatrist); Physician Assistant; Psychologist; Social Worker
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours
Program Start Date: March 22, 2019
Program End Date: March 22, 2022
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The APA designates this enduring CME event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH, Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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