Psychiatry in 2020: Why Advocacy Matters
From treating patients affected by gun violence to helping refugees struggling in our healthcare system, the need for psychiatrists to engage in grassroots advocacy on public health issues has never been greater. This conference will focus on how such efforts can make a beneficial, lasting difference on our field and in our patients’ lives. Dr. Debra Koss will open the day with some expert guidance on effective communications with legislators, explaining exactly how and when to access the APA and NJPA advocacy tool kits and how to build meaningful constituent relationships. Then we will delve into the two public health issues most likely to be prominent in 2020: gun violence and migrant health. First we’ll hear from Dr. Stephanie Bonne, a trauma surgeon nationally recognized for her work on urban violence. Dr. Bonne will present a public health approach to preventing gun violence, with an emphasis on those components of the approach that can specifically be addressed by psychiatrists. On migrant health issues, our concluding speaker will be Dr. Suzan Song, an international expert whose work focuses on youth, family resiliency and stress from a clinical, advocacy and research perspective. Dr. Song will discuss a dimensional approach to understanding mental health issues for forcibly displaced people, and explore ways that psychiatrists can treat these patients using a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive approach. We expect you to leave our conference with new insights and greater confidence in your role as an advocate, armed with tools to improve patient care, provide an expert voice in your community and engage more effectively with lawmakers on these vital concerns.
Registration will open in January 2020.
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