Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and HIV Prevention Conference

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Description  
An opportunity for medical and mental health providers, community health workers, school personnel, health care agencies and community residents to exchange ideas, explore approaches, and enhance their knowledge about the importance of the delivery of prevention and treatment services within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework. It will also include efforts being made by the UTRGV School of Medicine to create awareness about substance use, especially heroin addiction, and HIV/AIDS problems affecting our community and the prevention efforts that are being made to educate young adults both on campus and in the community. Important as well is the need to create awareness about the special needs of special populations, such as homeless children and families, veterans and the LGBT community. The conference will also address the issue of stigma often associated with seeking treatment for mental health disorders and HIV/AIDS infection.
 
Mission: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Partnering with our community to address health disparities, prevention and adequate access to behavioral and medical care for its residents. “Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of a healthy life for everyone.”
(Healthy People 2020)
 
Goal: The overall goal of the conference is to increase awareness, explore approaches, and share knowledge among health care professionals, educators, community health workers, social service providers and community residents about the importance of the delivery of mental health, substance use, HIV/HCV prevention and treatment services within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework to community residents.