2013 Adams County Community Health Summit 6.18.13
WellSpan Health | 06.12.13
The 2013 Summit will focus on mental health challenges.
From recognizing the signs of depression experienced by today’s youth to understanding post traumatic stress disorders, the upcoming sixth annual Adams County Community Health Summit will focus on addressing key mental health issues facing people of all ages in our local communities.
This year’s summit will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at Harrisburg Area Community College-Gettysburg Campus. Co-sponsored by Healthy Adams County, WellSpan Health, Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary and HACC, the free, day-long event is designed to give participants the chance to learn about local health issues.
Kathy Gaskin, executive director, Healthy Adams County said:
“We’re looking forward to a day of sharing valuable mental health information specific to issues people are facing in Adams County.”
“We’ve got an outstanding keynote speaker lined up who will really engage the audience followed by workshop topics that address key topics that will educate as well as show efforts underway to address these issues.”
This summit’s keynote speaker is Gina Calhoun, national director of wellness and recovery education, Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery in Brattleboro, Vermont. Calhoun’s address will focus on her personal story and journey of recovery from mental illness as it relates to hope-inspiring relationships, housing and employment. The goal of her presentation is to offer the facts that given the right environment mental health recovery is not only possible, it is probable.
In addition to the keynote address, summit attendees will have the opportunity to choose from workshop sessions scheduled throughout the day.
This year’s summit workshop topics include:
- WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) – a self-help tool for people moving toward a healthier lifestyle.
- Community Crisis Intervention – understanding crisis intervention and how crisis intervention has changed in the past 20 years.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – highlighting what trauma and stress are as well as their impact in people’s lives.
- Youth and Depression – how to recognize signs of depression among youth and treatment for it.
- The Crisis Intervention Team Model – understand how collaborations between law enforcement, mental health and advocacy groups can benefit the community.
- Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care – a look at the relationship between mental health and primary care.
- Treating Anxiety and Mood Disorders – an examination of the various medications used to treat mood and anxiety disorders.
- Practices to Reduce Chronic Stress – an introduction to the use of mind/body connection to reduce suffering from chronic stress.
- Exploring Anxiety Disorders – a look at how anxiety interferes with our lives and descriptions of the treatment techniques for different anxiety disorders.
- How the Brain Processes Traumatic Stress: Working with Children & Families within the Child Welfare System – provides professionals working with children within the child welfare system with a foundational understanding of trauma’s impact upon child development and behavior.
The health summit begins with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. A continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided to attendees. The summit is aimed at health and human service professionals, community leaders as well as anyone interested in learning more about these important issues.
To register or obtain additional information on the event, call Healthy Adams County at (717) 337-4137.
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