250649 Overview of Mental Health and Public Health Integration in addressing Community Health

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 10:30 AM

Wayne Giles, MD, MS , National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
The conceptual paradigm underlying the social determinants of health has expanded dramatically in recent years to include social influences on health, such as poverty, education, housing, justice and transportation. Despite this more expansive view, the fields of public health and mental health have remained isolated. However, the linkages between chronic diseases, injury and mental health are striking. For example rates of tobacco use among people diagnosed with a mental health condition are approximately twice that of the general population, similarly injury rates for both intentional and unintentional injuries are approximately two to six times higher among people with mental illness than the general population. In the spring of 2008 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention convened an expert panel to address opportunities for the mental health and public health communities to come together. The presentation will discuss recommendations that came out of the expert panel's deliberations along with current activities to foster the integration of public health and mental health in promoting community health

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
Identify at least five social determinants of mental health Understand the importance of integration of mental health and public health in promoting community health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I oversee as Director of the Division of Adult and Community Health activities related to mental health and oversaw the expert panel process undertaken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.