142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Improving Community Health and Prevention through the Mental and Emotional Well-being Priority Area

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Robert H. Keefe, PhD, ACSW, LMSW , School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
This session will focus on the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) Priority area of Mental Health and Emotional Well-being. Key recommendations from the NPS mental and emotional well-being include:
1) Promote positive early childhood development, including positive parenting and violence-free homes.
2) Facilitate social connectedness and community engagement across the lifespan.
3) Provide individuals and families with support necessary to maintain positive mental well-being.
4) Promote early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services.
Many communities nation-wide have been developing evidence-based approaches to promote mental health and emotional well-being. The results from studies evaluating these approaches, however, have been mixed.
In this session, we will carry out an active, participant engaged discussion of focused topics that will inform the NPS leadership of possible areas for technical assistance resource development and shared learning. The focused topics for discussion are: (a) Building partnerships across sectors and diverse contexts (b) finding common ground, decision-making and power sharing (c) policy development at the local level (upstream and downstream issues and ripple effects); (d) enhancing capacities, mutual learning and sustainability. A brief summary of our shared understanding and common concerns will be reported back to the larger session for a response and future action from the national NPS leadership.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss facilitators and barriers to carrying out work at the local level to advance mental health and emotional well-being. Identify common concerns and technical assistance/capacity needs for engaging in work to address mental health and emotional well-being.

Keyword(s): Mental Health, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member and leader of the Public Health Social Work section.
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.