Online Program

Community health screening and its role in public health and psychiatric epidemiology

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Lisa Razzano, PhD, CPRP, Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jessica Jonikas, Ph.D., Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, Wellness Institute, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Freehold, NJ
There is growing empirical evidence that individuals with severe mental illnesses experience higher than average rates of chronic and life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary diseases, which together increase death and disability and diminish quality of life.   This excess mortality and morbidity appears to be influenced by a variety of factors, including lack of access to healthcare, socioeconomic disadvantages, clinical risk factors associated with mental illnesses, and the pharmacologic treatments for mental illness (Druss, Zhag, VonEsenwein, Morrato & Marcus, 2011).  Accumulating evidence about greater health risks and poor health outcomes among this population has prompted an increased emphasis on finding ways to engage individuals in understanding and addressing their health risks.

This presentation will  describe an innovative “health fair” model adapted from mainstream public health education. The Health Fair model provides education, information and resources that addresses a variety of health concerns. This intervention includes opportunities to collect epidemiologic data on health risks among participants with serious mental illness. Data describing the health risks of the cohort participating in the health fair will be described and interpreted in comparison to general population risk.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among individuals with mental illness; Describe ways to modify the practice of community health fairs for research purposes and for participants with serious mental health disorders; Compare the identified health risks and resources to address those risks among individuals with serious mental illness.

Keyword(s): Health Assessment, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Associate Professor at UIC with decades of funded research, publications and presentations in the area of mental health services.
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.