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Dealing With Stigma In Mental Health: Are We Making Progress?

Webinar | May 10, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
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Virtual Forum: Dealing With Stigma In Mental Health: Are We Making Progress?

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Description: Individuals living with mental health conditions can face significant stigma, not only from the public, but also from health care providers. Combatting such stigma is important, as it can have an impact on the lives and outcomes of individuals experiencing mental health conditions. In this virtual forum, Patrick Corrigan, PsyD and Kent Alford, RN, BSN, will review several types of stigma, discuss the occurrence of stigma within the health care community, explore approaches for targeting and reducing stigma, and address additional considerations and resources for fighting stigma in mental health. The virtual forum will conclude with time for questions from the audience.

Speakers are paid consultants for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

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Event Speakers

Patrick Corrigan, PsyD
Featured Speaker

Patrick Corrigan is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Prior to that, he was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he directed its Center on Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  His research examines psychiatric disability and the impact of stigma on recovery and rehabilitation.   Currently, he is principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE); funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, NCSE is a collaboration of investigators and advocates from more than a dozen institutions.  He is principal investigator on grants from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities as well as the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute on integrated care primary and behavioral health care.  He has written more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, is editor emeritus of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and editor of a new journal published by the American Psychological Association, Stigma and Health. Corrigan has authored or edited fifteen books, most recently, The Stigma of Disease and Disability.

Kent Alford, RN, BSN
Featured Speaker

Kent Alford is a part of Adventist Healthcare Behavioral Health and Wellness Executive Leadership Team, serving as Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to this position he was the Executive Director of Behavioral Health Medicine for Washington Adventist Hospital. During his career with this health care system, he was responsible for expanding telepsychiatry efforts, creating options to reduce seclusions and restraints, enhancing medical and behavioral healthcare education for the clinical staff and being an advocate for those for individuals suffering from mental health conditions and the healthcare professionals who treat them.

Kent holds a Bachelor of Nursing (currently a candidate for Master’s of Science in Nursing) from Coppin State University.

Kimberly Lonergan, RN, MSN

Kimberly Lonergan, RN, MSN, serves as a Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Her clinical areas of expertise include: critical care medicine, trauma medicine, and gastroenterology.

Kimberly attended Harding Christian University; Abilene Christian University; and Texas Women’s University.

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