Hispanic Mental Health Care Symposium: Mental Health Disparities in the Hispanic Population

Hispanic Mental Health Care Symposium: Mental Health Disparities in the Hispanic Population

Hispanic Mental Health Care Symposium: Mental Health Disparities in the Hispanic Population

EVENT: HISPANIC MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYMPOSIUM:
Mental Health Disparities in the Hispanic Population
DATE/TIME: SATURDAY, JAN. 4, 2003, 7 A.M. - 4:15 P.M.

PLACE: Doubletree La Posada Resort & Spa, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, Ariz.

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to attend and cover this event, which is for health professionals only, not the general public. Speakers will be available for interviews prior to and immediately following the conference, as well as during breaks.



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Mental health disparities occur for the Hispanic population, according to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Issues in Hispanic mental health care are the focus of Hispanic Mental Health Care Symposium: Mental Health Disparities in the Hispanic Population, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Doubletree La Posada Resort & Spa, Scottsdale.
Symposium goals include enhancing awareness of the unique Hispanic population; providing updated information on issues specific to Hispanic mental health disparities; and discussing the need for improved mental health care science and services. Presented by The Institute for Mental Health Research, the symposium is co-sponsored by the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, with support by a grant from Pfizer.

Hundreds of policy-makers, physicians (including psychiatrists and other specialists), nurses, other health care providers and mental health care advocates are expected to attend. Participants will discuss disparities in Hispanic mental health care, identify the unique epidemiology and biology of this population, review diagnostic issues related to Hispanic patients, and recognize specific access-to-care issues for this population.

Conference highlights include:

  • 7:45 - 8 a.m. Welcome and Introduction. Alan J. Gelenberg, MD, vice president, The Institute for Mental Health Research, and professor and head, Department of Psychiatry, UA College of Medicine; and Michael Meyer, president, The Institute for Mental Health Research
  • 8 - 8:45 a.m. Overview: An Update on Mental Health Disparities. Javier Escobar, MD, conference chair; professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey
  • 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Epidemiology. William A. Vega, PhD, professor, psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey
  • 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Issues in Clinical Assessment and Treatment. Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD, assistant professor, clinical psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; director, Hispanic Treatment Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute; clinical case editor, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, New York, New York
  • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Biological Issues including genetics. Ricardo Mendoza, MD, clinical professor, psychiatry, UC School of Medicine; medical director, Adult Ambulatory Psychiatric Services, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Mental Health Association, Torrance, Calif.
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Services Research. M. Jeanne Miranda, PhD, professor in residence, Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychiatry, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Center for Health Services Research, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 1:15 - 4 p.m. Commentaries, additional presentations, discussion and observations: Felipe Gonzales Castro, MSW, PhD, professor, clinical psychology, Arizona State University; Antonio L. Estrada, PhD, director and professor, Mexican American Studies & Research Center, UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; Michael Sesna, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Francisco Moreno, MD, assistant professor, psychiatry, UA College of Medicine; Virginia Yrun, Arizona Senator, District 13
  • 4 - 4:15 p.m. Evaluations

The Institute for Mental Health Research is located in Phoenix and Tucson and partners with leading research and clinical institutions that have significant strength in relevant biomedical and applied clinical research. The Institute's mission is to take a leadership role in identifying, treating and preventing mental illness. It will accomplish this through the expansion of basic scientific research, clinical research serving patients, and the implementation of research findings within the health system and broader community.

The Institute is focusing on four areas based on Arizona's existing strengths and the identified needs of those with mental illness: child and adolescent psychiatry; the psychiatric aspects of gross brain disease and injury, including stroke, head trauma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other brain-injuring pathologies that cause changes in mood, personality, thinking and the ability to experience pleasure; improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with schizophrenia; and expanded research, imaging resources and personnel to more effectively address major depression.

For more information about the Institute for Mental Health Research, call (602) 406-4360 in Phoenix or (520) 626-6586 in Tucson.