Event: "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Texans" conference sponsored by the St. David's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research.
When: Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. Online registration closes Friday, March 22, at noon.
Where: Connally Banquet Hall, Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.
Background: "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Texans" is the topic for the 2013 annual research conference presented by the St. David's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.
The conference will feature presentations by individuals renowned for their work in mental health and research-based interventions. This year's keynote speaker is Sam Shore, director of Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations with the Texas Department of State Health Services. His presentation is titled "The State of Mental Health Challenges and Innovations in Texas."
Additional speakers include:
- Michael O'Hara, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa, presenting "Perinatal Depression: How Do We Respond?"
- Jane C. Maxwell, Ph.D., senior research scientist in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, presenting "Substance Abuse Trends: Old and New Drugs"
- Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., R.N., professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago, presenting "The Triple Threat: Depression, Diabetes and Health Disparities"
- Dr. Mark E. Kunik, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, presenting "Interventions to Help Caregivers of Dementia Patients"
- King Davis, Ph.D., professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, presenting "Mental Health Under the Affordable Care Act and the Congress"
About Shore: Sam Shore, MSSW, LMSW, is director of Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He is also project director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Veteran's Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery grant, a project to implement strategies and train providers for trauma-informed care and trauma-specific treatment to communities across the state. Shore has worked in the Texas public mental health system for 33 years at community and state levels, providing direct client services for inpatient and community mental health programs, directing community mental health programs, and providing training and technical assistance for the state department of mental health.
Co-sponsors of the event are the Jack and Laura Lee Blanton Lectureship in Nursing; the George and Diana Sharpe Perinatal Lectureship in Nursing; Dr. Reuben R. McDaniel Jr., Henry E. Singleton Research Fellow, IC2 Institute; The McCombs Health Care Initiative and the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair in Health Care Management; Sigma Theta Tau International-Epsilon Theta Chapter; and the Center for Social Work Research.Read more
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to create an advanced education nursing trainee program to meet the growing demand for primary care services.
According to the HRSA, the current primary care workforce in the United States is inadequate to meet the growing demand for primary care services. Moreover, an aging workforce, the increasing demand for preventative health services and an expansion of health care coverage from the Affordable Care Act will probably widen the gap between demand and the available primary care workforce.
The nation's projected unmet need for primary caregivers could be as large as 63,000 by 2015, and the HRSA grant is designed to help address this shortage by providing support to students in primary care nurse practitioners (NPs) programs.
"Providing adequate health care to a growing and aging population is putting a strain on the current system," said Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing. "More persons are seeking help at a time when the way care is provided is changing more rapidly than ever. We are grateful for the opportunity this grant affords us to train and prepare more NPs to address this significant need."
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing's nurse practitioner program began in 1993 and has since graduated 216 NPs and an additional 44 nurses who have completed the post-master's certification. This year's grant to the School of Nursing is more than triple the amount of similar HRSA grants in the past ($84,855 last year and $72,946 in 20102011).
The School of Nursing is one of the leading nursing schools in the nation, with a history of excellence in academics, research and service. The School supports two community-based clinics the Children's Wellness Center and the Family Wellness Center that provide a wide range of health care services to medically underserved people in the Austin area and serve as clinical placement sites for nurse practitioner students. The Family Wellness Center is home to an innovative nurse practitioner residency program, the only one of its kind in the southern United States.Read more