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OPA Convention: Rural Behavioral Health in Ohio
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Did you know that more than 2.5 million Ohioans live in rural communities, or that 72 of Ohio’s 88 counties have been deemed “Mental Health Shortage Areas” by the federal government?

Want to learn how you can implement changes that can impact access to care?

Join us at our “Rural Behavioral Health in Ohio” workshop.


April 28, 2018 | 2:15 - 5:30 p.m. | Columbus, Ohio

Presenter: Dawn Graham, PhD
CE Credits: 3.0
Learning Level: All Levels

This workshop will focus on strategies and advocacy efforts to increase public knowledge of the unique needs and challenges of rural communities. The concepts will be based on experience, grant successes, and input from working clinicians in both behavioral and physical healthcare settings. The session will include the use of vignettes, case studies and examples of public policy efforts. The participants will have an opportunity to engage in interactive dialogue, create ways to implement change in their own communities and think about outreach and advocacy efforts to take advantage of for more inclusive patient care.

As a result of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 1) Describe various strategies of health used throughout Rural Ohio, 2) Identify global, national, statewide, and local trends in healthcare coordination, 3) Describe ways rural healthcare providers can work together for integrative care, and 4) Analyze the complexities of healthcare navigation for the underserved. 

About the speaker:
Dawn Graham, PhD works in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University. She earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 2010. Clinical work includes the University of Chicago Hospitals, Porter Starke Community Mental Health and Logansport State Psychiatric Hospital. She previously served as PI on a multi-million dollar federal grant to promote health in Southeastern Ohio. She is a member of APA and currently is the chair of the Ohio Psychological Association Public Sector Issues committee. Interests include creativity, rural health and policy change. Current projects include qualitative research on integrated healthcare in rural settings.

To attend for this workshop, please click here to begin the convention registration process. 
This workshop is number 22.