APA’s BSSV Program presents at 2012 National Health Promotion Summit

The topic of the presentation was “Integrating Mental Health, Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention and Care"

On April 10, 2012, APA’s Behavioral Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program was represented at the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Edna Davis-Brown, BSSV program director, was one of four key plenary speakers for the conference session “Strengthening Chronic Disease Practices through Teaching and Reaching Underserved Populations” under the Health Equity Track. Over 160 summit attendees participated in this concurrent plenary, which was one of five.

The topic of the presentation was “Integrating Mental Health, Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention and Care,” which highlighted the research findings linking the connections between mental health disorders, substance abuse and HIV; an overview of APA’s BSSV Program; the significance of integrated services and care and WHY DO IT, the alignment with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s High Impact Prevention approach; and information on skills-building trainings that have been developed as a joint initiative by both APA’s BSSV and HOPE Programs within the Office on AIDS. For more information please contact Edna Davis-Brown.