Boston, April 12th, 2019. Free to the public, fees required for those working on credits. The Bridging the Divide: Mental Health and Cancer Care symposium is designed to raise awareness about disparities in cancer care for patients with serious mental illness (SMI) and bring together diverse stakeholders to generate priorities for patient-centered research, clinical innovation, and policy change.
2019 TOPICS TBA.
For the 2018 symposium, the following topics were featured:
- Patient and caregiver perspectives as they identify best practices to bridge the gap between mental health and cancer care.
- Expert speakers from mental health and oncology paired with patients and caregivers to educate participants on the state of the science of the continuum of cancer care.
- An interactive panel with representation from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance, and Mass General to discuss barriers to participation in research for people with serious mental illness.
- A plenary delivered by Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH from the Columbia University Psychiatry highlighting how to develop partnerships at multiple levels to engage caregivers, accelerate research, and impact policy change.
- Morning and afternoon breakouts sessions: participants will choose among four topics and engage in a dialogue with researchers, clinicians, advocates, policy-makers, patients and family and community-based caregivers to create an agenda for practice change.
- Presentations from policy leaders (Senator Cindy Friedman, Dr. Kathy Sanders, Medical Director, DMH) regarding reform in the structure of the Department of Mental Health, accountable care models, and a legislative agenda for change.
By collaborating across disciplines and roles, we aim to strengthen the community network of individuals who are committed to promoting equity in cancer care and research for people affected by mental illness.
Free but registration is required to firstname.lastname@example.org or http://namimass.org/event/2nd-annual-symposium-bridging-the-divide-mental-health-and-cancer-care