Second Annual Conference (2015)

Second Annual Conference (2015)

P2PH 2015 Conference

January 28, 2015, Brooklyn Borough Hall

Policy-to-Practice: Transformative Governance Strategies to Enhance Public Mental Health

10:00 am: Welcome, introductions and context. Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and P2PH Co-Chair

10:15 am: Keynote Presentation. Corinne Graffunder, Associate Director for Policy (Acting), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

11:00 am: Charting a Course for Enhancing Public Mental Health. Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City.

11:15 am: Panel 1 – Opportunities in Prevention and Early Intervention

  • Fredrik Lindencrona, Research and Development Manager, PSYNK Program, Sweden.
  • Heather Bullock, Director of the Evidence Exchange Network, Center for Addictions and Mental Health (Ontario).
  • Michael Nolan, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. 
  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University.
  • Moderator: George Askew, Deputy Commissioner for Family and Child Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

1:30 pm: Panel 2 - Building Capacity for Effective Treatment in the Community

  • Homer Venters, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Correctional Health Services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Cynthia Wilson, Assistant Director, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Homeless Outreach Services.
  • Jack Saul, Author, Collective Trauma, Collective Healing. Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Director of the International Trauma Studies Program.
  • Moderator: Larry Ware, Program Director, Hands Across Long Island (HALI).

3:00 pm: Breakout Groups & Reports. Facilitated discussions on the most pressing issues facing policymakers and practitioners as they work to address the myriad public mental health challenges in New York City today.

4:45 pm: Commentary: Realizing Opportunities in NYC. Liz Glazer, Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

5:00 pm: Closing remarks. Alice Cini, Research Project Manager, Academy on Public Health and Criminal Justice at John Jay College, From Punishment to Public Health

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