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Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and HIV Prevention Conference

September 22, 2017 @ 7:30 am - September 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

An opportunity for medical and mental health providers, community health workers, school personnel, health care agencies and community residents to exchange ideas, explore approaches, and enhance their knowledge about the importance of the delivery of prevention and treatment services within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework. It will also include efforts being made by the UTRGV School of Medicine to create awareness about substance use, especially heroin addiction, and HIV/AIDS problems affecting our community and the prevention efforts that are being made to educate young adults both on campus and in the community. Important as well is the need to create awareness about the special needs of special populations, such as homeless children and families, veterans and the LGBT community. The conference will also address the issue of stigma often associated with seeking treatment for mental health disorders and HIV/AIDS infection.
Mission: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Partnering with our community to address health disparities, prevention and adequate access to behavioral and medical care for its residents. “Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of a healthy life for everyone.”
(Healthy People 2020)
Goal: The overall goal of the conference is to increase awareness, explore approaches, and share knowledge among health care professionals, educators, community health workers, social service providers and community residents about the importance of the delivery of mental health, substance use, HIV/HCV prevention and treatment services within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework to community residents.
For more information, please view the program handbook provided in PDF form below:
Program Booklet


You can also register for the conference on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s website by clicking the “Register” button below:


Learning Objectives

  • Identify the need for addressing the treatment and care needs of special populations such as children, adolescents, young adults, women, veterans, and LGBT individuals with mental health disorders, addictions and HIV/AIDS;
  • Learn about the epidemic proportions of heroin addiction in the community and nationwide as well as the treatment and opiate agonist medications available;
  • Learn about applying models of integrated care approaches that effectively address prevention as well as behavioral and medical needs of underserved populations, especially those afflicted with co-morbid mental health disorders, substance use and HIV/AIDS;
  • Identify areas for the inclusion of community health workers (Promotoras) in the interdisciplinary prevention and treatment teams;
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the significance of engaging indigenous health/behavioral care providers in the implementation of culturally congruent prevention and treatment services to underserved populations;
  • Learn about the importance of the assessment and inclusion of the cultural beliefs of the patient in the provision of treatment services;
  • Identify opportunities for self-care that minimize burnout and prevent compassionate fatigue.

Target Audience:

Clergy/Faith-Based Professional, Dentist, Health Educator, Mental Health Professional, Nurse, Nurse practitioner, Public Health Professional, Other Advanced Practice Nurse, Pharmacist, Physician, Physician Assistant, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Professional,

CE Credits:

Medical, Nursing,

CE Credits:

Medical, Nursing,

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