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Carolinas HealthCare System to Host Free Community Seminar on Behavioral Health
Free Community Seminar

Where: Davidson College Presbyterian Church (map)

When: August 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Registration is required. Call 704-512-3209 or email us.

Carolinas HealthCare System is collaborating with the town of Davidson to host a free community seminar August 8 that will educate the public about behavioral health.

Davidson will be home to the System’s latest behavioral health hospital  scheduled to open in 2014.

The seminar will follow the first-ever southeast Regional Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Summit in Davidson. Participants in the seminar will discuss the outcomes of a recent HIA in Davidson including recommendations to promote health in all local policies such as transportation, housing and redevelopment, nutrition, energy and sustainable growth.

John Santopietro, MD, chief clinical officer for Carolinas HealthCare System’s behavioral health service line, will be the keynote speaker for the summit. Santopietro will discuss the findings of the HIA summit during the community event and his presentation will include the common challenges and solutions to the behavioral health crisis in the United States and the Carolinas.

Topics for the community seminar include:

  • The impact of the new behavioral health hospital on the local community.
  • How Carolinas HealthCare System’s partnership with Davidson will be a key component to the success of the hospital.
  • Behavioral Health “first aid.”
  • Highlights from the HIA presentation, including the state of behavioral health in the U.S.

“This is a great opportunity for us to connect with the people of Davidson and the surrounding communities and provides us the chance to discuss the importance and the need for the new behavioral health hospital,” Santopietro said. “We are working to reduce the stigma around mental health, offer exceptional treatment to each of our patients and provide a better quality of life for those who come to us for help.”

John Woods, mayor of Davidson, believes that more can be done to help people with behavioral health needs, and has been creating ways to assist them even before Davidson was chosen as the site for the new behavioral health hospital.

“This is a continuation of a lifelong and wonderful relationship between the people of Davidson and Carolinas Healthcare System,” Woods said. “We are proud to be the home for the new hospital and look forward to being an access point for recovery. I would like to thank everyone involved in organizing and presenting this event, and encourage our community to learn more about behavioral health issues affecting our community and region.”

 

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