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32nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy

"Widening the Circle of Health and Wellness: The Central Role of Behavioral Health"

Nov. 17–18, 2016


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For 32 years, the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy has focused on improving mental health and health care in the U.S. It has done so by bringing together thought leaders to learn about and discuss a specific topic each year devoted to such issues as promoting access to appropriate and affordable behavioral healthcare services, improving the quality of such services, and finally, by reducing the stigma and isolation associated with mental illnesses and substance abuse.

Building on The Carter Center’s leadership in this field, this year’s symposium addresses an emerging issue: the central role of behavioral health and wellness in managing the overall health and wellness of defined populations including organizations, communities, or another defined group. Currently, the strategic focus of health care policy is transitioning away from the management of illnesses in individuals towards the management of health within defined populations. And behavioral health and wellness are essential to the success of such initiatives.

This symposium is devoted to exploring this central role of behavioral health and wellness within efforts to manage the overall health and well-being of populations and communities. The symposium covers three main topics:

  • Managing Population Health & Building Cultures of Wellness
  • The Current State of Integration Efforts
  • Behavioral Health’s Role in Population Health
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