Description: A 2017 RAND study found that 60 percent of American adults now live with at least one chronic condition; 42 percent have more than one. They account for hundreds of billions of dollars in health care spending every year. Individuals with serious mental illness are disproportionately impacted by our siloed physical and behavioral health systems with mortality rates 2–3 times higher than those of the general population. This disparity translates to life expectancies shortened by 10–28.5 years. It is critical that behavioral health providers understand the fundamentals of the physical health conditions that are major drivers of this early mortality so that basic health behavior interventions can be integrated into behavioral health services. Part 2 of this webinar series covers tobacco use disorder and infectious diseases. Attendees will learn how to use the 5 As model to assess need and promote lifesaving behavior changes.
Facilitators: Suzanne Daub, LCSW & Kima Taylor, MD, MPH