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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2009, Volume 17, Number 5 

Conference Enhances Health Communication

A recent conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and cosponsored by SAMHSA provided the perfect venue for expanding a national health communications network, called for in SAMHSA’s customer-driven strategic communications plan (see SAMHSA Highlights Strategic Communications Framework).

The Third Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, held in Atlanta, GA, in August 2009, explored new ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing national dialogue informed by innovative practices and powered by the latest developments in technology.

Cover of agenda for health communications conference

“At last year’s conference, the topics of mental health and substance abuse were conspicuously absent—not by design, but by default,” said SAMHSA Associate Administrator for Communications Mark A. Weber, M.B.A. “We need to make the key role of behavioral health in overall health an integral part of the national perception—particularly as the Nation engages in a discussion of health care reform. SAMHSA’s cosponsorship of the conference this year and the inclusion of presentations related to behavioral health were imperative.”

In addition to enhancing partnerships across Federal agencies, SAMHSA sought to foster linkages and establish connections among mental health and substance abuse communicators across states. As part of this effort, SAMHSA sponsored scholarships for conference participants from 17 states and the U.S. Territory of Guam. Participants were selected in conjunction with the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.

Brenda Rowe, Ph.D., National Prevention Network representative from Georgia, said, “The Conference was inspiring and offered veteran communications professionals and ‘newbies’ opportunities to engage in a true learning community. Thank you SAMHSA and CDC!”

“Our stakeholders told us what they wanted, and we listened,” Mr. Weber said. “SAMHSA will continue to lead efforts to ensure that mental health and substance abuse are integrated into overall efforts for individual and community wellness.”

Find out more about the conference.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
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Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience




  Treatment Updates  
Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

A set of guidelines for use of effective medications, such as naltrexone.

Guidance for Change

Guidance for Change

Substance abuse treatment programs: Here’s a way to integrate evidence-based practices into their services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Treating Opioid Addiction

Three new educational brochures for patients on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available.


  Suicide Awareness  
Dealing with Suicide Loss

Dealing with Suicide Loss

To help support survivors of suicide loss, a new guide for funeral directors.

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Nearly 8.3 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.


  Grants  
Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Millions of dollars in SAMHSA funding is heading to state and community programs.

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Boost your chances of crafting a winning grant proposal by following an expert’s advice.


  Communications  
Highlights of Recent Conference

Highlights of Recent Conference

New ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing dialogue.

Strategic Communications Framework

Public health practice aligns with evidence-based communications to help establish “a common language.”


  Recovery Month  
Recovery Month Launched

Recovery Month Launched

20th anniversary events across the country marked this year’s celebrations, which included a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo Gallery

SAMHSA’s Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, joined other VIPs to celebrate.


  New Survey Data  
National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

Among 12- to 17-year-olds, a significant decline was reported in past-month illicit drug use.


  Prevention Update  
FASD Awareness Day

FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day emphasized the message, “If you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.”


  Special Populations  

Hispanics

An annual average of 2.6 million Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year.

American Indians

A recent report examines the 335 identified facilities serving the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2007.

Race and Ethnicity

New data focus on the need for treatment for substance use and depression among adults age 18 or older by race/ethnicity.


  Also in this Issue  
Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Of the 28.8 million adults who received mental health treatment in the past year, about 5.5 percent also received support from a self-help group.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Categories for this year’s awards to 27 organizations included substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services, and more.

GlassBook Project

GlassBook Project

Trauma awareness through art was the topic of a recent presentation as part of SAMHSA’s Consumer Affairs Seminar Series.



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