Presenters: Rebecca Selove, PhD, MPH, Clinical Psychologist and Research Associate Professor, Tennessee State University and Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Director, George Washington University Cancer Institute
Original Air Date: December 16, 2014
Over the past decade, mental health and addiction treatment providers have teamed up with general health care providers to meet the needs of people with multiple chronic conditions — primarily mental illness and diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The integration of primary and behavioral health care intends to reduce the significant mortality gap that people with mental illnesses face, often from preventable diseases. The lesser discussed killer? Cancer. Due to disproportionately high rates of tobacco and alcohol use, people with behavioral health conditions are at increased risk for developing cancer. Individuals with mental illness and addictions also have poorer cancer outcomes—mostly due to a lack of early detection and treatment. Join this webinar to learn what your organization can do to eliminate these disparities, how to tap into cancer control and prevention resources, and ways you can work with your local and state comprehensive cancer control program.