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VA Mental Health Summit to be held July 28

7-28-15 Veterans Mental Health Summit

The Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the University of Southern Indiana, and Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center, is sponsoring a Mental Health Summit and Workshop for both veterans and health professionals on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to support the mental health needs of veterans and their families.

This event will be held in the Health Professions Building on the USI campus beginning at 8 a.m. CDT, with simulcasts via live stream at two locations: Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Indiana, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Registrations required, including for the Jasper and Carbondale locations. Click the flyer at left for registration details.

Thank you to our community partners for this event:
Brentwood Meadows
Deaconess Cross Pointe
St. Mary's Health - Evansville and Warrick
Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Dare to Dream participants invited to career exploration programs

Web -Dare -to -Dream -PhotoSouthwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) is collaborating with Dare to Dream for a Health Careers Exploration Programs to be held over the next months at USI and other community locations. This program is geared toward high school students (9th through 12th grades, including recent graduates) with a goal to foster their interest in health careers, as well as prepare them for postsecondary education in a health profession.

The program is funded through a city of Evansville Youth Leadership Grant.

SWI-AHEC works closely with Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Evansville, in addition to our relationship with USI, so a variety of health programs and professions will be featured.

This Health Careers Exploration program is a response to the pressing need to improve the diversity and cultural competency of health professionals, which is one of SWI-AHEC's focus areas. Nationally, the diversity of health care professionals does not mirror that of the overall population, and research supports that a lack of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in the workforce produces barriers that can also increase health disparities. Attracting minority youth, particularly those in underserved areas, to pursue health careers will also produce positive outcomes for the employability and success of the youth, as the demand for jobs in health care is projected to be strong.

There is no cost for participants in the Dare to Dream Mentoring Program, but space is limited. For more information, contact Danny Henderson, or 812-774-1570.

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