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(CHI) Community Health Institute and Expo

CTuJ1 - Engaging and Retaining Patients With Substance Use and Behavioral Health Issues in Ongoing Primary Care

Aug 29, 2017 8:30am ‐ Aug 29, 2017 10:00am


People with substance abuse disorders and behavioral health issues experience significant health disparities and barriers to care. They comprise one of the most medically underserved populations in the United States today. Yet many community health centers report feeling ill-equipped to address the needs of these patients or have difficulty engaging/retaining them in care. Come to this session for an overview of addiction science, insights into the unique needs of this patient population and how to keep them engaged in care. Explore practical steps your health center can take to create a patient-centered environment, which offers both a welcoming experience and quality primary care to "using" patients that is culturally responsible, sensitive, affirming, and effective. A panel of your health center colleagues will share the tools they have used to create success and meet challenges in caring for this growing epidemic in their communities. Bring your own experiences and questions.

  • - Describe how addiction impacts the brain.
  • - Understand the role of health centers in managing culturally responsible care of the complex patient with substance use disorder and behavioral health issues.
  • - Describe the role of collaboration in supporting services for complex patients with co-occurring substance use disorder and behavioral health issues.


  • Timothy W. Fong, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Raphael G. Irving, MA, MDiv, Immediate Past Board Chair, Watts Healthcare Corporation
  • Jorge Reyes, MS, Director, Behavioral and Social Services, Watts Healthcare Corporation
  • Roderick Seamster, MD, MPH, President & CEO, Watts Healthcare Corporation

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