Save the date: Friday, October 18, 2019


Dr. Kari Finley with the Center for Health and Safety Culture at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University presenting on Stigma at the 2018 Open Talks

Dr. Kari Finley with the Center for Health and Safety Culture at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University presenting on Stigma at the 2018 Open Talks

OPEN TALKS HEALTH CONFERENCE

Open Talks Health Conference is a component of our community health education initiative to provide year-round comprehensive health care training for clinicians, patients and consumers. Held annually in the fall, the conference provides CE approved sessions for nurses, social workers, LPC, LAC, CAC, RAC, CIT, students and other health care professionals on various disease states affecting the residents of Baton Rouge.

2019 Theme:  Health Equity

Our conference theme this year is health equity and will include three tracks focused on Aging, Women’s Health and LGBTQ.

Objectives:

  1. Provide awareness and education on health equity as it relates to the aging, women’s health and LGBTQ populations.

  2. Provide awareness with the current best practices and effective models in the delivery of care for the aging, women’s health and LGBTQ populations.

As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), health inequities are avoidable inequalities in health between groups of people within countries and between countries. These inequities may arise from socioeconomic status, living conditions and other social, geographical, and environmental determinants. According to the CDC, health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” Open Talks will focus on health equity as it relates to the aging, women’s health and LGBTQ populations that are adversely affected. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports Louisiana’s elderly population accounts for a disproportionate amount of Medicaid program costs. Healthy People 2020 found that in elderly adults, disability rates are inversely related to income. Maternal health inequities exist across racial and ethnic lines, however, maternal and infant mortality and morbidity are highest for African Americans. According to the National LGBT Health Education Center, LGBT youth are two to three times more likely to commit suicide and are at a higher risk of HIV and STDs. By the end of the conference, attendees will be equipped to address these health equity issues in their practice and be more knowledgeable of how to aid their patients in an increased quality of life.

As in year’s past the day’s coursework will provide five educational units for attendees, allow networking with colleagues and vendors and provide the information, skills and resources needed for attendees to advocate for their patients.

Nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, LPCs, LACs, CACs, RACs, CITs, students and health care professionals are invited to attend this one-day event on Friday, October 18, 2019 at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge.

If you have questions, please contact our Development Director, Lori Lauve at lori.lauve@ohcc.org or (225) 424-1772.




Conference Planning Committee

Jamie Barney, DSW, LCSW-BACS
Director of Social Services

Jamie Roques, MPH, MPA, APRN
BH Integration Program Manager

Pam Ellis, RN, ACRN
Board Member

La’Shantlen Russ, MPA
Project Manager

Lori Lauve
Director of Development

Shannon E. Wilkerson, LPC
Mental Health Counselor


Our 2019 Sponsors:

 
 

*This continuing education conference WILL BE submitted to the LSU School of Social Work, ULL College of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Licensed Professional Counselors Association and the Louisiana Addiction Regulatory Authority.