Best Practices in Longevity and Wellbeing: How to Create a Healthier, Happier Community


Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow.  He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives.  Buettner’s National Geographic cover story on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer” was one of their top-selling issues in history and a made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award.  His books The Blue Zones:  Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (2008) and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way (2010) appeared on many best seller lists. Mr. Buettner will present best practices in longevity and wellbeing based on his research.  He will discuss how to create a healthier, happier community.

Prevention and Response to Mass Trauma and Disaster: How Trauma-Informed Organizations Mitigate Harm and Promote Health

Dr. Abueg has practiced clinical psychology for over 24 years. His career-long focus has been on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and relieving the suffering of his patients from traumas of all kinds – war, disaster, childhood physical or sexual abuse and  crime victimization including mass killings.  Dr. Abueg will discuss how local trauma-informed organizations can mitigate the consequences of community-wide disasters.

Employment: If I Had Known Then What I Know Now

Join us to learn from Leslie Wilson how to improve your consumer employment services and how to create demand by educating prospective employers on the benefits of a diverse workforce.

In good economic times and bad, one thing remains consistent, people with disabilities have high unemployment rates. This session will focus on evidence based practices that will improve employment outcomes for service providers and job seekers with mental and substance use disorders. Employers are 50 percent of the employment equation yet few resources are expended creating demand for job seekers with disabilities. Current and upcoming developments that impact specific employers’ hiring practices as they relate to candidates with disabilities, proven techniques for engaging employers, and challenges and lessons learned from years in the disability employment arena will be highlighted during this session.

A Multifaceted Approach to Addressing  Prescription Drugs in Your Community

The rise in prescription drug misuse and abuse is an alarming public safety and health issue. In this workshop, Dr. Fields will describe a multifaceted approach to address prescription drug abuse that includes public education, policy development and creative strategies that address environmental conditions. In order to reduce prescription drug abuse, community attitudes about availability and misuse must change. To prevent prescription drug abuse, a shift in the emphasis must be made from individuals to the community as a whole. Communities must identify the environmental conditions that foster prescription drug abuse and use creative strategies to alter those conditions.

Changing Our Focus From Treatment to Prevention

Laura Galbreath, Director SAMHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, how you can help to move our healthcare system from treatment to prevention.

We have heard the numbers and know that it is true – our current healthcare system is not sustainable! It is simply too costly and focuses too much on the management of chronic illnesses. The challenge for us is to move from a “sick-care” system to a “health-care” system with more emphasis on the prevention of physical and behavioral disorders. Learn what this change means for you in terms of measurement, services and accountability!

Marketing Prevention, Health & Wellness for the New Health Care Environment

Learn from Patrick Gauthier the importance of how prevention is viewed and of market repositioning and promotion to reach new health care segments.

The proliferation of new business models and sweeping changes in health care markets is impacting the fields of prevention and health & wellness as much as any. As health and behavioral health care providers begin to share in the risks and savings associated with providing the right services as we push forward towards systemic ways of avoiding illness and injury in the first place, prevention becomes all the more important. This session applies the principles of Clayton Christensen’s Disruptive Innovation to the field of prevention and asks many “what if?” questions to reveal many exciting opportunities. Having prompted prevention providers to think about their products and services differently, this session then explores the need to market and promote your organization in the full view of commercial health insurance.

Sustainability – The Buzz Word that Keeps Us Busy as Bees

Join us to learn from Cindy Coney about the buzz word that keeps us busy as bees… sustainability and how to keep programs and services funded in these challenging economic times.

Improving Children’s Mental Health Outcomes: What? Why? and How?

Come examine with Beth Stroul why children’s mental health constitutes a public health crisis and the need for improving services and outcomes.

This workshop will explore children’s mental health as an integral part of community health and wellness that has not received either the attention or resources necessary to improve services and outcomes. The content will focus on: 1) why children’s mental health services should be a priority, 2) the system of care approach as a framework for reform with demonstrable outcomes, 3) the philosophy and services that comprise effective systems of care for children’s mental health, and 4) the strategies that are effective in implementing the systemic changes needed for the wide-scale adoption of the system of care approach. In addition, the presenter will review lessons learned that can inform efforts to take any health and human service innovation to scale.

Assessing the Value of Community Based Prevention

Join Lyla Hernandez as she discusses the Institute of Medicine’s framework for assessing the value of community-based prevention.

To improve our nation’s health, greater emphasis must be placed on efforts to keep people healthy as opposed to treating them once they become ill. Prevention, which refers to helping people avoid getting sick or identifying diseases early so, is one of the best ways to help Americans live longer and healthier lives. Determining the value of community based prevention has proven difficult as preventing morbidity and mortality requires immediate investments with benefits that might not be realized for many years. To address this issue, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) developed a framework for assessing the value of community-based prevention policies and wellness strategies. Come learn about the major findings and recommendations from IOM and how to apply this framework to your community-based prevention efforts.

Mind and Body Reunited: How Community Health Centers Successfully Integrate Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services

Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all health care visits have primarily a psychosocial basis, and about 25 percent of all primary care recipients have a diagnosable mental disorder, most commonly anxiety and depression? Providing behavioral health care in a primary medical care setting such as a community health center can reduce stigma and discrimination, be cost effective and lead to improved patient outcomes. Community health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. Their services not only include primary care, but behavioral health services such as mental health and substance abuse counseling and treatment and referrals to substance abuse and mental health services. This session will highlight the critical role of community health centers in the health care safety net and how health centers are successfully integrating primary health care and behavioral health services.

Shaping Public Debates and Advancing Health Policy Through Messaging

Join Dr. Thomas Workman as he discusses how to shape public debates and advance health policy.

Community members and organizers play a key role in communicating to community stakeholders and policymakers about effective solutions to substance problems. How messages are conveyed makes the difference between apathy or defensive responses and inspired action. This workshop will explore key issues in creating and shaping messages for community and policymakers so that key concepts of shared responsibility, environmental support, and stakeholder-conscious policy are communicated clearly and successfully. Dr. Workman will provide a process and a model for message development that is easy to follow and replicate with community stakeholders.

Affordable Care Act Eligibility and Enrollment Changes: Implications and Opportunities for Behavioral Health Providers

Join us for an overview of the significance of the ACA changes to the eligibility, application, and enrollment systems for Medicaid, CHIP, and the new affordable insurance exchanges and the key implications and opportunities for providers of community behavioral health services.

This workshop will provide an overview on how ACA changes and its current status will affect behavioral health providers. Additionally, you will learn about enrollment assistance practices that have proven effective for individuals with behavioral health conditions.

Moving from Ideas to Purposeful Creation

Join Stephen Hacker as He Explores How to Move from Ideas to Purposeful Creation!

Often good ideas fail to take root. In fact, many times we hear words of wisdom and fail to internalize…only to hear them again at another conference. Moving the learning’s obtained during this conference into deep, meaningful action can be aided in how we reflect. Experience how to reflect upon your conference insights in a manner which offers future development. Beyond the application of a stray notion, have insights which transform you. Learn how to move from ideas to purposeful creation!

Is your social media having an impact? There’s more than tracking web hits.

Join Dr. Shelley Robertson and Bari Weinhausen as they discuss tools and methods for measuring the impact of social media

During this hands-on interactive session, participants will determine what they want from their social media efforts and will learn various techniques for measuring the impact of these efforts – from bootstrap methods to large-scale marketing research studies. Examples, tools, and resources for using different methods will be discussed and provided as templates. Come learn how to use your results to refine social media efforts!

Documenting and Communicating Progress on Policy Change

Join Dr. Shelley Robertson to explore how to translate policy change into meaningful actions to impact behaviors.

Policy change can take time: how do you know you are on the right track? This session will help you document and communicate your progress on policy change to funders and stakeholders in a valid and objective manner. In this interactive session, participants will learn six theories of how policy change occurs; discuss the difference between documenting activity and progress; learn to document research-based interim steps for policy change and apply it to their own work and most importantly – learn how to translate policy change into impact on behaviors.

Partnerships for Success: The Power and Promise of Community

Attend this workshop to learn first hand from coalitions about successful community change models and the mobilization strategies necessary to build effective prevention systems of care

Join Florida’s Partnership for Success coalitions as they present lessons learned from year one implementation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Grant. Local approaches used to develop, foster and sustain lasting relationships among sector partners, effective social media and marketing communications and other memorable storytelling will be featured during the presentation. Workshop participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what it takes to mobilize community change and build data-driven decision making within macro and micro prevention systems of care.

Health Disparities and Community Health

Come join Dr. Renee Volny as she explores the relationship between health disparities and community wellness

With the full implementation of healthcare reform, discussion around the impact of policies on health and health disparities has heightened! This workshop will explore the relationship between health disparities and community wellness; the importance of healthy communities; determinants of health and their impact on community health; and describe the roles of community organizations and leaders in informing health policies related to health disparities and community wellness.

Living Longer, Living Better: Helping an Aging Population to Live Well

An aging population presents society with both challenges and opportunities. Following a brief summary of some of the demographic shifts happening in the U.S., Dr. D’ Ambrosio will focus on what wellness may mean for an aging population. She defines the concept of wellness as having several connected components important for helping older adults to live well, highlighting how our ideas about the future of technologies and services may help people, who are already living longer, and live better.

Emerging Trends in Social Media and Healthcare

Join Elissa Nauful as she discusses emerging trends in social media and healthcare.

Since the launching of Facebook and Twitter, there has been unprecedented growth in the field of social media. Given past growth trends, we can expect that 2013 will be a year of great innovation for social media. Do you understand the world of social media? Are you aware of and prepared for the newest social media platforms hitting the market? If not, come join us as we discuss the new world of social media in an informative and fun learning environment.