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The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association 18th Annual Conference:

Celebrating the Many Faces and Places of Integration

October 13-15, 2016

The Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 South College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202  USA


Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Opening Plenary Session


Our opening keynote address will be a loud and proud statement of support for LGBT people and their rights. In this multi-media event, we will present the lives and healthcare needs of members of the LGBT community. A panel of experts from the LGBT and Ally communities will present stories and stats that will prepare you to provide the best team-based care for LGBT patients and their families.

We will also equip you with the knowledge for how to advocate for the needs of LGBT people in your clinic, community, and research.

Come join us at the front line of this struggle.


  • Beth Evelyn Barber, LMSW, Counselor/THRIVE Coordinator, The Counseling Center, East Tennessee State University
  • Michelle Evers, CNP, AAHIVS, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Howard Brown Health
  • Steven Migalski, PsyD, Core Faculty, Department of Clinical Psychology, Adler University
  • Stacey L. Williams, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, East Tennessee State University


  • Jodi Polaha, PhD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, East Tennessee State University

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss common health disparities affecting LGBT groups.
  • Identify steps for create culturally competent and welcoming health care environments for LGBT individuals.
  • Identify acute and chronic health concerns prevalent among LGBT populations and explore evidence-based team interventions designed to address these concerns.

Friday, October 14, 2016 -  8:00 to 9:45 AM

"It Takes a System: Collaborative Community-Based

Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic"


Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US. With overdoses from prescription drugs and heroin killing over 29,000 people a year and continuing to climb(2014 figure, CDC), innovative, integrated community approaches to prevention, intervention, and treatment are urgently needed. In this plenary, a multidisciplinary panel will discuss the components and challenges of a systemic approach to the problem. A person in recovery will also discuss her experiences.


  • Don Teater, MD, Staff Physician, Meridian Behavioral Health Services
  • Fred Wells Brason II, President/CEO, Project Lazarus
  • Robert Childs, MPH, Executive Director, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Donnie Varnell, Policing Coordinator, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current national and state trends in opioid use.
  • List three innovative community approaches to intervention and treatment which have shown successful outcomes.
  • Describe the challenges and opportunities which arise from working collaboratively as a community of care in approaching work for these populations.


Saturday, October 15, 2016 -  12:00 to 1:00 PM


"Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Healthcare"

Michael F. Hogan, PhD, Principal, Hogan Health Solutions, LLC, Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and health care professionals of all disciplines have historically been poorly trained and not tuned into suicide prevention.  Multiple studies have indicated that of those who die by suicide, nearly half are seen by a medical doctor within a month before their deaths.  In this plenary, Dr. Michael Hogan, a nationally recognized speaker and consultant, will explore patterns of suicide for patients receiving health care and how primary and behavioral health settings can implement proven screening, care pathway, and quality improvement programs designed to decrease the incidence of suicide.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe patterns of suicide for patients receiving health and behavioral healthcare
  • Describe key elements of care pathways, and the evidence for these elements for individuals who may have suicide risk, including screening and assessment, steps for patient safety and effective treatments;
  • Define how these elements have been assembled in a care model (Zero Suicide in Healthcare) and implemented in advanced primary care and behavioral health


Dr. Michael Hogan served as New York State Commissioner of Mental Health from 2007-2012, and now operates a consulting practice in health and behavioral health care. The NYS Office of Mental Health manages New York’s $5B public mental health system serving 650,000 individuals annually. Previously Dr. Hogan served as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health (1991-2007) and Commissioner of the Connecticut DMH from 1987-1991. He chaired the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002-2003. He was appointed as the first behavioral health representative on the board of The Joint Commission in 2007, and as a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in 2010. He served (1994-1998) on NIMH’s National Advisory Mental Health Council, as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (2003-2005) and as Board President of NASMHPD’s Research Institute (1989-2000). His awards for national leadership include recognition by the National Governor’s Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, the American College of Mental Health Administration and the American Psychiatric Association. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and earned a MS degree from the State University College in Brockport NY, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. 



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