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1st Annual Diverse Behavioral Health Care Summit

Posted on: May 31, 2015

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Earlier this month I received invitation to the University of North Carolina Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services I had the privilege of attending the 1st annual Behavioral Healthcare Summit to Target Women and Minority Leaders organized by the School of Social Work.

The summit aligns with recommendations from  the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 report on Ethnic Minority and Women Owned Businesses. The study recommended greater support for minority and women businesses, maintaining that these groups can benefit from training, technical assistance, and educational programs.

I must say that I was first, very impressed with the formation of this group. During my 15 years’ experience  as a behavioral healthcare provider in mental health/ developmental disabilities/substance abuse service, I have never learned of, the formation of a culturally diverse study group. Nor have I experienced participation in such. A diverse behavioral healthcare study group is rare, just as behavioral health care specialist to deliver service. It is important to note that, Behavioral healthcare provider(s), Special Population(s), Special Group(s), (whichever you prefer to call them)  receive access to a network of resources and support. The above mentioned classifications are RARE! So Thank You UNC Charlotte, School of Social Work, for making this Summit one of your own!

Keynote Speaker was David Lloyd, a foremost expert on behavioral healthcare with more than 45 years of experience in the industry.

SCORE Charlotte provided an afternoon workshop on business management principles, which featured practical strategies for business planning, development, and sustainability.

Through both observation and participation, I find that any Behavioral Health Care Provider specialty type can benefit from this summit. This study allowed for the audience of Lecturers, executives, and students, a venue to work together and plan succeeding in the Specialty Market of Behavioral Health Care. With consideration of extreme Health Care reform underway, it was amazing to see all the budding partnerships, potential and growth that existed in a single room!






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