Uniting Voices 2018: Mental Health Conference

You are invited to… 

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Speaker and workshop details:


Keynote Speaker:

Samantha Powers
Dispelling the Myths of Trauma and Student Veterans
Rm. 145, 10:00-11:00 PM
A commemoration of Memorial Day weekend

Workshop Breakout Session I:

Seema L. Clifasefi
Ph.D. & amp; members of the Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP) Advisory Board
Collaborative voices: Using community-based participatory research to reduce harm and improve quality of life for people with lived experience of homelessness and substance use problems
Rm. 145, 11:00-12:00 PM

In this workshop, we will share a community-based participatory research project known as the Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP). LEAP is a community/academic partnership aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm and improving quality of life for people with lived experience of homelessness and substance use problems. We will highlight the journey of our collaborative partnership and then panel members with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and mental health issues will share their unique perspectives about the impacts that the LEAP has had for them, both personally and for their respective communities.


Ann Vander Stoep
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Epidemiology, UW School of Medicine/School of Public Health, Child Health Institute
Promoting Mental Health from a Public Health Perspective
Rm. 307, 11:00-12:00 PM

Mental health conditions contribute heavily to the global burden of disease.  They typically have their onset in the late adolescent or early adult years and make it difficult for young people to function at school, at work, and in interpersonal relationships.  Nationwide surveys estimate that in any given year, nearly 1 in 3 young adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition, with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse being the most prevalent.  When we think about how best to address mental health problems, we typically think about approaches that involve professionals and treatment delivered in clinical settings with goals of reducing symptoms.  But mental health treatment resources are limited. What actions could we take as communities to promote positive mental health? In the workshop we will discuss programs designed to address mental health from a public health perspective.


Sophie Estella Miller
Dungeons, Dragons, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
Rm. 337, 11:00-12:00 PM

As Dungeons and Dragons undergoes a swell in popularity, more people have become familiar with its surprising ability to help players manage negative symptoms from a variety of disorders, as well as supplement common trauma therapies. In this presentation, D&D’s core mechanics will be highlighted for their ability to assist the player in overcoming, and healing from negative life experiences, as displayed by personal anecdotes, and academic evidence.




Workshop Breakout Session II:
Elaine Walsh
Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor, UW School of Nursing
Suicide Prevention Basics
Rm. 145, 1:20-2:20 PM

This session is designed for people with or without a background in healthcare who want to recognize and provide basic help for someone who might be at risk for suicide.  Topics include statistics, risk factors, and warning signs associated with suicidal behavior, and ways to respond and provide help to someone who might be at risk for suicide.
Gideon C. Elliott
B.A. in Psychology, Peer Support Group Facilitator, In Our Own Voice presenter and Administrative Assistant at NAMI Seattle
& Amina Mohamud
B.A. in Psychology, Behavioral Specialist, Ending the Silence presenter and Helpline Coordinator at NAMI Seattle
Mental Health and Intersectional Identities
Rm. 307, 1:20-2:20 PM

This workshop will explore what it means to live at the intersections of mental health conditions and other identities, how those identities can affect barriers to care, how you can identify some of your own intersections, and touch on what these intersections mean for a professional working in the mental health sector.
Anthony Aguiluz
MA LMHC from Hall Health Center
Dear Stigma, Please Leave Us Alone. Sincerely, Active Minds
Rm. 337, 1:20-2:20 PM

In this workshop, we will use a practice of narrative therapy, letter writing, to address mental health stigma directly. After a brief introduction to the philosophy and practice of narrative therapy and letter writing participants will compose their own letters to mental health stigma (or shame, stigma’s best friend) and there will be an opportunity for a handful of brave volunteers to share their letters and for all of us to listen to their stories. A background in writing is not necessary and pens, pencils and paper will be provided. All participants need to bring is a sense of openness, courage and their listening ears.

Closing Speaker:

Anne Browning

Resilience & Compassion: Building Strength for the Road Ahead
Rm. 145, 2:20-3:20 PM

The challenges we face today are increasingly complex and interconnected.  By developing our individual and collective capacity for resilience and compassion, we lay a framework that will enable us to thrive as individuals and communities.  We will explore how neuroscience, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and compassion operate to contribute to our ability to experience resilience when inevitable hardship, failure, and struggle occurs.


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Film Screening – Clínica de Migrantes – Tu (5/29) @ 4:30pm; Hogness Auditorium

The Latino Center for Health and the UWSOM Center for Health Equity Diversity and Inclusion are pleased to sponsor Dr. Steven Larson’s visit to the UW Seattle campus on Tuesday, May 29th to present the film Clínica de Migrantes:  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Please help us spread the word and join us in welcoming Dr. Larson, Clinical Director of Puentes de Salúd, from Philadelphia to present the screening of this film!

What:             Film Screening and Q & A with Dr. Larson

When:            Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (4:30PM – 6:00PM)

Where:           Hogness Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, Room A-420

Light refreshments will be provided.

Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness 

Synopsis:  Clínica de Migrantes is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes de Salúd, one of a few health clinics in the U.S. dedicated to providing quality culturally-responsive healthcare to undocumented immigrant populations. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers in South Philadelphia. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other health care clinics and hospitals.

A 1-minute trailer can be found on YouTube at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dW9c4nY1g


Additional Information:





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SNAHP Town Hall: Moving Towards Single Payer

Come join us for a panel of speakers who will discuss Single-Payer Healthcare: its background, its economic implications, other countries that use it, a physician’s personal experience with the current US healthcare system, and opportunities for advocacy.

Speakers include: 

David McLanahan, MD Co-founder of the Western Washington Chapter of PNHP

Aaron Katz Principle Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health

Bevin McLeod Program Director, HealthCare for All Washington

Anirban Basu, PhD Professor of Health Economics, University of Washington

Christopher Wong, MD Associate professor, Division of General Medicine, UW Medical Center

Thursday, May 24th, 6:30 – 8 PM

University of Washington Seattle

Turner Auditorium Health Sciences Building D-209



College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention free conference on May 21st in Alder Auditorium

This year’s free College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP) annual conference will be at the Alder Auditorium in Alder Hall at the University of Washington on Monday, May 21st, 2018 from 9:30-5:00 p.m.


Speakers include:


  • Helene White, Rutgers University, a legend in the field who will be retiring this summer, presenting on lessons learned in 43 years of research on college student substance use
  • Linda Major, University of Nebraska, presenting on environmental strategies to reduce heavy episodic (or “binge”) drinking
  • David Arnold, BACCHUS Initiative of NASPA, presenting on best practices in peer education
  • Lara Hunter, Stony Brook University and the National Director of the acclaimed Red Watch Band program, presenting on their bystander intervention program for alcohol emergencies
  • Caleb Banta-Green, University of Washington, presenting on the opiate epidemic and what it means for us on college campuses


The schedule is attached, and final details will be sent to registered participants the week before the event.


How does someone attend?


Simply provide your name, email, and organization through the following link, and you’ll be set:




Please register by Friday, May 18

UW Pantry Peace Corps Event *RSVP required*

Want a study break? Free food?


If so, the Peace Corps at UW has just the thing! We’ll be helping UW Pantry May 30th. While this event will happen 4-9pm you will sign up for a 1-hour shift through UW Pantry.  The details:


  • Time: 4-9 pm
  • Place: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2018


We’ll have a team of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers helping out–so, you can talk to past volunteers while you volunteer! This is a great way to decompress from studying, get involved with your campus community, and see if the Peace Corps is right for you. The event flyer is attached below.


We only have 15 slots available, and they’re going fast. So, RSVP!
UW Pantry Peace Corps Event

Apply to Be a Mentor for UW Leaders!

Apply to be a UW Leaders (UWL) mentor and join a team dedicated to creating an empowering community centered around growth and leadership development! As a proud Latinx queer womxn and Director for next year’s cohort, I really value unconventional, intersectional leadership and hope to create a team that shares these values!


If you’re interested and want to learn more about this position I’ll be hanging out in the ASUW+ Suite (Right in front of UWL Office) on the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, May 10th 10am-12pm
  • Monday, May 14th 5-7pm


Also feel free to check us out online: http://uwleaders.asuw.org/

BLHC Business Week 2018 Event

BLHC is hosting an event for students interested in a career in healthcare administration! We will have 3 healthcare finance professionals, including an alumni who works as a senior associate at PWC, presenting about their experiences and career development. We thought public health students would be interested in this event, and we were hoping you’d share with the major!


Below is the link to our Facebook event page. Please let us know if you have any questions.