October 27, 2015 – Mental Health Workforce Seminar: Drs. Victoria Soltis-Jarret, Marvin Swartz, and Kathleen Thompson

Date(s) - 10/27/2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Rosenfeld Conference Room (Room 306) – Sheps Center


Please mark your calendars for a special event in our Health Workforce Seminar Series on Tuesday, October 27, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Rosenfeld Conference RoomDrs. Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, Marvin Swartz, and Kathleen Thomas (see bios and presentations below) will be panelists in a facilitated discussion led by Dr. Tom Bacon on “The Mental Health Workforce in North Carolina: Where Are We Now?  Where Are We Going?” Download flyer

We are thrilled to have these mental health experts from a varying backgrounds (nursing, medicine, and policy) participating in this panel.  Panelists will give 10 minute overviews on key mental health workforce opportunities and challenges in NC and we will then open the floor for questions. Given our state’s history of mental health reform and the latest Medicaid reform bill passed by the NC legislature, this will be a timely and important discussion.  Please feel free to invite interested colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Soltis-Jarrett is the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at UNC School of Nursing as well as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, educator and researcher.  She is the director of the UNC School of Nursing’s psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner option, the only program of its kind in North Carolina. Dr. Soltis-Jarrett’s leads work to recruit, educate, and mentor nurses from medically underserved counties and health professional shortage areas across North Carolina to be prepared as a psychiatric mental-health NPs. She recently received a HRSA grant to focus on increasing the mental health workforce by embedding PMHNPs in primary care and extended care settings.

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Dr. Swartz is Professor and Head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry, Director of Behavioral Health for the Duke University Health System and Director of the Duke Area Health Education Center Program. Dr. Swartz has been extensively involved in research and policy issues related to the organization and care of mentally ill individuals at the state and national level. He is currently a coinvestigator of a study of the cost of criminal justice involvement of mentally ill individuals and a study of implementation of Psychiatric Advance Directives in usual care setting. He also serves as the Director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives.

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Dr. Thomas is a Research Fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a health economist with expertise in financing of autism and mental health services, working with families and policymakers to address patient-centered outcomes and develop meaningful insurance policy.  Dr. Thomas has served as principal investigator on HRSA and CMS funded studies addressing the needs of families raising children with mental health needs, adults with disabilities, and mental health workforce shortages. She serves as chair, standing panel member and ad hoc reviewer for PCORI and HRSA study sections, as well as expert reviewer for a number of journals including Psychiatric Services and Pediatrics.

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