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Behavioral Health 101: What do we need to do together as public and behavioral health professionals? (On Demand-No CE)

Started Feb 22, 2021


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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free version of the course.

If you are seeking CE or a certificate of completion, you will need to enroll in the paid CE version:

The rise of prescription drug overdoses, suicides and excessive alcohol use in this country continue to emphasize the need for collaboration between public health and behavioral health (mental health and addictions) systems. Particularly striking are the profound health disparities that persist among underserved communities. Public Health and Behavioral Health have limited engagement with one another yet play a critical role in addressing these challenges . US Health and Human Services funding mechanisms (e.g., CDC and HRSA ) that are strengthening the public health infrastructure and workforce and the introduction of Public Health 3.0 have created opportunities and incentives for these systems to work together. 
So, what does this mean for public health and behavioral health professionals? To start, these professionals have opportunities to connect with the work that is happening in their state, tribe, territory or local jurisdiction and to ensure that they are not further exacerbating these challenges through their own biases or negative perceptions unintentionally. So, it’s important to take a moment to understand the basics: common behavioral health terminology and framing.

Join our webinar to learn foundational behavioral health concepts, the science of addiction as well as real-world examples of how public health and behavioral health professionals are working together to address the behavioral health needs of the communities they serve.

Public health professionals, health educators, behavioral health professionals, and allied health professionals

Learning Objectives
  • Explain key behavioral health (mental health and addictions) terminology and framing.
  • Discuss the history of addiction and the basic brain science.
  • Describe the linkage between behavioral health and public health.
This webcast was provided by the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Region V Public Health Training Center.
The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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