2017 Annual Meeting Theme: Prevention Through Partnerships
The field of psychiatry continues to change rapidly due to new science, technologies, systems of care, collaborations and partnerships. This year’s APA Annual Meeting in San Diego will help you stay abreast of the changes, and make new connections and renew old ones. APA represents more than 37,000 psychiatrists around the world.
Participating in this year’s Annual Meeting will provide you the knowledge and understanding to help you effectively practice in this rapidly changing environment, including the latest research, best practices, innovative approaches, and more.
One important area of change for the field of psychiatry is the movement toward prevention and wellness and impacting patient care through the development of partnerships. Early identification of potential signs and symptoms as well as early intervention can positively effect many cases related to preventing or minimizing the impact of mental illness.
Partnerships with disciplines in medicine, paraprofessionals and with community development sectors will be key to advancing the future of mental health. An example of a potential strategic partnership would be a collaboration with obstetricians to identify mothers of young children coping with depression. Each group could benefit from the access of knowledge, engagement and shared understanding of optimal outcomes that will benefit the patient. One example is the potential for partnerships with obstetricians to identify mothers of young children coping with depression. Treating the mother can have a positive impact on a child’s early education and mental health.
The increasing shift toward integrating the care of physical health and mental health offers many opportunities for partnerships leading to prevention screening, early identification and better treatment. Partnerships with schools can help increase screening for common mental health problems.
This meeting offers numerous opportunities to explore the potential of collaboration and partnerships. You’ll have opportunities to create your own connections while also learning about innovative collaborations that are leading to not only effective diagnosis and treatments, but potentially preventing or reducing impacts of mental illness. As APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., has noted, preventive strategies through partnerships will be a centerpiece of 21st Century medicine and 21st Century psychiatry.