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    • 17 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    About the Presenter: 


    • Marjorie L. Baldwin is Professor in the Department of Economics at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. Dr. Baldwin is a health economist who has devoted a major part of her career to studying work disability and disability-related discrimination. She is the author or co-author of more than 50 articles and book chapters on the topic. Professor Baldwin’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the National Institute of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, among others. She is currently principal investigator for a four-year study on disclosure of serious mental illness in the workplace, sponsored by NIMH. She is author of the book, Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and Working with a Serious Mental Illness, in which she describes the barriers facing persons with serious mental illness in the community and the workplace, from the perspective of both researcher and parent. Professor Baldwin is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the American Society of Health Economists, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and holds an adjunct faculty position with the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health.

    • Webinar Description: For the majority of civilized history, our treatment of persons with serious mental illness has been misguided at best, cruel and inhumane at worst. Thankfully, the psychiatric hospitals of today are nothing like their predecessors of 100 years ago. Today we have laws that establish the rights of persons with mental illness to live in the community, to make decisions about their treatment, and to work in jobs for which they are qualified. Unfortunately, for too many persons with serious mental illness the laws have translated into: the right to live in a jail cell, or homeless on the street; the right to continue experiencing symptoms of psychosis, although effective treatments are available; and the right to work in a low-paid, low-skill job, dependent on government support. Today, persons with serious mental illness are no longer incarcerated in mental institutions for life, but they are still bound by low expectations, negative stereotypes, and the belief that they will never live a normal life.

      In spring 1999, I was abruptly thrust into the world of mental illness when my younger son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I was better prepared than most parents would likely be. As a health economist who studies discrimination against workers with disabilities, I was knowledgeable about the laws that protect my son’s rights. I had connections to the psychiatric community, and the means to ensure he received the best possible care. Still, my encounters with the mental health services system often left me angry, frustrated, and feeling that I was on my own in caring for my son.

      Based on my research and experience, this webinar describes current mental health policy from the dual perspectives of professional and parent. The presentation focuses on why the community mental health movement failed to achieve its goals, and what can be done to improve the mental health system today, so that persons with serious mental illness are better able to achieve their recovery goals.

Past events

13 Jul 2017 Lunch & Learn Series: Horses & Zebras: an overview of infectious disease in Arizona
08 Jun 2017 Lunch & Learn Series: State Loan Repayment Program
30 May 2017 Lunch & Learn: Zika Presentation
25 May 2017 Lunch & Learn: Arizona's 2017 Legislative Session
26 Apr 2017 Spring 2017 Conference: Connecting Community Design and Public Health: People, Place, Policy
23 Mar 2017 Lunch & Learn: Arizona’s Stake in Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Community Paramedicine
30 Sep 2016 Fall 2016 Conference Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities
30 Sep 2016 Fall 2016 Conference & Annual Meeting
05 Apr 2016 Spring 2016 Conference Sponsorship, Exhibit Tables, & Program Ad
05 Apr 2016 Spring 2016 Conference
18 Sep 2015 AzPHA 87th Annual Fall Conference and Meeting Sponsorship
18 Sep 2015 87th Annual Fall Meeting and Conference
17 Sep 2015 87th Annual AzPHA Awards Reception & Fundraiser
17 Sep 2015 Academic Partnerships and Evidence Based Practice Implementation
31 Aug 2015 Public Speaking Workshop
08 Jun 2015 Social Media and Communication Training
14 May 2015 AzPHA Morning Blend
09 Apr 2015 2015 Spring Conference - It Starts Upstream: A Public Health Approach to Building a Healthy Future
09 Apr 2015 2015 Spring Conference Sponsorship
03 Mar 2015 Legislative Overview
19 Sep 2014 Conference Sponsorship Annual Meeting 2014
19 Sep 2014 Annual Fall Meeting - Sharing the Wealth of Public Health Through Innovative Collaboration
18 Sep 2014 4th Annual Awards Reception & Fundraiser
14 Aug 2014 Health Literacy Seminar
22 Jul 2014 Upcoming Election 101
01 Jun 2014 AzPHA Summer Raffle
13 May 2014 AzPHA Morning Blend "Meet Our New Executive Director"
11 Apr 2014 Conference Sponsorship Spring 2014
11 Apr 2014 Spring Conference - Making Healthy Eating and Active Living the Easy Choice
26 Sep 2013 Conference Sponsorship Annual Meeting 2013
26 Sep 2013 Annual Fall Meeting - It Takes A Village: Achieving Healthy Communities
25 Sep 2013 3rd Annual Awards Reception & Fundraiser
18 Jul 2013 Water Works: Where does it come from? Where does it go?
16 Jul 2013 WEBINAR: Talking PUBLIC HEALTH: Tips for a Successful Visit with your Elected Official
13 Jun 2013 E-Cigarettes: Disruptive Technology? A Public Health Perspective with Dr. Carmona
15 May 2013 Recyling? Where does that Stuff Go?
24 Apr 2013 Spring Conference - Moving Arizona Communities Toward Health Equity
24 Apr 2013 Conference Sponsorship Spring 2013
23 Apr 2013 Welcome Reception for Dr. Richard H. Carmona
19 Mar 2013 WEBINAR: Using Our Own History: A Century Old Solution to 21st Century Problems
06 Feb 2013 AzPHA Morning Blend
07 Dec 2012 AzPHA Morning Blend
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