Educational Opportunities

9th Annual Healthcare Symposium: #Re-Think Addiction

Saturday, April 14, 2019, the 9th Annual Healthcare Symposium will be held at the University of Dayton’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Union Ballroom. Clearly, we are in the depths of a deep and complicated problem. How do we begin to address the situation? While the news is troubling, there are also clear points of light as new and innovative approaches to both understanding and addressing addiction are developing. The focus of the 2018 University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium is “#Re-think Addiction”. An exceptional line-up of speakers will discuss these various models and innovative practices.

$50 Physicians and professionals
$10 Non-UD students (includes medical students)
Free: UD students, Medical Residents

For more information or to register, go to the event page.

10th Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference

Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 8:45 am – 4:30 pm, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will be hosting the 10th Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference: "The Soul Work of Living and Dying" at Sinclair College Conference Center, Building 12.

While modern medicine and contemporary technologies have extended our lives, we still struggle with the question of living well. For physicians and patients grappling with questions of what it means to live fully in the midst of chronic or life-threatening illness, the quest for answers is worthwhile, challenging and deeply personal.

This year’s tenth anniversary Medical-Spirituality Conference is an invitation to explore these issues with acclaimed authors and speakers, Lucy Kalanithi, MD, and Steven Z. Pantilat, MD. Both encourage us to contemplate suffering and life’s meaning in the face of difficult diagnosis with awe, purpose and humility.

For more information or to register, go to the event page.

Finding Our Voice: Talking About Mental Illness and Equipping the Faith Community

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Health Ministry Program offered through Premier Health will be offering an all-day community workshop called “Finding Our Voice: Talking About Mental Illness and Equipping the Faith Community” at the Ray & Joan KROC Corps Community Center.

The mental health needs of those living in our greater Miami Valley area are complex. In Montgomery County, one in five residents are dealing with a mental illness and eight out of 100 people report suffering from a major depressive episode within the last year. Furthermore, 55.8% of individuals suffering from substance abuse or mental health issues don’t receive treatment.

When these concerns are combined with those connected to the use of substances such as alcohol, marijuana and heroin the challenges can be overwhelming. It is not always clear what the faith community’s role might be in working with those with a mental health diagnosis.

Our keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund. Sarah is a national speaker and author of the highly acclaimed “Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and Church”. She is the Senior Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Indianapolis, and the former Vice President for Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis. She is also Vice Chair of the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network (UCC MHN). She received the Bob and Joyce Dell Award for Mental Health Education from UCC MHN in 2015 for “her outstanding authorship and leadership in breaking the silence about mental illness in family and in church and offering healing and hope.” Sarah is passionate about loving her family, God, and being part of faith communities. Lund’s mission is to spread hope and love to people in pain and on the margins.

Join us for this one day event as we explore ways to break the silence on mental illness and how we can equip our communities of faith to be safe havens for those living with these conditions.

Healthcare professionals and all who work or serve in a community setting, especially clergy and congregational staff are highly encouraged to attend.

Registration is required. Call the Health Ministries Program at (937) 734-9454(937) 734-9454.

Pathways to Caregiver Support

Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jennifer Heston, PhD, LISW, Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University will be presenting on "Pathways to Caregiver Support" at Miami Valley Hospital South, Education Center Conference Room.

Recent research conducted by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University has explored caregiver assessment, strategies for caregiver respite, and communication tools designed to assist caregiving families. Scripps researcher, Dr. Jennifer Heston, will share lessons learned from these studies and their implications for those who support caregivers.

One (1) Ohio Social Work CEU is available from the Scripps Gerontology Center for this session. Signing in and out is required for CEU recipients. Nursing may use social work contact hours for their license renewal contact hours requirement.

Registration is required. Call the Health Ministries Program at (937) 734-9454(937) 734-9454.

Montgomery County Prevention Collaborative Lunch and Learn Trainings

Bring your LUNCH and LEARN from training opportunities being offered by Montgomery County Prevention Learning Collaborative.

Two Recognized Clock hours will be awarded to Ohio Certified Prevention Professionals (Approval# 50-17863) for their attendance at these trainings though all professionals and community members are welcome to attend.

Prevention initiatives nationally and locally continue to gain momentum and funding towards the goal of preventing systemic health and safety issues that cost dollars and rob individuals, families and communities of their ability to thrive. Don’t be left behind! Get registered today for any or all of these valuable learning experiences while space is still available.

  • June 9, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, “Pot and Prevention: How do we talk about marijuana in these changing times?”. Join us as we work together to help each other identify specific barriers we face when addressing marijuana within our communities, and how to use this new information when articulating prevention messages about marijuana when talking to others. We will explore the power of language and the importance of choosing our words carefully, as well as how to frame presentations and conversations around research versus opinion. In addition, we will discuss key persuasion techniques that should be in any preventionist’s toolbox. Presented by Allison Sharer, OCPC, Wingspan Training, LLC.
  • Aug. 21, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, “To Do Or Not To Do? Navigating Effective Strategies in Prevention”. This training will address why outdated prevention practices do not resonate with youth, nor work in preventing youth from using substances. Learn about the developing brain and why some messages work better than others. Also, learn how to transform your strategies using best prevention practices.

Be sure to bring your brown bag lunch! ADAMHS will provide coffee and water as well as a FREE parking pass to park in the Water Street garage which is required parking for all attendees. The parking garage is accessible by turning at the stop light at the intersection of E. Monument Ave. and Water Street. Drive up the slight Water St. incline until you see the parking garage entrance on your left.

Visit Prevention Learning Collaborative to register.

2018 Health Ministries Association Annual Meeting and Conference

Health Ministries Association will again be in our area, for their national conference, Sept. 7 – 10, 2018 at the St. Elizabeth Training and Educational Center, Erlanger, KY.

The theme for this year is “The Sacred Practice of Caring: Partnering For A Healthy, Hopeful Future”. A great list of Keynote speakers will be presenting on this theme including:

  • Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, President, American Nurses Association - “Nurse Advocacy - At the Bedside and Beyond”
  • Cea Cohen Elliott, BS, MA - “Hearing Your Voice Within”
  • Lovoria B. Williams, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP - “Faith Based Interventions: A Merging of Faith and Health”
  • Sister Dr. Nancy Linenkugel, OSF - “Can We See Sacredness From Here?”

A Peace Luncheon and presentation by Pastor Greg Delaney, BS, on “A ‘Little HOPE’ Changes Everything (Faith’s Response to the ADDICTION Crisis)”. Highlights also include full-day pre-conference, ten concurrent workshops, Hall of Excellence poster presentations, spiritual offerings, and an exhibit hall.