Building on previous NCHDs, which have identified specific areas of concern,
including the social determinants of health, the upcoming conference will sharpen
the program’s existing focus on mental and behavioral health issues – most notably
the recognition and treatment of mental illness as a means of reducing violent
and/or deadly, outcomes, often by gun violence or drug overdose.
Why is this a vital and potentially impactful course to pursue?
- An Average of 96 Americans are killed daily as a result of gun violence in
America, based on statistics compiled by the advocacy group, Everytown for
- According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Drug overdoses killed
63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved
a prescription or illicit opioid. The number represents a 21.5% increase over
the previous year.
- The CDC also reports that suicide rates increased in nearly every state from
1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of
suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor.
While the 12 th NCHD will take an even closer look at mental health issues, it
will continue its important work in such areas as: Human Trafficking as a Public
Health Issue; Climate Change and Catastrophic Weather Events, and the Social
Determinants of Health, including poverty, environmental stressors, educational
attainment, housing and air and water quality.
In May, a new survey from Leavitt Partners revealed that, nearly half of
physicians report that their patients would benefit from food assistance, affordable
housing and transportation to appointments, but over 50% don’t think they or
insurers have a role in providing that help. Who does?
Also, the 12 th NCHD will continue its longstanding effort to identify and
support the next generation of leaders in healthcare with the Undergraduate and
Graduate Student Forum.