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Engage & Excel 2021

6th Annual Conference
Virtual Event


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What to expect

Turning the Tide on Mental Health

Engage & Excel equips you to put ground-breaking mental health policy into practice. Join national experts, innovative policymakers, and trailblazing community leaders to elevate the impact of your work.

Join us for a day and a half of unparalleled mental health policy programming. Agenda highlights are available below.

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Agenda highlights

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Day 1 Highlights
September 30, 2021

We’re Ready to Free Texas From Depression. Are You?
Join Andy Keller, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Madhukar Trivedi, UT Southwestern Medical Center, as they discuss the Lone Star Depression Challenge and its straightforward mission to free every Texan from depression. Session attendees will learn about Collaborative Care, Measurement-Based Care, technology-empowered community health workers, philanthropy’s role in spurring innovation and lasting solutions, and how to harness the Lone Star Depression Challenge’s extraordinary potential.

The Repercussions of Racism on Mental Health
Join leaders Altha J. Stewart, MD; Fred Sandoval, MPA; DJ Ida, PhD; and Quianta Moore, MD, JD as they discuss how racism and inequality can be perpetuated by policies, regulations, and practices. In November 2020, the American Medical Association declared racism a “threat to public health.” In the U.S., 92% of Blacks, 78% of Latinos, and 61% of Asian Americans have reported racial discrimination in the form of racial slurs, violence, threats, or harassment. Notably, racial discrimination is strongly associated with adverse health outcomes, including access to and effectiveness of some medical treatments. Session attendees will come away with an understanding of how racism and injustices impact mental health and ways to recognize, identify, and mitigate the impact. Attendees will also learn how to implement proven strategies within health settings and communities to improve mental health outcomes in communities of color by addressing racism and inequities perpetuated by mental health policies, regulations, and practices.

Addressing the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Students and Educators
Join leaders Shari Albright, EdD, Charles R. Martinez, Jr., PhD, Kelvey Oeser, MPAff, and Dewitt Smith, EdD as they discuss how Texas is responding to pandemic related challenges and how the Texas Education Agency, higher education, and PreK-12 schools are working to ensure Texas communities have what they need to support student and educator emotional wellness in the months and years to come.

All sessions above are CEU eligible.

Day 2 Highlights
October 1, 2021

More than a Crisis: Responding to Mental Health Emergencies with Multi-Disciplinary Response Teams
Join Enrique Mata, the Paso del Norte Center at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Michael Thompson, Pew Charitable Trusts, as they discuss responding to mental health emergencies with multi-disciplinary response teams (MDRT). Session participants will learn about the core elements of MDRTs, an overview of current data, and practical insight about implementation.

Evidence-Based Intervention for Childhood Trauma and Grief Post-COVID: Proven and Scalable Solutions
Join Maria Collins, New York Life Foundation, Julie Kaplow, the Trauma and Grief Center at the Hackett Center for Mental Health, and Leigh Wall, formerly of Sante Fe ISD, as they discuss evidence-based intervention for childhood trauma and grief post-COVID. Session attendees will learn about these interventions and hear real-world examples of how to address trauma and grief in schools and communities.

All sessions above are CEU eligible.

Featured speakers

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

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Maria Collins

New York Life Foundation

Speakers DanielGillison x

Daniel H. Gillison Jr.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Andy Keller, PhD

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

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Kelvey Oeser, MPAff

Texas Education Agency

Speakers AlthaStewart x

Altha J. Stewart, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Past President American Psychiatric Association

Speakers MikeThompson x

Michael Thompson

Pew Charitable Trusts

Speakers MTrivedi x

Madhukar Trivedi, MD

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Thank you

2021 Engage & Excel Conference Sponsors

E&E is made possible through the generosity of these sponsors.

Visit our sponsorship page to learn more about becoming a sponsor and helping us make Texas the national leader in treating all people with mental health needs.

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September 30 - October 1, 2021

Registration is closed. Please check back for information and join us in 2022!