CHOP and Devereux team up for conference on integrating physical and behavioral healthcare
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia(CHOP) recently teamed up with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to co-sponsor a conference – for the first time – on the importance of integrating mental and behavioral healthcare with physical care for children.
Approximately 70 attendees from the medical community, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants and clinical social workers gathered at CHOP in late October for the conference, titled “Developmental and Behavioral Health for the Pediatric Patient.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), information from the 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health showed that one out of seven children in the United States, between the ages of 2 and 8, had been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.
About the conference …
The conference addressed some of the leading developmental and behavioral health concerns that pediatricians and primary care providers deal with every day, including autism, ADHD/learning challenges, anxiety, depression, weight management and school problems.
Lectures held throughout the day focused on evidence-based treatments, medication management and resource suggestions. Topics included:
“The conference was a huge success. I want to thank CHOP for sponsoring it with us, as well as the faculty, who shared valuable information and insights with all of our attendees,” said Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II. “Whole-person-centered healthcare is critical for any child – and especially those who are dealing with mental or behavioral health issues. Our hope is that those in attendance were able to walk away with a deeper understanding of the most current practices and practical tips for caring for young patients with developmental or behavioral health needs in their primary care offices.”
Everyone who took part in the daylong conference should be able to:
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