4th Annual Public Health Advocacy Workshop: Building a Road Map to Improve Mental Health Through Advocacy

Saturday, August 25 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Cunz Hall, room 150
1841 Neil Avenue
The 4th Annual Public Health Advocacy Workshop will be focused on mental health and organizations that advocate for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programs.

Speakers will include representatives from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the SMART lab, Mental Health America in Franklin County, and OSU student organizations.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of advocacy to public health.
  2. Describe how students can be engaged in advocacy activities for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programs in Ohio.
  3. Discuss examples of the challenges that advocates for mental health services have faced in Ohio.


8:30 – 9:00                  Registration and continental breakfast


9:00 – 9:15                  Welcome

                                    William J. Martin, Dean, College of Public Health


9:15 – 9:20                  Overview of agenda

                                    Amy Ferketich, Professor, Division of Epidemiology


9:20 – 9:30                  What is advocacy and why is it important for public health students?

                                    Gail Kaye, Associate Professor, Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion


9:30 – 10:05                Primary Prevention: Early Childhood Mental Health Screening

                                    Laura Zdon, Workforce Development Coordinator, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services


10:05 – 10:40              Secondary Prevention: Suicide Prevention

                                    Rosie Bauder, PhD Student in Counselor Education and Supervision, MPH student in HBHP Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Lab


10:40 – 10:50              Break


10:50 – 11:25              Tertiary Prevention: Advocating for individuals with Serious Mental Illness

                                    LeAnn Mattes, MSW, Ombudsman, Mental Health America of Franklin County


11:30 – 12:00             Panel Discussion: How can students get involved?

                                    Laura Zdon, Rosie Bauder, LeAnn Mattes, 

                                   Casey Kaiser, President –Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide

                                   Fatimah Masood, President – Peers REACHing Out

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