3rd Annual Behavioral Health Conference: Building Healthier Communities

Date(s) - Monday, May 22, 2017 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
8:00 am - 4:45 pm

The Signature Grand


United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, in collaboration with Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, Florida Community Bank and Signature Grand, will present the 3rd Annual Behavioral Health Conference: Building Healthier Communities, a two-day conference promoting community awareness and support of behavioral health and substance use prevention.


The conference will provide a forum for participants to learn, inform, network and discuss issues related to research, policy and practice. Participants will expand professional knowledge; provide quality continuing education to behavioral health professionals; and promote community awareness of behavioral health and substance use prevention. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn up to 14 CEU credits.


Speakers include:

Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSME: Dr. Peeke is a physician, scientist, expert and thought leader in the fields of integrative and preventive medicine. She is a Pew Research Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland and a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Peeke is an acclaimed TED Talks presenter, three-time New York Times bestselling author, host of the number-one-rated iTunes women’s health HER radio show and is the founder of the Peeke Performance Center for Healthy LivingTM.

Charles Curie
: Mr. Curie served as Deputy Secretary for OMHSAS (1995-2001), and as SAMHSA Administrator (2001-2006). His accomplishments include work with The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Strategic Prevention Framework for Substance Use Prevention, Access to Recovery, National Outcome Measures, and work with post-conflict and war torn countries’ MH and SU systems. Principal and Founder of The Curie Group, LLC, he  currently serves on the Board of Directors of Core Solutions, Inc. and Woodley House, and Advisory Board for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR).


Vijay Gupta: An accomplished violinist and advocate for the regenerative presence of artistic voices in social issues, Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007 at the age of 19 after completing his undergraduate degree in biology and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. A TED Talk speaker and Senior Fellow, he is currently completing a PhD in community psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and training in interfaith chaplaincy at LAC-USC Medical Center. He is also the founder and director of Street Symphony, a non-profit dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities.


Veraunda I. Jackson, Esq.: Jackson, a motivational speaker and published author of three books – “Everything Has a Price,” “You Don’t Have to Settle!” and “Behind the Scenes!” – is an outspoken and tireless advocate for abused and neglected children. A former Assistant State Attorney, she currently serves as a Senior Attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families in Orlando. Jackson lives by the motto “If you have the strength to survive, you have the power to succeed!”


Breakout Workshop Sessions include: Administrator Track, Adult Programming Track, Youth and Family Focus Track, Integration of Behavioral Health and Health Care Track, and Crisis Intervention Team Refresher Track.

Conference Topics include: Youth Prevention Advancements, Adult Health Promotion, Evidence-Based Interventions, New and Promising Practices, Environmental and Media Strategies, Trauma-Informed Care, Crisis Intervention and Law Enforcement, Cultural Competence, Research and Policy Developments, Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health, and Supervisory Innovation.

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