Ask the Doctor: Reversing Health Disparities in People with Serious Mental Illness

Nov. 20, 2017


Watch, learn and engage on the upcoming NAMI Ask the Doctor Webinar featuring Dr. Stephen Bartels.  Dr. Bartels talks about current research on the causes of and potential solutions to one of our nation’s greatest health disparities.

People with serious mental illness (4 – 6% of the U.S. population) have a life expectancy that is 11-30 years shorter than that of the general population. This group has disproportionately high rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity and tobacco use—all of which can contribute to earlier death. This webinar will cover approaches to improving health outcomes and reducing early mortality risk.

We’ll discuss prevention and illness self-management, including the roles technology and peers can play. Dr. Bartels’s presentation will be followed by an interactive audience Q&A, moderated by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth.


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Stephen Bartels is the Herman O. West Professor of Geriatrics, and Professor of Psychiatry, Community & Family Medicine, and of Health Policy at The Dartmouth Institute. Bartels is national leader in the fields of aging, mental health services, health promotion, and implementation research. He has a 20-year track-record developing, testing, and spreading new models of care for complex, low socioeconomic populations with a special focus on older adults and individuals with co-occurring mental health and physical health conditions. Bartels’ research topics include the integration of mental health and primary care, health promotion, self-management, disease management, patient activation, automated telehealth, and implementation science. Bartels directs Dartmouth’s Centers for Health for Aging; the CDC Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth; and Dartmouth Institute’s program on Innovation, Implementation, and Improvement Science.

Bartels is a past president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. He earned a BA in English from Amherst College, a MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and a MS from The Dartmouth Institute. 

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