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UTRGV School of Medicine and community partners tackle tough topics during mental health conference

Dean John Krouse at 2nd annual Mental Health Conference

Dr. John Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and vice president for Health Affairs, spoke to professional healthcare providers, indigenous healers, community health workers and residents about prevention and treatment within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework. His remarks came during the second annual Mental Health, Substance Abuse & HIV Prevention Conference, organized by the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Counseling and Wellness Services. The two-day conference was underway Sept. 22-23 at the Region One Education Services Center in Edinburg. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 22, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Counseling and Wellness Services and its community partners is hosting the second annual Mental Health, Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Conference, Sept. 22-23 at the Region One Education Service Center.

The conference brings together professional healthcare providers, indigenous healers, community health workers and residents to discuss the delivery of prevention and treatment services within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework.

Attendees have the opportunity to hear from healthcare professionals on issues related to treating mental illness, addictions, and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. They also are participating in breakout sessions.

The conference also is providing information on the efforts the School of Medicine is making to create awareness about substance abuse and the HIV/AIDS problems in the community, and its prevention efforts to educate young adults on campus and throughout the community. Also on the agenda is discussion about the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health disorders and HIV/AIDS.

ABOUT UTRGV
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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