Grand Rounds Will Examine Mental Health in Rochester and Monroe County

January 13, 2006

Robert Duffy, mayor of the city of Rochester, will be among the speakers discussing challenges and solutions for mental health care in the city and Monroe County Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry organized the discussion to mark the birthday week of Martin Luther King Jr.

In addition to Rochester’s mayor, the speakers include: Jana L. Carlisle, chief planning officer of the Rochester City School District; Bonnie DeVinney, executive director of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency; Kathleen Plum, Ph.D., R.N., N.P.P., director of the Monroe County Office of Mental Health; and Rev. George Nicholas, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church.

“We want to consider problems that arise across the life-course -- problems that, at once, confront communities, families, and individuals.” said Eric Caine, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. “We also have asked the speakers to identify what they see as some of the most significant barriers that impede progress addressing these issues, and tentatively consider what they view as potential solutions...or, at the least, initial action steps.”

DeVinney will present local mental health data. Caine will moderate the discussion, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Class of 1962 Auditorium in the Medical Center.

The discussion, a Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, is called: “Developing a Vision for Mental Health Promotion in Rochester and Monroe County: Community Voices Defining Priorities and Solutions.”

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