NAMI's Ask the Expert Webinar: Reversing Health Disparities in People with Serious Mental Illness

NOV. 20, 2017


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 covers approaches to improving health outcomes and reducing early mortality risk.

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



Our Expert

Dr. Stephen BartelsDr. Stephen Bartels

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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