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Annual Conference of the Adler Institute on Social Exclusion--Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action

Chicago, Illinois
June 3-4, 2010

Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place

Increasingly used to inform public policy and programming related physical health and well-being, the Social Determinants of Health framework has yet to be used, in any systematic way, to inform mental health policy and programming. To address this oversight, the conference will examine how the social conditions in which we "...are born, grow, live, work and age..." (WHO 2009) impact mental health and well-being.

The conference will feature:

Keynote Speaker - David Satcher, MD, PhD - The 16th Surgeon General of the United States, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a member of the World Health Organization Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. Currently, Dr. Satcher is the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, the Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, and the Poussaint-Satcher-Crosby Chair in Mental Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Plenary Speaker - Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH - Gelman Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Galea's research program seeks to uncover how determinants at multiple levels of influence-including policies, features of the social environment, molecular and genetic factors-jointly produce the health of populations. His research areas include the social and economic determinants of population health, epidemiology of mental health and substance abuse, and the consequences of conflict and mass trauma.

The conference is supported, in part, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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