Ask The Doctor: Reversing Health Disparities In People With Serious Mental Illness

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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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