Specific Learning Objectives:
1. Learning the four key malleable factors for preventing multiple, interrelated mental, emotional, behavioral and physical disorders that are epidemic in America
2. 2. . Learning how to move from rationing of prevention to universal access to simple, scientifically proven strategies (e.g., evidence-based kernels and behavioral vaccines) that prevent the most costly burdens affecting children, youth, and adults.
3. 3. Learning actual examples that can be applied to improve practice, applied science and basic science as well as for personal or family benefit
“How are the children?” goes the greeting when chiefs of aboriginal peoples meet. The question is not about the chiefs’ own children, but about all the children of the tribe. The children and young adults today are not all right. The 2009 IOM Report on the Prevention of Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (and related physical disorders) shows that the prevalence rates in the US are the worst among the rich democracies, and continuing to get worse. These trends imperil the future security, safety, economic, and political stability of America.
Just as John Snow showed how the Cholera epidemic could be stopped by a simple strategy that provided “prevention for everyone,” so are there very simple strategies from robust science called “evidence-based kernels” and “behavioral vaccines” that prevent, avert or reduce almost every mental, emotional, behavior and related physical disorders. Prevailing scientific dogma, political policies, and mega-marketing by pharmaceutical companies obscures the clear potential to achieve major shifts in morbidity and mortality for the whole country.
This presentation show real world scientifically validated examples, many of which amusingly have significant histories from science at the University of Kansas over the past 45 years. Examples will be presented to show clinical, scientific and personal applications.