The conference is hosted by Integral Care and sponsored by public and private community partners. The conference provides information and educational opportunities about mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders and physical health issues. The conference supports the African American community and embraces all members of the community regardless of race.
The mission of the conference is to strengthen family and individual awareness of available behavioral and physical health care services through culturally sensitive education, support and partnerships. The conference strives to reduce stigma and eliminate health disparities.
“Reach Out 2000” was the theme of the inaugural conference on November 11, 2000. The conference was born from Austin Travis County Integral Care’s strategic plan, which called for the incorporation of diversity initiatives from the 1999 Surgeon General’s Report. The November 2000 conference was the first conference of its type in Texas and only the third in the United States focused on the health care needs of African Americans.
Integral Care took the first step towards dispelling myths about mental illnesses and health disparities by hosting the inaugural conference with culturally appropriate information.
Keynote Speakers: Terrie M. Williams, Psychotherapist, Author, Advocate; Hakeem Rahim, NAMI In Your Own Voice Speaker, Let’s Talk Mental Illness Presenter; and Dr. Napoleon Higgins, JR., Psychiatrist, Medical Director of Hold My Hand Residential Treatment Center
Award Recipient: Marva Overton, Executive Director of the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas
See a full recap of 2016 here.
Keynote Speakers: Allen Lipscomb, USC Lecturer and Social Worker and Former US Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin.
Award Recipient: Shannon Jones, III, Director of Austin Travis County Health and Human Services
Keynote Speakers: Tonier Cain, CEO and Founder of Healing Neen INC.; Courtney Jones, Social Worker and Founder, Change 1; and O’Brien Wilkerson
Award Recipient: Sherri E. Fleming, Travis County Executive for Health and Human Services and Veteran Services
Keynote Speakers: Reverend Robert Gilmore, Ph.D.; Jinneh Dyson, Senior Manager for NAMI Houston; and Dr. William July, Ph.D
Award Recipient: Dr. Exalton Delco, Board of Trustees, Austin Travis County Integral Care
Keynote Speakers: Certified School Psychologist, Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson and Joyce James, Associate Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Award Recipient: Anthony Haley from the New Milestones Foundation Board of Directors