Voices of Prevention
— May 2023 —
Intervention Section for the Division of Behavioral Health. Nationally and across Alaska our communities have been devastated by the impacts of COVID-19. Your coalitions have been there to help. Because of your work, our Alaskan communities are so very lucky to have the coalitions that prioritize and promote health, wellness and connections between community members.
This year, we are offering a variety of trainings and conferences throughout spring of 2023.
May 15-16, 2023
This hybrid Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training will provide an overview of the SBIRT framework and evidence for the efficacy of SBIRT, introduce basics for each step of SBIRT, and offer SBIRT best practices and recommendations. This training is geared toward medical and behavioral health administrators and providers who are interested in learning about and integrating SBIRT into their care setting. We will be offering the sessions and workgroups simultaneously in-person and virtually.
SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE
May 17-18, 2023
Welcome to the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health's Suicide Prevention Team's and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council's joint suicide prevention conference, 'Messages of Hope.' This conference will be an opportunity to engage with suicide prevention research, data, innovation, and community level action to help shape your work to address suicide within Alaska. This conference will also highlight the five-year State Suicide Prevention Plan, the power of youth voices, and Alaskan-centered knowledge. We look forward to your participation at this two-day event to help build and enhance the connections and foundation we all need to collaboratively strive towards a robust system of suicide prevention within Alaska.
Why are we doing this?
Prevention is a critical aspect to the continuum of Behavioral Health Care offered by the State of Alaska, Division of Behavioral Health. For this reason, it is very important to have events dedicated to the focus of prevention throughout Alaska. It is very rare to have the opportunity to truly focus on prevention and the ways in which communities are better off because of our prevention practices.