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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to Host Inaugural Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Summit
Advocates, service providers and health professionals to come together
to support the well-being of Michigan’s children
DETROIT – May 9, 2019 – To support a better future for Michigan’s families, the state’s leading advocate for children and young adults is hosting the first ever Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Summit: Investing in the mental wellness of our youth. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) will bring together advocates, service providers and health professionals on May 14, 2019 to discuss how to improve the health of children in Michigan.
The all-day conference exhibits CHMF’s expanded commitment to serving all children in need.
“When you see a statistic that one in five children suffer from a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or developmental health disorder, yet only 20 percent of children receive the treatment they need, it’s clear that we need to do more for our kids,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “We all need to invest in the mental wellness of our youth. By having these conversations and working together, we can secure a better future for our children.”
The 2019 Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Summit: Investing in the mental wellness of our youth conference will bring together community leaders, service providers, and families to listen, learn, and network with advocates on how to prioritize behavioral healthcare for children and young adults. It takes place at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan.
Keynote presenters include foster care advocate and author Shenandoah Chefalo, magician and attempted suicide survivor Anthony Grupido, and leading mental health speaker and author Mike Veny. More than a dozen additional speakers and health professionals from across the state will be on-site, including Ken Daniels of the Jamie Daniels Foundation and Tricia L. Schuster of CARE House of Oakland County. Topics include trauma and resilience, substance abuse and the opioid crisis, suicide awareness, how to best deal with anxiety and depression, and the impact of the social determinants of health on mental wellness.
In 2018, the CHMF provided $6.2 million in funding to support and serve children in Michigan – injury prevention, mental health, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research, and wellness and nutrition. The conference is an extension of its focus on the health and well-being of Michigan youth, especially mental health and wellness this year.
For more information about the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation or this event, visit www.chmfoundation.org.
About Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation:
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, an independent community foundation for children, is the largest funder dedicated solely to advancing the health and wellness of children in the state of Michigan. Through fundraising, grant-making and advocacy the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 50 million dollars in grant funding to more than 50 partners throughout the region. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at www.CHMFoundation.org.