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October 2020

Networking for Women in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

October 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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December 2020

Mental Health Advocacy in the Time of a Pandemic

December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Debra Koss serves as NJCCAP's Legislative Chair and AACAP's Advocacy Liaison. Dr. Koss will discuss the importance of physician engagement in mental health advocacy and discuss advocacy strategies for use in the current political climate.

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The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

December 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Debra Koss, MD, President of the NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA), will meet with colleagues from the NJPA Northern Chapter to discuss the importance of physician engagement in advocacy. Dr. Koss will review the importance of building a constituent relationship with elected officials to more effectively communicate with legislators and policy makers. Dr. Koss will also review current NJPA advocacy priorities.

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March 2021

The Mental Health Consequences of Climate Change: A Public Health Approach to Advocacy

March 9, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The World Health Organization had described climate change as an urgent global health challenge that requires prioritization now and in the decades to come. Climate change affects the social determinants of health. Eco-distress and the mental health effects of the trauma associated with climate change are negatively impacting health outcomes. Psychiatrists have a unique opportunity to educate about the mental health effects of climate change and advocate for policies that will support a public health response to this growing crisis.…

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Amplify the Voice of Psychiatry: Become a Mental Health Advocate

March 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Debra Koss will engage members of the NJ Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in a conversation about mental health advocacy. Participants will respond to a call to action, prepare and deliver an elevator speech on an issue of importance to children's mental health, and identify the elements of preparing and delivering effective legislative testimony.

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November 2021

Introduction to the New Jersey Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (NJPPC)

November 8, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

Debra Koss, MD, board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, will serve as moderator for this, the first in a four part webinar series created by the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA) for its members. The NJPPC is a state funded grant program that brings Hackensack Meridian Health System, Cooper University Health System and the Atlantic Health System. together in partnership to provide quick access to psychiatric consultation and facilitates referrals for ongoing behavioral health care.  Dr. Koss, in her capacity…

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The Importance of Physician Engagement in Mental Health Advocacy

November 9, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Debra E. Koss, MD, chair of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association's  Council on Advocacy, will speak with psychiatry residents at New Jersey Medical School about the importance of physician engagement in mental health advocacy Participants will: acquire knowledge about the importance of physician engagement in grassroots advocacy develop skills to effectively communicate with legislators become familiar with advocacy resources and opportunities to participate in organized advocacy activities available through the New Jersey Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

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Responding to the National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Call to Action

November 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Debra Koss, MD, DFAACAP, DFAPA, will present at Grand Rounds at Children's National Hospital. Dr. Koss will describe the importance of behavioral health professionals engagement in mental health advocacy in response to the national emergency in children's mental health. Participants will: Describe the skills needed to effectively communicate with legislators Discuss methods to establish coalitions of mental health advocates List three mental health legislative advocacy priorities Apply new knowledge and skills to support your participation in a grassroots advocacy initiative

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Women as Physician Leaders

November 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The last few decades have seen an increase in the total number of women physicians. Despite their increasing numbers, women are underrepresented in leadership roles and face challenges in professional advancement including academics and organizational leadership. Debra Koss, MD will join Rash Aggarwal, MD and Linda Chuang, MD for a panel discussion exploring pathways to success  in academic careers and organizational leadership. Participants will be invited to discuss possible solutions in order to advance gender equity.

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Anxiety: Is It Stress or Is It An Anxiety Disorder?

November 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Recent events, including academic, social, financial and health stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, have been associated with elevated levels of distress and anxiety in children and adolescents. Debra Koss, MD, board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist will discuss the standard of care for the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Pediatricians enrolled in the NJ Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative have been invited to participate in this Learning Collaborative.

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