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February 2020

The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

February 4, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rutgers NJ Medical School

Debra Koss, MD, is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and a steadfast advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness. She is currently serving as the President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA). Dr. Koss will meet with the psychiatry residents at New Jersey Medical School to discuss the importance of physician engagement in mental health advocacy. Dr. Koss will draw from her own experiences in advocacy to illustrate the impact physicians can have on health…

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March 2020

Psychiatric Symptoms in the Classroom

March 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sparta High School, Sparta, NJ 07871 Sparta, New Jersey 07871 + Google Map

Debra Koss, MD, a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with more than 25 years clinical experience, looks forward to meeting with parents of children in grades K through 12  to discuss the basics of children's mental health. Dr. Koss will provide an overview of some of the more common childhood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, autism and ADHD, and will describe the impact of symptoms on classroom learning. Dr. Koss will also review the importance of early intervention and…

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Psychiatry in 2020: Why Advocacy Matters

March 21, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
NJ Hospital Association Princeton, NJ + Google Map

Debra Koss, MD is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and steadfast advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness. She is currently serving as President of the NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA). Dr. Koss has  provided testimony before the NJ state legislature, has organized state and federal advocacy initiatives and has developed advocacy training resources. Dr. Koss will draw upon her own experiences to engage NJPA members in a discussion "The Importance of Physician Engagement in Mental Health…

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October 2020

Advocacy Bootcamp

October 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dr. Koss will provide attendees with strategies to engage in state level mental health advocacy as an individual child and adolescent psychiatrist and as a member of the NJ Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Using Mental Health Parity to Improve Mental Health Outcomes

October 23, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dr. Koss will outline strategies to advocate for the implementation of mental health parity legislation at the state level.

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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 @ 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 @ 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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