WIPHL Announces “The Time Is Now:” September Symposium on Behavioral Screening and Intervention

Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) announced the 2013 WIPHL Symposium on Behavioral Screening and Intervention (BSI) will be held September 17 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. The day-long event will be free and open to the public.

More than 20 experts will deliver presentations on the importance of BSI services at the Symposium, including a keynote address by John Torinus, Chairman of Seriograph, Inc. and the author of the book, “The Company That Solved Health Care.” Presenters also include leaders from The Alliance, Business Healthcare Group, Council on AODA of Washington County, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association and various healthcare clinics across Wisconsin.

“The time is now for behavioral screening and intervention. As WIPHL’s director, I am very excited for the breadth of participation in the Symposium from healthcare providers and purchasers, businesses, policymakers and advocates,” said Dr. Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH. “We look forward to bringing together leaders, advocates and those new to BSI for a substantive discussion of real-world solutions to continuing the expansion of cost-saving, proven-effective BSI.”

More than 200 attendees are expected to take part in WIPHL’s Symposium. The event will offer panel, discussions, valuable presentations and networking opportunities to discuss the facilitators and barriers of implementing BSI in addition to encouraging the dissemination of the services in Wisconsin.

To register and view the full agenda, visit http://onlinecommunity.wchq.org/event/BSIsymposium.

BSI screens all patients annually by questionnaire for behavioral risks in general healthcare settings. These services are aimed at reducing tobacco use, unhealthy drinking, drug use, depression and obesity, which, in total, are responsible for more than 40 percent of deaths in the United States each year.

For more information on BSI, visit www.wiphl.org.

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