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Event Date: Sep 20, 2016
Event Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
You are cordially invited to join the public talk on
Zero Suicide: An International Declaration for Better Healthcare
Speaker: David Covington (CEO and President of RI International)
Date : Sept 20, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 17:30 – 18:30
Venue : Chamber, 11/F, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Jockey Club Tower, The University of Hong Kong.
In 2001, the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan adopted a comprehensive approach to suicide care that they called the Perfect Depression Care initiative—a systematic quality-improvement program that reduced suicide deaths among people receiving care by over 75%. Many of these individuals had a severe and persistent mental illness, and a hazard ratio for suicide 12 to 20 times greater than the general population. Henry Ford pursued defect-free care on each of the dimensions of the quality chasm framework (all care should be safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable).
Today, more than 200 healthcare organizations in the U.S., with others in Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom, have already put Zero Suicide programs in place. What makes these programs different? They are driven by organizational leadership and eschew incremental change and envision “perfect care.” They include individuals with personal experience of suicide attempts in their design and implementation. And, they reject myths that suicide is an inevitable clinical outcome for some individuals.
Mr. Covington will review the history of this international movement, describe its mission and framework and explore the challenges and results. It’s about a new paradigm in suicide care, one in which suicide prevention is a central goal for healthcare systems.
About the speaker
David Covington, LPC, MBA serves as CEO and President of RI International, is a partner in Behavioral Health Link and leads the international initiatives “Crisis Now” and “Zero Suicide.” He is a two-time national winner of the Council of State Governments Innovations Award, in 2008 with the Georgia Crisis & Access Line and again in 2012 with Magellan Health. For five consecutive years, he competed as a national finalist in innovations award competitions, including Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government in 2009, and was featured in Business Week magazine (Innovate Timeline)[davidwcovington.com].
Details please read : http://csrp.hku.hk/zero-suicide-international-declaration-better-healthcare/
Registration : http://goo.gl/VEcJVx
The HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU