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My answers to questions on this blog do not constitute medical advice, but are merely meant to create an educational forum for consumers. It is always best to discuss these issues with your health care provider.
Liberia Day 5- First Day of Clinicals
July 12 2013

Ah, Thursday — another incredible day.  Thursday is the first day of clinicals.  Each of the students has been assigned to a clinical site where they rotate each Thursday and Friday for the entire 6 months of the Mental Health Program.  On Thursday, we visited two sites.  The first, Grant Hospital, which is the only […]

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Liberia Day 4 – Last Day of Lecture
July 11 2013

Well, I survived Tuesday night despite the blue drink’s best attempt to kill me.  I woke up Wednesday morning feeling just fine and got the day started on the right foot.  Endsley on the other hand, ate something for dinner that took her out.  She came to breakfast looking like a ghost, and it quickly […]

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Liberia Day 3 – Tuesday
July 10 2013

Tuesday morning, I had learned the tricks of the shower – turn it on half pressure and voila!  Plenty of time in the drain race, and no crazy snake spraying me to death.  So, the morning was a bit less exciting.  We again took our traffic adventure to the hospital campus.   Each day the students […]

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Liberia Day 2– First Day of Lecture
July 10 2013

The time change finally caught up with me on Monday – after getting up at the equivalent of 2:30am EST and teaching for 8 straight hours, I was TOO tired to type my journal.  Starting in the morning – my alarm went off and I began stumbling around to get ready in a sleepy stupor.  […]

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ATL-JFK-ACC-ROB
July 8 2013

7/7/13 7:40pm EST/11:40pm Liberian I made it!  I left yesterday on the 3:00 flight from ATL to JFK.  Survived a 5 1/2 hour layover by eating dinner at Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, Uptown Brasserie in the airport and getting some much needed work done.  We had a timely boarding for the first leg of our international […]

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Off to Liberia!
July 6 2013

I am off today to Liberia for 10 days to teach Substance Abuse Identification and Treatment to Nurses as part of the Carter Center’s Liberia Initiative to build a mental health trained medical workforce. Just as a little background, this trip is a super exciting opportunity for me. A colleague and I developed an entire […]

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Why are Drugs So Hard to Quit?
June 19 2013

Another tool from NIDAMED that I think is so very cool. Click the picture below to check out this 2 minute animation that describes why drugs are so hard to quit.  

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Speak at Skyland Trails in Atlanta, GA
June 17 2013

Save the date for the annual Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Lecture Series at Skyland Trail. This year, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent, will moderate a panel on “Mental Illness in America.”   The event is free of charge and open to the public. Registration required. – See more at: http://www.skylandtrail.org/DCF/ModuleID/542/ItemID/14/mctl/EventDetails.aspx#sthash.tNtwg6Nr.dpuf      

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Limited Edition Breakthru House T-Shirts
June 3 2013

Starting this week, you can support Breakthru House by purchasing a Breakthru T-shirt!  Our “Teespring T-Shirt Fundraiser” lets you reserve a limited-edition shirt (featuring our brand-new Breakthru logo!) for direct-to-home shipment. Here’s how it works: for the t-shirts to be printed, we must reach a goal of 77 shirts reserved in the next 19 days. […]

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Anka BHI Opens Housing Program for Homeless Veterans in Akron, MI
May 30 2013

Hi everybody! You guys know I always take the chance to highlight when my company does something awesome.  I am super proud of a new program we opened in Akron, MI which will provide housing and supportive services to up to 12 homeless Veterans at a time.  Check out the Press Release for more details.  […]

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