CME Outfitters Announces New neuroscienceCME Webcast: 'Improving the Care of People with Mental Illness in Rural Areas'

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This live and interactive CE webcast/teleconference premieres Friday, February 5, 2010, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, and will address barriers to care faced by rural populations and provide awareness to practicing clinicians of opportunities for collaboration and improvement of access and patient outcomes, which are fostered by emerging technology.

CME Outfitters, LLC, (CMEO) an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), in co-sponsorship with Howard University College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education, is pleased to announce an upcoming neuroscienceCME Webcast titled "Improving the Care of People with Mental Illness in Rural Areas."

Offered as an accredited live and interactive webcast and teleconference premiering Friday, February 5, 2010, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will address barriers to care faced by rural populations, and provide awareness to practicing clinicians of opportunities for collaboration and improvement of access and patient outcomes fostered by emerging technology. This CE activity will also be available as an archived webcast and podcast shortly after the live webcast.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this activity; however, registration is required. Three forms of registration are accepted:
Online: Visit the activity details page at and click the Register for Live Webcast icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
Fax: Visit the activity details page at, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

The activity is designed for psychiatrists, primary care, and other interested physicians; physician assistants; nurse practitioners; nurses; psychologists; social workers; certified case managers; pharmacists; and other healthcare professionals interested in the improvement of healthcare for rural populations.

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize specific challenges and barriers in treating mental illness in rural and underserved populations.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration among healthcare providers to improve access to mental health services.
  • Integrate technology into mental health diagnosis and management strategies to improve access and patient outcomes.

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Activities tab--requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required).

Statement of Need:
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 60 million people live in rural areas and it has been well documented that these Americans face specific challenges to accessing, utilizing, and paying for quality healthcare. Despite 20% of Americans living in rural areas, only 10% of the nation’s physicians practice in rural areas, with access to and availability of mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and social workers significantly lacking. Integrating mental and medical health in these rural areas has been a focus of many states to provide access and health education to providers and patients. It is critical that best practices implemented throughout the nation are shared among clinicians so that all providers can collaborate and improve their knowledge and performance, gain insights to the latest evidence, and provide optimal care services to patients and their families. Evolving technology has provided new opportunities to provide access to services and address barriers presented to patients and physicians practicing in remote rural communities. As technology improves, costs decrease and access increases—these forces help to create opportunities for increased collaborative care management. This neuroscienceCME Webcast will present key insights to better integrate primary care and mental health services, and address the unique challenges and performance gaps identified in rural populations.

Grayson S. Norquist, MD, MSPH, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

John C. Fortney, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences;
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, College of Public Health; Director, Division of Health Services Research, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Research Health Scientist, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System; Associate Director for Research, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Little Rock, AR

Credit Information:
Howard University College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.
The activity also offers CE credits for:

  • Nurses (CNE) – Pending
  • Pharmacists (ACPE)
  • Psychologists (APA)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Certified Case Managers (CCMC)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.
Credit Expiration Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit,, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About Howard University College of Medicine:
The College of Medicine dates from 1868 and serves a broad constituency through its basic and clinical science departments, research centers and institutes, and its Office of Continuing Medical Education, preparing students, physicians and other healthcare providers to serve the underserved. The Continuing Medical Education Program was established in 1961, and in 1967 was the first CME Program in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area accredited by the AMA, continuing to maintain its accreditation by the two other organizations with subsequent accreditation responsibility – LCCME and ACCME.

About neuroscienceCME: is the award-winning web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, was custom designed to fill an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who are practicing in areas related to psychiatry, sleep disorders, addiction and substance abuse, ADHD, and other areas related to brain function. The site's primary mission is to be the professional's central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences. Clinical Compass™, a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by CME Outfitters, is a convenient way to stay informed of all neuroscienceCME news and information. To subscribe, visit and click on "Subscribe to Clinical Compass™."

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding, visit We are grateful for their support.

Contact: Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
614.328.4508 direct
240.243.1033 fax


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