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BSC Group Attends Dr. Lonnie Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Policy Academy

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    Tuesday, March 13 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)--A Bluefield State College student and faculty group took part in the Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Policy Academy, March 1-4 in Houston. The theme for this year's academy was "Behavioral Health in a Changing World." BSC students on the trip included Senior Social Science major, Erica Meade, Senior Education major, Gregory Aiken, and Sophomore Pre-Med major Samuel Dennah. BSC faculty member Dr. Tamara Ferguson and staff member E. Lacy Watson were also in attendance.

The Policy Academy gave students and faculty an opportunity to learn strategies to educate students on the facts, as well as tailor curricula and activities for BSC. "Only a few people consider seeking treatment for behavioral health issues on our campus," noted Greg Aiken, a BSC student peer educator who seeks to inform students about the risks and how to prevent HIV/AIDs infections, high-risk drinking, and suicide. Participants learned through the Policy Academy that a successful campaign on campus can lead to positive changes throughout the community.

"Bluefield State was mentored by Dr. Sharon Chappel, who helped develop strategies for grant implementation and project sustainability," Dr. Ferguson explained. "This academy prepared the students and advisors to begin their spring campaign for behavioral health education, federally funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and Morehouse (GA) School of Medicine."