Physical Health 101: Understanding Physical Health for Behavioral Health Providers

Part I: Diseases with Increased Prevalence in Patients Living with Severe Mental Illness – Contributing Factors, Screening, and Management

An educational webinar of the Greater Houston Behavioral Health Affordable Care Act (BHACA) Initiative

Overview:  This was the first of four webinars in a new BHACA Webinar Series. The focus was on diseases with increased prevalence in people living with severe mental illness.  Our presenter was John Oldham, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, The Menninger Clinic.

About Dr. Oldham:  Dr. Oldham received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed psychiatric residency training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Currently, Dr. Oldham leads the medical staff and oversees research at Menninger, while at Baylor College of Medicine, he oversees clinical care, including the public psychiatry division of Harris County Hospital District and The Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. An expert in personality disorders and recognized internationally as a leader in psychiatric medicine, Dr. Oldham is board certified in psychiatry, psychoanalysis and forensic psychiatry. Throughout his career, Dr. Oldham has been active in the American Psychiatric Association, which serves more than 38,000 psychiatrists worldwide.

Preview of rest of webinar series (dates forthcoming):

  • Part II: Physical Conditions Associated with Substance Use
  • Part III: Behavioral Health for the Management of Chronic Illness
  • Part IV: Behavioral Interventions to Improve Health Generally


Click the link for a video of the presentation:

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Thanks to the generosity of BHACA’s funders, Houston Endowment Inc., The Meadows Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston Community Response Fund, this webinar is offered at no cost.

Speaker Dr. John Oldham

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