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  • PI-GRO held a briefing on the IOM report on the mental health workforce and the needs of older adults, led a discussion on behavioral health and HIV prevention, secured the participation of an APA expert member at a federal bullying summit and reported on its 2012 convention activities.

  • HOPE hosted its Ethical Issues & HIV/AIDS: A Multi-Disciplinary Mental Health Services Curricula" training-of-trainers on Aug. 6-7. Nationwide, over 55 HOPE Program volunteer trainers are certified to train the three curricula: 60/90 minute; 2-hour; and half-day. 

  • BSSV participated in the U.S. Conference on AIDS (Sept. 30–Oct. 3). The first presentation was on its HIV Integrated Care curriculum. The second presentation was given by a BSSV (Dr. Kimberly Parker) on "Addressing the Impact of HIV among Black Women in Texas through Capacity-Building, Community Mobilization and Strategic Partnerships."

  • For convention, CYFO promoted the Committee on Children, Youth and Families’ presidential symposium, "Addressing Obesity and Health Disparities in the Nation’s Children." Drs. Mitchell, Fiese, Black, Jollie-Trottier,and Janicke, along with discussant Dr. Flores, presented their work on childhood obesity and health disparities. 

  • For National Hispanic Heritage Month, OEMA partnered with the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs, Chicago School of Professional Psychology and National Latina/o Psychological Association to raise awareness concerning mental health and treatment considerations among Latino populations, particularly Latina women. On Sept. 28, OEMA and the Chicago School honored Dr. Patricia Arredondo, who presented on issues concerning Latino immigrant families. On Sept. 19, Dr. Townsend discussed community outreach and engagement among populations of color at the National Caucus on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities.

  • In September, LGBTCO highlighted the policy applications of the Task Force Report on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation given the California law banning sexual orientation change efforts for minors, which cites the report in its rationale. LGBTCO released its Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality brochure in Spanish.

  • In September, MFP’s Recovery to Practice Initiative started phase one of piloting 15 training modules which focus on recovery-based service delivery. Approximately eight predoctoral, internship and postdoctoral sites will pilot the modules during this phase and will provide feedback from faculty, students and persons in recovery involved in the training. 

  • WPO convened the 5th LIWP (July 30-Aug. 1) on leadership training needs of 51 mid-career women psychologists. The Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls met (Sept. 28-30) and edited their report in preparation for a preliminary review. In August, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children invited WPO to partner on the Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Toolkit

  • PI Communications’ produced two September e-cards on Healthy Aging Month (received over 9,800 views) and National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (nearly 12,000 views). “Live tweets” from the convention presidential symposium on childhood obesity received over 18,000 impressions. This session was featured on APA’s convention blogIn the Public Interest August and September issues were released.