September Workshops to Cover Medical Product Shortages and Suicide Prevention

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold two health-related public workshops in September on medical product shortages during disasters and on improving care to prevent suicide among people with serious mental illness.

Recent disaster and public health emergencies, such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the Ebola outbreak, have highlighted the impact that shortages of commonly used medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals can have on health care delivery and emergency response.  A National Academies workshop will explore opportunities to lessen the effects of medical product shortages, conserve product inventory, and predict and prevent future shortages.  It will focus on topics such as information sharing, supply-chain infrastructure, and enhanced collaboration among public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders.

A separate National Academies workshop will examine opportunities to prevent suicide among people with serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia, and other disorders that result in significant functional impairment.  Over the past decade, the rate of suicides has continued to rise and is now the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S., and research suggests that nearly 90 percent of individuals who die by suicide have experienced mental illness.  Discussion topics will include suicide prevention in health care systems, veterans and service members, and tribal communities.

DETAILS:
Medical Product Shortages During Disasters: Opportunities to Predict, Prevent, and Respond - A Workshop will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Click here for more information and to watch the workshop remotely.

Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People with Serious Mental Illness – A Workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the National Academy of Sciences building. Click here for more information and to watch the workshop remotely.

Reporters who wish to attend one or both of the workshops in person should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.