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NAMI Iowa's Annual Conference

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Ramada Tropics Resort / Conference Center Des Moines

5000 Merle Hay Road

Des Moines, IA 50322

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Welcome to NAMI Iowa's 2018 Annual Conference!

This year features exciting keynote speakers from NAMI National and Iowa stakeholders, such as DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven. This conference features three tracks for breakout sessions so you can hear experts on subjects that interest you! The three tracks are: "Serving All Populations," "Emerging Trends & Treatments," and "Organizational Leadership." Please note, CEUs for peer support, nursing, social work, and alcohol & drug counseling are pending; you may enroll in CEUs when completing the registration form.

Friday, November 16 Agenda:

8:30-9:30 AM: Registration - Exhibits open

9:30-10:30 AM: Evidence-Based Practices as a Tool for Improved Mental Health Services -- Teri Brister, Director, Knowledge Integration Information, Support & Education, NAMI National

10:30-11:30 AM: Integrated Health Care ServicesAaron McHone, Executive Director, UnityPoint Health - Berryhill Center

11:30 AM-12:15 PM: Break - Lunch buffet

12:15-1:00 PM: How We’re Going to Build a Children’s Mental Health System in Iowa - Jerry Foxhoven, Director, Iowa Department of Human Services

1:00-1:15 PM: Break - Exhibits open

1:15-2:00 PM: Breakout Session 1

  • ACES and Trauma-Informed Behavior in Primary Care - Dr. Amy Shriver

  • Success of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Treatment-Resistant Depression - Dr. Eric Barlow

  • Fundraising Planning and Best Practices - Jenna Knox, State Deputy Director, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

2:00-2:15 PM: Break - Exhibits Open

2:15-3:00 PM: Breakout Session 2

  • Intersectionality and Identity in Mental Health Treatment -- Buffy Jamison, Program Coordinator and Healthcare Liason, OneIowa

  • Opioids Epidemic and the Intersection with Mental Health-- Joan Kitten, ARNP

  • Regional Affiliates: Building Relationships -- Jody Eaton, CEO, Central Iowa Community Services; Lisa Heddens, Executive Director, NAMI Central Iowa

3:00-3:15 PM: Break - Exhibits Open

3:15-4:00 PM: Breakout Session 3

  • Innovative Practices of Peer Support in Health Care Panel - Aaron McHone, Executive Director, UnityPoint Health - Berryhill Center; Ashley Vaala, Executive Director, Lotus Community Project; Diane Johnson, Wellness and Resilency Manager, UnitedHealthcare; Todd Lange, Wellness and Resilency Manager, Amerigroup

  • Ketamine in Treatment-Resistant Depression - Dr. Mark Niciu, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine

  • Marketing 101: How to Build a Strong Community Presence - Julie Stauch, Capacity Building Grant Manager, NAMI Iowa

4:05-5:00 PM: Mental Health Advocacy and YOU! - Joan Becker, Author, Sentenced to Life

Saturday, November 17 Agenda:

8:30-9:00 AM:

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • Voting Open for Board Nominations & By-laws Changes

9:00 AM-12:00 PM: NAMI Annual Membership Meeting

NOTE: Breakfast on Friday is not included in the price of registration.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please call the NAMI Iowa office at 515-254-0417 or email zach@namiiowa.org

Where can I stay Friday night?
Hotel rooms at the Ramada Tropics Resort cost $139 per night. There are a number of hotels less than a mile from the Ramada with cheaper rates:

  • Quality Inn, 4995 Merle Hay Road, $73 per night. Call 515-278-2381 to reserve.

  • Days Inn, 4845 Merle Hay Road, $81 per night. Call 515-278-5511 to reserve.

  • Econo Lodge, 4755 Merle Hay Road, $60 per night. Call 515-278-8858 to reserve.

  • Super 8, 5900 Sutton Place, $65 per night. Call 515-270-1037 to reserve.

Is there reimbursement for mileage?
Carpool to save money! NAMI Iowa will pay your mileage if:

  • You have at least 4 people in your car

  • Drive 60 or more miles to the event

  • Just tell us who was in your car, where you came from and your total mileage. We will reimburse up to $100 per car.

Is there a scholarship available?
Yes, there are a limited number of scholarship tickets available. Please select a scholarship ticket at checkout and follow the directions to purchase your ticket and complete a scholarship application. Scholarship recipients are also eligible for room reimbursement.

Can non-NAMI members attend all events on Friday and Saturday?
You do not have to be a NAMI member to attend the annual conference. However, on Saturday non-members cannot vote on items such as board nominations.

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5000 Merle Hay Road

Des Moines, IA 50322

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