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 2019 Annual Conference!

This year features exciting keynote speakers from NAMI National and Iowa stakeholders, including Lyndsey Fennelly. 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 15 Agenda:

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

9:30-10:30 AM: NAMI Programs: How to Avoid Burnout and Remain Effective -- Suzanne Robinson, Assistant Director, National Education Programs, NAMI

10:30-11:30 AM: Panel on Law Enforcement's Role in Mental Health and Co-AdvocacyMichael Newton, Chief of Police, Iowa State University Department of Public Safety; Judy Bradshaw, Director, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy; Tony Thompson, Sheriff, Blackhawk County

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

12:15-1:00 PM: Future of ACES and Trauma-Informed Care in Primary Care - Dr. Amy Shriver, Pediatrician, UnityPoint Health - Blank Children's Pediatric Clinic

1:00-1:20 PM: Dessert Break - Exhibits open

1:20-2:05 PM: Breakout Session 1

  • Ending the Silence: A Mental Health Awareness Program for Youth - Connie Grunder, Ending the Silence Presenter; Gina Skinner-Thebo, Ending the Silence Young Adult Presenter

  • Strategic Communication: Telling Your Story with Impact - Part 1 - Lynn Hicks, Communications Director, Iowa Attorney General's Office

  • Latest Trends and Treatments at the University of Iowa Mood Disorder Clinic - Amanda Heeren, Program Director, University of Iowa Mood Disorder Clinic

2:05-2:20 PM: Break - Exhibits Open

2:20-3:05 PM: Breakout Session 2

  • Intersectionality and Identity in Mental Health Treatment -- Buffy Jamison, Co-Chair, Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition

  • Strategic Communication: Telling Your Story with Impact - Part 2 - Lynn Hicks, Communications Director, Iowa Attorney General's Office

  • Success of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Treatment-Resistant Depression - Dr. Eric Barlow, Medical Director, Compass Clinical Associates

3:05-3:20 PM: Break - Exhibits Open

3:20-4:05 PM: Breakout Session 3

  • Serving Survivors of Sexual Violence with Mental Illness - Nadia La Fontant, Underserved Advocacy & Training Specialist, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Heather Strachan, Grants Administrator, NAMI Iowa

  • Nonprofit Board Building and Transformational Governance - Renee Hardman, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

  • Panel on NAMI Provider Education in the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine - Dr. Lisa Streyffeler, Chair and Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Des Moines University; Dawn Grittmann, NAMI Provider Education Instructor; Marty Parrish, NAMI Provider Education Instructor

4:05-4:10 PM: Break

4:10-5:10 PM: Hope & Healing: My Journey with Mental Health. - Lyndsey Fennelly, Owner, LyndsHoops & CampusCycle

5:10-5:15 PM: Closing & Exhibitor Raffle Drawing

Saturday, November 16 Agenda:

8:30-9:00 AM:

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • Voting Open for Board Nominations & By-laws Changes

9:00-11:00 AM: NAMI Annual Membership Meeting

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

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

Where can I stay Friday night?
Hotel rooms at the Ramada Tropics Resort cost $119 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.

Continuing Education Credit
MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Iowa. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 6.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 6.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
Other Healthcare Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

This event is also approved for 6.0 CEU hours Counseling Theories for IBC professionals.

This event is also approved for 8.0 CEU hours for domestic violence advocates from ICADV.

Educational Grants: No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
Disclosure: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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5000 Merle Hay Road

Des Moines, IA 50322

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