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Vol. LIX, No. 17
August 24, 2007

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NIMH Program Recognized as International Role Model

  Melanie Martinez (l), NIMH outreach liaison, meets with Dr. Remi Quirion, INMHA scientific director.  
  Melanie Martinez (l), NIMH outreach liaison, meets with Dr. Remi Quirion, INMHA scientific director.  
How can public health organizations help bridge the gap between research and clinical practice? The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) found the answer in NIMH's Outreach Partnership Program. The program, which focuses on public outreach and education, became a model for CIHR's Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) outreach initiative. The initiative offers awards to Canadian non-governmental organizations dedicated to public health outreach.

In honor of its pioneering example, NIMH's program was featured at INMHA's annual meeting, held recently in Toronto. Melanie Martinez, NIMH outreach liaison for the partnership program, presented the NIMH program.

"The Outreach Partnership Program has proven to be an excellent example of the important relationship that needs to be established between the government's science-based institutions and the non-governmental organizations," said Dr. Remi Quirion, INMHA scientific director.

The annual meeting, titled "A Feast of Science and Partnerships," stressed the importance of a broad range of partnerships to facilitate increased communication about science to patients, families and the public. It was held in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

Started in 1999, the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program enlists national and state organizations to assist in disseminating the latest scientific information about mental disorders, alcoholism and drug addiction. The program strives to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with these illnesses. There are currently 51 state partners, one in each state and the District of Columbia, and more than 80 national partners. The program is an initiative of NIMH, with support from NIDA, and in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. NIH Record Icon

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