• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).

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  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.

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Marilyn  Azevedo

Marilyn Azevedo is a registered nurse living in Petaluma, California. After Andy's illness and death, she became an inspirational public speaker and wish coordinator for the North Bay Make-A-Wish Foundation and has lectured in many capacities. She also volunteers at Camp Okizu, a camp for children with cancer where she helps cook for 250 campers and participants who understand without explanation, the emotions involved when cancer invades your family.

Because of her efforts, President Clinton signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to deny people health insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition.

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