Upcoming Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT Twitter Chats

The Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT Twitter chat series provides a forum for industry thought leaders and anyone interested in behavioral health to discuss current topics and share knowledge to raise awareness, advance progress and reduce stigma. It takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Eastern and lasts a half an hour.

August topic: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Barbara Dunn, LCSW, ACSW, Magellan Healthcare director, program innovation and outcomesSpecial guest: Barbara Dunn, LCSW, ACSW, Magellan Healthcare director, program innovation and outcomes

Sharon Weber, Magellan Healthcare High Fidelity Wraparound trainer and ACE master trainer, Magellan of WyomingSpecial guest: Sharon Weber, Magellan Healthcare High Fidelity Wraparound trainer and ACE master trainer, Magellan of Wyoming

Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT Twitter chat

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). Examples include:

  • Experiencing violence, abuse or neglect
  • Witnessing violence in the home or community
  • Having a family member attempt or die by suicide

ACEs also include environmental aspects, such as growing up in a household with substance misuse, mental health problems, instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison.

ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness and substance misuse in adulthood.1

1 https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/fastfact.html 

Guiding our discussion will be the following questions:

  1. What outcomes have you seen in adult family, friends and/or patients/clients that may be linked to ACEs?
  2. What do you think are effective ways to screen children for ACEs?
  3. What do you think should be done to help a child who has been identified as experiencing ACEs?
  4. What do you think are ways families and communities can protect children from and prevent ACEs?
  5. What do you think are effective ways for communities to increase resiliency and decrease risk after traumatic events, such as the pandemic?
  6. How do you think we can we raise awareness about the lasting effects of ACEs to help more children reach their full potential into adulthood?

How to participate

Joining the Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT Twitter chat each month is easy:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account on the second Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
  2. Search for the hashtag #bhXPERT in the Twitter search bar.
  3. Click on the “Latest” tab to follow along with the hashtag stream/Twitter chat.
  4. Post a tweet to introduce yourself (first names only) and post tweets throughout the Twitter chat to provide insights on the questions we ask.
  5. Scroll up and down occasionally to refresh the feed.

Important guidelines:

  • Use the hashtag #bhXPERT in all of your tweets to ensure they show up in the feed.
  • We’ll introduce new questions with Q1, Q2, etc. At the beginning of your answers, please put “A” followed by the question number, e.g., A1, A2, etc.

Check out #bhXPERT Twitter chat FAQs here for more information.

Plan for upcoming events

  • Mark your calendar for the second Thursday of each month from 3:00-3:30 PM Eastern.
  • Follow @MagellanHC on Twitter for the latest on our Twitter chat events, information on relevant health topics and other important updates from Magellan Healthcare.

Sign up for reminder emails with event details

Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT house rules

Get the most out of the discussion by following these guidelines:

  • Even if you’re just following along, please say hi so we know you’re there.
  • It’s okay if you’re late – please feel free to jump in at any time.
  • Please don’t promote a business or product.
  • Please spread the word about the Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT Twitter chat series and retweet as much as possible.
  • Remember to always be respectful of different perspectives and opinions, as we discuss many complex issues.
  • Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT is for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for speaking with a doctor. Please do not tweet any personal information, identifying information or health information about yourself or others. Please click here for Magellan contact information.
  • If you’re in an emergency situation, you should do one of the following:
  1. Call 911
  2. Go directly to an emergency room
  3. Call your doctor or therapist for help
  • During the Twitter chat, we will introduce discussion questions with Q1, Q2, etc. At the beginning of your answers, please put “A” followed by the question number, e.g. A1, A2, etc.
  • Please remember to use #bhXPERT in all replies so we can see them in the feed.
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