Why Is It So Hard to Take Care of Ourselves?

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Simple Steps to Help Consumers Take Their Medicines
Evidence shows that one of the three keys to avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations is taking medications per the doctor’s order. However, many of us fail to follow the prescription regimen and doctor’s advice. Consistency in taking medications is a problem for all of us and is particularly compounded for those with complex medical and behavioral conditions.
The National Council on Behavioral Health recently released its white paper on best practices for care providers in supporting consumers with medication adherence. Please join us to hear Joe Parks, MD, National Council Medical Director, and Chris Reist, MD, Relias Population Health Medical Advisor and contributor to the National Council white paper discuss how care providers can get better in supporting consumer self-care and, specifically, medication adherence.
Participants will learn:
  • The negative impact on lack of adherence to quality of life and health
  • Challenges faced by those with complex conditions in managing medications
  • Best practice tips for providers in helping consumers with supports for self-care and medication adherence
  • How Relias can help you get better at what you do
Please note: this webinar is a free event, and no CEUs or certificates of participation are provided. All registrants will receive a copy of the recorded webinar and slides if you cannot attend the live event.
Please click this link to watch this Free On-Demand Webinar:  Why is it so hard to take care of ourselves? 


Dr. Christopher Reist
Population Health Medical Advisor


Dr. Reist is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He also serves as Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine and the Director of Medical Research for the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Formerly he served as Chief of Mental Health, overseeing full-service mental health care delivery to over 40,000 enrollees at the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. For the past 12 years, he has served as Associate Director of the Southern California VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) which is focused on improving long-term outcomes in chronic psychotic disorders through basic/clinical research and dissemination of evidence-based practices. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Psychiatric Association, has been recognized as an Exemplary Psychiatrist by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and is included in Best Doctors, 2007-2010. He is the author of two books, Psychiatry and Psychiatric Drugs which have been widely used by trainees for the past 15 years. He has over 50 scientific articles that have been published in high impact journals.



Dr. Joe Parks
Medical Director
National Council for Behavioral Health


Dr. Parks is the Medical Director for the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has nearly two decades of experience in public health. He was named the director of the Missouri HealthNet Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services in 2013. Dr. Parks also holds the position of Distinguished Research Professor of Science at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Department of Psychiatry in Columbia. He practices psychiatry on an outpatient basis at Family Health Center, a federally funded community health center established to expand services to uninsured and underinsured patients in central Missouri.
Previously, he served for many years as Medical Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health and as President of the Medical Director’s Council of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director. Dr. Parks has also served as Director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at University of Missouri St Louis and as Division Director for the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services of Missouri Department of Mental Health.



Dr. Carol Clayton
Translational Neuroscience Strategist


Dr. Clayton is a licensed, practicing psychologist with 30 years of healthcare experience in the public and private sector, including non-profit and private practice work. She currently works as the Translational Neuroscientist for Relias, an NC Based Company specializing in online workforce development and training. Before joining Relias, Dr. Clayton served as the CEO of Care Management Technologies, a health IT data analytics company recently acquired by Relias. Prior to her tenure as CEO of CMT, Dr. Clayton served as the Executive Director for the North Carolina Council of Community MH/DD/SA Programs, a nonprofit corporation representing public MH/DD/SA service organizations. She began her career as a psychologist at a local NC state psychiatric facility followed by leading regional public community health child and family services under a capitated Medicaid waiver in NC. Dr. Clayton also served as the Executive Director for Magellan Health Services for the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. She has broad public and private sector management and leadership experience.
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