American Psychiatric Association’s 164th Annual Meeting Raises $7,158 in Donations for Hawai`i Nonprofit

APA President Carol Bernstein, MD, presents Mental Health Kokua Executive Director & CEO Greg Payton with a check at the APA Annual Meeting opening session on May 15, at the Hawai`i Convention Center. Donations continued to be accepted throughout the conference, reaching $7,158 by its close on May 18.

The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) 164th Annual Meeting raised $7,158 in donations for Hawai`i nonprofit Mental Health Kokua.

The meeting, held May 14-18, drew nearly 10,000 participants who were invited to make a donation as part of this year’s “APA Gives Back Program,” which supports a group in the community hosting APA’s annual meeting. APA also hosted the Hawai`i Aloha Classic 2011 golf tournament in partnership with the Waipahu Aloha Club at the Waikele Country Club on May 13 to assist in raising funds.

This year’s recipient, Mental Health Kokua, helps people with mental illness achieve optimum recovery and the ability to function in their community. APA’s contribution will support the organization’s tele-health program, which provides care to dozens of people across the state, many of whom live in rural areas, who are recovering from mental illness.

This was the second year of the “APA Gives Back Program,” which raised $7,000 for the Mission in New Orleans in 2010.

APA was the Center’s second-largest meeting of the year, following the APEC 2011 Leaders’ Meeting in November. APA last met in Honolulu in 1973.

American Academy of Neurology’s Brain Health Fair a Huge Success

The American Academy of Neurology's 63rd Annual Meeting, April 9-16.

The American Academy of Neurology Foundation’s first-ever Brain Health Fair drew more than 1,400 participants to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki on Saturday, April 9.  The free public event included a film festival, interactive exhibits, family-friendly activities and Q&A sessions with experts – all to promote brain health.

The good news doesn’t stop there:  The American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) 63rd Annual Conference at the Hawai`i Convention Center from April 9-16 drew nearly 10,000 participants, far exceeding the 7,000 initially forecast.  World-class neurologists traveled from 93 countries to take part in groundbreaking scientific sessions at the Center.

That translates into more than $42 million in state revenue, with the Center’s hotel partners benefiting from 72,360 room nights.

Post-conference activities included a special neighbor-island meeting on neuroimaging at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island from April 16-17.

For more information on AAN and its charitable arm, the American Academy of Neurology Foundation, visit the AAN website.

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