Small Group Dialogue | Equity Grounded Leadership Competencies
January 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am MST
Time zone information: Focus group starts at 8:30am PST / 9:30am MST / 10:30am CST / 11:30am EST
Behavioral health leadership, historically and presently, lacks diversity and fails to reflect the populations being served. With a new generation of leaders emerging and increasing attention on the traumatic impacts of racism in behavioral health, systemic change efforts must be action-oriented, grounded in equity, and trauma-informed.
In 2021, the College for Behavioral Health Leadership (CBHL) hosted leadership conversations, participated in key informant interviews, and conducted surveys to understand experiences and perspectives related to equity-grounded leadership. Based on this work, we know leaders of color report a need for intentional focus on equity and anti-racism, trusted leaders in positions of influence, and mentorship to develop leaders who embody equity and represent the communities served.
As we work for meaningful systems change and measurable action to transform behavioral health leadership, we are seeking leaders to join us in conversations that will inform the core competencies for the CBHL Equity-Grounded Leadership Fellow Program. The innovative, new program is designed to shift the focus of cross-sector behavioral health leaders to equity and anti-racism as the foundation for systems transformation. These 90-minute discussions will center around the defining characteristics of equity-grounded leadership to inform the core competencies of the Fellow Program.
We are seeking behavioral health leaders of all levels to join these conversations. We are particularly interested in co-creating the Fellow Program’s core competencies with leaders of color.
If you are interested in contributing to this innovative project and connecting with peers during one of the equity-grounded leadership discussion sessions, please register today! Participants will receive a modest Amazon gift card for their time.
Project Team and Focus Group Facilitators
Crystal L. Brandow, PhD
Dr. Brandow has been working in the behavioral health field for over a decade, including in well-being and wellness; trauma, healing, and resilience; identity, culture, and bias; and social justice. She has served in several positions elevating equity in the behavioral health space. Her interests include broader, interdisciplinary topics related to public health communication, population health, and health disparities. Dr. Brandow centers her work around Wellness First, and aims to bring an authentic, impactful, innovative voice to behavioral health.
Curriculum and Facilitation
Ms. Chambers has over 18 years of experience working with issues of social justice, equity, education, mental health and diversity. She is a speaker, educator, and workshop leader who has worked extensively throughout the United States and has served nationally and locally as an advocate and activist for access to care and the elimination of the stigma of mental illness for underserved and unserved communities. Her passion is community engagement and empowerment, equity, and working with leaders to achieve this mission.