On January 14, 2016, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership presented a webinar on the social determinants of mental health with Ruth Shim, MD, MPH. The presentation focused on the social determinants of mental health and mental illnesses; those factors stemming from where we grow, live, work, learn, and age that impact our overall mental health and well-being, and those factors that contribute to mental illnesses. Although there has been considerable recent focus on the social determinants of physical health, there has been surprisingly little emphasis on the social determinants of mental health. Special consideration was given to the social determinants of mental health, as they are largely neglected with regard to their role in causing and worsening mental illnesses. These underlying causes of mental illnesses are modifiable precursors to behavioral risk factors, and are largely responsible for social injustice and mental health inequities. Dr. Shim provided an overview of important concepts and present evidence that supports the existence of these determinants. She will also discuss research, policy, and practice-based solutions. A technical issue prevented the webinar from beginning until the fifth slide; we apologize for the inconvenience.
Videos & Webinars
This recording is from a webinar presentation on November 12, 2015. The webinar provided an approach and resources to facilitate authentic communication between service recipients and providers. This new approach and resource is called “Cultural Activation Prompts,” a type of consumer health activation tool that affirms personal cultural views on health and supports the need for these views to be incorporated into all aspects of health care, particularly behavioral health care. Since the achievement of health literacy should take place in the context of culture and community, cultural activation is a necessary part of the process. This presentation will:
- Provide the definition of the new “Cultural Activation Prompts” tool,
- Describe how to facilitate culturally-oriented discussions utilizing these new cultural activation prompts, and
- Illustrate the intricate role of the peer specialist in this process.
- Moderator: Vivian Jackson, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
- Lenora Reid-Rose, MBA, Director, Cultural Competency and Diversity Issues, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
- Carole Siegel, PhD, Former Director, NKI Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health; Research Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
- Sandra Mitchell, Chairperson, Disability Committee, National Action Network
On February 4, 2015, ACMHA members Harvey Rosenthal, Tom Hill, and Patrick Hendry offer a one-hour webinar about the new Peer Services Toolkit released by the College and supported through the funding of Optum. Materials from that webinar are available from the links below.
Peer-run services that promote wellness and recovery from mental health and addiction-related conditions have emerged as an essential key element in new designs aimed at improving health care outcomes and qualities. The “Peer Services Toolkit: A Guide to Advancing and Implementing Peer-run Behavioral Health Services” looks at the nature of peer support, its origins, essential elements, core values, training and certification, outcomes, providing services within peer-run and traditional agencies, state-level advocacy for peer support services, working with managed care companies, and much more.
Phyllis Vine asks “Why ACMHA?” Colleagues respond.
David Houle, author and futurist, brought to Summit the forces and contexts of the Shift Age and how they affect us as individuals, business people, and leaders. He looked at the future of generations, technology, IP, big data, and other topics to provide eye-opening transformations, weaving in a contextual and conceptual understanding of the huge forces and changes that are and will completely transform the health care and medical landscape in the next ten years. The Shift Age is one of, if not the most, transformative and exciting times in human history. Houle left us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age.
Dr. AJ Robinson, CEO, Symphonic Strategies, led participants at the 2014 ACMHA Summit – “Leading the Future of Health” – through a model and several exercises to improve leadership skills in leading change. In this excerpt, Dr. Robinson speaks about knowing your history and defining seminal moment. He then leads the audience through a collective exercise. ACMHA member Dr. Ron Manderscheid ends the clip by providing an outline of what participants define as seminal moments in behavioral health.
One of the tracks in the 2014 ACMHA Summit addressed the critical roles that consumers play in health care, both as peer supporters and as managers of their own health. That group developed the idea of producing short videos on two topics—peer support and health activation. In this clip, Jana provides an outstanding description of her own growth into peer support and how she has been able to help others and herself through this essential role.
One of the tracks in the 2014 ACMHA Summit addressed the critical roles that consumers play in health care, both as peer supporters and as managers of their own health. That group developed the idea of producing short videos on two topics—peer support and health activation. In this video Debbie and Ashley, mother and daughter, describe the family in which Ashley grew up and the mental health condition Ashley developed as a teen. Through her own growth in personal health literacy, Ashley was able to develop an understanding of the triggers for her own illness. This permitted her to become a health activated person, able to prevent episodes of depression even when confronted with the very untimely death of her young husband.
ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership and Optum presented this webinar on transformational leadership November 21, 2013. Our speakers were Andy Sekel, PhD, CEO, Optum Specialty Networks, and Jennifer Andrashko, MSW, LICSW, Open Door Health Center. Enjoy this presentation and dialogue about transformational leadership and connecting the follower’s sense of identity and self to projects and the collective identity of the organization.
Dr. Sekel, a seasoned leader in the field, oversees behavioral health, complex medical conditions, and physical health services that improve the overall health and well-being of individuals in the employer and health plan markets, as well as beneficiaries in Medicaid, Medicare, and other local, state and federal programs. Ms. Andrashko, an emerging leader, currently directs an integrated primary behavioral health program, which she also developed and implemented, in the only community health center in south-central Minnesota.
ACMHA, in collaboration with Optum, presented the webinar “Collaborative Leadership: A Foundation for Success on September 19, 2013. Presenters were Sandy Forquer, PhD, Sevior Vice President for State Government Programs, Optum Public Sector; Sharon Raggio, LMFT, LPC, MBA, President and CEO< Mind Springs Health; and Cheri Dolezal, RN, MBA, Executive Director, Optum Pierce Regional Support Network. Recording was delayed approximately 4 minutes. The video begins with the webinar in progress.
ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership is pleased to present highlights from an evening with three distinguished leaders: King Davis, PhD; Mary Jane England, MD; and HG Whittington, MD. In an interview format we hear how particular experiences shaped them and through their stories, we learn what motivates them, drives their passion, and how they sustain their enthusiasm for innovation in the face of undeniable challenges.
ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership is pleased to present an evening with three of ACMHA’s distinguished leaders: King Davis, PhD; Mary Jane England, MD; and HG Whittington, MD. In an interview format led by emerging leaders from the College, we heard how particular experiences shaped them and their leadership skills. Through their stories, we learned what motivates them, what drives their passion, and how they sustain their enthusiasm for innovation in the face of undeniable challenges. Please enjoy this dynamic conversation!