2018 Summit

Leading Differently: Leveraging Power Dynamics to Optimize Change

Our work as behavioral health leaders happens in the broader contexts of population health and behavior change. This reality both requires our attention and demands our expertise. We must assess and consider whose voices have the power and position to influence decisions in clinical practice and policy processes. Whose voices can we hear clearly? Who is absent from the table? Who needs an invitation? What can’t we see clearly? Who can help change that?

#metoo + #timesup + #blacklivesmatter + #studentsagainstguns

What story does each of these powerful social movements tell? How and where do they intersect with our work and reframe the way we lead? How will they inform us moving forward as we consider where we live and how we work?

The effective promotion of healthy communities requires us to consider the intersection of power, privilege, and the many realms of diversity for which we know health equity is largely dependent – race, geography, generation, ability, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and more. Let’s do it together. 

Join us for Summit in Richmond at Virginia Union University (VUU) for the kind of rich and critical dialogue we all expect at this annual gathering. VUU is an historically black college, founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Its powerful history will not be lost on us as we gather and explore these important questions.

Participants will:

  • Cultivate relationships with behavioral health leaders from every corner and system in our country.
  • Explore the roles of multiple behavioral health sectors in producing and reversing inequity in health and wellbeing.
  • Develop skills for leading in complex and changing environments.

Things to Do in Richmond

Richmond is a fabulous place to visit with museums, appealing parks, and distinctive dining spots among the lures of this riverside city. Distinctive neighborhoods bring different allure to visitors. For example, the historic district of Scott’s Addition is compact and walkable, buzzing with craft breweries, destination eateries, and iconic buildings.

The Richmond Garden Trail, eight green spaces separated by less than 10 miles includes the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Anchored by the James River, the James River Park System has several vantage points. Of note is Belle Isle with a multitude of rocks to view the river and its rapids.

The links below provide much more information about Richmond – what to see and do and eat. As you plan your Summit experience, peruse the information to make the most of your visit.


Call for Innovators

At the 2018 Summit, “Leading Differently: Leveraging Power Dynamics to Optimize Change,” innovators who are advancing health equity are invited to share their stories. Selected participants will be showcased so that attendees can learn how ideas are being put into practice and consider how they can be adapted to a variety of contexts and circumstances in the behavioral health ecosystem.

Submissions centered on work in behavioral health and behavior change at all levels (micro, mezzo, macro) are encouraged and should focus on healthy equity efforts. Stories that help the audience make the leap from understanding a small example of change to seeing a broad change in values or a shift in resource allocation are requested. If your proposal is selected, you will be invited to present during a series of “Shift and Share” sessions (not a traditional poster session or breakout session). Each round is typically 7 – 10 minutes, and each innovator shares during several rounds. To learn more about Shift and Share, click here.

The Summit will be in beautiful and historic Richmond at Virginia Union University(VUU). We welcome you to be part of shaping this important conversation – a rich and critical dialogue that our constituency has come to expect at our meeting. VUU is an historically black college, founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Its powerful history will not be lost on us as we gather and explore these important questions and your own stories.

Submissions must be received by August 1, 2018.
Selected innovators will learn more in a planning sessions via Zoom on August 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. MT/1:00 p.m. CT/2:00 p.m. ET. Please mark your calendar!

Access the brief submission form here. Responses have space limits, which are indicated below with the submission questions. Character counts include punctuation and spaces.

  1. Contact Information
  2. Goal of Innovation: What were you hoping to accomplish with this innovation? What was happening when you began to explore this change? (1,400 characters [including spaces and punctuation]; approx. 200 words)
  3. Description of Innovation: Tell us about the innovation. What did you learn through the process? What has resulted? What are some lessons learned that you would share with others who would like to try something similar? (3,500 characters; approx. 500 words)
  4. Outcomes of Innovation: What has been the result of your efforts? (1,400 characters; approx. 200 words)
  5. Artifacts: To bring your story to life, you are encouraged to bring a series of artifacts (photos, a toolkit, a report, etc). What might you bring to share your story? (1,400 characters; approx. 200 words)

Questions about this activity can be directed to Dr. Lynda Frost (lynda@lynfro.com). Questions or issues related to this submission form can be directed to Dr. Kris Ericson (kris@leaders4health.org).

King Davis, PhD
Professor, School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin

King Davis was appointed professor of research in the School of Information at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin in 2014. He is the principal investigator for an $800,000 multi-disciplinary digital archives project at Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia, America’s first mental hospital for newly freed slaves. King was the inaugural director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and holder of the Mike Hogg Endowed Chair in urban affairs from 2011 – 2014 at UT. He served as Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health from 2003 – 2008 and he held the Robert Lee Sutherland Endowed Chair in Mental Health, Law, and Social Policy in the UT School of Social Work from 2000 – 2008. He is a former Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services serving in the L. Douglas Wilder Administration from 1990 – 1994. He held endowed chairs in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Virginia, Medical College of Virginia, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He was a professor of social policy at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work from 1985 – 1999 and Norfolk State University School of Social Work from 1975 – 1985. King held the rank of Captain and chief of social work services for Walson Army Hospital at Ft. Dix NJ and director of the CHAMPUS military insurance program during the Viet Nam War.


Daniel E. Dawes, JD
Executive Director of Government and Health Affairs Policy
Morehouse Scool of Medicine

Attorney Daniel E. Dawes is a nationally recognized leader in the health equity movement and has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations. He is a health care attorney and administrator, and serves as the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is also a lecturer of health law and policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Dawes was instrumental in shaping the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and founded and chaired the largest advocacy group, the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform, focused on developing comprehensive, inclusive and meaningful legislation to reform the health care system and address the disparities in health care and health status among racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women, children, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups in the United States. He is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), which is a national network of health equity champions in virtually every state and territory. Dawes often lectures and presents on health law and policy while serving simultaneously on several boards, commissions, and councils focused on health equity and health reform. He is an advisor to international, national, regional, state and municipal policymakers, as well as think tanks, associations, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

Summit Venue

Summit 2018 is at the Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University (VUU). A relatively new facility, the center was designed as an event space for conferences, seminars, and receptions. VUU is an historically black college founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. The university is a merger of four institutions. The College is pleased to have a new type of venue to host Summit. VUU is approximately two miles from downtown Richmond.

The Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University
1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220






There are a variety of hotel properties at different price points for participants to explore in the downtown Richmond area. The city also has a vibrant AirBnB community for those who wish to seek alternative lodging. The College has not selected a specific hotel property, but those on the list below have been recommended by local residents. We encourage you to explore what is available as you plan your trip to Richmond.

Downtown Richmond Hotels
The Berkely Hotel

The Commonwealth

Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond – Downtown

Hilton Richmond Downtown

Holiday Inn Express Richmond – Downtown

Omni Richmond Hotel

Richmond Marriott

Air BnB Richmond

Transportation to the Living and Learning Center

Richmond Airport
More information about the airport is available from the link including ground transportation information. The airport is only a few minutes from downtown Richmond.

Reagan National Airport, Washington, DC
More information is available from the link, including ground transportation. Drive time to Richmond using I-95 S is estimated at 1:47 hours.

Dulles International Airport
More information is available from the link, including ground transportation. Drive time to Richmond is estimated at 2:10 hours.

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Access a PDF registration form here.

Richmond - Full Summit Non-Member Price
September 26 - 27, 2018
Richmond - One Day Registration
September 26, 2018
Richmond - One Day Registration
September 27, 2018