Past Summit Proceedings 2009

Behavioral Health: Embracing Health and Wellness

For many months, Americans have faced an economy that has grown increasingly fragile. Federal, state, and local governments face budget deficits that threaten services and programs designed to help the most vulnerable populations at a time these resources are most needed. Despite concerns, there remains a sense of hope embodied in the potential for health care change. Perhaps rather than finding new resources, we need to rethink and restructure our current resources. Instead of simply watching the continuous rising costs of health care, we need to rethink how we care for ourselves and each other. Health and wellness may be the focus for all of us - as well as each of us.

Prevention is a critical tool in improving health and reducing costs and is an increasingly a topic of discussion. Touted as a component of the solution to reducing future health care costs, prevention may also hold the key to improving our national health. Now is the time to move beyond discussion and begin  reshaping our systems and our thinking to address prevention. We can no longer just criticize because “no one pays for prevention.”  We must transition from a “sick care system” to one with a focus on health, wellness, prevention, and early intervention where every citizen sees an improved quality of life and the most vulnerable among us have ample resources to control their own futures.

As behavioral health specialists; What do we need to know and what do we need to do to lead this transition?  What is population health?  What barriers need to be overcome?  How do we overcome barriers? What solutions do we already know that can transform the American health care system into one that works for everyone?       

At the 2009 ACMHA Santa Fe Summit on Behavioral Health you will help make the case for health and wellness in our communities. You will generate solutions to reform our systems of care. Rethink what health care is, how it should be provided, and who controls it. We invite you to participate – listen, share, and engage in peer learning opportunities and to create solutions to improve the health of every person.

Mental Health Weekly

An issue of Mental Health Weekly included significant coverge of the 2009 Santa Fe Summit. The March 16 issue provides an exclusive report on Summit events. ACMHA extends its appreciation to the editors of Mental Health Weekly for providing this document.

Summit Proceedings

Camille Miller, President/CEO, Texas Health Institute, and Chair, 2009 ACMHA Summit Planning Committee prepared a summary report of Summit Proceedings and "implications for Texas."

Active links on this page provide a PDF file of slides shared by the presenter(s).
What Do We Mean By Health and Wellness?
In order to discuss the role of behavioral health in the health and wellness movement, we must first understand the framework that defines this agenda. Presenters will include such things as Healthy People 2020, the affects of behavioral health on achieving wellness, moving from an illness system to determinants of health, addressing health equity and disparity issues, and the movement to "all health is local and individuals need to take charge of their own health."

Self-Directed Care/Disease Management Models
Presenters will underscore some of the emerging peer-delivered best practices in key domains delivered by national experts to help attendees understand the variety of models and programs available that people use to manage their own care. The focus is on living a life in the community and not simply treatment and services. Models included are Peer Brokered Self Directed Budgeting, Peer Health Care Coaching, and Peer Run Crisis Diversion.

  • Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
  • Michael Hlebechuk, Residential Supports Coordinator, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Steve Miccio, Executive Director, PEOPLE, Inc.

The Transformative Role of Health Information Technology
The discussion focuses on Health Information Technology in the healthcare delivery system. The policy/issue context sets the stage for its role in provider-consumer communications, continuous quality improvement, and self-management for recovery. How can data/reports impact clinical care? Why is data important? What data is available? What technologies are helpful? How is data shared among partners in the system of care while assuring protections of confidentiality?

Addressing Diversity and Health Disparities in Promoting Health and Wellness
Addressing the intersections of health, mental health, and wellness requires attention to both, cultural perspectives on each of these concepts, and the structural barriers to equitable services to culturally diverse populations. A holistic conceptualization of "health" and the integration of health and mental health service delivery may contribute to the reduction of health and mental health disparities. Join the dialogue around these issues and the potential promise of using a public health approach to mental health service delivery.

  • Vivian Jackson, PhD, LICSW, Senior Policy Associate, National Center for Cultural Competence and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
  • Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, Director, Philadelphia Office of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services

In the Beginning: Teaching True Integration and Client Centered Care
Educating medical students to appreciate the importance of treatment integration of physical health, public health, mental health and addictive disorders, and the critical roles they can play is a win-win situation for everyone. Establishing relationships with medical and behavioral health disciplines during professional training is far easier than expecting separate professions to be able to adapt to each other after they are established. This session will provide insights from medical school faculty, students, and consumers who believe in this important curriculum content.

  • Maurie Davidson, MSW, BCD, Private Practice
  • Margaret L. Steuber, MD, Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Medicine, Semel Institute at UCLA
  • Frank C. Day, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA
  • Justin Cheongsiatmoy, MD/MBA Candidate, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Anderson School of Management

Integrated/Coordinated Care and the Impact on Health and Wellness
What is it about integrated care models that better assists individuals to focus on health and wellness, rather than becoming simply a series of co-located treatment providers? What do health professionals - physical and mental health - need to do better to help individuals achieve health and wellness?

  • Michael Boyle, MA, President/CEO, Fayette Companies
  • John Bartlett, MD, MPH, Senior Project Advisor for Mental Health Program Activities, The Carter Center

John Bartlett, MD, MPH, is the senior project adviser for the Carter Center's Mental Health Program activities. His focus is leading and coordinating the activities of the Mental Health Program's Primary Care Initiative, which is intended to help identify ways to facilitate better recognition and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems in primary care.  Dr. Bartlett is a psychiatrist and a former treatment system manager who specializes in quality and accountability issues for mental health, substance abuse, and chronic health care. Prior to working at The Carter Center, he was a partner at The Avisa Group, a policy, research, and consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health care. Dr. Bartlett also has served as the senior medical director and vice president for CIGNA Behavioral Health and as an executive vice president for clinical strategy for Charter/Magellan Health Services. He received his medical training at Yale University and completed his psychiatric residency at the UCLA School of Medicine, where, following his residency, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Michael Boyle, MA, is President and CEO of Fayette Companies in Peoria, IL, and has more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a clinician, administrator, and researcher. He has managed several large demonstration projects funded by the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Center for Mental Health Services, the Department of Labor, and the State of Illinois. He also serves as Director of the Behavioral Health Recovery Management (BHRM) project. This initiative aims to develop a disease management approach to address addictions, serious mental illness and co-occuring disorders.  His current interests are in integrating mental health, substance abuse and primary care, implementing evidence based practices in recovery oriented systems of care, and utilizing emerging technologies to provide recovery support.

Wayne H. Cannon, MD, attended Medical School at the University of Utah and Residency in pediatrics at the University of Utah/Primary Children’s Medical Center.  Dr. Cannon is a Board Certified pediatrician.   He currently is a pediatrician at Intermountain Medical Group Bryner Health Center and also the Primary Care Clinical Programs Leader at Intermountain Healthcare, where he oversees the development, implementation, and coordination of system-wide primary care initiatives in Intermountain.

Justin Cheongsiatmoy is an MBA/MD candidate, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Anderson School of Management.

Maurie Davidson, MSW, BCD, has practiced Clinical Social Work in Los Angeles, California for over 40 years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Mills College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University.  Throughout her career she has worked with families, adolescents, and adults, focusing on helping clients to mobilize their health and strength in an atmosphere of safety and dignity.  One of Ms. Davidson’s areas of specialization is working with people with addictive disorders where she employs a twelve step orientation. She also works with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual clients, often helping teenagers come out to their parents and families.   Ms. Davidson is on the Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors and Speakers Bureau for Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) and is an advocate for LGBT rights, having lobbied for Marriage Equality in Sacramento, California and for an inclusive Employment Non-discrimination Act in October 2007, in Washington, DC.  For the past nine years she has taught third year medical students in the Doctoring Program at The David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Frank Day, MD, MPH, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCLA.

Arthur C. Evans Jr, PhD, is the Director of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services, a $1 billion healthcare agency.  He is leading a major initiative to transform how behavioral health care and mental retardation services are delivered in the city. Since Dr. Evans’ appointment to his position in 2004, Philadelphia has begun a transformation of its entire system to one that focuses on recovery for adults, resiliency for children, and self-determination for all people who use mental retardation services. More recently, Dr. Evans has been appointed to the additional position of Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.  In this role he is working to implement reforms in the child welfare system in Philadelphia. Dr. Evans is a clinical and community psychologist and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He has also held faculty appointments at Yale University School of Medicine and Quinnipiac University.  Dr. Evans has had extensive experience in transforming systems of care and serves in several national leadership capacities. Dr. Evans is highly committed to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that all people have access to effective, quality services. Dr. Evans is a member of the American College of Mental Health Administration and co-chairs the Diversity Interest Group.

Deborah Fickling is the Behavioral Health Ombudsperson for the State of New Mexico Medicaid program and other New Mexico Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative member agencies.  In this position, her "lived experience" as a person in long-term recovery from addiction and mental illness informs her passionate advocacy for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues who are asking for help, seeking resolution to a problem, or just wanting to know that someone cares.  Ms. Fickling is a member of the American College of Mental Health Administration.

Ellen Grant, PhD, LCSW, is a healthcare consultant. Prior to this she was the vice president, Behavioral Health, Wellness & Health Promotion at HealthNow New York where she oversaw a broad range of programs that support HealthNow’s commitment to improving the health of its members by helping them make positive behavioral and lifestyle changes. Dr. Grant has led initiatives in behavioral health and disease and care management while also taking on accountability for several key areas focusing on member wellness. These include major initiatives in obesity research and treatment and member wellness education and worksite health promotion. Prior to joining HealthNow, Dr. Grant served as commissioner of mental health for Erie County (New York), president and chief executive officer of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and vice president of Buffalo General Hospital. Dr. Grant has more than 20 years of experience in health, behavioral health, and academia and began her career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She also holds an affiliation with the University at Buffalo’s Department of Psychiatry as a clinical assistant professor. She was the first black president of both the New York State Association of Counties and the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter. She has served on many boards, including Planned Parenthood of Western New York, Neighborhood House and the Western New York Women’s Fund. She serves emeritus on the State University of New York at Buffalo Foundation board of directors and is also a trustee of St. Bonaventure University. Recognition for community service includes an award from National Conference for Community & Justice, an honorary doctorate from Medaille College in Buffalo and installation in the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame. She has served on the board of the Black Women’s Health Study at Boston University’s School of Medicine and on the Council of Public Representatives—an advisory board to the National Institute of Health. In 1996 she was chosen as one of 12 women internationally to receive a year-long fellowship from the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, which included studies at Harvard University. Dr. Grant is also author of the book Managing in Black and White, examining management and leadership issues for women of color. Dr. Grant is secretary for the American College of Mental Health Administration Board of Directors.

Michael Hlebechuk has been involved in mental health consumer/survivor advocacy for 22 years. From 2002 through 2005, he coordinated the activities of the 2001 Real Choice Systems Change Grant awarded to the Oregon Department of Human Services. Through coordination of the activities of this grant, he oversaw the development of the Empowerment Initiative Brokerage, a consumer run and governed mental health self-directed care project that allowed 25 individuals to direct their own care through a person-centered plan that they, themselves, authored. Mr. Hlebechuk consults on self-directed care projects and has provided workshops at various conferences on self-directed care, systems change, mental health recovery, and person centered planning.

Vivian Jackson, PhD, LICSW, is a member of the faculty with the National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, where she provides technical assistance and consultation related to cultural and linguistic competence for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative. Dr. Jackson is a social worker with over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, supervisor, manager, and trainer in health, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, managed care, system reform, and cultural competency. Former positions include Director, Office of Policy and Practice, National Association of Social Workers, and Child Welfare Advisor, National Resource Network for Children’s Mental Health at the Washington Business Group on Health. Her publications include Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Eliminating Disparities,” a book chapter in The System of Care Handbook (Brookes, 2008); Cultural Competence in Managed Behavioral Health Care (Manisses Communications,1999), and Getting Started…Moving On: Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families (NCCC, 2003). Dr. Jackson served as a member of the National Association of Social Workers National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity from 2000-2008 and the NASW’s Presidential Diversity Task Force from 2005-2008. In these roles, she was instrumental in the development of Indicators for the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in the Social Work Profession and Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call for Action.

Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, FACN, is an FDA Commissioner’s Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Scientific and Medical Programs where she works towards improving communication on food and drug interactions. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and an associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  She is the founder and chief medical officer of INGRIDientsTM, Inc., which provides medical nutrition information to colleagues, clients, and consumers.  Dr. Kohlstadt is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Maryland and as a Rotary Club scholar at Universität Tübingen, Germany. Board-certified in General Preventive Medicine and with a graduate degree in epidemiology, she became convinced that nutrition is powerful and underutilized in preventing disease. She therefore focused her career on nutrition through fellowships at Johns Hopkins and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She worked as a bariatric physician at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and the Florida Orthopaedic Institute.  As a congressional intern and later with the FDA, USDA, health department, USAID, and United States Antarctic Program, Dr. Kohlstadt studied the rugged terrain of health policy, specifically how food and nutrients can be incorporated into primary care medicine. Prior to developing Food and Nutrients in Disease Management, she edited Scientific Evidence for Musculoskeletal, Bariatric, and Sports Nutrition (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2006).

Ron Manderscheid, PhD, is the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at Constella/SRA International, where he arrived in 2006. In this capacity he is developing new demonstration and research projects around mental health and substance use services, programs, and systems, using a public health framework. Consumer and family concerns pervade all of this work. Concurrently, he is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and a Member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Group on Healthy People 2020. Previously, Dr. Manderscheid served as Branch Chief, Survey and Analysis Branch, for the Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, since 1992. Manderscheid is on the governing council of the American Public Health Association, President of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA) Foundation, past president of FEIAA, and past chair of the APHA Mental Health Section. He has also served as the Chairperson of the Sociological Practice Section of the American Sociological Association, and as President of the Washington Academy of Sciences and the District of Columbia Sociological Society. During the National Health Care Reform debate, Dr. Manderscheid served as Policy Advisor on National Health Care Reform in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1993, Dr. Manderscheid was a member of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Work Group of the President's Task Force on Health Care Reform. He served as principal editor of Mental Health, United States between 1987 and 2004. He has also authored numerous scientific and professional publications on services to persons with mental illnesses. He is the recipient of both federal and professional awards, including the 1995 SAMHSA National Sociological Practice Award. Dr. Manderscheid is a member of the ACMHA Board of Directors and the President-Elect.

Steve Miccio, executive director of PEOPLe, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY, has 18 years of human services experience. In those 18 years, he has co-founded a business that employed people with disabilities. The business offered competitive wages along with career advancement opportunities. PEOPLe, Inc. is a consumer/peer operated advocacy agency in New York. Under Mr. Miccio’s leadership PEOPLe has been effective in developing a hospital diversion house and has implemented a peer advocacy program in a hospital emergency room. Mr. Miccio also works closely with three county mental health systems in developing practices that promote healing and recovery. PEOPLe, Inc. also provides vocational, housing, recreational, social and drop-in services. Mr. Miccio began working with NYAPRS in 1999 as an interested advocate, soon became a regional coordinator, and has been co-chairperson for the annual conference as well as an active board member and past president.  He has been working tirelessly to improve services for people in psychiatric crises in emergency rooms both locally and statewide. Mr. Miccio is co-author of a national study that examines the experiences of people that have visited hospital emergency rooms while in an emotional crisis and has co-authored and published solutions on how services can be improved. He has been working collaboratively with New York State Office of Mental Health and consumer leaders and individuals throughout New York that has resulted in the development of a white paper that infuses consumer values or rules that demand quality mental health services.

Camille Miller, MSSW, LCSW, has been the president and CEO of the Texas Health Institute (THI) since its inception in 1996. After completing bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology and social work, she gained extensive experience in policy research and development while she served under two governors and two lieutenant governors, a state comptroller and state senator planning, researching and developing state policy to address health and human services issues. Ms. Miller also held executive staff positions at the Texas Department of Community Affairs and the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. As chief of staff for the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, she supervised legislative interim studies on medically fragile children, reorganization of health and human services, and Medicaid. In 1995 the Texas Hospital Association (THA) selected her to be the director of its Medicaid project and immediately promoted her to Director of Regulatory Affairs. When the 32-year old Texas Hospital Education and Research Foundation changed its name and mission to create the Institute, THA again tapped into Ms. Miller’s experience in policy development and her strong leadership skills when they asked her to be the Institute's first president and chief executive officer. In 2006, THI merged with Texas Health Foundation to create the Texas Health Institute, an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Ms. Miller recently served as chair of the National Network of Public Health Institutes and is also previous chair of the State Health Policy Centers Collaborative. She serves on the National Board of Communities Joined In Action, the National Rural Health Association Interest Group on Medicaid, and the Advisory Councils of Baylor University’s School of Social Work and Hankamer School of Business Healthcare Administration Program. She also serves on the Texas A&M University’s Masters of Healthcare Administration Professional Advisory Committee and The University of Texas School of Social Work Advisory Committee. Ms. Miller serves on the board of directors of the Texas Public Health Museum, Communities in Action, American College of Mental Health Administration, and served as a founding member and past chair of the Capitol Rotary Club. Camille’s past service also includes the Advisory Councils of the Texas Schools of Public Health Training Center, the Texas Department of Insurance Uninsured Planning Grant and the Texas Area Health Education Centers. She is ACMHA’s 2009 Summit Chair.

Garrett Moran, PhD, is a Westat Associate Director with more than 30 years of experience in public policy, research, management, and analysis. His major areas of substantive expertise include health information technology and public policy related to people with mental illnesses or substance use disorders, and those who are homeless.  His current responsibilities include key leadership roles on projects for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) within the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Moran also serves as an Advisor/Consultant to CMHS and the States of Maryland and Ohio on the topic of Mental Health System Transformation.  From 1993 – 1996, Dr. Moran served as Deputy Commissioner, then Commissioner for Community Support, in the cabinet of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the State of West Virginia. In this role, he guided public policy related to people with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities, and older adults.  He was actively involved in all Medicaid policy issues related to behavioral health and had oversight responsibilities for 1915(c) Home and Community Based Waiver Programs for older adults and people with developmental disabilities.  Dr. Moran was responsible for the operation of two Joint Commission-accredited psychiatric hospitals, five residential long-term care facilities, and one acute care general hospital. Dr. Moran has extensive experience in combining quantitative and qualitative research methods and has particular interest in program evaluation and policy analysis. He has managed multiyear, multimillion dollar studies with as many as 10 subcontractors, as well as a government organization with more than 2,400 employees. Dr. Moran is also a clinical psychologist, whose early career included nearly eight years of direct clinical work with people with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities. He has served as a consultant on health issues to governments in the United States and abroad. Dr. Moran is a member of the American College of Mental Health Administration Board of Directors and the 2010 Summit Chair.

A. Kathryn Power, MEd, is director of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). CMHS provides national leadership in mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, and the development and dissemination of effective mental health services. Director Power leads a staff of 126 professionals in facilitating the transformation of our nation’s mental health care system into one that is recovery-oriented and consumer-centered. In 2005, she received the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service for spearheading the Federal Mental Health Transformation Team, an unprecedented interdepartmental coalition that produced the first ever Federal Action Agenda for Mental Health Transformation. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Power served for over 10 years as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals (DMHRH), a cabinet position reporting to the governor. During her tenure, the department gained a national reputation for leadership and innovation that produced real and often dramatic improvements in the quality of life for the people it served. Ms. Power previously directed the Rhode Island Office of Substance Abuse, the Governor’s Drug Program, the Rhode Island Anti-Drug Coalition, and the Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Centers. Earlier professional experiences include teaching at elementary and secondary schools; providing counseling, leadership and advocacy for rape crisis and domestic violence agencies; and working as a computer systems analyst for the Department of Defense. In 1997, Director Power served as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors where she led the organization to embrace principles of recovery and trauma-informed care as linchpins of the public mental health system. She has also been recognized locally and nationally for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities by organizations such as the Center for Performance Excellence, the Rhode Island Protection and Advocacy System, and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. In addition, Ms. Power has served on the boards of directors of over 100 non-profit agencies, commissions, and task forces in both the public and private sectors. Director Power received her bachelor’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s College, Maryland, and her master’s degree in education and counseling from Western Maryland College. She is a graduate of the Toll Fellowship program of the Council of State Governments. She has also completed programs in senior executive leadership development, mental health leadership, and substance abuse leadership at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, she has extensive training and teaching experience in leadership, ethics, public service, policy development, and program implementation. Ms. Power is currently a Captain serving in the US Navy Reserve.

Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. From 1982-1984, he completed an epidemiology fellowship through the Centers for Disease Control, and was assigned as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer to the Michigan Department of Public Health in Lansing, Michigan. From 1984-1988, he was a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Nutrition at the CDC in Atlanta, where he completed his CDC Preventive Medicine Residency and, as part of the CDC Career Development Program, obtained an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. While at the CDC, he was the lead epidemiologist working on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys. This research focused on the epidemiology of behavioral risk factors in populations, including smoking, diet and weight control practices, alcohol use, and other risk factors. From 1988 until 1997, he was the State Chronic Disease and Injury Epidemiologist and the Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the Bureau of Public Health, Wisconsin Division of Health. During that time, majority of his research was on identifying characteristics and trends in mammography utilization. His research was one of the first to suggest that most, if not all, of the increase in breast cancer incidence was attributable to increasing rates of mammography in the population. He also conducted research on the effectiveness of interventions to increase the use of mammography in low-income, rural populations.  In July 1997, he joined the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, where he is a Professor and Director of the Population Health Institute, and Associate Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was also appointed as the Director of the newly established Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Dr. Remington's current research interests are on methods used to measure the health of communities and on public health approaches to tobacco and cancer control. He has authored or co-authored over 220 publications.

Harvey Rosenthal has over 30 years of professional experience in New York State's public mental health system. He has served in a variety of capacities ranging from state hospital therapy aide to clubhouse rehabilitation program director to his long-time commitment to working to improve services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities as executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS). Over the last decade, he has helped support successful campaigns to advance community recovery services and the community workforce, employment centered polices and incentives, prison mental health reforms, cultural and linguistic competence initiatives, new programs to aid underserved groups, and to work for self determination and choice and against the policies of discrimination and coercion. Mr. Rosenthal has also helped create and support NYAPRS’ nationally acclaimed efforts to transform mental health care to support recovery, wellness, employment and other self determined community-centered goals and to boost the role of peer support in local and statewide systems. His commitment arises directly out of his own recovery. He regularly speaks across the country promoting the recovery, rehabilitation, and rights of people with psychiatric disabilities and the importance of broader cross-disability policies (most notably self directed care), collaborations, and advocacy. Mr. Rosenthal is a member of the American College of Mental Health Administration Board of Directors.

Jack B. Stein, LCSW, PhD, is Director, Division of Services Improvement, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), SAMHSA. Prior to joining CSAT he was Deputy Director for the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Previous positions at NIDA include Chief, Services Research Branch and Deputy Director, Office of Science Policy and Communications. A clinical social worker by training, Dr. Stein possesses over 20 years of experience in research and program evaluation, counseling, community health education, health care professional training, public policy analysis, health communications/social marketing, and program administration related to various public health problems, including substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and co-occurring conditions. He is the author of numerous text book chapters, professional training curricula, research-based publications and reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles, including the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. He is an editorial advisory board member for several professional publications. Dr. Stein is the past chair of the HIV/AIDS Task Force for the National Association of Social Workers.

Margaret Stuber, MD, is board certified in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. She has been on faculty at UCLA since 1987 and is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Her primary research area is posttraumatic stress responses to cancer and organ transplantation in pediatric patients and their families. She has had continuous federal funding for her research since 1993 and has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and edited two books. She was the Director of the Consultation and Liaison Service to Pediatrics at UCLA for over a decade and continues to teach child psychiatry fellows about consultation work. Dr. Stuber has been the director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry since 1995. She was the director of the Psychiatry Clerkship from 1996 – 2006, and has been co-chair of the Medical Neurosciences course since 2005. Dr. Stuber has also had a leadership role in the Doctoring course, which includes the social and behavioral science training for medical students, since it began in 1994. She served as chair of the first year of the three-year course, and eventually became the overall director in 2005. She also mentors medical students who are interested in psychiatry through a Psychiatry Interest Group and a summer research program. Dr. Stuber has served as one of two co-chairs of the Medical Education Committee since 2000. In this capacity she oversaw a major curriculum restructuring of the School of Medicine. In 2005 she received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop the social and behavioral teaching in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a part of that she is now the “champion” for a pilot by the National Board of Medical Examiners to develop a 360 degree evaluation process in professional behavior for medical students and faculty.  Dr. Stuber has received many awards for her work, including the Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Psychiatry Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2001 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Denison University in May 2005. She was given the Outstanding Educator Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA twice, in 1998 and in 2006, and she was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism Award by the UCLA School of Medicine in 2008.

Laura Van Tosh is the Peer Bridger Program Coordinator at Oregon State Hospital (OSH) in Salem.  She is responsible for developing this innovative peer-based program for patients who will integrate to community life.  She is a member of the hospital’s “Team Recovery” and has initiated several hospital-wide initiatives to coincide with the opening of a new facility and affiliated treatment services.  Ms. Van Tosh brings her previous mental health policy and consumer organizing expertise to this position. Ms. Van Tosh served as the first Director of Consumer Affairs at Western State Hospital in Washington and worked closely with the CEO and medical staff to develop patient-centered policy and services.  Before joining Western State Hospital, she provided consultation services to Springfield Hospital Center, a state psychiatric facility in Maryland.  Ms. Van Tosh was an independent consultant in Washington, DC and provided expertise in mental health policy development, analysis, and services research to a variety of public/private agencies and university and research institutions.  Prior to her consulting work, Ms. Van Tosh held policy positions at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, University of Maryland Center for Mental Health Services Research, and the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration.  She has been active in the consumer/survivor movement since 1985.

John Wadsworth is a Data Architect for the Enterprise Data Warehouse team with Intermountain Healthcare.  He has been with Intermountain for seven years supporting and building clinical systems.  John is responsible for capturing and reporting data used in chronic disease management; specifically, diabetes, asthma and mental illness within the Primary Care Clinical Program.  John also coordinates day-to-day operations as well as strategic operations to maintain Intermountain’s data warehouse.  He is currently pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah.