In March, I was invited to deliver a keynote presentation at the ACMHA 2014 Summit, held in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. Reflecting the Summit’s theme, “Leading the Future of Health”, I tailored my remarks to the importance of working strategically across sectors to advance new narratives around mental health and its integration with primary health care systems. 

ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership “convenes diverse and emerging leaders concerned with mental health and substance use policy and practice from across systems.” Here’s an excerpt from the Summit program (Leading the Future of Health):

The BIG Question: What is the future of health care? And how will behavioral health fit in? In Santa Fe, we will step back from problem solving the “now” and look at the trends pushing and pulling us into the future. The 2014 Summit will challenge us all to think as futurists. We will examine key trends in health and the larger forces driving them – both in the field and in society. We will identify challenges on the horizon, resources available to meet them, and strategies for leading the unfolding future. You will come away with a clearer and inspired understanding of the forces shaping the future of health and how you must adapt your leadership tack today. We invite leaders of health homes, public health, family physicians, health care, behavioral health, addiction services, and community wellness to join us to focus on the skills and experiences required to lead and transform health.

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