32nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy Focuses on Shift Toward Integrated Care and Population Health

Contact: Rennie Sloan,    

ATLANTA…More than 140 health and corporate wellness leaders will come together Nov. 17-18 to discuss ways to improve mental health and well-being by addressing behavioral health within defined populations such as communities, organizations, and other groups. This year’s symposium, “Widening the Circle of Health & Wellness: The Central Role of Behavioral Health,” brings together a diverse group of stakeholders and leaders to address an emerging trend of offering or improving behavioral health programs in primary and medical care settings, the workplace, and community settings. This integration is a shift to focus on improving wellness through prevention and early recognition of behavioral health issues, which leads to better outcomes.

This invitation-only event will include formal remarks by former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House.

Media interested in attending the symposium should contact Rennie Sloan at by Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. The welcome remarks and plenary sessions will be webcast. For details and more information, see the agenda below.

Thursday, November 18

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.

Thomas Bornemann, Ed.D.
Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program   

1:10 – 1:20 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Rosalynn Carter
Co-Founder, The Carter Center  

1:20 – 2:00p.m.

Paul Summergrad, M.D.
Dr. Frances S. Arkin Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
Tufts University School of Medicine

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Plenary One -  Managing Population Health & Building Cultures of Wellness

Moderator: Ray Fabius, M.D.
Co-Founder, HealthNEXT

Treating Illness vs. Creating Wellness
Nico Pronk, Ph.D.
Vice President, Health Management and Chief Science Officer
Health Partners

Recovery and Resiliency in Population Health
Sue Bergeson
Vice President, Consumer and Family Affairs
OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions

Managing the Health of Populations vs. Providing Person-centered Care
Kyu Rhee, M.D.
Chief Health Officer

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.        

Dismissal to Mini-Plenaries
John Bartlett, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Advisor, The Carter Center Mental Health Program

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.


Peer support: Leveraging lived experience into cultures of wellness
Laysha Ostrow, Ph.D.
CEO, Live & Learn, Inc.

Mapping childhood trauma as a root cause
Nancy Hardt, M.D.
Professor Emerita, University of Florida College of Medicine

Sheriff Sadie Darnell, B.S. Education Leadership
Sheriff, Alachua County, Gainesville, Florida

School-based behavioral health interventions
Garry McGiboney, Ph.D.
Associate Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education

Evidence-based strategies to promote mental health and prevent mental illness in families
William Beardslee, M.D.
Director, Baer Prevention Initiatives Children’s Hospital
Gardner Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Vice Chair, Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Break/Transition to Reception/ Museum Lobby

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Reception/Museum Lobby

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dinner/Cyprus Room

7:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Dinner Speaker
Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
University of Michigan School of Public Health

8:30 p.m.


Friday, November 18

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.    

Continental Breakfast/ Ivan Allen III Pavilion

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Opening Comments
Thomas Bornemann, Ed.D.
Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program

8:35 -8:40 a.m.          

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Rosalynn Carter
Co-Founder, The Carter Center

8:40 – 9:15 a.m.

Michael Botticelli, MEd.
Director of National Drug Control Policy
The White House

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Plenary Two- The Current State of Integration Efforts

Moderator: Glenda Wrenn, M.D.
Director, Behavioral Health, Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Morehouse School of Medicine

ACA update
Danna Mauch, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

Addressing Social Determinants of Health Within Cultures of Wellness
Paul Keckley Ph.D.
Managing Editor
The Keckley Report

Update on Parity
Richard Frank, Ph.D.
Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics
Harvard Medical School

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – Noon     

Plenary Three – Behavioral Health’s Role in Population Health

Moderator: David Shern, Ph.D.
Senior Science Advisor, Mental Health America; Senior Public Health Advisor, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

The Role of Behavioral Health and Wellness in Overall Health
Ron Manderschied, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors

How Big Should the Reach and Scope of Integration Be?
Camara Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
American Public Health Association

Behavioral Health and Wellness’ Contributions to the Workplace
Fik Isaac, M.D.
Vice President, Global Health Services (ret.)
Johnson & Johnson

12:00 – 12:35 p.m.

Special Address
Sandro Galea, M.D., M.P.H., D.PH.
Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University

12:35 p.m.

Dismissal to Mini-Plenaries
Lei Ellingson, M.P.P., Senior Associate Director, Carter Center Mental Health Program

12:45– 2:15 p.m.


Behavioral health in a post-conflict society: Building back better The Carter Center Way
Janice Cooper, Ph.D.
Project Lead, The Carter Center Mental Health Program-Liberia

The impact of food “swamps” on health disparities
Carl Bell, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Illinois

Trauma, resilience, and mental health: Integrating care to improve outcomes
Teresa Cutts, Ph.D.
Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Rev. Kirsten Peachey, MDiv, M.S.W., D.Min.
Director, Congregational Health Partnerships; Co-Director, the Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.        

Transition to Closing Plenary Panel

2:30 – 3:50 p.m.        

Closing Plenary Panel

Moderator: Mary Jane England, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W.
Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sandro Galea, M.D., M.P.H., DPH
Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean
Boston University School of Public Health

Camara Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
American Public Health Association

Donato Trumato

3:50 – 4:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks
Rosalynn Carter
Co-Founder, The Carter Center

4:00 p.m.


Editor’s Note:

"Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope."
A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.