Advancing Mental Health and Wellness


Since 1999, the mission of Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy (IHP) has been to shape policy and practice with evidence and experience from the nation’s largest private integrated health care delivery and financing organization through publications, expert roundtables, and conferences.

In support of that mission, IHP presents the 2017 Institute for Health Policy Forum Series. Through these events, IHP will explore public policies that cultivate healthy communities and accessible high-quality care by convening experts from a variety of backgrounds to share knowledge, spark discussion, and advance collective thinking and approaches on topics of critical importance, including mental health and wellness and telehealth.

Featured Speakers

The Institute for Health Policy Forum brings together organizational leaders, industry experts, policy makers, academics, and more who will engage and inspire attendees.

Uma S. Ahluwalia

Uma is the director of Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Maryland. Under the leadership of the department’s core team, HHS developed a strong integration and interoperability framework across the HHS enterprise and is considered a national leader in this work.

She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Delhi in India and a specialist post-master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University.

Anthony Barrueta

Tony is senior vice president of government relations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in Oakland, California. He oversees development of Kaiser Permanente’s public policy positions, in collaboration with senior leadership throughout the organization, to ensure that Kaiser Permanente maintains a common voice in support of the interests of the organization, its members, and the communities it serves.

Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Pete Earley

Pete is a mental health advocate, author and journalist, best-known for his book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. The book was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, won awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and prompted CNN to name him one of nation’s top “Mental Wellness Warriors.”

He writes regularly for USA TODAY and the Washington Post as well as a mental health blog at

Mary Giliberti

Mary is the chief executive officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Prior to joining NAMI, she served as a section chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Elinore McCance-Katz, MD

Elinore is the assistant secretary for mental health and substance use where she advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on improving behavioral healthcare in America and leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within HHS.

She holds a doctoral degree from Yale University with a specialty in infectious disease epidemiology, a doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and is board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.

Don Mordecai, MD

Don is the national leader for mental health and wellness at Kaiser Permanente, and director of mental health and chemical dependency services for the Permanente Medical Group in Northern California. He is also an adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School.

He holds a doctoral degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and is board certified in psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Keris Myrick

Keris is the director of the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

She holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University and a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Linda Rosenberg

Linda is president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health. Under her leadership, the National Council has become the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with 2,800 government and not-for-profit member organizations serving 10 million Americans.

She is a certified social worker, family therapist and psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with more than 30 years of experience.

Glenda Wrenn, MD

Glenda is an associate professor, psychiatrist, and health policy/mental health services researcher at Morehouse School of Medicine where she serves as director of the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute.

She holds a master’s degree in health policy research from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Agenda Preview

Monday, November 6

8:30 a.m. Welcome Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening General Session

12:15 p.m. Lunch

2:15 p.m. Closing Session

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