Conversations with Dr. Tony - ft. Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association on Population Health
Join Anthony Salerno, PhD (“Dr. Tony”) in a new educational series designed to offer behavioral health providers an opportunity to gain highly relevant insights from distinguished thought leaders across the country. Each presentation starts off with a 30-minute conversation followed by a 15 minute Q&A with participants. We look forward to your participation and feel confident you will gain important and practical knowledge.
April's Thought Leader is: Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association
Please enjoy this invigorating discussion between Drs. Salerno and Evans on how shifting toward a population health-oriented framework will benefit the future of healthcare.
Changes are taking place rapidly across the healthcare landscape. Out of these changes, a framework focused on population health is emerging that will have a profound impact on healthcare and the practice of behavioral health. This framework will affect how we design systems, deliver services, and the overarching role that we play as behavioral health practitioners. Truly embracing a population health approach can also provide many opportunities for psychologists and other practitioners. For example, this framework enables us to prevent and mitigate the impact of behavioral health challenges among at-risk and healthy populations, and to develop more effective strategies for addressing even the most severe behavioral health issues.
Thank you to those who submitted questions for Q&A! The following questions from the audience are answered:
- Are you aware of any currently ongoing or recent public health research similar to the ACES study, which links health and behavioral health outcomes in the general population?
- Do you think educational systems are emphasizing the significance of population health enough? In what way do you think a shift in prioritizing population health in education would benefit future practitioners and patients?
- What are some innovative or interesting areas within population health for BH patients, that young, enterprising leaders might want to explore? What might be cutting edge, or of particular interest to insurance companies or other funders?
Dr. Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD became the CEO of the American Psychological Association in March 2017. Prior to this role, he was commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service for 12 years. He was also deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. In 2015, the White House recognized him as an "Advocate for Action" by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In addition, he has received the American Medical Association's top government service award in healthcare, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, as well as the Lisa-Mojer Torres Award by Faces and Voices of Recovery. He has also received three different Martin Luther King Jr. awards in recognition for his social justice advocacy. These exemplify his prowess in behavioral health care policy and service delivery.
Currently, Dr. Evans has faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Drexel University School of Public Health and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and has held a faculty appointment at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the author/co-author of 40 peer-reviewed research articles and numerous chapters, reviews, and editorials. He also is on the editorial board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, as well as the board of trustees of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.