Advancing Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Persistent Challenges and Potential Solutions

Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

Thursday May 20, 2021 01:30 pm to 04:00 pm EDT
United States

There is broad interest and significant investment in integrating behavioral and primary care among professional organizations, CMS, payors and providers. Yet, despite over two decades of convincing evidence about its value and cost-effectiveness, adoption of integrated behavioral health care is proceeding too slowly. What are the barriers to scaling a solution that is so critical to addressing our nation's behavioral health needs? What are the solutions we can implement today? What is the advocacy we need for tomorrow?

Join us for a discussion among individuals who have been working on integration issues for much of their careers to explore how to build on key areas of agreement to highlight and promote critical first steps.


  • Carol Alter, Systemwide Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Nora Dennis, MSPH, MD, Lead Medical Director, Behavioral Health, BCBSNC
  • Ann Greiner, President and CEO, Primary Care Collaborative
  • Josh Israel, MD, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Aledade
  • Katherine Knutson, MD, MPH, SVP United Health Group and CEO Optum Behavioral Care
  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Concert Health
  • Ben Miller, PsyD, Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust
  • Chris Molaro, CEO and Co-Founder, NeuroFlow
  • Diane Powers, Research Scientist, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
  • Matthew Press, MD, MSc, Physician Executive, Penn Primary Care and Medical Director, Primary Care Service Line, Penn Medicine
  • Hyong Un, MD, Chief Psychiatric Officer, Aetna


  • Wendy Warring, JD, President and CEO, NEHI
  • Mark Wenneker, MD, Principal, The Chartis Group
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