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Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program


The National Council’s Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program fosters emerging mid-level managers working in mental health and addiction service organizations who are eager to gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills to achieve health equity within their communities and organizations. This program focuses on reaching health equity in multiple ways, including overcoming barriers to diversity within organizations and eliminating health disparities among behavioral health populations. Through this program, participants will gain increased knowledge and applicable skills around:

  • Leadership Development ― Leadership styles and practices, adaptive leadership techniques, managing systems change, building collaborations and working in teams, developing shared goals, change management and conflict resolution.
  • Health Equity ― Building awareness and knowledge about health disparities and equity, social determinants of health, cultural and linguistic competence, and successful strategies to eliminate disparities in both behavioral health populations as well as organizations themselves.
  • Professional Development ― Identifying personal strengths and weaknesses, understanding privilege and ‘-isms,’ recognizing the value of vulnerability and personal power, and ultimately charting a personal professional growth journey.

2018 Cohort

Applications for the 2018 cohort are now closed. Please contact if you wish to be notified when applications open for the next cohort.

For more information on the program listen to the informational webinar (download the slides here).

Addressing Health Disparities Faculty and Staff Bios

Program Overview 

The Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program will begin in late February 2018 and conclude in October 2018. Participants will engage in the following activities:

  • Program Introduction Webinar
  • Three In-Person Meetings:
  • Bi-Monthly Webinars
  • Monthly 1:1 Coaching Calls
  • Monthly Peer-Support Calls
  • Monthly Homework Assignments & Readings

2017 Cohort

Jennifer Adams-LeBlanc, Lahey Health Behavioral Services

Aitalohi Amaize, Unity Health Care, Inc.

Carol Bradford, Prairie Center Health Systems, Inc.

Kevin Chandler, Southside Community Services

Kristal Cleaver, Clinical & Support Options, Inc.

Johnathan Crawford, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board

Januwaa Davis, Horizon Behavioral Health

Ursula Davis, Georgia State University, Georgia Health Policy Center, Center of Excellence for Childen’s Behavioral Health

Daniel Do, Lynn Community Health Center

Danie Eagleton, Navos

Tinamarie Fioroni, Behavioral Health Network

Lynn Goldberg, Community Care Behavioral Health

Brenda Gomez, JPS Health Network

Antoinette Hagley, Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office

Eddie Hardaway, ICL HealthCare Choices

Rebecca Hartman, Berks Counseling Center

Heath Hayes, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Dante Jimenez, Emergence Health Network

Deborah Johnson, Tri-City Mental Health

Alexandra Jost, Bread for the City

Alaina Kennedy, AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Susan Kramer, Munson Healthcare

Melanie Martins, Mental Health America of Los Angeles

Laura McArthur, Aurora Community Mental Health Center

Thomas Nguyen, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Kokona Nissa Perry, Jewish Board

Loyd Platson, Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services, Inc

Jesús Quiñones, Casa de Salud

Rhoda Schlatter, Center for Human Services

Ronald Sims, Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center

Melissa Stancil, CareNet, Inc.

Mary Sterritt, Mental Health Center of Denver

Scott Westbrock, South Central Human Relations Center

Johanna Wichmann, Centerstone of Illinois

Erik Soto, The Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA (MHASP)


National Council Leadership Development Offerings

The National Council maintains a large portfolio of training opportunities for staff at every level. Learn about our Middle Management Academy, the 2017 National Council Conference, and upcoming National Council webinars for other leadership development offerings.

We also provide a consulting service line that can be customized to meet your organization’s unique leadership and development needs. Ask us how.

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