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Mental Health America’s Annual Conference 2021 - Agenda


MHA’s 2021 Annual Conference: From Resiliency to Recovery will be held June 10-12, 2021 in Washington, DC with Affiliate Pre-Conference Day on June 9. 

MHA’s 2021 Annual Conference is planned to be a hybrid event, consisting of a small in-person gathering and a digital conference experience for attendees participating online. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks. 

*Agenda is subject to change. 

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Time Title Sessions
Pre-Conference Kick-Off & Networking Breakfast
Breakout Sessions
  • Leveraging Virtual Interns, Practicum Students and Volunteers
    (Marcie Timmerman, Mental Health America of Kentucky)
  • MHA's I Am Not Alone Program
    (Kat McIntosh, Mental Health America)
  • Managing Through Change: Engaging and Supporting Remote Employees
    (John Hogan-Trinh, Mental Health Association of Rochester and Monroe Counties; Dr. Dottie Stevenson, Mental Health Association of Westchester)
  • How Business Intelligence Paves The Way To Success
    (Chelsea Thornton, Mental Health Connecticut)
Breakout Sessions
  • Workplace Mental Health: Best Practices in Practice
    (Suzi Craig, Mental Health Connecticut; Taylor Adams, Mental Health America)
  • Redefining & Reframing. Using Human-Centric Design to Inform Culture and Community
    (Sheana Firth, Mental Health Association in Indian River County)
  • Mental Health and Criminal Justice: Crisis Response Collaborations
    (Elizabeth Atwell, Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio; Paul Hartinger, Great Oaks Career Campuses)
  • Shifting HOPE
    (Julie Preder, Trisha Erpelding, Brianna Heusterberg – Mental Health America in Sheboygan County)
Breakout Sessions
  • The Innovation Team - Disruptors in Behavioral Health
    (Courtney Beach, Echo Shumaker-Pruitt – Mental Health Association of Westchester)
  • Bridging the Gap Between Clinical Research and Local Advocacy Organizations
    (Luke Kramer, The STARR Coalition; Paul Jaquith, Mental Health America of Southeast Florida; Dr. Erin Tireman, Segal Trials Site Network)
  • Disaster Response as a Change Agent for Mental Health
    (Robert Kley, Jaime Angelini, Ruth Kaluski – Mental Health Association in New Jersey)
Breakout Sessions
  • A Multi-Pronged Approach to Pandemic Response to Achieve Lasting Change: An Example from the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health
    (Catia Sharp, Stefani Karr, Jessica Larochelle – Massachusetts Association for Mental Health)
  • Providing Peer Support as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Through the Cal HOPE Warmline
    (Susan Gallagher, Dawniell Zavala – CalVoices)
  • Turning Ideas Into Action: MHC’s Equity, Social Justice & Antiracism Advisory Committee
    (Jacquilyn Davis, Mental Health Connecticut)
Delegate Assembly

Led by Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President & CEO; Peter Carson, MHA Board Chair

Affiliate Reception
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time Title
Virtual International Panel
MHATV (A talk-show style broadcast with exclusive content and interviews)
Icebreaking Networking Breaks
Opening Luncheon
Opening Session
Breakout Sessions
Optional Support Group
Breakout Sessions
Awards Ceremony
Dinner & Entertainment
Friday, June 11, 2021
Time Title
Breakfast + MHATV (A talk-show style broadcast with exclusive content and interviews)
Breakout Sessions
Media Awards Luncheon
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Awards Ceremony
New CEO meet and greet
Virtual Happy Hour
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time Title
Breakfast + MHATV (A talk-show style broadcast with exclusive content and interviews)
Youth Plenary
Breakout Sessions
Virtual Networking
Closing Luncheon
Closing Session
MHATV Debrief (A talk-show style broadcast with exclusive content and interviews)