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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
2:00 PM

Addressing the Connection Between Mental Health & Chronic Pain to Improve Patient Outcomes

Addressing the Connection Between Mental Health & Chronic Pain to Improve Patient Outcomes 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

The mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are as essential to address as the physical health effects. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, so does the associated anxiety and stress. The health challenges presented to individuals with a mental health condition during COVID-19 are only exacerbated for those who are also living with chronic pain. But all too often, we don’t talk about mental health and chronic pain in the same conversations.

For those who are unable to attend, the webinar recording and slides will be available on Mental Health America’s (MHA’s) Webinar page following the event.

Meet the Presenters:

Maddy Reinert joined Mental Health America (MHA) in 2018, and serves as Program Manager of Population Health. In her role at MHA, Maddy manages the MHA online mental health screening program, which has served over 5 million individuals who have come to take a mental health screen and are seeking additional support. She is responsible for the collection, cleaning, analyzing, interpretation and reporting of qualitative and quantitative data for use across MHA programming, and provides regular data support to over 80 partners nationally. Maddy also supports the Research and Innovation and Policy teams with researching, writing and disseminating public health and policy findings.

Prior to working at MHA, Maddy received her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Law, Policy and Ethics from the University of Virginia. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology and Global Public Health from UVA.

Gretchen Clark Wartman is Vice President for Policy and Program of the National Minority Quality Forum, a not-for-profit, 501c3 health services research and education and organization whose mission of the Forum is to reduce patient risk by assuring optimal care for all. Ms. Wartman has more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors in health policy analysis, issue advocacy, health systems planning, and program administration. Ms. Wartman directs NMQF’s engagement with federal and state policy and regulatory issues; coordinates the NMQF Neuropsychiatric Symptoms Working Group and their Alliance for Brain Health in Long-Term Care; and leads NMQF’s efforts in support of the NIH All of Us Research Program. Ms. Wartman has held positions with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, including serving as the Title V/Maternal and Child Health Director, and Director of the Division of Nutritional Health and Services. Ms. Wartman was also Assistant Director for Planning at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council; and a Senior Health Planner with the Comprehensive Health Planning Council of Southeastern Michigan. Ms. Wartman has a BA in English Literature from Lake Erie College, and an Executive Certificate from the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Monica Mallampalli, PhD, MSc., is Senior Advisor of Scientific and Strategic Initiatives at HealthyWomen. Dr. Monica Mallampalli is a scientific thought leader and women’s health advocate. As a trained biomedical scientist, Dr. Mallampalli brings a unique perspective to health – from science and research to policy and advocacy. She is an expert in comprehending existing knowledge gaps and identifying critical next steps for addressing unmet needs in healthcare. At HealthyWomen, Dr. Mallampalli oversees health care-related science and policy programs that align with HealthyWomen’s mission to educate and empower women to make informed health choices for themselves and their families.