Well Being Trust's Ben Miller talks change in mental health & advocacy

A leading parent organization in health care, Providence St. Joseph Health offers a comprehensive range of services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington through a diverse family of Catholic, other faith-based and secular organizations. Providence St. Joseph Health provides accessible, high-quality, compassionate health care to all in an increasingly uncertain world - regardless of coverage or ability to pay.

Under a strong leadership, Providence St. Joseph Health is transforming health care for the future through digital innovation, genomics and scientific wellness, population health, and outreach to the poor and vulnerable.

In addition, mental health is a top priority for Providence St. Joseph Health, which contributed $100 million to establish an independent foundation, Well Being Trust focused on improving the mental health and well-being of communities.

 

Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust 

A self-proclaimed “fragmentation fighter,” Ben has worked to redefine the national policy landscape for mental health and health care. He comes to Well Being Trust from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he was the founding director of the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center and currently remains a senior advisor. Ben has been a principal investigator on many federal and foundation grants, as well as state contracts related to health and health care integration. He’s written and published on enhancing the evidentiary support for integrated care models, increasing the training and education of mental health providers in medical settings, and the need to address specific health policy and payment barriers for successful integration. He holds multiple leadership positions, including the section editor for Health and Policy for Families, Systems and Health and member of the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of General Practice. Ben is a technical expert panelist for CMS on Quality Measure Development for Medicaid Beneficiaries, as well as for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program.

Ali Santore, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Providence St. Joseph Health

Ali is vice president of government and public affairs for Providence St. Joseph Health, the third-largest not-for-profit health system in the U.S. In her role, Ali leads advocacy and public affairs, which includes managing government affairs operations across seven states and in Washington, D.C. Her national advocacy and engagement strategies have successfully advanced federal priorities that preserve and expand access to care for the underserved, positioning PSJH as a leading advocate for mental health, advance care planning, and the Medicaid program.

Gabriela Robles, Vice President of Community Partnership Fund at Providence St. Joseph Health

Gabriela Robles is currently the Vice President of Community Partnership Fund at Providence St. Joseph Health and CEO of the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Gabriela has extensive experience in the foundation world and in community health programs.  She served as the Manager of the St. Joseph Health Foundation from 1999 until she moved to the east coast in 2002.  While living in New York and Connecticut, she worked for the Merrill Lynch Global Philanthropy Department on their corporate giving strategies, for the Clinton Presidential Foundation in its Small Business Initiative, and for Helen Keller International in their international vision delivery program.  As an MBA student, Gabriela helped run the NYU-Stern social venture fund.  Her previous work experience includes several health-related, non-profit organizations in Southern California, including the American Diabetes Association, Latino Health Access, and Maternal Outreach Management System (MOMS).  Gabriela currently serves on the Boards of Community Health Initiative of Orange County, Health Funders Partnership of Orange County and Southern California Grantmakers.

Sandra Viera, Associate Program Director for Prevention Institute’s national and California Prevention and Equity teams

Having been drawn to efforts that support communities in securing better health outcomes during her undergraduate studies at Cal State Long Beach, Sandra worked with a grassroots non-profit organization in Santa Ana, CA for several years leading efforts to build more park space and increase safe places to play for kids and youth. As she pursued her graduate studies in public administration and policy in the Bay Area, Sandra joined Prevention Institute (PI) to advocate for healthier policies, systems and environmental changes at the state and national level. Since 2010, Sandra has traveled extensively across the state of California and the country facilitating trainings and workshops for city, county, and national leaders to build skills for community prevention efforts focused on healthy eating access, improved activity spaces, safer neighborhoods, and equitable systems for all communities. She serves as PI’s Project Director for the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund’s Intersections Initiative, a seven-site, CA wide effort to build capacity of health system actors and community partners to engage in local policy change to advance health equity.

Joel Gilbertson, Senior Vice President, Community Partnerships of Providence St. Joseph Health

Joel leads the community partnerships division for Providence St. Joseph Health, the third largest not-for-profit health system in the country. In this role, he oversees national and local advocacy for the system, as well as community health investment efforts that deliver $1.6 billion of community benefit into its service areas. These efforts are focused on transforming lives, while building healthy and thriving communities.

Aaron Martin, Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer of Providence St. Joseph Health

Aaron Martin is responsible for leading Providence to become more consumer-focused and technology-enabled in a new world of health care and has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and technology.

Tyler Norris, MDiv, Chief Executive, Well Being Trust

Tyler Norris, MDiv, is the Chief Executive of Well Being Trust, an impact philanthropy founded by Providence St. Joseph Health, with a mission to advance the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation. Over the past three decades, Tyler has shaped health and development initiatives in hundreds of communities in the U.S. and around the world.

Chief Medical Officer Of The Institute For Human Caring At Providence St. Joseph Health, Ira Byock, M.D.

Ira Byock, M.D., chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring at Providence St. Joseph Health, is one of the nation's foremost experts in palliative care. He is the author of the seminal books, "Dying Well," "The Four Things that Matter Most" and "The Best Care Possible." 

Early in 2014, seeking to raise nationwide awareness of the potential for improving care through the end of life, Dr. Byock sought Providence Health & Services as a partner in his vision for the institute. Dr. Byock had interacted with Providence through much of his career and knew the organization shares his passion for whole-person and family care.

Providence St. Joseph Health CEO, Rod Hochman

Rod Hochman, M.D., is the president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, a faith-based not-for-profit health and social services system through which more than 100K compassionate caregivers serve patients and communities in 50 hospitals, 829 clinics and hundreds of programs and services offered outside hospital walls. Rod was named the 2015 Innovator of the Year by Press Ganey. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Partners in Care Foundation Vision and Excellence in Health Care Leadership Award. He has been selected multiple times as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare. He is a board member for the American Hospital Association (AHA), chair of AHA's Regional Policy Board 9 and vice chair of the board of trustees for the Catholic Health Association.

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