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Symposium Agenda

11:30am – 12:15pm Registration & Lunch
12:15pm – 12:45pm

Welcome and Introductions


Ellen J. Neufeldt, EdD
President, California State University San Marcos                                   

Hon. Rebecca Jones
Mayor, City of San Marcos 
Tad Seth Parzen                                   
President and CEO, Burnham Center for Community Advancement

12:45pm – 2:00pm Keynote Address: State of the Industry

Luke Bergmann, PhD
Director, Behavioral Health Services, County of San Diego

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Presentation 1: Innovative Strategies for Recruiting, Retaining and Developing Mental Health Professionals in FQHCs


Gaurav Mishra, MD, MBA
Chief Behavioral Health Officer, San Ysidro Health

2:30pm – 2:35pm


2:35pm – 3:45pm

FQHC Providers Panel: Addressing Workforce Development Challenges


Moderator:  Anthony White
Vice President, Government & Community Affairs, TrueCare


Katherine Penninga
Director of Behavioral Health Operations, San Ysidro Health

Garrick Tong, MD
Clinical Director of Behavioral Health, TrueCare

Wendi Vierra
Director of Behavioral Health, Neighborhood Healthcare     

3:45pm – 4:05pm

Break & networking

4:05pm – 4:35pm

Presentation 2: Creating a Sustainable Pipeline of Skilled Behavioral and Mental Health Workers – Collaboration, Training and Career Development


Eric Rafla-Yuan, MD
Staff Psychiatrist, San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital

4:35pm – 4:40pm


4:40pm – 5:50pm

Providers and Organizations Panel: Collaborative Approaches to Workforce Development


Gene Ma, MD
President & CEO, Tri-City Healthcare District


Greg Anglea
CEO, Interfaith Community Services

Wendy Broughton, PsyD
Chief Operating Officer, MHS/TURN Behavioral Health Services

Sharon Hamill, PhD
Interim Executive Director, CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care 

H. Scott Kane, MD
Medical Director, Palomar Health Behavioral Health Services

Christiana Paul, MA, MFT
Vice President, Patient Care Continuum, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp McDonald’s Center

Marisa Varond
Executive Director, McAlister Institute

5:50pm – 6:15pm

Setting the Tone: Next Steps


Jennifer Ostergren, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services, CSUSM

6:15pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception

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