On behalf of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we invite you to attend our upcoming event, Connecting at the Intersection of Faith, Community and Mental Health: The Urgency of Now.   

This is an in-person gathering at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., to be held on September 7, 2023, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET.  

It will be a day focused on strengthening the response of faith and community leaders to those experiencing a mental health crisis in their communities.  It will include sessions on youth mental health and suicide prevention, the mental health and wellbeing of clergy, leadership burnout, meeting the needs of those with substance use disorders, best practices and models, and more.  We will also host a philanthropic roundtable and capacity building session for faith and community leaders related to public funding.

We hope you will be able to join us as we gather to learn from public health and community experts on the role of faith and community based organizations in the continuum of care for those experiencing mental health challenges.  

Please register here at your earliest opportunity.  

Should you have any questions please email Katherine.Pacheco@hhs.gov.

The HHS Partnership Center Team

partial speakers list

Partial Speakers List

  • Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
    Assistant Secretary Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Rev. Dr. Que English, Director, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, HHS
  • Dr. Neeraj Gandotra, Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA
  • Dr. Christina Borba, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity (ODWD)
  • Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Dr. Rania Awaad, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University and Director, Maristan
  • Jay Barrett, Former NFL Player
  • Anna Bobb, Founder, VREDS Philanthropy
  • Dr. Monty Burks, PhD., Deputy Director, The Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives, State of Tennessee
  • Robin Delaney, Virginia Representative for Celebrate Recovery
  • Charlene Flagg, Executive Director, Faith-based Mental Health Initiative Inc. Dan Gillison, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Rev. Eric Wendell Lee, Senior Pastor, Springfield Baptist Church
  • Rev. Leroy Miles, Board Member Southeastern Region-Philadelphia, American Heart Association, and Associate Pastor, Enon Tabernacle
  • Dr. Michael Minor, National Director, H.O.P.E. Health and Human Services Partnership, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
  • Bishop Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC)
  • Rev. Michael Walrond, Senior Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church
  • Kay Warren, Founder, BREATHE: For Parents of Children With Serious Mental Illness


Connections to Leaders:  Check out the links below to the leaders who presented at the event.  You’ll find ways to engage with them through their websites.