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Case Studies 

Board Diversity Lessons Learned

Learn how three AHA member health systems accelerated  diversity efforts and effected genuine change through executive leadership, board support, creativity and commitment.

Community Benefits from Behavioral Health Strategy

Sue Ellen Wagner, AHA's vice president of trustee engagement and strategy, spoke with Joseph Miller, Ph.D., and Kenneth Esser about the importance of community partnerships to tackle behavioral health and the leadership role that boards can take to guide strategy in this important area.

Joseph Miller is vice president for behavioral health care transformation services, and Kenneth Esser is senior vice president, chief of staff, corporate services and governance, government relations, both at Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) in New Jersey.

Board Leadership in Challenging Times

Sue Ellen Wagner, AHA's vice president of trustee engagement and strategy, spoke with Carolyn F. Scanlan about some of the chal­­lenges that hospital and health system boards are experiencing, the leadership roles that boards can take to guide their organizations through these difficult times and several issues the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance will be addressing this year.

Carolyn Scanlan is vice chair, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in Pennsylvania, and chair of AHA’s 2021 Committee on Governance.

Board Support Essential to Behavioral Health Access

Sue Ellen Wagner, AHA's vice president of trustee engagement and strategy, spoke with Robert L. Trestman, M.D., about the behavioral health issues and challenges that continue to impact our communities, hospitals and health systems. They also discussed strategies that boards can use to address behavioral health issues.

Dr. Trestman is professor and chair, psychiatry and behavioral medicine, at Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He also is chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing and of the American Hospital Association’s Behavioral Health Council.