• 2023 Educational Seminar: Mental Health in the Workplace

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    Name: 2023 Educational Seminar: Mental Health in the Workplace
    Date: March 14, 2023
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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    Event Description:

    Mental Health in the Workplace


    Burnout is an increasing problem in the workplace. It leads to high turnover, unpleasant work environments, and low productivity. In the end, burnout will affect your company's bottom line.

    So how can employers and employees prevent and reduce burnout in the workplace? 

    This educational seminar will dive into the importance of caring for our mental health in the workplace. We will discuss sustainable approaches to mental health care in terms of eliminating stigma, preventing burnout, and supporting growth. Attendees will leave this seminar with tools to help improve their health, company culture, team building, workplace productivity, and social engagement. A panel of experts in the health and HR fields will provide insight that will benefit employers, staff, and organizations.

    Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, Executive Director, Metropolitan Human Services District
    Amy B. Bakay, SHRM-SCP,CEO, HR NOLA/ Adjunct Faculty, Tulane Law
    Shelina Davis, CEO, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)


    About the Panelists: 

    Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham

    Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, MD, DFAPA, FASAM, an Endowed Professor at LSU School of Medicine, is an Addiction Psychiatrist with academic appointments as Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSU and Tulane University Schools of Medicine, respectively. Her past immediate appointments were Assistant Secretary and Medical Director for the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) within the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). In that capacity, she represented the state of Louisiana nationally as the Mental Health and Addictive Disorders Authority, serving as both the Commissioner of Mental Health for the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the Single State Agency Director for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).

    Dr. Head-Dunham’s academic and administrative leadership has fostered noteworthy advances in the fields of addiction and mental health. She has served as a subject matter expert on various national and state platforms informing best practices for the field of behavioral health. Her clinical accolades include 
    Clinical Faculty of the Year for the 2021 academic year at LSU School of Medicine. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Nyswander/Dole Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, INC. (AATOD). Both awards are demonstrative of her career success as a thought leader and strategist for programmatic and provider development, well documented by extensive lectures and training, both locally and nationally. Her clinical acumen coupled with her transformative management style has shaped an administrative career that fosters enduring changes for both systems, organizational and individual levels of performance.

    Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham is a New Orleans native who currently serves as the Executive Director and Medical Director for Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD), a state-local governing entity tasked with service delivery for indigent and Medicaid-ensured persons living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual/developmental disabilities, residing in Orleans and neighboring parishes.

    Amy B. Bakay, SHRM-SCP

    Amy Bakay, a Certified Workplace Mental Health Ally, is the Founder and CEO of HR NOLA, a New Orleans-based HR Consulting and Outsourcing firm supporting businesses nationwide.

    HR Nola provides customized Human Resources solutions for start-ups and small businesses on a retained or project basis. With a strong focus on compliance and culture, HR Nola manages the entire employee life cycle for businesses; from hire to retire! HR Nola is a certified Predictive Index Partner and a 2022 INC. Magazine Best Places to Work employer.

    When Amy is not busy leading a dynamic HR team, she is an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane University Law School, where she authored and instructs the course “Managing the Employee Life Cycle”. Bakay is a 2018 New Orleans City Business, Woman of the Year, and 2019 Goldman Sachs 10k SMB alumni. She is a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resources Management and holds a Bachelor of Science in HR from Mississippi College School of Business.

    About the Moderator:

    Shelina Davis

    Shelina Davis, MPH, MSW serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) where she oversees the LPHI team and offers strategic direction to ensure health and racial equity; and champion health for people, within systems, and throughout communities. Shelina brings over 15 years of experience in public health, health care systems, leadership development, and health equity. Shelina serves on the Boards of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – New Orleans, Propeller and CARE: Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity. She was selected as Aspen Ideas Festival Health Scholar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health Leadership and Sustainability School Fellow, and National Council for Behavioral Health Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program Participant.

    In April 2020, Shelina served on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, Louisiana Prisons Sub-Committee and Louisiana Resilient Commission, Manufacturers Sub-Committee to ensure the safety and well-being of all Louisianans during COVID-19. Currently, she serves on the Louisiana Office of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Action Collaborative to support efforts to identify and define state-specific priority groups within the national guidance framework and prioritize the allocation of the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Prior to joining LPHI, Shelina served as Assistant Vice President of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health based in Washington, DC, where she led the strategic oversight and development of public health initiatives — supporting community-based organizations as well as federal, state, local and tribal governmental agencies and their workforce in competencies in behavioral health as well as achieving health and racial equity.

    Shelina holds dual-Masters in Public Health and Social Work from Tulane University Schools of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Social Work; and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana.

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    1515 Poydras Street
    5th Floor Auditorium
    New Orleans, LA 70112

    Parking Options: 1515 Poydras St Garage - enter from Freret St., HEAL Parking Garage 300 LaSalle St, metered street parking. *Please refer to garage signage for pricing details.
    Date/Time Information:
    Tuesday, March 14th
    11:30 AM - 12 PM Registration & Lunch
    12 PM - 1 PM Program
    Contact Information:
    Pamela Otibu, Director of Community Engagement & Communications
    $15 for Members
    $25 for Non Members
    *Light lunch will be provided

    Pre-registration is required.
    Registration will close at 5:00pm the day before the event. 

    No refunds will be given
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