10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

Addressing and Supporting the Social Determinants of Behavioral Health

Social determinants of health significantly contribute to the development and exacerbation of behavioral health disorders. Behavioral health is an essential component of overall health and well-being, and its currently compromised status requires an urgent and explicit public health response. It is imperative to address the problem of the poor behavioral health and identify and champion strategies that will improve behavioral health status and consequently the overall health and well-being of the communities. This panel will address the impact of social determinants on mental health disparities and how to promote mental health equity and support good population mental health.


Key topics:

  • How mental health and mental disorders are shaped by social, economic, and physical environments

  • Link between social inequalities and increased risk of mental disorders

  • Improving the conditions to improve population mental health and reduce the risk of mental disorders that are associated with social inequalities

  • Actions to reduce risk of mental disorders at the community level


Georges Benjamin, MD

Executive Director

American Public Health Association



Lynn Todman

Executive Director, Population Health

Lakeland Health System


Brian Klausner, MD

Chief Medical Officer, WakeMed Key Community Care Accountable Care Organization Medical Director, WakeMed Community Population


Elena Quintana

Executive Director, Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice

Adler University