A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Supporting the Mental Health of our Youth
APRIL 12, 2023
MANHATTAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
We’ve put together a list of local resources to help local youth and families. From crisis hotlines and support groups to conversation cards and an online game for teens, the list covers a range of mental health topics.
Speakers, Moderators and Panelists
OUR COMMITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH
In partnership with the Boulder Valley School District we’ve created a long-term approach to providing mental health supports during the school day.
Dr. Anderson is a passionate and dedicated educator with deep experience at every level of public education over the last two decades. Dr. Anderson was drawn to Boulder Valley School District by the shared commitment to the core values of equity and excellence. He looked forward to building on the hard work of Boulder Valley’s students, families, and educators to continue improving outcomes for all students while closing opportunity gaps.
Chief Nursing Officer
A relationship-focused leader, Paul is passionate about coaching, mentoring, and developing the incredible nurses who care for those in our communities. Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Rush University in Chicago and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Colorado Denver. When he is not leading Avista’s nursing teams, Paul enjoys exploring Colorado outdoors on skis, on his bike, and on foot. A Chicago native, he and his wife have two children.
On a mission to elevate the community’s well-being through service and unwavering support, Chad joined Centura Health as Longmont’s CEO in September of 2022. Chad has more than 15-years of experience in high-performing, participative management, team-concept organizations, and he has led operations for both small and large organizations including new acquisitions and multi-site locations. Chad earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Service Administration from West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia.
Allison joined Impact on Education in 2018, bringing nearly 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience to enhance our program excellence, broaden community involvement and advance organization initiatives. Prior to her time at Impact on Education, Allison served as Executive Director of Transportation Solutions, and as Senior Vice President for Charlotte Center City Partners. In these roles, Allison raised funds, managed budgets, directed programs, and guided organizational strategy. Allison holds a BA from Emory University, MA in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Wake Forest.
It is estimated that one in five children ages 3-17 experience a mental disorder in a given year, the most common of which are ADHD, anxiety problems, behavior problems, and depression.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PANEL 1 BIOS
Marc is responsible for the health plan’s overall strategic plan, business development, operations, community and regulatory relationships in Colorado and Wyoming, as well as serving the coverage needs of more than 725,000 commercial members and enhancing relationships with many of the 110 hospitals and more than 38,000 medical providers contracted with UnitedHealthcare in the Centennial state. Marc brings over 35 years of healthcare industry experience to his oversight of small, mid-sized and large commercial and public sector organizations for the Colorado health plan.
Maya graduated from Boulder high school in 2021 and is currently taking the semester off from college to focus on their health. They have previously been involved with Impact on Education as a senior in high school on the student advisory board. When they return to school, they plan to study mechanical engineering and biology with hopes of combining these fields to research and work with renewable energy sources. They are passionate about community involvement and mental health awareness.
Dr. Morales currently holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s and doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a lifelong educator with over twenty years of classroom as well as administrative experience. She has been published recently in The Phoenix Scholar and was a presenter at the 2021 and 2022 Knowledge Without Boundaries conference. Dr. Morales is currently the principal at Boulder High School.
While the Chief Medical Officer at Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Dr. Nordstrom also continues as Medical Director of Signal Behavioral Health and an emergency psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Nordstrom received her medical and legal degrees at Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine and School of Law, respectively. Dr. Nordstrom has spoken on various behavioral emergency topics nationally and internationally. She has served as the Chair of the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies and President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
BVSD Parent, Suicide Loss Survivor
Chris began his career in the software industry while living abroad. After moving to Boulder, Chris became a business owner in a small, but fast growing energy efficient greenhouse company. In November of 2020 their son, age 16, died by suicide and since then their family has looked for ways to be involved with other parents walking the journey of losing a child by suicide. Chris is an advocate for more conversation around mental health in general, a more collaborative, coordinated approach to speaking with students and families about mental health and the impact of suicide loss on those left behind. Chris and his family are passionate about preventing suicide, knowing well the pain for those left behind.
Compared with pre-pandemic levels, teenagers are more likely to experience persistent feelings of distress or malaise that interfere in their lives. They are more likely to think about suicide and more likely to attempt it.
PANEL 2 BIOS
Patrick has led reform efforts in the Colorado market for practice transformation, payment reform and technology adoption to help make the healthcare system work better for everyone. Prior to becoming CEO, Patrick served as Rocky Mountain Health Plan’s Vice President where he developed a statutory program known as Payment Reform for Medicaid Enrollees, which significantly enhances payments for primary care, integrated behavioral health and quality improvement, while producing a net savings for Colorado taxpayers. UnitedHealthcare serves 6.4 million Medicaid members in 31 states and Washington, D.C.
Jenna Clinchard is the Executive Director for Rise Against Suicide. Before joining RISE in 2019, she spent 20 years in the corporate world, gaining the skills and knowledge needed to run a non-profit. Her work as an ardent activist for the LGBTQIA+ community, and volunteer work for St. Judes Hospital, led Jenna to leap into nonprofit work. She has always been passionate about working with youth and their mental health. She works with Boulder County’s Outreach Committee for the Behavioral Road Map, and continues to expand her learning through Women in Leadership Conferences. Jenna has two extraordinary daughters–one a BVSD graduate and another attending BVSD.
Jordan has been in the Boulder Valley School District for 4 years to add to her educational experience of a total of 10 years. During the first 5 years of her educational career, Jordan worked in a non-profit school-based health center, providing comprehensive health services to students. What a gift for students to: get a physical, up to date on immunizations, and a STI check, all across the hall from the cafeteria. This is where she saw public health play out in an educational setting and really narrowed in on the health and wellness of all students. To date, Jordan has impacted over 36,000 students in her educational career and started a BVSD podcast, “The Young and the Wellness” to bring families and communities together to engage in the work with BVSD.
Director of Integrated Behavioral Health
Darci Harvey is a licensed clinical social worker and has been in the mental health field for more than 25 years. She completed her undergraduate in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver. Her first 20 years were dedicated to working with children and families. Darci also worked 12 years with Children’s Hospital Colorado working in the Emergency Department providing crisis assessments for youth who were suicidal or had a recent suicide attempt. In 2020, Darci was named the Director Integrated Behavioral Health for Centura. Darci is also the mother to three children, with a 16-year old daughter and two sons age 13 and 8.
Anna Kim is a Board Member for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Boulder County. She is passionate about NAMI’s mission of providing support, education and advocacy for individuals and families impacted by mental illness, and to reduce stigma, instill hope, and generate change. Anna holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. Anna has three amazing children who all attended BVSD.
Greg McDonald has been in education for 22 years. 18 of those years have been as a school counselor in both middle and high school. He is currently at Monarch High School piloting their new Wellness Center and has had over 6500 visits to the Wellness Center which comprises about 50% of the student body. Greg is originally from Massachusetts and has been in Colorado for the last 25 years living with his wife (also a school counselor) and three teenage children, one of which is a freshman at CU.
In 2021, 42 percent of high school students reported feeling so sad or hopeless regularly for at least a two-week period that they stopped doing their normal daily activities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
How BVSD Wellness Centers support student resilience
We’re funding Wellness Centers across Boulder Valley School District because we believe they’re powerful tools for supporting our youth and helping them thrive. Students need support to manage their emotional health. Mental Health Advocates can help teach them how, while the BVSD Wellness Centers give them the space to do so.
Community conversation brings youth mental health to the forefront
Young people today are experiencing a mental health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen before. Nearly one in five youth in Colorado reported poor mental health in 2021 — double the rate seen in 2017. Social media, the pandemic, and climate change were just some of the external pressures students and parents cited during a panel discussion that gathered more than 300 people at Manhattan Middle School on April 12, 2023.
Why we need to talk about youth mental health
Mental health has a significant impact on a student’s academic performance, social interactions, and overall well-being, and unfortunately mental health challenges have skyrocketed among children and teenagers. We’re working to raise both the awareness and funds needed to bolster youth mental health supports in our community.