Children’s Health & Mental Wellbeing: Whole-Person Approach

Children’s Health & Mental Wellbeing Whole-Person Approach
Join Dr. John Lyons and our panel of experts who discuss the important goal for all children to be both physically and mentally healthy so that they can have a positive quality of life. Three new startup health technology companies join in this important discussion.

About this Webinar

Just like physical health, mental health in childhood focuses on reaching developmental and emotional milestones, learning healthy social skills as well as how to cope when there are difficult situations. An important goal for all children is for them to be both physically and mentally healthy, so that they can have a positive quality of life-functioning well at home, in school, and in their communities. It is important that we remember that physical health is not just the absence of illness & disease and mental health is not simply the absence of a mental disorder.


Your Host

Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT

Solution-Focused Care Senior Scientist at Opeeka

Kenneth McGill spent the last 12 years at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care serving as the statewide trainer on Wraparound, the fundamental evidence-based practice offered throughout the New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC), and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) curriculum. Ken was the 2013 recipient of the Praed Foundation’s Outcomes Champion (CANS) Award for his work in children’s systems of care and outcomes management. He has more than 20 years of experience in marriage and family therapy, education and research and is currently serving as President of the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NJAMFT). Ken received his Education Specialist degree in marriage and family therapy from and his Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University.


John S. Lyons, PhD

John S. Lyons, PhD

Professor, IPH Center Director at the University of Kentucky

Dr. John S. Lyons is director of the Center for Innovation in Population Health and professor of Health Management and Policy. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed publications and six books including Redressing the Emperor: improving our children’s public mental health system and Communimetrics. Lyons has created and supported the use of evidence-based assessments that are used around the world including the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST) and Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA). He actively works at the interface between practice and policy in mental health, child welfare, education, and justice.

Susan McLennan

Susan McLennan

Welfie co-Founder and CMO Reimagine PR, President

Susan is a co-Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Welfie, an organization that exists to lift the health of families through their children. Susan specializes in helping purposeful brands tell stories that change the world. Work she has created with her husband/partner, Mike Erskine Kellie, has won Emmy Awards, made headlines in top media outlets around the world, and been selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.

Colleen Leung

Unmute co-Founder and CEO

Colleen Leung is the Co-Founder & CEO of Unmute- a mental health platform that uses machine learning algorithms to increase the match and long-term success rate of patients seeking therapy treatment. Colleen was born and raised on the island of Oahu and in 2018 relocated to Boston to obtain her MBA from Babson College. Unmute was launched during the pandemic and has matched 400+ users to the right therapist to date. Colleen is now looking to white label and provide Unmute’s matching services to health insurance companies.

Dr. Kate Cordell

Dr. Kate Cordell, Ph.D., M.P.H.

President, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder at Opeeka

Dr. Cordell is a nationwide thought leader for behavioral health technology, integrating data systems to support a whole- person approach to care. She has built models for federal, state, county, healthcare provider and community-based agencies to convert behavioral health and social program data into decisions and decisions into positive outcomes. Dr. Cordell works to identify whether individuals and families are improving during care. She is especially interested in what works for whom. Every person and family have a story, often complex but also sewn with common thread. Dr. Cordell uses longitudinal analysis methods to model the changing patterns in these complex tapestries, hoping to identify common elements of design.

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