What’s Next in Behavioral Health – A Brighter Future for Mental Health Care
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October 7, 2021 12:00 pm ET

What’s Next in Behavioral Health – A Brighter Future for Mental Health Care

The mental health experience can be daunting and lonely with the stigma attached preventing many people from getting the care they need.  With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated mental health issues at an astonishing rate, the need for more accessible care has increased significantly.  This panel explores new approaches to reduce the stigma around mental health and make it easier for people to get the treatment they need. The discussion covers the collaborative care model of integrating mental and physical health as well as the components of a new care model being piloted in select CVS HealthHUB locations in partnership with Minute Clinic.



Cara McNulty

President, Behavioral Health & EAP, CVS | Aetna

Cara oversees a national team that spearheads the development of programs, products and capabilities designed to offer individuals easy access to quality, innovative treatments and meet people along their health care journey while driving engagement and improving health outcomes through an easy and meaningful experience.

Cara is a highly regarded executive leader and population health scientist whose success in driving population well-being outcomes spans the employer, government, payer/provider, start-up and education sectors. She is known for her ability to integrate confirmed health science into practical business models that drive measurable outcomes.

She holds a doctorate in public administration from Hamline University, a Master of Science in applied health science from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in community health education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Claire Neely, MD, FAAP

President & CEO, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Claire Neely, MD, currently serves as the President and CEO for the Institute for Clinical System Improvement (ICSI), an influential healthcare improvement non-profit in Minnesota. ICSI brings healthcare leaders and other stakeholders together to find ways to initiate positive change by focusing on the tough challenges where competitive forces need to be set aside to implement new shared practices to improve health outcomes. A healthcare leader for more than three decades, Dr. Neely is known for her expertise in managing, influencing and driving continuous quality improvement in healthcare, and for her ability to successfully lead organizations during accelerated periods of dramatic change. Dr. Neely practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine at HealthPartners for more than 27 years. She earned her medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is board certified in pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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