This webinar, the first in a three-part series, focused on the importance of building a mental health provider pipeline for health centers. It explores best practices in mental health staff recruitment for team-based care, practical recruitment strategies, the training of behavioral health professions students, qualities of successful providers, retention initiatives, and more.

Learning Objectives

  • Review recruitment and retention best practices for mental health providers
  • Understand how CHC, Inc./Weitzman Institute implements a culture of integration


  • Tichianaa Armah, MD, Chief Psychiatry Officer
  • Caitlyn Ferguson, Recruiter, Human Resources
  • R. Timothy Kearney, Ph.D., Chief Behavioral Health Officer

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This webinar was the first session in our “Special Considerations for the Retention and Recruitment of Mental Health Providers” series presented by ACU’s STAR² Center and Community Health Center Inc./Weitzman Institute.” This series explored the importance of building a mental health provider pipeline, the development of inclusive workplaces that engage, retain, and recruit mission-driven providers, and the importance of understanding the essential contributions of the mental health workforce to community health centers. As the conversation around mental health continues to grow, this is a fundamental area that all health centers must understand and be prepared to meet the needs of providers, patients, and the community they serve.

More Resources on the Health Center Workforce and Underserved Populations

In addition to this webinar, you can also view a variety of free virtual trainings on care for underserved populations in our health equity webinar archives or request direct technical assistance from our STAR² Center, which provides resources, training, and technical assistance to help Health Center Program grantees with their clinician workforce challenges and questions.