This webinar, the last in a three-part series, focused on key considerations for the recruitment of mental health providers at health centers. It explores key considerations and areas in recruitment planning, from consideration of communities, teams, priorities, and budgets to employment of recruiting firms, advertising, and more. It also touches on interviews, contracts, and onboarding principles for successful recruitment.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand recruitment strategies for mental health providers
  • Learn about the types of mental health providers
  • Understand advertising and social media techniques
  • Learn about interviewing and onboarding practices


  • Dr. Deborah Villanueva, DSW, MSW, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, Rising Spirits Program

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This webinar was the final 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.