This webinar, the second in a three-part series, focused on practical strategies for the retention of mental health providers at health centers. It explores the key areas of planning and strategy for retaining providers, from alignment with organizational mission and effective compensation structures to ensuring adequate benefits, creating unique career paths, and managing work schedules.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand retention for mental health providers
  • Understand how to build inclusive workspaces
  • Learn how to utilize diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in retention


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

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This webinar was the second 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.