Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Concert Health
Dr. Virna Little is currently the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Concert Health, a national organization providing behavioral health services to primary care providers and the co-founder of Zero Overdose, a not for profit addressing the national crisis of unintentional overdoses. Prior Dr. Little worked for 22 years as a Senior Vice President for a large FQHC network in New York overseeing over 300 behavioral health and community staff and worked for New York City Health and Hospitals as a citywide family violence coordinator. She has a Doctoral degree in Psychology, a Masters in Social Work, a Masters in Business Administration and Healthcare, is a Certified Care Manager(CCM) and a recognized Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
Dr. Little is a nationally and internationally known speaker for her work in integrating primary care and behavioral health, developing sustainable integrated delivery systems and suicide prevention. Dr. Little was a member of the University of Washington AIMS center and National Council for Community Behavioral Health consulting teams. She is also a faculty member for the national and international Zero Suicide initiatives and has spoken on national suicide prevention strategies at the White House.
Dr. Little is a consultant providing technical assistance to organizations and states around the country integrating primary care and behavioral health as well as an expert on the Collaborative Care model and the implementation of depression care programs. Dr. Little has been recognized with awards from the Society for Social Work Leaders in HealthCare, National Association of Social Workers , Community Health Center Network of New York, New York Suicide Prevention Committee and others. She has served on many boards including the New York Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Heart Association and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.
Recent publications include:
- “Commentary on Substance Use Disorders and Risk of Suicide in a General US Population: a Case Control Study.” Lynch et al., June 2020, Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
- “The National Health Service Corps at 50: A Legacy of Impact in Partnership with The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.” May 2020, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved
- “COVID-19’S Impact on Behavioral Health: Collaborative Care Is An Essential, Cost-Effective Solution.” April 2020, The Chartis Group PublicatioM
- “Clinicians’ Perceptions of Telephone-Delivered mental Health Services, Dec 6, 2019, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.