Roger Dowdy, LICSW, MHA
Vice President, Mental Health Population Health Management; Chief Operating Officer, Providence’s Well Being Trust
Roger Dowdy serves as Vice President of Mental Health Population Health Management at Providence, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the country with 120,000 employees, 52 hospitals, 1,085 clinics and a comprehensive range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer for Providence’s Well Being Trust.
In these roles, he leads initiatives around behavioral health clinical improvement, measurement-based care, digital therapeutics, staff/caregiver mental wellness and value-based behavioral health care. In addition, he co-chairs the system-wide, Providence Behavioral Health Leadership Council.
Roger has more than 30 years of experience as a clinician and administrator in the health care and non-profit sector. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he worked extensively with individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Early in his career, he served as an Emergency Room Psychiatric Social Work at Harborview Medical Center (the only level-one trauma center in Washington State) and a King County Designated Crisis Responder, conducting involuntary crisis commitment evaluations.
As an administrator, Roger has led the overall coordination of large scale, clinic operations and health plan functions in multiple organizations, including the integration of behavioral health services into primary care. He has previously served in leadership roles at Virginia Mason Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System and Neighborcare Health (a large Federally Qualified Health Center in the Puget Sound region). Prior to joining Providence, Roger served as Director of Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente of Washington where he had responsibility for the behavioral health care delivery system as well as overall coordination of health plan functions and behavioral health network management.
Roger earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work where he teaches graduate-level, health policy classes. He is a board member of Sound (one of the largest community mental health providers in Washington State) where he was first employed as a mental health case manager more than 30 years ago.