A New Chapter of Service: Providence’s Well Being Trust

Watch the signs of times and take prudent risks to improve the lives of all— especially those who are poor and vulnerable. —Excerpt from Sisters of Providence Hopes and Aspirations document.

Serve others unselfishly with no thought of reward. — Excerpt from the Sisters of Saint Joseph Maxims document.

This is the counsel from our Foundresses, the Sisters of Providence and St. Joseph Health, as we carefully discern our response in addressing emerging needs in the communities we serve.

Guided by this charge, Well Being Trust made a strategic pivot in 2022 and shifted its efforts and resources to go deeper in our communities and to build proof points showing what works to create deep, measurable improvements in the mental health and well-being of the people we are so privileged to serve.

We will do this deep, transformational work in the communities within the Providence footprint of Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. As we learn from our successes and challenges and adapt when needed, we will partner with like-minded organizations to broadly share solutions that can be applied in different communities. By creating and sharing proof points, we will advance the movement for well-being across the nation and also continue to pursue meaningful, strategic national partnerships to advance our mental health advocacy efforts.

A look back at 2022
In this 2022 annual report, you will learn about some of the transformational work in the
communities within the Providence footprint as well as some of the national work that we’ve done with like-minded partners that has led to the development of optimal mental health and wellness services, innovative digital solutions, and other tools and resources that support mental health and well-being for all.

I look forward to 2023 and beyond as we continue to approach each day with humility, understanding, and adaptability in order to advance the mental, social, and spiritual health for all.

Arpan Waghray, M.D., CEO, Providence’s Well Being Trust

When Providence and St. Joseph Health came together in 2016, we established Well Being Trust to improve the mental health and well-being of communities across the country, especially in the seven states Providence serves. Since that time, we’ve made important progress shaping vital public policy, sharing community and organizational best practices, and investing in programs and resources to strengthen local safety nets and fill needed gaps in services.

We have also partnered with organizations and invested in evidence-based approaches that
integrate behavioral health and primary care. This includes destigmatizing mental health especially
among young people through Work2BeWell, and supporting the mental and spiritual health of
health care professionals through our No One Cares Alone program.

Still, we have more work to do.

The pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis. That is why we’re approaching the next chapter of Providence’s Well Being Trust with renewed commitment and urgency through the leadership of Arpan Waghray, M.D.

We are sharpening our focus on serving communities within the Providence footprint of Alaska,
California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington while continuing to advance
our work with like-minded partners nationwide.

Serving others during the most vulnerable times in their lives is a tremendous privilege.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us on this journey. Together, we will continue to be
here for one another and improve mental health and well-being, so that every person in our communities has the opportunity to thrive and live the best life possible.

– Rod Hochman, M.D., Providence’s Well Being Trust Board Chair; President & CEO, Providence