This was a year of action for Providence’s Well Being Trust. We launched more than 20 programs that directly addressed the greatest challenges our communities face. We recognized the strength of empowering our frontline caregivers to identify the needs of our patients and communities, and the effectiveness of going deep into those communities to drive impact on a local level.
Our programs are showing what works on a local level and can be translated in other areas. We know this work is most impactful when we come together and collaborate with other organizations to enact widespread change. We will continue establishing strategic national partnerships to allow the programs we’re piloting to grow and adapt, providing lasting changes to communities across the United States.
Expanding access to mental health care in 2024
As we continue to spread what works to advance mental health and well-being, it is critical that we ensure the sustainability of our programs and incorporate mental health services into every aspect of health care. We must bring care to where people are. Technology will play a significant role in this, continuing to expand virtual therapy and even tapping into the potential of newer technologies like AI-enabled tools designed to assist clinicians and provide clinical guidance to providers at the point of care. Collectively, these efforts, our programs and new partnerships will help advance access to care.
As we look to 2024, I feel extremely hopeful and thankful. For the first time in my more than 20 years working in behavioral health care, mental health is at the forefront for many leaders and employers.
I’m thankful to our caregivers and our community and national partners, and I’m honored to lead Providence’s Well Being Trust as we prioritize expanding access to mental health care next year and beyond.