As Executive Director and CEO of Philhaven—a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization offering services for children, adolescents, adults and older adults in south central PA—Phil Hess recognizes the benefits of quality care. The activities which the NavWell initiative contributes towards improving mental wellness of the community is what led Phil to join the effort. Today, he […]

On a daily basis, Jo Ann Lawer—Director of Government Affairs and Grants for Lancaster General Health—works to keep important medical issues at the forefront with local legislators. Among the issues Jo Ann fights for, mental health issues in Lancaster County’s child and adolescent populations are critical in bringing attention to. Recognizing this call for action Jo Ann joined […]

As the Director of Project Access Lancaster County, Lisa Riffanacht works closely with primary care physicians. Throughout her career, she has learned the challenges which families, primary health care providers, and behavioral health specialists face. A specific source of concern for primary care providers is the high rate of psychotropic prescriptions to adolescent patients, without the […]

Susan Blue, President and CEO of Community Services Group—a provider of community-based mental health, intellectual, and developmental services throughout Pennsylvania—understands the power of collaboration in her field. The need for communication, collaboration, and coordination in the health care system led Susan to become a Council Member for the NavWell initiative, and create change in the […]

As Director of the Children’s Department at Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA), Connell O’Brien has dedicated his life’s work to improving and advancing integrated, whole person care for children. During his time spent working to improve care, Connell saw time and time again the recurring barriers inhibiting access to quality health care. When his […]



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