Please join AHA Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D., as he presents the sixth Leadership Rounds discussion of 2021. Dr. Hochman will continue the series that AHA launched last year and will host conversations on a range of key issues facing the field with hospital and health system leaders from across the country and other special guests.
On this episode, Dr. Hochman has an important conversation with Robert Trestman, M.D., chair for psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Carilion Clinic and a professor at the Viriginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Va. He serves as 2021 chair of the AHA Behavioral Health Services Council.
Dr. Trestman and Dr. Hochman reflect on the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of health care professionals, patients and families. During the conversation, Dr. Trestman emphasizes that to improve behavioral health care, “overcoming the stigma of asking for and receiving help is the single biggest challenge we all face.” He is passionate about helping health care professionals “to realize that we are human beings . . . with limits . . . and it’s OK to ask for help.”
They also talk about the best measures to assess the effectiveness of interventions, the necessity to better integrate physical and behavioral health services, and Dr. Trestman’s ideas to overcome funding and compensation challenges for behavioral health care. Watch the episode below. And visit AHA’s behavioral health webpage for additional resources.