Looking Back and Looking Forward
Executive Director, Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN
Incredible! It has been 20 years since the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce was founded. The need for the group arose from the perceived crisis in the field and the desire to shape a better trajectory for this compelling issue. I might ask each of you reading this to consider how much progress you think has actually been made over those two decades of time.
Today we are emerging from the multiple impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the considerable toll it has taken on the physical and mental health of children and adults throughout the country. In some respects, the need for quality mental health care has never been greater, yet the shortage of qualified providers is at an all-time low. Clearly much work remains to be done.
And so it was that the Annapolis Coalition “doubled down” during the pandemic and maintained our critical work as we:
· Continued to engage in focused activities with various stakeholders,
· Re-energized our E-newsletter, and
· Redesigned and enhanced our website
I encourage you to go to our expanded website where all of the work we have accomplished in the past years is accessible, and our ongoing activities are described. And if you have thoughts or ideas you would like to share with us, please do so from the contact link on our front page. We always want to keep the dialogue going as we both critically look back and strategically look forward!