Mission Statement

The Integrated Care Leadership Program (ICLP) aims to address mental health disparities via integration of behavioral health into primary care in order to advance health equity and achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Triple Aim:

  • Improve patient care experience
  • Improve population health
  • Decrease per capita cost of care

What We Do

The goal of the Integrated Care Leadership Program (ICLP) is to promote health equity among vulnerable populations by developing health leaders equipped to further integrate behavioral health into primary care and by strengthening capacity among health care providers and practices to implement and sustain integrated practice.

Meet the Team

Morehouse School of Medicine

lenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Wrenn directs and provides overall leadership for the Integrated Care Leadership Program. She brings clinical as well as systems change and quality improvement expertise to the group.





Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH, CSE
is an Associate Project Director for the ICLP. Ms. Rachel assists the team with logistical planning for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute website, Integrated Care Leadership Program newsletter, and planning and organizing special events.





Sayon Cooper, MPH
is the ICLP Program Manager. Mr. Cooper leads day-to-day operations of the program and is the lead for the engagement of program participants. He is also the point of contact for technical assistance and program logistics.





Jinjie Zheng, PhD
is an Instructor in the Department of Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine and an expert in Instructional Design. She leads translation of the program content to online curricular formats. She also leads the design team in technology-enhanced curriculum innovations to facilitate integrated practice.





Sarah Vinson, MD
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Vinson is the Clinical Lead and provides subject matter expertise for child and adolescent components of the program in addition to her clinical expertise as a provider in integrated practice.





Lizeth Camacho, PhD, MA
is a Community Psychologist and 2016-2017 Satcher Health Leadership Institute Health Policy Leadership Fellow. Dr. Camacho serves on the ICLP evaluation team.





University of South Carolina

Abraham Wandersman, PhD
is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Wandersman is an expert in community psychology and implementation science and provides overall oversight for adaptation of a readiness framework to integrated care transformation.





Tara Kenworthy
is a Doctoral Student in Clinical Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina. Ms. Kenworthy serves as a research assistant.






Ariel Domlyn, MA
is a Doctoral Student in Clinical Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina. Ms. Domlyn serves as a research assistant.





University of North Carolina Charlotte

Victoria Scott, PhD, MBA
is a community psychologist at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Dr. Scott is leading the development of the readiness instrument and evaluation of its validity as a tool to facilitate integration of behavioral health and primary care.






History of the Integrated Care Leadership Program

The Integrated Care Health Leadership Program addresses mental health disparities through promotion of health system and policy shifts toward advanced levels of integration and workforce development for integrated care practice. Approximately one quarter of all adults in the United States have a mental health disorder. According to CDC surveillance data, this results in significant morbidity and mortality, due in part to the strong association with poorer treatment adherence for concurrent chronic diseases, lower use of appropriate medical care, and negative health behaviors. Recent studies show that racial-ethnic minorities continue to experience disparities in access to medical and behavioral healthcare and higher rates of obesity and other chronic diseases. Nearly two million Georgians suffered from mental illness and/or addictive diseases in the past year. Of these, over 320,000 experienced a serious mental illness.

In Georgia, hospital facilities are overburdened and hospital treatment is often provided as a first option rather than last resort. As a result, there is a critical need to implement effective strategies that address both behavioral health disorders and chronic medical diseases, while targeting health disparities at the community level and in community settings. Integration of behavioral health and primary care has been demonstrated to be an effective strategy to improving access to behavioral health care and medical health outcomes.

The Integrated Care Leadership Program was established in 2011 when the Satcher Health Leadership Institute Division of Behavioral Health partnered with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (GA-DBHDD) on a Behavioral Healthcare Systems Improvement Initiative. This focused on improving access to quality care for persons with behavioral health disorders through behavioral health-primary care integration, including provider education and practice change, integrating mental health into the Grady Hospital Emergency Department, managing care for high utilizers of emergency psychiatric care, and embedding psychiatrists in community primary health centers and mobile homeless healthcare centers. The main initiatives included the following: Strategic Partnership to Reduce Health Disparities by Improving Mental Health and Quality Care, which was funded by Kaiser Permanente to develop a Community of Practice (CoP) learning collaborative to advance integrated care in Georgia-based community service boards (CSBs) and federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) Transformative Leadership for Integrated Care e-Learning Curriculum and Algopharm mobile app funded by Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (GA-DBHDD) Grady Health System Behavioral Health Integration Demonstration Project that, in collaboration with MSM’s Department of Psychiatry, conducted a system assessment and implemented collaborative mental health services in the Emergency Care Center, pre-hospital EMS setting, and within four neighborhood primary care clinics.

In 2012, SHLI and the Cobb Community Service Board (CCSB) formed a partnership to implement integrated care practice changes and quality improvement at the Cobb Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Center. With the support of Kaiser Permanente, SHLI and CCSB implemented a relaxation and wellness program to improve health outcomes for individuals with serious mental illness or substance use disorders and comorbid medical disorders such as diabetes and hypertension. The program supports relaxation and stress management skills for high-risk patients. Additionally, SHLI has collaborated with Grady Health System since the inception of the Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care program and have provided care to medically underserved populations of Fulton and DeKalb counties. Through this initiative, SHLI and MSM’s Department of Psychiatry embedded psychiatrists into Grady’s Neighborhood Health Centers in an effort to improve healthcare for vulnerable populations and increase access to mental health care. SHLI and MSM worked with selected Grady Neighborhood Health Centers to implement quality improvement initiatives to support integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care.