Managing Mental Health in Primary Care

October 5 - 6, 2023 | Anschutz Medical Campus Aurora, CO

Keynote Speakers:

Preparing practitioners to address mental health concerns presenting in primary care

Jorge Verlenden

Keynote: Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health: A Call to Action for an Integrated Approach to Promoting the Mental Health & Well-being of Our Nation’s Youth Based on 10 Years of Data

Jorge M. Vallery Verlenden, PhD, MEd is the Senior Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has spent more than 20 years supporting children, youth, and families in the US and internationally.

Vikram Patel

Keynote: Transforming Mental Health Care: Lessons from the Global South

Vikram Patel, PhD is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at the Harvard Medical School where he leads the Mental Health for All Lab. His work has focused on the burden of mental health problems, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment.

2023 Mental Health in Primary Care Planning Committee Members:

Jean Burnkrant, DNP, MSHS, MS, AGNP
Assistant Professor
University of Colorado College of Nursing

Ramón Chaparro, LPC, NCC
Instructor of Clinical Practice/Bilingual Behavioral Health Provider
University of Colorado Family Health Clinic
Sheridan Campus

Ann Froese-Fretz, MS, RN, CNS, CPNP-PC (Chair)
Program Director Continuing Education
University of Colorado College of Nursing

Kate LaPorta, PA-C, MHS
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-CHA/PA Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Rosario Medina, PhD, FNP-BC, ACNP, CNS, FAANP
Associate Dean of Clinical and Community Affairs
Professor College of Nursing
Associate Clinical Professor, Dept. Family Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Karen Mellis
Program Coordinator, Office of Continuing Education
University of Colorado College of Nursing

Troy A. Moore, PharmD, MS, BCPP
Director, ASHP Accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, Mental Health
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center

Thida Thant, MD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry
Director, UCH Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service & Psychiatric Consultation for the Medically Complex Clinic
Assistant Medical Chief of Service, CU Medicine
Psychiatry Community Practices
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Rachel Wagmaister, MS
Project Manager
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Conference Highlights


  • Gender Identity and MH Needs
  • Transforming Mental Health in the US: Re-imagining the Future
  • CDC report on adolescent mental and behavioral health
  • Mental health medications: When to describe
  • Older adult mental health needs and cognitive changes
  • Bridging the gap between primary care and mental health services
  • Fostering “belonging” to prevent mental health crises

Hosted by the University of Colorado


  • College of Nursing
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Held at:

Fulginiti Pavilion on CU Anschutz Medical Campus


For more information about the conference please email the planning team.