Opportunity to Embrace Hope, Fight Stigma Requires Continued Effort!

There are no quick fixes for the challenges of fighting stigma surrounding the treatment  of mental illness. There are no simple solutions for improving mental health policy, just as there is no easy answer for individuals and families struggling day by day with illness.

 But we all know the status quo is not acceptable.

 This is a time when people who care about these issues must join together for serious  discussion and hard work to help craft improvements. That requires stimulating thought with fresh perspective and understanding to find more common ground, build broader partnerships and coalitions, and strengthen the resolve for change.

It is our hope that our recent program, presented in collaboration with the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvements  will spark ideas, discussion, debate, relationship-building and simply be the beginning of a process of  bringing people and groups together to better advance the opportunity to embrace hope.  We thank all who participate in this initial effort and welcome others to join with us.

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Herbert Pardes, M.D.
Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Dr. Herbert Pardes after serving from January 2000 through September 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System became Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  Under his leadership, New York-Presbyterian Hospital escalated to one of the highest ranked hospitals and comprehensive health care institutions in the United States.

 Dr. Pardes has been an outspoken proponent for academic medicine, medical research, children’s health education, mental health, access to care, humanism and empathy in care delivery, Information Technology and medicine.

 He has chaired three different departments of psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center, the University of Colorado and Columbia University.  He served from 1989 to 2000 as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Vice President for Health Sciences.  A noted psychiatrist, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the United States Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan Administrations.  He was also President of the American Psychiatric Association.

 He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the United States Army Commendation Medal as well as being the recipient of the Sarnat International Prize for leadership in the field of mental health.

 He has served on commissions related to health policy appointed by Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability.  He serves on the NYEC Board Executive Committee for Information Technology, and is Vice Chairman of the New York Genome Center.  He is former Chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Hospital Association of New York (which on whose Board he continues to sit), the Association of American Medical Colleges and the New York Association of Medical Schools.  

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