2022 Shape of the Region Conference

Mar 15, 2022 8:00 AM


Finding our Way Back to Mental Health

Designing a more accessible, equitable system in Northern Virginia

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
IN-PERSON*: Capital One Hall, Tysons (Breakfast Provided)
VIRTUAL: Zoom Webinar

REGISTRATION: $75 In-Person  |  $25 Virtual Registration Fee
Parking at Capital One: $10 Event Parking is available
In-Person Pre-Event Registration NOW CLOSED.  Walk up registrations will be accepted.

*The Community Foundation has developed the following guidelines for attendees of in-person events:
  • Masks are encouraged, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Proof of vaccination is required. You will be asked to provide your physical COVID-19 vaccination card, a photo of the card, or a QR code providing proof of vaccination using HealthPass or from the Virginia Department of Health. You are welcome to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of your vaccination card in advance.
  • If you are feeling sick or experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home.

A survey from Fall 2021 indicates that an estimated 545,000 adults in Northern Virginia (28%) are experiencing symptoms of clinical anxiety or depression, a sharp increase from pre-pandemic times. But complex barriers to basic mental health services—to therapy, helpful medications, and early interventions—abound.

Join us and our panel of state and national experts for a candid discussion of the challenges of accessing basic mental health services in Northern Virginia, and what innovative ideas and opportunities may exist to address this critical issue that impacts us all.

Event Host
drew wilder

Drew Wilder

NBC4 Northern Virginia Reporter

Keynote Speaker

Regina S James

Regina S. James, M.D.

Chief, Division of Diversity & Health Equity and Deputy Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association

PANEL: System Change

Sandy Chung

Sandy L. Chung, MD, FAAP, FACHE

AAP President 2022,
CEO, Trusted Doctors

Darcy Gruttadaro

Darcy E. Gruttadaro, JD

Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health,
American Psychiatric Association Foundation

Germaine Buck Louis

Germaine Buck Louis, PhD, MS

Dean, College of Health and Human Services,
George Mason University

Deborah Oswalt

Deborah D. Oswalt

Executive Director,
Virginia Health Care Foundation

Navid Rashid

Navid Rashid, MD, FAPA

Medical Director,
Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute

PANEL: Equitable Solutions

Tahara Akmal

Chaplain Tahara Akmal

Clinical Pastoral Education Manager,
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

DrAlfiee BrelandNoble

Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble

The AAKOMA Project, Inc.

Claudia Campos Galvan MA

Claudia Campos Galván

Chief Programs Officer
Nueva Vida, Inc.

Keith Renshaw

Keith D. Renshaw, PhD

Department Chair and Professor of Psychology,
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University

Thanks to our Shape of the Region Sponsors:


Feature Sponsor

Community Sponsors

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Innovation Health

Engagement Sponsors

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William A. and Cynthia L. Hazel Giving Fund

Additional funding provided by:

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Sponsorships are available. For more information about sponsorship benefits, please contact Josiah Day, Director of Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-879-7636.

Online registration is closed for this event.