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SHSMD Celebrates Well-being, Resilience and Care

SHSMD celebrates May as a month of well-being, resilience, and care. May hosts Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We recognize the importance of mental health awareness and the strength of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

SHSMD promotes mental health as a vital part of overall health. We encourage everyone to prioritize their well-being and break the stigma around seeking help. Resources are available, and you don't have to go through this alone.

SHSMD celebrates the rich heritage and diversity of our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) members and their community.

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Enjoy free thought-provoking educational content on relevant topics to improve yourself and your team!

  • Protecting Your Social Media Team’s Mental Health

    Researchers are just beginning to understand the effects of social media on mental health and well-being. And that’s for the general public. Social media can have potentially damaging consequences for employees faced with negative comments and extreme content every day. In this session, you will learn to identify process changes and tools to help protect your social media team’s mental health with the goal of reducing burnout.

  • The Business Case for Behavioral Health

    With 1 in 4 individuals experiencing some type of mental health issue, the odds are that every one of us know someone impacted by the behavioral health crisis our country is facing on the heels of a major pandemic. But with so many health systems facing increasing pressure on margin, how can we help identify the right way to provide the behavioral health services our communities desperately need while balancing competing needs for more profitable service line growth?

    This panel discussion brings together both behavioral health and strategy leaders from different health systems across the Southeast to share the ways each of their systems has addressed providing behavioral health care in their communities.

  • Responding to the Mental Behavioral Health Crisis Using Methods from the World of Innovation

    Wisconsin has the fifth highest rates of anxiety, depression, and self-harm in the country. Four years ago, Children’s Wisconsin laid out an ambitious plan to respond to this crisis, including funds specifically set aside to reduce the stigma associated with seeking care. Children’s Wisconsin used human-centered research and design to test our assumptions around stigma and seek to understand the underlying causes of the crisis in care before beginning an anti-stigma campaign. Our learnings in that process radically changed our assumptions. 

    In this session we’ll discuss what we learned in that initial research, and how we launched multiple innovative and transformative care services based on those insights. We’ll also cover the results we’ve seen thus far, what we’re planning next, and engage in dialogue about how other health systems may be able to build upon our approach and learning.

  • Trauma Informed Leadership

    Increasingly we are recognizing the effects of acute and chronic trauma on our workforce. This presentation identifies and defines trauma and its effects. We offer tools for recognition and mitigation of personal trauma as well as tools for organizational leaders to manage a traumatized organization.

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SHSMD Member Spotlight

Dr. Jian Zhang

Dr. Jian Zhang, CEO, Chinese Hospital

In the heart of San Francisco, amidst the bustling streets and diverse communities, stands Chinese Hospital, a beacon of hope and healing under the leadership of Dr. Jian Zhang. 

Dr. Zhang's journey is not just one of professional success, but of a deep-rooted commitment to uplifting those most in need. From her early days as a health care professional to her current role as CEO of Chinese Hospital, Dr. Zhang's mission has always been clear: to break down barriers to care and ensure that every individual, regardless of background, receives the dignity and respect they deserve.

What sets Dr. Zhang apart is not just her dedication to her patients, but her visionary leadership in promoting cultural competence and linguistic inclusivity within her institution. Chinese Hospital isn't just a place for medical treatment; it's a sanctuary where patients from all walks of life feel understood, respected, and cared for.

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, Dr. Zhang's leadership was put to the test. In the face of unprecedented challenges, she rose to the occasion, leading Chinese Hospital in providing essential services to the most vulnerable members of the community. From testing and vaccination efforts to mental health support for those affected by anti-Asian violence, Dr. Zhang's compassion and resilience shone through, inspiring hope in the darkest of times.

But Dr. Zhang's impact extends far beyond the walls of her hospital. She is a tireless advocate for health care equity, using her platform to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and fight against systemic injustices. Whether collaborating with local leaders or speaking out on a national stage, Dr. Zhang's unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion serves as a beacon of hope for all.

Beyond mere representation, Dr. Zhang's leadership philosophy emphasizes the importance of creating inclusive workplaces where all individuals can contribute meaningfully. Her commitment to gender diversity, with a senior leadership staff that is 85% female, sets a powerful example for future generations of female leaders in health care. Through her unwavering dedication, Dr. Jian Zhang not only transforms her hospital into a model of equity and inclusion but also inspires positive change across the broader health care landscape.

Press Release: Chinese Hospital’s CEO, Dr. Jian Zhang Honored in Forbes 50 Over 50 List for Her Visionary Leadership in Promoting Health Equity
Press Release: Chinese Hospital CEO Dr. Jian Zhang Named Woman of the Year by California State Assembly

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