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Addressing Mental Health in Primary Care: Applying Integrated Care Practices to Optimize and Elevate the Mental Health Care Pediatricians Deliver Every Day

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pediatricians are often the first contact for families with concerns about their child or youth’s mental health. Yet, in a whirlwind day, many practices struggle to effectively address and help prevent mental health disorders. This Chat will bring in local experts to discuss the best ideas and resources for moving towards behavioral health integration in your primary care setting. We are joined by Nelson Branco MD FAAP, President Chapter 1, Diane Dooley MD, FAAP, Chair Chapter 1 Mental Health Committee, Joan Jeung MD, MPH, FAAP, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF, and Petra Steinbuchel MD, Director, UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Portal to address the application of integrated care practices and elevating mental health care that pediatricians deliver every day.




Meet Our Speakers!

Dr. Joan Jeung is a clinical faculty member with UCSF’s Department of Pediatrics/Division of Developmental Medicine. For the past decade, she has been engaged in advocacy for immigrant/refugee populations and projects to promote early childhood development and behavioral health integration in primary care. She developed and managed several innovative programs, including a group well-child care program to support newly arrived immigrant parents and their infants. Currently, she is engaged in multiple projects to deepen behavioral healthcare capacity and strengthen trauma-informed care practices in pediatric primary care. She is currently part of the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s’ Provisional Section on Minority Health Equity and Inclusion (MHEI) and is a member of the advisory committee for the National Resource Center on Patient and Family-Centered Medical Home.

Dr. Diane Dooley is an associate clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine at UC San Francisco and a pediatrician working at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. As a practicing pediatrician serving low-income patients, she has championed local and statewide initiatives to improve care for children. Now semi-retired, she serves as the chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 1 Committee on Mental Health Access. She is also a member of the California Children’s Trust Steering Committee, the board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 1, and the steering committee for the UCSF Collaborative Research Network. She has also published and made presentations on mental health access and prevention, childhood obesity, and early childhood caries.

Dr. Nelson Branco is a managing partner at Tamalpais Pediatrics and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF where he helps direct the outpatient experience for the UCSF Pediatrics Clerkship site in Marin. Previously, Dr. Branco worked for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation for three years. After returning to California in 2001, he practiced at the Marin Community Clinics and also worked for the Pediatric After Hours Clinic and at Marin General Hospital as a Pediatric Hospitalist. Dr. Branco has been a FAAP and an active member of our chapter for many years. He has served as co-chair of the Young Physicians and CME committees, as well as Member at Large for the North Coast region. At the AAP National level, he is a former member of the Committee of Native American Child Health and the current chair of the Indian Health Special Interest Group. In addition to his AAP and UCSF duties, Dr. Branco is the chair of the Meritage Medical Network Board of Directors and serves on the Marin General Hospital Finance Committee. He is also a member of the UCSF Clinically Integrated Network Board.

Dr. Petra Steinbuchel has served as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for over a decade.  She is the Director for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Portal, a consultative child psychiatry access program designed to further integrate medical and behavioral health care for children. She has a deep passion for expanding access to care for diverse and vulnerable populations, in particular those exposed to early childhood adversity, chronic and acute medical trauma.  She has been dedicated to developing effective, collaborative partnerships between behavioral health and pediatric primary care providers in medical inpatient, outpatient, school-based, and integrated care settings. She is a champion for physician wellness and serves on the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Wellbeing Committee and Schwarz Rounds Committee.