"I am honored and humbled to be the new president of the Arizona Psychiatry Society. Over the coming year I wish to continue to build on our mission of promoting the highest quality of mental health care through education, advocacy, and fostering principles of psychiatry, towards a vision that all Arizonans will have access to quality mental health care and prevention as a result of the successful advocacy and physician leadership of the Arizona Psychiatric Society. My top priorities for the year ahead include ensuring access to mental health care for Arizonians. This means we will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure people in Arizona can maintain health care coverage, have parity in access to mental health care, have availability of collaborative or integrated care models and have available specialty mental health care when needed.
Having a community of support while growing our professional skills is so important to our own well-being and can help prevent burn out. With this in mind, we will provide opportunities for psychiatrists to connect with each other, find a sense of community while also providing on-going education and CME opportunities.
Health care is a team sport, and we value the unique contributions and skills of each profession that contributes to great care. We have however seen some scope of work changes and creep over the recent years that puts high quality safe care for Arizonians at risk. We will work to mitigate any risk to high quality safe care. Most importantly, I and the other executive officers of APS are proud representatives of Arizona psychiatrists. My hope is to continue to hear what your priorities and concerns are so we can continue to represent your needs. My hope is also that you will reach out to share your voice, connect and contribute to the work APS does."