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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Forum Addresses “The Real Cost for Business” of the Mental Health and Addiction Crisis, March 28 at SNHU

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Forum Addresses “The Real Cost for Business” of the Mental Health and Addiction Crisis, March 28 at SNHU

What do businesses gain by better addressing behavioral health in the workplace? Why is a case of the flu treated differently from depression?

Those are just two of the questions that will be considered during an important forum, “The Real Cost for Business: The Mental Health and Addiction Crisis” to be held Wednesday, March 28 from 8 am-12:30 pm at the Mara Auditorium at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, NH.

The forum is sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Northeast Delta Dental, Charles Schwab, and Hypertherm’s Hope Foundation. New Hampshire Business Review is the media sponsor for the event.

(EDITORS: News media are encouraged to attend the forum. Please contact Rick Adams at 603-653-1910 or if you plan to cover the event.)

Former Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald will deliver the keynote address, “Leading Change. Making Lives Better” to open the forum, after opening remarks from New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr. Joanne Conroy.

“Supporting employees who are grappling with mental health issues and the stigma associated with those issues is not insurmountable,” noted Conroy. “But addressing them with a new perspective and supportive treatment options is needed.”

Following McDonald’s address, the first of two panel discussions will consider “Behavioral Health Challenges & Opportunities in the Work Place.” The panel will be moderated by Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Senior Director of Public Affairs John Broderick. Panelists include Craig Kramer, Mental Health Ambassador and Chair of Johnson & Johnson’s Global Campaign on Mental Health; Dr. William Torrey, Vice Chair for Clinical Services for Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Department of Psychiatry; Kate Frey, Vice President of Advocacy for New Futures; and Ken Norton, Executive Director of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

A second keynote address, “One Organization’s Experience in Supporting All Workers,” will be given by Rebecca Hamilton, Family Owner and Vice President of Research & Development, for New Hampshire-based W.S. Badger Co.

Hamilton’s remarks will be followed by a second panel, “Transforming Workplace Cultures to Support All Workers,” focused on building and sustaining workplace wellness initiatives by developing goals for a healthy workplace and the pathways to achieve them. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Seddon Savage, advisor to Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Initiative and professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Panelists will include Norton, Grappone Auto Group Owner Amanda Grappone Osmer, Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President Joe Sifer, and Marty Boldin, Drug Policy Advisor to the New Hampshire Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative.

The final presentation in the forum will be “Illuminating Shared Workplace Goals and the Many Pathways to Achieve Them,” with Dr. Robert K. McLellan, Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and director of the Live Well/Work Well program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Northeast Delta Dental President and CEO Tom Raffio will wrap up the forum with a session on next steps for participants and attendees in the forum.

Registration is $45, and the forum is open to the public. Register at

“The Real Cost for Business: The Mental Health and Addiction Crisis” is also presented in partnership with NAMI New Hampshire, the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, New Futures, the Office of the Governor, and the Chambers of Commerce of Greater Nashua, Greater Concord, and Greater Manchester.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system that serves a population of 1.9 million in New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care in Lebanon, NH at its flagship, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; affiliate hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and at 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. In 2016, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was named one of "100 Great Hospitals in America" by Becker's Hospital Review.