Education & Events

To best serve you, we have three core tenets: Network, Learn, Advance.  Our goal is to help each and every one of you Network with your colleagues, Learn through multiple education venues and opportunities for face-to-face credits right here in your own backyardand Advance your career and your role in ACHE by helping you to pursue the role of Fellow.


Programming Event – Northern Region – RN & Clinical Staff Retention and Turnover

Date: Thursday, June 8
Time: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM EST
Location: Erie Club 524 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16501 
Cost: Free for members and students; $5 for non-members
With an aging population, baby boomers retiring, millennials taking over the work force, and reimbursements being more tied to patient satisfaction and administrative duties, it is no surprise that turnover is at an all-time high. It is imperative for hospitals and health care systems to understand the impact of turnover as well as how to increase retention through engagement, professional development and mentorship.
Attendance will earn you 1.5 Face to Face credits.
– Gregory Kuntz, MPH, FACHE: Managing Director, American Intercontinental Healthcare Group
– Mary Johnson, RN, MSN: Nurse Recruiter, Department of Veterans Affairs
– Lindsay Kopac: Director, Human Resources, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie
– April Murphy, MSN, RN, NE-BC: Clinical Director, Medical Surgical Nursing, UPMC Hamot


Programming Event – Behavioral Healthcare: Approaches to Increase Value for the Organization and Meet Community Needs

Date: Thursday, June 15
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Location: Virtual – please register via Eventbrite and then ACHE’s Learning Management System
Cost: Free for members and students; $5 for non-members
Historically, hospitals and health systems have not always embraced a role in meeting behavioral health needs in communities because managing behavioral healthcare and mental health is very complex. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. The rate of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder also meet criteria related to having a physical illness or substance abuse. Physical health and mental health issuesoccur together. For example, people with diabetes or cardiac conditions often develop depression as well. Being able to receive treatment for both conditions through an integrated behavioral health and primary care setting can be especially helpful since how we live our lives (behave) and our physical and mental health all interact with each other in complex ways.
Ultimately, the goals of behavioral health interventions are similar to those of other primary care treatment: helping people function so they can lead healthier, fuller lives. Receiving both behavioral health and primary care treatment in one integrated setting can help people continue to work or attend school, to engage with their families, to participate in their communities, and to be able to thrive. Managing co-morbidities can lead to an increase in cost and potentially a decrease in reimbursement. Mental Health America has reported that while most Americans have access to mental healthcare services through the affordable care act about 56% of individuals with a mental health disorder do not receive treatment. It is noted that in states with low workforce, there is a shortage of mental healthcare providers (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses). As hospitals and healthcare systems begin to make the movement away from volume toward value-based care healthcare executives need to implement best practices to align and coordinate high quality care, reduce utilization in the emergency room, address workforce composition, control costs and meet the ethnic and racial disparities of the community.
Attendance will earn you 1.5 Face to Face credits.
– Steve Mihalacki: Senior Director, Medical Economics at Magellan Health
– Margaret Ealy, Executive Administrator, UPMC Department of Psychiatry and Western Behavioral Health Service Line
– Noreen Fredrick, VP, Ambulatory and Community Behavioral Health Services at UPMC 
– Doug Henry, VP, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Allegheny Health Network



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ACHE of Western PA Refund Policy: Refunds will be given under the following conditions:  

  • Refunds will be given up to 5 calendar days in advance of an event.
  • The refund amount will be the total amount less the transaction fee.
  • Full refunds will be given in the event of an event cancellation.
  • Payments via credit card online will be refunded via credit card online, less the transaction fee.
  • In the instance where a payment is via check and the check was deposited already, refund will be provided via check for the full amount.
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  • Payments via cash will be refunded by check for the full amount.
  • All order cancellations will receive a confirmation statement acknowledging cancellation.