Webinars and Resources

Behavioral Health Community of Practice

The Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare & Kentucky REC, will connect primary care providers, specialists and organizations through learning sessions where behavioral health experts will present best practices, tools and resources to optimize care.

The format of the Community of Practice is monthly one-hour webinars October 2022 through May 2023 from noon – 1 pm. The webinars will include educational sessions, best practice overviews, interactive trainings on tools and resources, and group discussions.

Meet the Speakers

Facilitator and Speaker – Trudi Matthews, Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, UKHC

Trudi Matthews serves as Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UK HealthCare, the health system of the University of Kentucky (UK). In this role, Trudi works with UK HealthCare’s executive team and ambulatory leadership to ensure success in value-based programs for Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers. Trudi also serves as government affairs and policy lead for UK HealthCare overseeing a team responsible for reviewing and analyzing state and federal government policy initiatives.

Presentation: Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

The pandemic has worsened the behavioral health challenges Kentuckians face, and more solutions are needed to address this mounting problem. It’s more important now than ever to share knowledge and best practices among providers along the behavioral health care continuum. In order to address this demand, UK HealthCare and community-based organizations are working together to improve behavioral health in the commonwealth.

The purpose of the Behavioral Health Community of Practice is to:
• Leverage UK HealthCare and community experts to help fill care gaps
• Support primary care providers
• Create a venue for conversation around local needs
• Allow for bi-directional problem solving

Meet the Speakers

Speaker – Katherine Jury, Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health, Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor/Coordinator

Katherine Jury is a Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health at the University of Kentucky, with nine years of experience in the field of community health education. In her current role, she provides evidence-based resources that empower Kentuckians to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life.

Katherine graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science, and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in Family Science. Additionally, Katherine holds Professional Certifications in Trauma and Resilience from Florida State University and is a nationally ranked Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Coordinator.

Presentation: Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

As the number of American adults experiencing mental health challenges continues to rise, the question of “What can we do?” continues to pervade conversations- in education, in healthcare, and in communities as a whole. This presentation gives a concrete answer to that question: a resource to equip adults in every facet of society to be able to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge.


Session 1 – Thursday Oct. 6th
Noon — 1:00 pm ET

Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid & Community Support Systems
  • Panel Discussion: Using Mental Health First Aid in practice

Visit HERE for more information and to register for the first three webinars.

To learn more, visit THIS UK HealthCare web page.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at Kentucky REC or call us: 859-323-3090.