Webinars and Resources

Behavioral Health Community of Practice

The Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare & Kentucky REC, connects 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.

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

Panel Discussion NOVEMBER 3

How to Implement Mental Health First Aid in a Practice Setting


Meet the Panelists


Interim Chair for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical Director for Family and Community Medicine Turfland Clinic

Dr. Gottschalk is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY, and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She was previously in private practice in Danville, KY, practicing traditional inpatient and outpatient family medicine before returning to UK Healthcare. Dr. Gottschalk currently serves as the Interim Chair for the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Medical Director for Family and Community Medicine Turfland Clinic. She enjoys chronic disease management and caring for families. Dr. Gottschalk also enjoys teaching medical students and residents, as this is what brought her to the University.

Meet the Panelists


Chief Nursing Officer, UK HealthCare Ambulatory Services

Patty Hughes, DNP, RN, NE-BC is the chief nursing officer for ambulatory at UKHC. She has overall clinical responsibility for nursing care provided in the ambulatory care settings. As a clinical leader, she has an interest in staff growth and professional development as well as patient and staff satisfaction. Patty has over 39 years of nursing experience, 34 of that at UKHC. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and holds the ANCC nurse executive-board certification credential.

Meet the Panelists


Associate Professor, UK Department of Psychiatry

Mareen Dennis is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner who has been providing psychotherapy and psychological testing in various treatment settings for over 30 years. Her treatment focuses on building strengths and strategies for all whom she serves.


Session 2 – Thursday Nov. 3rd
Noon — 1:00 pm ET

Mental Health Screening Tools

  • Current Best Practices
  • How to Use EHR to Assess and Provide Care to Improve Patient’s Mental Health
  • Panel Discussion: How to Address Positive Screenings In Your  Practice

Visit HERE for more information and to register for the initial webinars, along with links to other resources and previous webinar recordings.

To learn more, visit THIS UK HealthCare web page.

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