November 05, 2021 - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

2021 Southeast Connect Register Now

Location: Sheraton Valley Forge 480 N Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Registration Deadline: November 01, 2021


HAP's Southeast Connect is going virtual! Don’t miss the chance to reconnect with long-time colleagues, build new relationships with leaders in the region, and be part of HAP’s signature health care event! This year’s Southeast Connect will feature two dynamic speakers on behavioral healthcare, Dr. Scott Zeller, Vice-President of the Acute Psychiatric Medicine division at Vituity, and Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee), internationally recognized scientist, author, speaker and media contributor. 

Sponsorship opportunities available, please see the sponsorship brochure.

This conference is complimentary to Southeast Connect for HAP members.



7:30 AM


8:30 AM


8:35 AM

Gift of Life Award

8:45 AM

Promising Practices for Better Behavioral Healthcare
Dr. Scott Zeller, Vice President, Leading Acute Psychiatry, Vituity

A huge driver of health care costs in the US is behavioral health—a crisis that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Zeller, MD, will help us better understand how today’s behavioral health trends are impacting hospitals, and more importantly how hospital leaders across the country are preparing to deal with them.  Screening, integration, and emergency department (ED)-based interventions have the ability to optimize clinical behavioral health resources, improve outcomes for patients, and reduce cost of care.

During this session, we’ll explore:

  • Real issues that are driving the increase in demand as well as the industry evolution that is creating the supply constraints
  • Regulatory pressures that are building and putting increased strain on hospitals ability to operate
  • Insights on how hospitals are working to address this problem in their own facilities
9:25 AM

Mental Health, Social Justice and COVID-19: Equity in Mental Health Framework
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Founder, AAKOMA Project, Inc.

During the past 18 months, our communities and caregivers have been faced with a global health crisis that has abruptly changed the way many types of care are delivered and highlighted longstanding inequities in health outcomes. Widespread protests have also impacted a broader discussion around social justice and structural racism across the country. Hear from Dr. Alfiee as she explore the ways that the crises of the past year and how they have created opportunities to impact positive change in care delivery, policies, and communities at this critical moment in time.


10:00 AM

Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Andy Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania


Scott Zeller, MD
Vice President, Leading Acute Psychiatry

Scott Zeller, MD is Vice-President leading the Acute Psychiatric Medicine division of the 2,000-physician partnership Vituity (formerly known as CEP America); the division includes the Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry, and Telepsychiatry Practice Lines. Dr. Zeller is the former Chief of the Psychiatric Emergency Services for the Alameda County Medical System in Oakland, CA — where he developed what has become known as “The Alameda Model” where he was for over 30 years in Emergency Psychiatry, where he has personally cared for more than 80,000 patients. Dr. Zeller co-founded JSA Health Telepsychiatry in 2006; the company pioneered the concept of On-Demand Emergency Telepsychiatry. Dr. Zeller is an Assistant Clinical Professor at both the University of California-Riverside and Touro University medical schools, and is Past-President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry.

He is the author of multiple textbooks, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and lectures internationally as a keynote speaker. He led the development of both the USA and International Guidelines on Evaluation of Treatment of Agitation, and has published research on innovative designs for emergency mental health care, which he has also helped to implement in hospitals around the country; these works led his being named the 2015 USA “Doctor of the Year” by the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, DC. Dr. Zeller’s most recent book is “The Diagnosis and Management of Agitation”, published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press of London.

Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble
AAKOMA Project, Inc.

Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) is an internationally recognized scientist, author, speaker and media contributor.  As Founder of the AAKOMA Project, Inc. (an innovative 501(c)(3) mental health nonprofit) she translates complex scientific concepts (developed over 25+ years as a disparities researcher at Duke and Georgetown Psychiatry) into useful, everyday language for communities of color.  A sought-after mental health expert, Dr. Alfiee’s media work includes hosting her video podcast “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee”, which is currently airing Season 2, and addresses mental health issues in BIPOC youth, young adults across all marginalized identities (i.e. LGBTQ+ and disabilities).  She regularly appears on media platforms like CNN, NBC, Refinery29, Black Enterprise, Dr. Oz, Shape Magazine, Roland Martin Unfiltered, Areva Martin’s Special Report, National Press Foundation, NPR, and others.  Widely recognized for her ability to draw in audiences and inspire, she embodies her belief that there is enough love and light (informed by strong culturally relevant science) to help everyone achieve #optimalmentalhealth.

Registration Information

HAP Member – Complimentary
HAP Associate Virtual Fee – $99
HAP  Nonmember Virtual Fee – $399

Registration Dealine: November 1

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