A Message from the President
By Ruth Irwin
Dear NAAPA Colleagues:
Happy anniversary! This year marks the 30th anniversary of our organization. During our spring conference, we had the opportunity to reflect back on some of the challenges within academic psychiatry that our organization has been faced with over the past thirty years. How exciting it was to see how together, we embraced these challenges and made a difference! We also reminisced about how our organization has grown! Formally known as AAP, Administrators in Academic Psychiatry, we are now known as NAAPA, the National Association for Academic Psychiatry Administrators. NAAPA reflects the presence we now represent across the country. Under our Membership Chair, John Herzke, and his committee, we have grown to 106 members representing 83 institutions throughout the nation.
We are faced with growth and a velocity of change within healthcare like never before. Yet, as we continue to face new challenges and opportunities, we band together, sharing best practices and new program developments in order to support and further develop academic psychiatry across the county. I have had the opportunity to review newsletters from the past 30 years, and I am in awe of our colleagues and the breadth and depth of knowledge shared over the years. Our members have been recognized nationally, have published books and articles, and have been invited to present at educational conferences. Over the years, our organization has addressed governmental and regulatory changes, as well as other changes that have impacted academic psychiatry departments. We have been educated and inspired to embrace the opportunities ahead within our schools and departments. We have weathered implementation of electronic health records, new compliance regulations, and for many of us, changes in our roles throughout the years. We have long recognized and worked towards removing barriers and allowing for integrated behavioral health care.
I am honored to serve as President of NAAPA this year and am excited to carry on the vision inspired by so many others throughout the years. We honor the lessons shared and learned throughout the history of our collaborative efforts while we remain forward thinking, and focused on, our organization’s growth and goals for the future. I am proud to have the opportunity to work with our talented board members and truly challenge everyone to get involved. There are opportunities to serve on committees, to contribute to future newsletters, and to attend our bi-annual educational conferences. Together, we make a difference in supporting the mission and vision of our departments and ultimately meeting the needs of our patients and families by improving the patient experience!
I look forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans this fall!