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Arthur Evans to speak at 2015 book event
March 27, 2015

Arthur Evans

Arthur Evans

March 2015…Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to announce that Arthur Evans, the commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, will serve as keynote speaker at our annual fundraiser and book launch celebration May 20.

The event will recognize the publication of our fourth book, Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2015, which will address critical health and social problems and explore how individuals and communities can help solve them. The book will be written by student journalists ages 8 to 14 involved in the Healthy NewsWorks program during the 2014-2015 school year.

Dr. Evans since 2004 has led Philadelphia’s efforts to transform the city’s behavioral healthcare system to one that focuses on recovery for adults, resiliency for children, and self-determination for all people who use intellectual disability services. He was recognized as a Healthy NewsWorks health leader last year in our third book,Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2014.

In addition to heading the $1 billion behavioral healthcare agency, Dr. Evans holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Before coming to Philadelphia, he was the deputy commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.

Dr. Evans earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in clinical and community psychology. He is deeply committed to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that all people have access to effective, quality services.

The book-signing event will take place on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Merion Tribute House in Merion Station, Pa. Healthy NewsWorks has a range of sponsorship opportunities available for generous donors who wish to support the book project.

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