Director Division of Behavioral Health and Wellness
Metro Public Health Department
Angie Thompson, MSP, is the Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness Division of the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County where she leads efforts of the Metro Public Health Department to define and fulfill its role in promoting systems change to support emotional wellbeing through a public health/population health approach. She is a founding member of All Children Excel (ACE) Nashville, the Suicide Prevention and African American Faith Communities Coalition, and served as the founding Chair of the Davidson County Suicide Prevention Task Force. She has led the work of the Metro Public Health Department in the decriminalization of mental illness and the Community Mental Health Systems Improvement Initiative. She is trained in evidence based facilitation methods which allow groups to be more responsive to change and more creative in implementation.She served on numerous Boards and Committees focused on improving the health and wellbeing of those living with mental illness and their families including the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, Chair of the Safety Net Consortium of Middle Tennessee, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee President's Council, the Alignment Nashville Behavioral Health Committee, the Healthy Nashville Summit planning committees focused on awareness of adverse childhood experiences and community response, and Nashville's Social and Emotional Learning Conference planning committee.
Prior to joining the Metro Public Health Department, Ms. Thompson served as the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee and the Assistant Director of the Division of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was instrumental in developing the national award winning I.C. HOPE® Don’t Duck Mental Health® Public Awareness and Education Campaign, which was recognized as the winner of the 2005 Innovation in Programming Award from the National Mental Health Association and a finalist for the 2004 Innovation in Non-Profit Management Award from the Peter F. Drucker Foundation.
Ms. Thompson holds a BA from the University of Kentucky, MS from Vanderbilt University and Masters in Public Service Management from Cumberland University.
Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM