Fern Zagor, LCSW, ACSW, has a distinguished career of more than four decades serving in senior management capacities in behavioral health and human services. In August of 2012, Ms. Zagor became the President/CEO of the Staten Island Mental Health Society (SIMHS). On January 1, 2019, under her leadership, SIMHS was acquired by and merged into Richmond University Medical Center where Ms. Zagor became the Executive Director of SIMHS, a division of the hospital. SIMHS is considered a leader and pioneer throughout New York City, State, and the nation in providing diverse mental health, substance use, developmental disabilities, early childhood education, and related services for children and families. On July 1, 2019, Ms. Zagor left the hospital to start her own consulting firm, Fern Zagor Consulting LLC. Leveraging her “lived” experience, she specializes in organizational and systems change; mergers and acquisitions; behavioral health integration; program, staff, board, and grants development; and leadership mentoring and training. She is an acknowledged leader in the development and implementation of multiple coalition and community building initiatives targeting health and educational disparities. Ms. Zagor was an Adjunct Professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work, where she taught for 25 years. She received her Master of Social Work Degree from Adelphi University.
Last week, we released our White Paper: The Impact of COVID-19 and a Proposal for Service Innovation. Stay tuned for our upcoming SAE CAREs (Clinical And Research Experts) Podcast featuring Fern Zagor! During the podcast, she will address the following:
- how the Systems of Care (SOC) approach responds to the coronavirus pandemic;
- how SOC accommodates and supports evidence-based practices; and
- what our experience with SOC shows about care disparity and vulnerable populations.