ON VISIONING A PEER WORKFORCE
Jennifer Maria Padron is a national advocate for mental diversity in community public mental health care, outspoken activist, and a subject matter expert on U.S. Peer Workforce deliverables and initiatives. She is Principal of Klein, Padron and Associates, the premiere US CPS, RC, FPS and CHW portfolio deliverer to the US Peer Workforce specializing in Integrating Behavioral and Primary Care environments.
Padron is a 2016 Doctor of Public Health Candidate with an Epidemiology focus. She supports peer Recovery based service delivery located in urban, frontier and rural public health focusing on integrated physical and behavioral systems of care in the United States. A Study of the Relationship Between Physical Health, Whole Health, Wellness, Recovery, and Community Integration for Quality of Life (QoL) in Adults Living with Psychiatric Labels is a secondary data analysis of randomized controlled University of Pennsylvania studies. She published findings of her MEd Practicum, “HIV/AIDS/STD/HCV Education and SMI” (Psychiatric Quarterly Journal) following a study at the Acute & Forensic units at Austin State Hospital inpatient facility for adults.
Jen’s areas of interest include developing peer supports, services, and the US Peer Workforce development. She supports a portfolio of public and private community health care in a co-located behavioral and primary health environment. Currently, she sits Member, Innovation Communities, National Council for Behavioral Health, SAMHSA/HRSA; Member, National Board of Directors, ACMHA College for Behavioral Health Leadership, 2014-2016; Member, National Leadership Committee, Temple University National institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s Rehabilitation Research Training Centers Program, 2012-2015. She is a Second Degree Choden Reiki in Usui Tibetan Reiki Ryoho. When not working, Jen enjoys road trips, cooking, all aspects of music, anything filmic and photography and painting.