Transcript: Grant helps expand pipeline for students pursuing behavioral health care field

Soft piano music plays. The front door of a brick building has white text on it, reading “BHECN” and smaller text underneath reading “BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER OF NEBRASKA”.

A blond woman sits at a desk in a classroom with a butterfly brooch on her blue blazer and her hands clasped in front of her. A banner appears with text.

ON SCREEN TEXT:          Cheila Ditzler

                                          Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, Student Advisory Board member

CHEILA: I was diagnosed with major depression when I was fourteen years old. Getting high-quality treatment completely changed my life.

A photo shows a younger Cheila sitting on a couch in a blue gown. Another photo shows Cheila standing outside a building labelled: “DR. C. C. AND MABEL L.”. Then the words “HEALTH SCIENCES”, and below it, “SCHOOLS OF MEDICINE, NURSING…AND ALLIED HEALTH”.

CHEILA: The experiences that I had as a child were so helpful.

With Cheila at the desk.

CHEILA: Made me realize that this is really a field that can be so important and can be so helpful for so many people.

Now Cheila strides through an office, past unoccupied cubicles. She sits at a table in front of a laptop.

CHEILA: I knew that I wanted other people to get the same benefit that I got and I wanted to be part of it. There is a lot of need.

A wavy-haired brunette woman sits in an office wearing a pink cardigan. A banner appears.

ON SCREEN TEXT:    Dr. Marley Doyle

                                    Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, Director

MARLEY: We currently do not have enough behavioral health providers to meet the need of our citizens. With the pandemic, the need for mental health services has increased exponentially. The goal at the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, or BHECN for short, is that we are trying to recruit, train, and retain the behavioral health workforce in the state of Nebraska.

Marley enters a conference room and joins three other women at a large table. Marley has a laptop open in front of her as she talks with the other women, who all have pens and pads for taking notes.

MARLEY: We really hit the whole spectrum of behavioral health providers in the state, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number.

Marley interviews in her office.

MARLEY: We are so grateful to the UnitedHealthcare grant because it has allowed us to really expand our opportunities for students. For students that live somewhere where they might not have access to as many mentors, we realize that this really could have a detrimental effect to their careers.

A hand holds a phone with an app on the screen displaying “Cheila Ditzler”. A finger taps a button and the screen changes to read: “You matched with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP)!” The finger scrolls down and touches another button. The screen changes again, with a title reading “Behavioral Health Career Pathways” and a list below of career titles with icons of people above each title.

MARLEY: So what we wanted to develop was an app that mentors could go on, and students could go on, and match based on their interests, rather than their geographic location.

In the office, Cheila sits at the table on her laptop. She takes notes on a pad of paper.

MARLEY: So it really makes it accessible for students that live in rural areas to find mentors across the state.

In Marley’s interview.

MARLEY: What we hope is that the students will be able to stay and train where they actually live, which increases their chances of working in those areas.

In the conference room, the meeting continues.

MARLEY: We’ve also used it to develop a student advisory board.

In Marley’s interview.

MARLEY: We’ve really enjoyed hearing ideas from the students about programs and ideas that can move BHECN forward so we can still stay relevant to students.

Cheila interviews in the classroom.

CHEILA: My advice to students who are pursuing a career in behavioral health is to do it. It’s such a rewarding career and it can make so much difference for people’s lives.

A blue u-shaped logo appears against a white background, followed by text.

ONSCREEN TEXT:        UnitedHealthcare

The music comes to an end.