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Director of the Department of Health Ivan C.A. Walks Confirmation Resolution of 1999
PR 13-444

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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


Chairman Cropp, at the request of the Mayor, introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Human Services.

To confirm the Mayoral appointment of Ivan C. A. Walks, MD, as the Director of the Department of Health of the District of Columbia.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Director of the Department of Health Ivan C. A. Walks Confirmation Resolution of 1999".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Ivan C. A. Walks, MD
13025 Britts Brook Lane
Waldorf, Maryland 20601

as the Director of the Department of Health, in accordance with section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979, (D.C. Law 2-142; D.C. Code, sec. 1-633.7) to serve at the pleasure of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

Sec. 3. The Secretary of the Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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Ivan C.A. Walks, MD Vice President

Associate National Medical Director
ValueOptions, Inc.
3110 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 205-7457 Fax: (703) 205-6505


  • DC—KIDS design and implementation of a comprehensive integrated healthcare delivery system for the District of Columbia's children in foster care
  • White House Conference on Mental Health follow-up with White House Staff and others
  • Several Public and Private Sector Healthcare System Design initiatives


1996 - present, Virginia

Vice President/Associate National Medical Director: ValueOptions

Virginia Vice President for Design and Development of Managed Behavioral Health, Child Welfare and overall Health and Human Services Privatization Initiatives. Responsibilities as Associate National Medical Director include Chairing of the National Credentialing Committee and Cultural Competence program design and implementation. Other duties include National Medical Director representation at Academic and Industry conferences, Corporate NCQA preparation, provider education and interdisciplinary and interagency coordination of care. During 1998, I represented ValueOptions on the AMBHA Board of Directors while serving on the AMBHA Executive Committee as chair of its Public Policy/Public Sector Committee.

1995 - 1996, Los Angeles, CA

Medical Director for Managed Care: County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health

Responsibilities included clinical design and management of the Countywide Managed Care Program and interface with state and local officials, local community leaders, consumer groups, other stakeholders and policy makers. Additional duties included new program and network development as well as provider training.

1994 - 1996, Covina, CA

Medical Director of Education and Outreach Programs: Charter Behavioral Health Systems

Responsible for design and presentation of public health focused community, consumer and provider education programs. Areas of particular focus were Cultural Competence, diversity training and interagency collaboration.

1993 - 1995, Los Angeles, CA

Commissioner: Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission Political Appointee of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Supervisor Gloria Molina

Responsible for oversight of the activities of the County's Department of Mental Health. In order to take a more intimate role in ensuring the delivery of quality services during implementation of the department's new managed care initiative; I resigned to take the position of Medical Director for Managed Care.

1994 - 1996, Los Angeles, CA

Member of the Board of Directors: The Community Health Councils Project

This not-for-profit corporation, funded by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others, worked closely with local organizations and elected officials to develop a community based approach to addressing the significant deficiencies in the public health care systems serving residents throughout the County of Los Angeles.

1992 - 1996, (IHR) Pomona, CA

Private Practice Neuropsychiatry / CEO Integrated Health Resources Inc.

CEO of a community focused provider group that provided the full range of behavioral health and some general health screening services.


1993, Washington, DC

Primary Care Policy Fellowship: United States Department of Health and Human Services: Public Health Service

As the 1993 nominee of The American Psychiatric Association to this AHCPR coordinated Senior Public Policy Fellowship, I was one of a group of thirty nominated senior members selected from approximately sixty invited national health policy organizations. The purpose of this fellowship was to train individuals in senior level positions across the country to understand and influence healthcare public policy at the
local and national levels. The fellowship included both training by staff from and training sessions held at The White House, Congress, HCFA and other key federal agencies.

1991 - 1993, Los Angeles, CA

Trans-Cultural Psychiatry Fellowship: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute

This two-year fellowship focused on the impact of cultural factors on both the delivering and receiving of behavioral and public health related services.

1989 - 1992, Los Angeles, CA

Resident in Psychiatry: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute

Training in General Psychiatry with a focus on Mental Health Policy and its interface with both public health policy and general health care policy.

1988 - 1989, Los Angeles, CA

Internship; Transitional: UCLA School of Medicine and West Los Angeles VA

Hospitals General Internal Medicine focused training for physician licensing

1984 - 1988, Davis, CA

Doctor of Medicine: University of California at Davis School of Medicine

This followed undergraduate work primarily at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles with additional studies at UCLA


Vice President and Mrs. Gore's selection as a featured presenter and session facilitator at the White House Conference on Mental Health June 7, 1999

Member of the Board Directors of the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association (AMBHA) 1996-1998 and Chair of the AMBHA Public Policy /Public Sector Committee 1998

Autobiography included in "Visions: Rites of Passage for Young African American Males " State of California Department of Education. A textbook containing African American Role Models; May, 1996

Panelist /Presenter at The State of California Education Summit
Invited by The Speaker of The California State Assembly; Willie Brown; February, 1994

Invited by California State Senator Diane Watson to offer testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on crime legislation; May, 1994

Audience with Pope John Paul II
Invited for a private audience at The Vatican as a member of The International Delegation of Leaders in the Field of Psychiatry; January 4,1993

Summary Presenter to White House Cabinet Secretary, Donna Shalala
Selected by the Primary Care Policy Fellows to make the fellowship presentation to the Secretary of Health and Human Services; 1993

Award for Professional Contribution to The Institute for Education in Transformation of The Claremont Graduate School; Claremont, CA 1993

American Psychiatric Association (APA) National Honors 1990-1993; Served on the APA Board of Trustees; APA Presidential Appointment to Chair the APA Committee of Residents and Fellows; Member of the APA Psychiatry Section Council liaison group to the American Medical Association (AMA); Member of The Inaugural APA /AMA Joint Board of Trustees Meeting


Key Note Presentations and Faculty at National Conferences sponsored by:
The White House, CMHS, SAMHSA, NMHCC, IBH, CWLA, APA, AIC, IIR, Several State Governments and others
Partial list of topics: Public Health, Managed Care, Consumer Empowerment, Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Substance Abuse, Cultural Competence, Minority Health Issues 1999,1998,1997,1996

Annual National Conference of The National Alliance of Black School Educators ( NABSE )
Topic: "Overview of Race and IQ: Implications for Public Policy" Los Angeles, CA; 1994
Topic: "Classroom Issues: Mental Health Perspectives" Houston, TX; 1993

Institute of Hospital and Community Psychiatry Annual National Meeting
Topic: "The Impact of Gang Violence on Community Mental Health" Original research done in South Central Los Angeles in 1991


Community Education Forums
Topic: "Differential Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder"
Topic: "The Impact of Psychic Trauma and Psychotropic Medications on a
Child's Performance in the Classroom" Virginia, 1996

Resident Physician and Medical Student Education
Eastern Virginia Medical School, VA 1998
University of Nebraska School of Medicine 1996
COMP Medical School Pomona, CA 1995
University of California School of Medicine Davis, CA 1995

Television Public Health Education Series, "In Your Interest"
Broadcast throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties on KIHS
TV Ontario CA 1992 - 1994

CE Presentation to The Southern California Association of School Psychologists
Topic: " The Impact of a Violent Environment on a Child's Ability to Learn" 1992

KEY PUBLICATIONS (partial list)

Contributing Author: Cultural Competency in Managed Behavioral Healthcare 1999

Contributing Author: Cultural Competence Performance Measures for Managed Behavioral Healthcare Programs September 1998

Contributing Author: National Cultural Competence Standards and Guidelines 1997

Associate Editor: Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry, 1991 - 1993

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Ivan C. A. Walks, M.D., Vice President and Associate National Medical Director

ValueOptions' Associate National Medical Director Ivan C. A. Walks, MD is a neuropsychiatrist who has completed a two year fellowship in Transcultural Psychiatry, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Service Senior Primary Care Policy Fellowship, and was a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Appointee as one of its Mental Health Commissioners. Dr. Walks served as a member of the Executive Committee of AMBHA (The American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association) and chaired its Public Policy/ Public Sector Committee. He has participated in several government sponsored health policy initiatives and was selected as a facilitator for the White House Conference on Mental Health.

Dr. Walks is a member of the federal workgroup that created the consensus CMHS/SAMHSA Cultural Competence Standards. He is also a member of the CMHS National Panel of Experts that developed the Cultural Competence Performance Measures for Managed Behavioral Health Care Programs.

Dr. Walks' contributions as a member of the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees resulted in his being selected to represent American Psychiatry as a member of the historic International Delegation of Psychiatric Leaders that traveled to The Vatican for an audience with Pope John Paul II. The California Legislature, The California State Department of Education, The NAACP, and others have recognized Dr. Walks' contributions in the public policy arena. Dr. Walks has also offered legislative testimony and lectured on public health issues in education. He was a featured presenter at the California State Legislature Education Summit and has presented his original research at several national Education as well as Healthcare conferences.

Dr. Walks brings a valuable insight into the operations of public systems and human services organizations. His perspective facilitates both development of the critical interconnections needed between public health, mental health, education, and prevention services and fostering of the collaboration needed for truly culturally relevant and community based public/private partnering.

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