Supporting Consumers Every Step of the Way: Aetna's Approach to Mental Health
Dr. Cara McNulty
President of Behavioral Health & Mental Wellbeing, CVS Health
Cara McNulty, DPA is President of Behavioral Health and Mental Wellbeing at CVS Health, a leading provider of mental health and employee assistance program (EAP) solutions to members and communities around the globe. She oversees a national team that spearheads the development of CVS Health and Aetna's programs, products and capabilities designed to offer individuals easy access to quality, innovative treatments and meet people wherever they are along the continuum of mental wellbeing. CVS Health's integrated health care capabilities, resources and local footprint enhance the mental wellbeing and health outcomes of communities and individuals across the country through an easy and meaningful experience.
Cara is a highly regarded executive leader and population health scientist whose success in driving population wellbeing outcomes spans the employer, government, payer/provider, start-up and education sectors. She is known for her ability to integrate confirmed health science into practical business models that drive measurable outcomes.
Focused on the increased need for mental wellbeing resources exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cara leads CVS Health's strategy to expand mental health services and resources. Most recently, this included Aetna offering members cost-sharing waviers for mental and behavioral health telemedicine visits at the onset of the pandemic, as well as opening Aetna's Resources For Living crisis and health support lines to all consumers, regardless of health plan.
Cara previously served as the North American leader of Integrated Wellbeing for Willis Towers Watson. Her responsibilities included advising clients on strategies focusing on employee engagement, clinical outcomes and productivity. She sat on the company's Health and Benefits Specialty Practice Leadership team and focused on integrated wellbeing, intellectual capital and service development across physical, emotional, financial and social dimensions.
As the former Head of Population Health, Team Member Wellbeing and Guest Wellness for Target Corporation, she led efforts to implement the company's health agenda. She developed strategies that improved all team members' health, driving value and business growth while decreasing health care expenditures.
Cara is nationally recognized for her strategic design and implementation of Minnesota's transformational population health care legislation, which to-date is one of the largest financial allocations in the country for initiatives known to be reducing health disparities and chronic diseases. She holds a doctorate in public administration from Hamline University, a Master of Science in applied health science from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in community health education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
VP of Enterpreneurship & Execution, Aetna, a CVS Health Company
Operationally Driven Executive with a track record of success delivering innovative business strategies and client-focused solutions to improve the quality of care, reduce medical costs, and impact bottom-line profitability. Background demonstrates success in serving as trusted advisor to C-level leaders in handling customer issues, leading reorganizations, eliminating redundancies, and optimizing team performance. Regarded for the ability to transition objectives into actionable plans, engage teams, and deliver results. Proven success providing leadership to cross-functional teams and managing all phases of high-value programs and systems from inception through implementation. Adept at building relationships with internal and external business partners.
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