On May 5th, 2022, MHA is very excited to welcome you to our 21st Annual Empowering Community Wellness Symposium (ECWS), formerly known as the Community Mental Health Conference.  Our theme this year will be “The Pandemic State of Mental Health” with Priscilla Murphy and Lisa Savage each delivering an extended keynote address. Join this special event to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with us!


*Please be aware that we are strongly encouraging face mask coverings and social distancing regardless of vaccination status (subject to change).  This is a non-negotiable for participation and access to the ECWS in an effort to increase safety for all event participants and staff.  We thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this!



Date & Time:

Thursday, May 5th, 2022
8:00am to 9:00am: Sign-In & Breakfast & Vendors
9:00am to 9:15am: Welcome
9:15am to 10:30am: Keynote- Priscilla Murphy’s “Intergenerational Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health”
10:30am to 10:45am: Break & Vendors
10:45am to 12:00pm: Keynote- Lisa Savage’s “Healing the Hurt among Us: Beyond Self-Care”
12:00pm to 12:15pm: Wrap-Up


Riverfront Events Center (760 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801)


$10 (please be aware that the registration fee is non-refundable)

Keynote Speakers:

Priscilla Murphy, MS, MEd, BSN, RN, LPCMH

Priscilla Murphy, MS, MEd, BSN, RN, LPCMH

Founder and CEO of Nylex Educational & Counseling Services Inc.

She is a graduate of Wilmington University with a dual Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling and Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Widener University and Diploma in Nursing from Bryn Mawr School of Nursing. As a licensed Board-Certified Therapist, her private practice is in Wilmington, Delaware. Ms. Murphy serves as a subject matter expert in counseling, educational and healthcare. Ms. Murphy has prided herself in understanding her community and the people she serves. During her 31 years of professional nursing experiences, her dedication motivates her to ensure there’s equity as a healthcare advocate.  Later in her career, she followed her passion moving into the field of mental health counseling in 1999.  She works tirelessly to make her clients understand that their voice is heard along with managing life changes. As a strong advocate for eliminating mental health stigma, she focused on educating all minority population to seek professional services.

She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Nurses Association, National Negro Council of Women and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for professional counselor at Wilmington University; the Delta Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society for Counselors; and Delaware Kent County National Association of Parliamentarians. Recently, she was appointed to National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Examination Sensitivity and Bias Review Committee for five years. She served a five-year term as grant reviewer for the National Advisory Center for Healthcare Strategies Inc. for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she worked to improve asthma outcomes for children with asthma.

As a motivational speaker, she conducts seminars for higher educational systems, corporations and universities. Ms. Murphy is a Human Resource trainer and facilitator for 3M Company and provides training for Health Advocate Companies throughout the United States on various topics such as mindfulness mediation and civility in the workplace.

Lisa Savage, LCSW

Lisa Savage, LCSW

Co-Founder of Clinicians of Color, LLC

Lisa Savage, LCSW, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her focus of study was on health and mental health. Most of her career has been focused on providing health care to underserved and poor communities. She began her career in Philadelphia, working in the community to provide direct service and education to people affected by HIV.

Ms. Savage is a strong proponent of community-based services. To that end, she began working in schools and other community settings. Over the past ten years, she has expanded her services to schools and opened the Center for the Child Development, which focuses on providing mental health services to children and families in the school setting. Ms. Savage completed a two-year training and research program with the University of Maryland to use evidence-based treatment protocols to improve mental health service provision outcomes. As a result, she has successfully grown this practice to be the largest Black-owned practice in the country, serving children and teens.

Additionally, Lisa is the co-founder of Clinicians of Color, LLC. Clinicians of Color is an online platform that provides guidance, resources, and support to BIPOC providers and clinicians. Clinicians of Color also engage in advocacy work to improve access to mental health services. One of the new initiatives is a mental health directory to assist Black and Brown communities in finding more access to providers who represent their cultures. Lastly, Ms. Savage is a speaker focusing on racism and health equity.

ECWS Sponsors:

ECWS Committee Members:

•  Jason Coleman • Jennifer Seo • Dona Mesko • Jennifer Wendell • Celine Jeun • Jenna Hoffman • Sophia Llopiz • Shea Marriott • Matia Bryan • LaKeetra Josey • Monica Shockley-Porter • Frank Hawkins • Desmond Wynn • Onika Harris • Norwood Coleman • Nishelle Hines • John Roland • Adeyimika Isichei • 

ECWS Committee Organizations: