Mercurio Analytics is delighted to announce that Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr., has recently joined as a member of our Advisory Board.
Dr. Evans spent 12 years as the commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). He led the transformation of the agency’s approach to serving a wide range of individuals with complex needs. The transformation of the $1.5 billion Philadelphia system has relied heavily on public health strategies that contribute to better community health.
He emphasized a data-driven, population health approach to improve outcomes for people and increase system efficiency. An unconventional leader, he employed science, research, community activism, spirituality, traditional clinical care, policy, and cross-system collaborations to change the status quo. Over his tenure, the agency saved more than $110 million, which the city reinvested in improving and expanding services and employing innovative strategies to reach more people. The work in Philadelphia has become a national and international model, with over 25 states and more than a dozen countries having either visited the city or invited Dr. Evans to speak about the Philadelphia model.
His approach gave voice to and empowered individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized. He enlisted political and community leaders, grassroots organizations, academic institutions, and advocates in a citywide commitment to think differently about behavioral health and intellectual disabilities. He ensured those with lived experiences were involved with every policy decision.
Dr. Evans has been honored nationally and internationally for his work. In 2015, he was recognized as an “Advocate for Action” by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2017, he received the Visionary Leadership Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health and was inducted into the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Hall of Fame. His work as a strong advocate for social justice has led to his receiving three different awards named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Evans has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Drexel School of Public Health. He also held a faculty appointment at the Yale University School of Medicine.
“We are strategically and thoughtfully curating our Board of Advisors for depth and breadth of experience, business acumen, and visionary factors. Dr. Evans’ vision inspired us to start Mercurio Analytics and deliver amazing results, as realized in Philadelphia, to communities of all sizes. We are thrilled and honored to have brilliant thought leaders who will help shape Mercurio’s future and innovative solutions, and make the world just a little bit better,” says Minky Kernacs, Mercurio Analytics’ CEO.
Mercurio launched two solutions, D4 and D4 988 BedBoard, this year, enabling governments to strategize and rethink the management, delivery, and coordination of social services to effectively deliver the right services to the right people, in the right amount, at the right time.