Keirston Parham (KP) heads the recovery department and oversees recovery initiatives and peer services for Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. KP educates and trains hospital and ambulatory staff members on recovery values and principles, integration and utilization of peer specialists, stigma reduction, recovery planning, and the importance of self-care and wellness tools.
KP helps to recruit peer and recovery specialists to support positive, strength-based, individualized recovery throughout the UPMC system. KP is one of the founding fathers of Peer Navigation, and provides various recovery and peer trainings to UPMC, national conferences, and the community at large. KP continues to evaluate recovery services at WPH and look for opportunities for positive growth and change.