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The quiet strength
of vulnerability

KEVIN DEDNER SERVES  as Founder and CEO of Hurdle. Hurdle is mental healthcare for invisible barriers. As the leading culturally intentional mental health provider, Hurdle provides a comprehensive suite of mental health services and self-mastery tools to employers and payers to meet their employees' and members’ needs. His company equips therapists with the skills needed to effectively address issues of race, ethnicity, and class through training in an evidence-based technique that improves cultural humility and responsiveness. 

​An award-winning public speaker, Kevin brings over 15 years of experience in public health, working on political campaigns and leading health policy wins in the areas of childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco control. He has led strategic planning processes on behalf of several clients, including the nation’s largest public health foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 


Kevin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. He also holds a Master of Public Health from Benedictine University. He is a frequent speaker at health and health technology conferences and has self-published a number of essays that document his work in public health and mental healthcare. The Joy of the Disinherited is his debut book.

Holding space for conversations on mental health

If you’re planning an event and looking for a powerful and authentic speaker to address mental health issues and the need to rethink America's broken mental health system, look no further. Invite Kevin to speak at your virtual or in-person event today.

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