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In this issue focused on collaborative care...

                  Making a Difference

This month the NCIBH spoke with the Director of Harvard’s Health Systems Transformation Center, Lindsay Hunt, MEd.

In this role, Lindsay is responsible for the overall management of the Center’s Systems Transformation portfolio, including the HRSA-funded Advancing Teams in Community Health Program, the Primary Care Improvement Network and the Medical Director Leadership Institute.

Read the full interview...
"Primary care continues to be an underfunded area of medicine and yet the scope of the challenge continues to grow as we start to look more at social determinants of health and various factors contributing to people’s health. You can’t help individuals improve without adequately caring for their mental or behavioral health needs. Integrating behavioral health into primary care is increasingly being seen as an integral part of overall patient care."

 - Lindsay Hunt, MEd
Director of Health Systems Transformation
Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School

Resources of the Month

For this month's issue, we have curated a set of team based tools for the primary care setting. 
  • AIMS Center Collaborative Care Implementation Guide This guide is an introduction to the process of implementing collaborative care, from the crucial first step of understanding what it is, to monitoring outcomes once collaborative care is in place. Each step contains learning objectives along with materials to help you achieve them.
  • CFHA Collaborative Care Model Perspectives The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association is a multi-guild member association whose goal is to make integrated care the standard of care across the United States and beyond. CFHA achieves this by organizing the integrated care community, providing expert technical assistance and producing educational content.
  • AHRQ TeamSTEPPS TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.
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What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


HRSA recently released more than $200 million in new funding for Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS). IBHS awards will increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health care in 1,208 health centers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Pacific Territories, and the Virgin Islands. 
A new webinar from The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic is now online.The Tapering Guidance for Opioids: Existing Best Practices and Evidence Standards webinar features five expert panelists presenting various patient case scenarios and pain management challenges through patient and caregiver perspectives, in order to inform best practices and identify evidence gaps. 
Held at the University of Pennsylvania, the latest Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) workshop focused on increasing the adoption of evidence-based care, and included a robust discussion of medication-assisted treatment. 


September 5-8
Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Where: Hyannis, MA | Website

September 11
Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds: Best Practices to Prevent Eating Disorder Progression in Primary Care
What: Webinar | Website

September 12
Mental & Behavioral Health Symposium 
Where: Las Vegas, NV | Website
September 17
2019 HRSA Behavioral Health Integration Summit
Where: Anchorage, AK | Website
September 23-24
Integrated Behavioral Health Summit 
Where: Bozeman, MT | Website
September 25-28
Guiding Behavioral Health Innovation Training Conference
Where: Breckenridge, CO | Website
September 28
Essentials of Behavioral Health in Primary Care
Where: Wallingford, CT | Website
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