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This month, we focus on anxiety and stress management:

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others please call 911 or contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

                    Teaching Matters

In recognition of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this month's featured interview focuses on anxiety and stress management strategies for primary care providers, learners, and their patients. 

The NCIBH team spoke with Lily Brown, Ph.D., from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Lily Brown, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Her research focuses on the treatment of anxiety-related distress and prevention of suicide.

Read the full interview...

"It is important for primary care learners to recognize the importance of learning skills for managing anxiety so that they can offer useful strategies to their patients. Research shows that many patients with anxiety-related disorders first present for treatment in primary care before they are eventually referred to behavioral health. In order to be able to appropriately model effective management of anxiety, it is important to build confidence in your own ability to manage and tolerate anxiety in uncertain times."

 - Lily Brown, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Resources of the Month

Resources for Primary Care Providers: 
  • AAFP's Physician Health First Initiative Physician Health First is the first-ever comprehensive initiative devoted to improving the well-being and personal satisfaction of physicians, and reversing the trend toward physician burnout.
  • SAMHSA Tips for Preventing and Managing Stress This fact sheet provides tips to help medical workers prevent and manage stress while on assignment. It includes strategies to help responders prepare for their assignments, take stress-reducing precautions, and manage stress in the recovery phase. 
Resources for Patient Screening: 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5) is a 5-item screen designed to identify individuals with probable PTSD. Those screening positive require further assessment, preferably with a structured interview. 
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What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recently hosted a webinar highlighting the role of primary care providers, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and primary care associations (PCAs) in delivering integrated behavioral health services for pregnant/postpartum women and infants experiencing substance use disorder. As part of ASTHO’s virtual learning series for public health leaders, the webinar highlights the work of the opioid use disorder, maternal outcomes, and neonatal abstinence syndrome Initiative (OMNI) learning community. 
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. HRSA plans to award approximately 89 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity. Successful recipients will receive one million dollars for a three-year period of performance to enhance and expand substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Applications are due by Friday, April 24, in


April 15
Primary Care’s Role in Responding to COVID-19 presented by the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC)
What: Webinar | Website

April 16
Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults presented by Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS)
What: Webinar | Website

May 26-28
2020 Integrated Healthcare Conference
Where: Phoenix, AZ | Website

June 3 
Treating Anxiety and Depression in Gender Diverse Populations presented by The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) 

What: Webinar | Website
October 8-10
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) Conference
Where: Philadelphia, PA | Website

November 4-5 
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) Annual Conference
Where: Washington D.C. | Website 
The National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (NCIBH) is a HRSA-funded Academic Unit of Primary Care Training and Enhancement. The mission of the NCIBH is to prepare primary care clinicians with the expertise and leadership for integrated behavioral health care.

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