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This month, we focus on integrated behavioral health curriculum and education in primary care: 

                                    Teaching Matters


This month we are featuring one of the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health pilot awardees. A interdisciplinary team from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health developed a 10-module curriculum to address the gap in comprehensive integrated behavioral health curricula. 

Change that Matters is a 10-module curriculum for clinicians working with patients in primary care settings. Modules focus on common issues seen in primary care (e.g., smoking cessation, insomnia, depression). Each module contains three components, including an interactive patient handout containing brief, evidence-based behavior change strategies, documentation templates for physicians to use with patients during visits and for the after visit summary, and didactic lecture slides that provide context and teach how to implement the intervention with patients.


The entire 10 module curriculum is now available for free online.

Save the Date!


Helping Patients Make Changes to Improve their Physical and Emotional Health:
The Change that Matters Curriculum Webinar

Date: August 11, 2020 at 2:30-4:00pm EST

Webinar Description: Presented by Dr. Stephanie Hooker and Dr. Michelle Sherman from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. This webinar will showcase the Change that Matters: Promoting Healthy Behaviors curriculum. This is a new 10-module curriculum of evidence-based behavior change strategies for providers to implement with patients in primary care and behavioral health settings.

 
Register Today!

Spotlight of the Month


Check out the latest podcast episode of Tradeoffs, a health policy focused podcast. This episode focuses on integrated care and features members of our Community of Practice, Sandy Blount, EdD, Founding Director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Parinda Khatri, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer of Cherokee Health Systems.

Primary care practices are reimagining the role they can play in meeting our country’s rising mental health needs. Tradeoffs podcast examines if this approach can be an effective response to the collective trauma of COVID-19.

 
Listen to the Podcast Episode

What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events

News


COVID-19 has exacerbated the need for medications for addiction treatment and has created new roadblocks to the effective delivery of MAT services. In partnership with the Better Care Playbook, the Camden Coalition has published a blog post and has created additional synthesizing lessons: “Adapting medications for addiction treatment programs in response to COVID-19,” outlines how access to MAT and access to community-based harm reduction services are changing in this new environment."Implementing a harm reduction approach to medications for addiction treatment (MAT) in outpatient settings” provides actionable steps toward creating a more harm reduction-oriented approach for practices providing MAT in non-behavioral health clinics.
Greater access to mental health services reduces the likelihood of individuals attempting suicide by an average of nearly 18%, according to an AHRQ-funded study published in The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 
Researchers compared data on the number of suicide attempts and the number of mental health service providers for every county in the nation. They concluded that policies aimed at expanding mental health services in areas with limited access could further reduce suicide risk.

Events


August 11
'Helping Patients Make Changes to Improve their Physical and Emotional Health: The Change that Matters Curriculum' presented by the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health
What: Webinar | Website
August 15
'Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: System Approaches That Work 2020' presented by Mayo Clinic
What: Online Course | Website
Now - August 31
The 3rd Annual Idaho Integrated Behavioral Health Conference 
'Advancing Healthcare Transformation with Behavioral Health Integration' 
What: Virtual Conference | Website

September 11
Half and Half MAT Waiver Training for Primary Care Providers
What: Online Course | Website

October 8-10
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) Conference 'Strengthening Integrated Care to Meet Complex Needs'
What: Virtual Conference | Website
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