4 minute read To us nervous old guys, this pandemic is about risk and fear. I take early morning walks in my leafy hometown of Swarthmore, PA when the sun is still well below the treetops to avoid social contact and possibly contracting infection. But twice in recent weeks, I’ve turned a corner and run […]
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4 minute read As we continue to move through historic change in our healthcare and criminal justice systems, the research on integration seems to have slowed down a bit. That said, we still have some important developments helping to move the field of integrated care forward. As always, I collect and review the latest research […]
12 minute read The COVID-19 pandemic, for all of the hardship and loss it has heaped upon the US healthcare system, has initiated a period of unparalleled innovation as well. A great deal of that innovation has been due to the courage and dedication of the physicians, nurses, and administrators on the front lines. Convention […]
3 minute read The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned two healthcare crises: the first focused on containing the disease’s widening footprint, and the second, a behavioral health pandemic created by stress, anxiety and social isolation. Addressing both of these issues requires a population health approach. As such, there is much to be learned from an innovative […]
2 Minute Read: It seems as if 2020 is the year of perpetual transition as we adjust and learn, adjust and learn. Our last few weeks as a membership has been spent thinking about returning to in-person visits (or not) and concurrently thinking about how our personal lives mirror this transition as states “re-open.” Below […]
5 minute read Like many of you, my work as a BHC moved abruptly to 100% phone and video work in mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Personally, there have been some downsides to this. I miss seeing patients in the privacy of an exam room or my office and that irreplaceable connection that […]
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Building Integrated Care at the Statewide Level: The Colorado StoryThe State of Colorado set the audacious goal of building an infrastructure to ensure that 80% of Coloradans have access to integrated primary care by 2019. Through sharing narratives and outcome metrics, this session will demonstrate the outcomes of the initiative and the stories behind its development.
The overall vision for this session is that about 2/3 of it will tell the story of integrated behavioral health services in Colorado and the other 1/3 will be from 2 well-known discussants who react to the story and frame it within the larger context of the growth of integration nationwide. The story-telling will be short, highly evocative narratives (5 minutes each, 10 minutes for SIM narrative) that use multi-media to increase the impact. We will work closely with the presenters to write the narratives and to create a central metaphor and images to create a coherent, holistic production.
October 18th, 2019
Improvisation and the Art of Medicine: Adaptable skills for an Uncertain WorldThe practice of medicine is unpredictable. Every day, clinicians must communicate with an ever-changing cast of patients and colleagues, in ever-changing environments and circumstances. To practice compassionate, collaborative medicine in this environment, clinicians must constantly think on their feet in order to navigate difficult situations and care for others while caring for themselves. In other words, clinicians must improvise. Improvisation is the expertise of adaptation, a cultivated intuition that guides spontaneity. Medical improvisation is the adaptation of improvisational theatre training methods to the healthcare context, promoting collaborative patient care through improved communication, cognition, and wellbeing. In this session, Dr. Belinda Fu describes her experiences with Medical Improv as a physician, patient, and educator, and explains its power to improve communication skills through experiential learning. With compelling stories and interactive exercises, she explores how improvisation can increase awareness, create rapport, and improve one’s ability to thrive in unpredictability. Belinda shares personal examples of how improv skills can deeply connect clinicians to the humanity of others during the complex communication challenges that pervade the practice of medicine.
October 19th, 2019
Near Horizon, Far Horizon: A Policy-Focused SessionThis fast-paced, multi-media session will bring together policy leaders from around the country to discuss how policy will change within the next 5 years and should change healthcare delivery over the next 20 years.
John Daley, Health Reporter for Colorado Public Radio, Denver, CO
John McCarthy, Founding Partner, Speire Healthcare Strategies, Nashville, TN
Marvin Figueroa, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Governor Ralph Northam, Richmond, VA
Leslie Herod, Colorado State Representative, Denver, CO
Subscribe to our Youtube channel covering the world of primary care behavioral health with webinars and presentations on a variety of healthcare topics related to team-based, integrated and collaborative models of healthcare delivery.
This channel is dedicated to promoting behavioral health integration into primary care in hopes of fortifying and strengthening the system as a whole. Through interviews, role-plays, intervention metaphors, and videos alike, primary care team members of all disciplines can learn the ins and outs of working efficiently and effectively within the primary care system. Additionally, the channel highlights contextual-based behavioral interventions (e.g., focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [fACT]) commonly used in primary care. Dr. Bauman produces these videos in collaboration with the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.