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Solving for Sleep: Physical Health and Primary Care Lens on Sleep: Assessment and Intervention

This session will address physical medicine components of sleep, including: assessment and screening; medical comorbidity including sleep apnea; medications and supplements; and interdisciplinary collaboration.

This session is part of a year-long virtual series called “Solving for Sleep” which is focused on addressing sleep and related social and health needs through enhancing integrated primary and behavioral health care. This series is offered by the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and the SAMHSA Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions.

Innovation Collaboration and Partnership between Crisis Services and First Responders in Harris County Texas

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, located in one of the most diverse communities in the United States, Houston, Texas, has a long history of effective and innovative collaboration with first responders. Some of our most recent innovations include the CORE program which is a strategy of responding to mental health crisis calls using a tablet and a HIPAA-approved technology platform to connect a law enforcement first responder with a mental health clinician in the community at the time of the 911 dispatch. This session explored how The Harris Center coordinated with first responder partners to bring these programs to fruition.

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Series – 2

March 2021 update from the National Council on the COVID-19 vaccine, brought to you by National Council Medical Director Institute (MDI), led by Joe Parks, MD, medical director and vice president of practice improvement for the National Council, and a special co-host. This webinar offered updates regarding the latest vaccination news, a Q&A session to respond to participants’ inquiries and boots-on-the-ground insights from the provider operations perspective.

CoE Office Hour: Supporting Persons with Serious Mental Illness through Enhanced Primary Care

Supporting Persons with Serious Mental Illness through Enhanced Primary Care

Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) experience numerous barriers to quality healthcare, such as poorly controlled chronic diseases, low rates of preventive care services, and vulnerability to violence, stigma, and marginalization. As a result, this population faces high prevalence of chronic diseases and poor life expectancy and other health outcomes. Because primary care providers are often the first to identify and support individuals with SMI, and chronic diseases, integrating primary care and behavioral health care is necessary to narrow health disparities for patients with SMI. Although primary care providers are in a unique position to effectively treat physical and behavioral health conditions among this population, successfully delivering care is not well understood (Oishi et al., 2003; Perrin et al., 2018).

Please join us for our webinar, Supporting Those with Serious Mental Illness through Enhanced Primary Care, on Thursday, March 25th, from 2:00 – 3:00pm ET as experts Dr. Todd Wahrenberger, Dr. Jessica Waters-Davis and Dr. Beat Steiner, explore core concepts around providing care for individuals with SMI through two innovative models of enhanced primary care and associated quality measures.

CoE Office Hour: Strategies for Improving Care Provided to LGBTQI Communities

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community experience greater health disparities and lack of access to high-quality care than do their non-LGBTQI counterparts. In a 2020 survey conducted by The Trevor Project, 48% of LGBTQI persons seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered suicide. With the CDC estimating 11% of the general population with suicidal ideation, the need for care is incredibly high for this population and only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please join us for our Office Hour session on Tuesday, March 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET to discuss strategies for improving care provided to LGBTQI communities. In this session, our panelists will explore the challenges LGBTQI individuals currently face in accessing high-quality health care and discuss opportunities for health providers to remove those barriers to increase access amidst the pandemic.

We invite you to share your challenges and solutions with providing services to LGBTQI communities, so we can guide each other in taking a step forward in improving these services, addressing their needs and providing more opportunities.

CoE Office Hour: Rural Health Challenges During COVID-19

Rural America has suffered from a severe shortage in behavioral health providers for decades. But, the Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted this inequity more than ever. Rural providers are doing all that they can to reach those most in need in their communities. However, the health disparities and social determinants of health experienced by the 20% of Americans who live in rural areas have been amplified dangerously further.

Please join us for our Office Hour session on Thursday, March 11th, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET to share your experiences and challenges with us in an open discussion with other rural health providers and experts.  In this session, our panelists will share strategies they’ve used to provide culturally competent and equitable services in under-resourced areas through tele-health and mobile health innovations. We also hope to learn more about your community’s needs and opportunities, so please join us to have your voice heard!

Solving for Sleep: One Good Night: Experiences of Insomnia for Patients and Families Across the Lifespan

This session will feature panel style and video presentations focused on lived experiences including perspectives on older adults and parents of children with sleep difficulties.

This session is part of a year-long virtual series called “Solving for Sleep” which is focused on addressing sleep and related social and health needs through enhancing integrated primary and behavioral health care. This series is offered by the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and the SAMHSA Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions.

Addressing the Adverse Impacts of COVID-19 on Children with Serious Emotional Disorders

Since March, children across the country have been isolated at home participating in distance learning. The impacts academically, socially and emotionally have been staggering. There has been a reduction in referrals to child protective services, an increase in isolation, depression, anxiety and a decrease in engagement which can lead to lower academic success.  What do all of these things mean in the short-term and the long-term? This roundtable discussion explored impact of distance learning on academic outcomes and more.

CoE Office Hour: Motivational Interviewing in Pandemic Times

The pandemic has forced a great deal of change upon us and the people we serve. Autonomy and values may feel compromised. Navigating a new normal can push the limits of tolerance and capacity for the unknown. Motivational Interviewing is a communication style for guiding others to identify their own reasons and capacity to take steps forward. Now, perhaps more than ever before, there is a need for these collaborative conversations as we face the most demanding public health challenge of our lives.

Please join us for our Office hour session on Thursday, February 25th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET to discuss Strategies For Using Motivational Interviewing throughout the Pandemic. This session is led by Pam Pietruszewski, Integrated Health Consultant at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Christopher Bailey, Project Coordinator at Project Vida, and Sandeep Kapoor, Assistant Vice President at Northwell Health. In this session, our panelists will address ways Motivational Interviewing can help to support providers around various COVID-19 related issues, such as, mask mandates, vaccine hesitancy and the discomfort of uncertainty.

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