One priority for innovation is better collaboration between health care and public health. The Cambridge Health Alliance CHA integrates primary care, public health, and more into one community-focused organization. CHA is a large and unique organization, but it offers ideas lessons for collaborative ventures of many different sizes and settings. Learn more from the CHA website as well as the video below.
If we were to examine the leading causes of death within a typical community of modest size and diversity, we would likely find heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and possibly suicide. If we switched our lens to causes of disability, we would probably see depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders on the list. If we turned to risk factors for premature death and disability, we would find smoking, overweight, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and substance abuse.
One thing we would probably not see among the statistical summaries is […]
A growing body of research shows that integrating primary care with behavioral health can produce positive outcomes for people with multiple healthcare needs. Primary care and behavioral health care models can be designed in a variety of ways depending on population health needs and the capacity of local health care organizations. These care models can be designed with varying levels of “integration” of behavioral health into daily primary care:
- Care coordination across settings (e.g. communication of primary care and behavioral health providers in separate facilities);
- Co-location of services (e.g. behavioral health providers working in the primary care setting); or
- Integration of care models (e.g. practice transformation […]