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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.

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.

CoE Office Hour: Innovative Approaches for Recruiting and Retaining Your Workforce During COVID-19

Please join us for our follow-up Office Hour session on Thursday, February 18th, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET as we continue the conversation around staff hiring, recruitment and resilience building strategies for use during the ongoing pandemic and beyond.

In this session, our panelists will discuss core concepts, engagement strategies, and examples of innovative and equitable approaches to addressing workforce recruitment and retention challenges. Specific techniques for increasing the diversity of an organization’s workforce, fostering staff resiliency, and attracting quality team members to under-resourced areas, such as rural locations, will also be provided. So please join us to have your questions answered

Innovative Approaches for Recruiting and Retaining Your Workforce During COVID-19

As behavioral health and primary healthcare organizations balance hiring and supporting their staff amid workforce demands brought on by the pandemic, there are several workforce recruitment and retention strategies that may be helpful in supporting their staff, and consequently, their clients. During this webinar, workforce experts and Integrated Health Consultants, Dr. Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, and Dr. Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW, will discuss core concepts, engagement strategies, and examples of innovative and equitable approaches to addressing workforce recruitment and retention challenges. Specific techniques for increasing the diversity of an organization’s workforce, fostering staff resiliency, and attracting quality team members to under-resourced areas, such as rural locations, will also be provided.

Please join us for our webinar, Innovative Approaches for Recruiting and Retaining Your Workforce During COVID-19, on Tuesday, February 16th, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET as we explore staff hiring, recruitment and resilience building strategies for use during the ongoing pandemic and beyond.

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Series – 1

February 2021 update from the National Council on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Solving for Sleep: Behavioral Health Lens on Sleep: Assessment and Intervention

This session will address sleep within behavioral health treatment: screening for sleep needs; SUD and sleep; behavioral interventions for sleep; 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.

CoE Office Hour: Exploring Care Coordination and Population Health Management Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes

Over the last two weeks, the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Integrated Health Solutions) hosted a two-part webinar series that explored improving health outcomes for both individuals and populations, first by discussing care coordination practices, then by discussing population health management strategies. In case you missed them, check out the recordings here and here, then join us to continue the conversation at our next CoE Office Hour session on Thursday, February 4, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

In this session, our panelists will address unanswered questions from the two-part series and discuss ways organizations are leveraging care coordination and population health management strategies to improve health outcomes for the communities they serve. Whether it’s through scaling services by adding care coordinators or leveraging common electronic medical record (EMR)-based mental health and substance use screening tools, this session will provide a space for sharing ideas and peer-to-peer learning for those looking to advance population health management strategies. So, please join us so we can hear from you!

CCBHCs: A New Model for Behavioral Health Gaining Momentum in States

There is growing concern about the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term impact on mental health and substance use and the threat of an epidemic of deaths of despair from alcohol and drug use and suicide. The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model is well-placed to respond to this anticipated surge.

Policymakers are looking to CCBHCs to provide increased access to mental health and addiction treatment; address the longstanding gap in unmet need for care; improve partnerships with law enforcement, hospitals, and primary care; and expand states’ capacities to address the opioid crisis and growing suicide rates.

Find out how the 220 CCBHCS now operating in 33 states are changing the future of health care and why a growing number of states are moving toward permanently implementing the model independently via a state plan amendment or Medicaid waiver.

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