March 2013 archive

Mar 26

Community Health Worker (CHW) Study on Diabetes

Dear RHP 2:

A colleague shared the article below from medicalexpress.com, and I wanted to pass it along to the stakeholders in Region 2.  We have talked a great deal about integrating Community Health Workers into our respective healthcare endeavors, and this research from Wake Forest Baptist is a great example of a prevention program led by Community Health Workers that effectively reduced blood glucose levels and potentially reduced diabetes over the long term.

At UTMB Health, we utilize Community Health Workers and have seen tremendous value in providing care to patients with chronic illnesses, like diabetes, that require sustained, comprehensive care.  Across the state and nation, Community Health Workers are making an impact in both rural communities where access to primary care is sparse, and in urban communities where they are better able to bridge communication gaps that may arise between patients and doctors.

I am confident that through 1115 Waiver DSRIP projects we will see even more utilization of Community Health Workers in Region 2 and across the state of Texas. Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2013/03/26/community-health-worker-chw-study-on-diabetes/

Mar 18

Free Webinar– Key Building Blocks for Integrated Health Care Projects

Dear RHP Representative-

Congratulations on submitting your DSRIP plans to HHSC!  As we all anxiously await final approval from CMS, we’d like to invite you to the first in a series of webinars on integrated health care

“Integrating Your Practice: Key Building Blocks” will be presented on Friday, March 22nd at 12:00 CST.  You might remember the dynamic presenter, Dr. Parinda Khatri, from the Policy Summit hosted in Austin last fall.  In the webinar, Dr. Khatri will identify the key building blocks needed to successfully integrate primary care and behavioral health. She will include an overview of her organization’s clinical model, implementation strategies, and lessons learned regarding staffing, operational, and financial components of a successful integrated program.

You won’t want to miss this free opportunity to get a head start on planning for your region’s integrated health care projects.  The webinar is generously supported through a grant from the Meadows Foundation and is being hosted by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Learn more and REGISTER HEREA Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2013/03/18/free-webinar-key-building-blocks-for-integrated-health-care-projects-2/

Mar 11

Free Webinar– Key Building Blocks for Integrated Health Care Projects

Dear RHP Representative-

Congratulations on submitting your DSRIP plans to HHSC! As we all anxiously await final approval from CMS, we’d like to invite you to the first in a series of webinars on integrated health care.

“Integrating Your Practice: Key Building Blocks” will be presented on Friday, March 22nd at 12:00 CST. You might remember the dynamic presenter, Dr. Parinda Khatri, from the Policy Summit hosted in Austin last fall. In the webinar, Dr. Khatri will identify the key building blocks needed to successfully integrate primary care and behavioral health. She will include an overview of her organization’s clinical model, implementation strategies, and lessons learned regarding staffing, operational, and financial components of a successful integrated program.

You won’t want to miss this free opportunity to get a head start on planning for your region’s integrated health care projects. The webinar is generously supported through a grant from the Meadows Foundation and is being hosted by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Learn more and REGISTER HERE. All are welcome!

If you have any questions, please contact:

Meagan Anderson Longley, LMSW
Mental Health Policy Fellow
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
The University of Texas at Austin
Office: (512) 471-2263

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2013/03/11/free-webinar-key-building-blocks-for-integrated-health-care-projects/