Merging Parallel Tracks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Social Health to Provide Whole-Person Care
Front-line clinicians and community health workers see firsthand how the intersection of behavioral and social health impacts patients. But while providers, payers, government organizations and others have invested heavily in the integration of behavioral health into primary care, many systemic barriers have prevented widespread adoption. Today, those same groups also face a parallel challenge in integrating programs to address social health. Instead of adopting behavioral health and social health strategies in isolation, healthcare organizations should be integrating them together to support the delivery of whole-person oriented primary care that extends into and is inclusive of the broader community.
In this 60-minute interactive webinar, three primary care leaders discuss opportunities for alignment between behavioral health and social health integration to reduce fragmentation in primary care transformation. Panelists will share strategies and examples of how they have sustainably transformed their care models to better match patients’ needs and how they have extended these approaches into their communities to support population health. Examples will include modifications to organizational structures, redesign of patient encounters, and community partnerships.
We encourage practitioners and others interested in reorienting primary care towards whole-person health to attend, ask questions, and share their front-line experiences.
- Damon Francis, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Health Leads
- Michael Tang, MD, Chief Behavioral Health Officer, The Dimock Center
- Wendi Vierra, Ph.D., Director of Operations, Behavioral Health, Neighborhood Healthcare
- Therese Wetterman, MPH, Director, Program, Health Leads