Photo (left to right): Kory Thomas, ECHO Colorado; Susan Hanlon, MBA, Director, Knowledge Map, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Sally Kraft, MD, MPH, Vice President of the Community Health Department in the Population Health Management Division, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Fred Thomas, ECHO Colorado; Megan Colgan, Project Manager, Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Leah Willis Basche, ECHO Colorado.
Dec 11, 2018
ECHO Colorado Supports Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s ECHO Launch
ECHO Colorado’s Kory Thomas, Fred Thomas and Leah Willis Basche spent three days in New Hampshire training the Knowledge Map Team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on the integrationView Details ►
Dec 7, 2018
Almost 70% of Coloradans Who are Depressed are Not Getting Treatment
In a recent study conducted by Denver Health, a reported one out of every eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and not getting treatment. Scaling out,View Details ►
In a recent study conducted by Denver Health, a reported one out of every eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and not getting treatment. Scaling out, those numbers compound to reveal that 70% of Coloradoans that are depressed are not getting the treatment they need.
This report supports the integration of behavioral health care into primary care where screening, initial treatment, and proper care can be a starting point for patients to reduce the barriers of lengthy referrals and expedite treatment and follow-up care. With the shortage of mental health providers in the state, integrating care has been proven successful. “The model is effective because, according to Lomonaco’s previous research, patients are four times more likely to see a mental-health professional if one is in the office than if they are handed a piece of paper referring them elsewhere.”
ECHO Colorado supports the integration of behavioral health care through several offerings, including the upcoming Strategies for Behavioral Health Integration: Defining Roles and Responsibilities. By supporting the efforts of healthcare providers to identify and treat patients with behavioral health issues, we hope to be a resource to providers looking to offer treatment to their patients to decrease those needing care. We’ve partnered up with the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine for this learning series (to be offered on Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., February 6 through March 6, 2019). Learn more here
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Nov 20, 2018
Team Member Michelle Guthrie’s Reflections on APHA 2018
There were many firsts on this trip to APHA. This trip marked my first time as an APHA member, my first time at an APHA conference,View Details ►
There were many firsts on this trip to APHA.
This trip marked my first time as an APHA member, my first time at an APHA conference, my first time submitting an abstract, my first time getting it accepted, and my first time presenting at a conference. Being in San Diego was certainly a perk of the trip, but it was just one part of what made me feel all warm and fuzzy (seriously- from 30 degree to 80 degree November days- I almost didn’t come home). The focus of the APHA conference was “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Healthy Equity Now.”.
The messages we all heard were inspiring to our current work and where we need to focus for the future. It was such a great reminder to continue moving forward and be sure to focus and place the energy into helping those most marginalized in our communities by addressing social determinants of health and engaging them in our work. I’m proud to be a small piece of the puzzle as we work with partners who do just that and hope we all strive to find ways to do more where we are able. What a great opportunity this trip was!! I was proud to represent ECHO and the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, as well as copresent with one of our great partners, the Community Health Association of the Mountain Plains States. Thanks for letting me use my voice to ECHO our collaborative work!!