New trend in healthcare: “Co-located” primary care and mental health
As we talked about in the last newsletter, the mind and body are highly linked. In 2008, when I was on the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a theme among the quality improvement work in the Department of Family Medicine was the mindset that the mind and body are linked and that social circumstances influence both. As a Medical Sociologist, I was thrilled that my department was a leader in a new initiative to try to take care of the whole person, mind and body. Even though this was not my project, I felt proud to know that Colorado is on the forefront of this new model of care. As part of the patient-centered medical home movement I was a part of, we put patients and family members at the center of care where the whole person is attended to, not just one symptom. One piece of this larger model is an effort to bring patients to the right care provided by the right professional at the right time. Therefore, of course, there had to be a better link between mental and physical health.
Did you know that there are great initiatives going on in Colorado to link mental and physical health? One way is to “co-locate” primary care and mental health providers in the same physical space, so handoffs are smoother. Much of the work in this area has focused on trying to get mental health providers located in primary care offices, which has been a successful model. Our local ACI Counseling is great example of an innovative local model of trying to put primary care providers into mental health locations. Have you seen this transition with your primary care or mental healthcare provider office? Learn more about ACI Counseling in our Run, Stroll & Roll Vendor Feature.
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Kohl’s Cares Car Safety Program
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Check out our Heath Expo. Win prizes, try samples, get consultations & great info to own your own health.
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Ms. Wheelchair Colorado Missy Weisser
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Medical Intuitive Shana Russell
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Learn to play disc golf with competitive players. The first 50 kids to play get a disc to take home!
Jump Rope & Hula Hoop
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8:50 Pre-race Stretching
9:30-11:00 Health Expo Vendor Demos
9:30-11:30 Colorado Springs Fire Department
Meet a fire fighter! See the truck! Get your blood pressure & blood sugar checked!
Demo w/ USA Fencing Athlete Adam Mackzik
Learn to fence with Adam! Then try it yourself!
Demo w/ Soccer Buddies
Come play soccer with instructors from Soccer Buddies!
10:50 Pre-race Stretching
11:00 1 mile
11:20-11:50 Funny Relays
11:45 Prizes Posted
11:50 Water Balloon Toss
Noon Event Ends