Integrated Care DC December 2022 Newsletter

It’s National Stress-Free Family Holidays month. How to stay cool, calm, and collected

The holidays are when families come together to share and build memories from Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, and from Boxing Day through the New Year. That’s why December is known as National Stress-Free Family Holidays month. But how can busy families stay stress-free? Organize, plan, and decide if you need to do everything you have planned. Keep the tone warm by staying cool. Crayola has a few timely and fun tips on ways to stay cool, calm, and collected during the holiday season. The DC Department of Behavioral Health also has tips for parents and families dealing with stress. Check out their Wellness Wednesdays online parent support group as well as the department’s Access HelpLine for more.

Upcoming Lunch & Learn Sessions

TODAY: Tuesday, December 6 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Part II of Value Based Payments Series | Part I
Achieving Better Outcomes Through Value-Based Care and Population Health Strategies
Speakers: Caitlin Thomas-Henkel, MSW & DaShawn Groves, DrPH, MPH

Soon: Tuesday, December 13 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
PCBH Model Series
Allowing Data to Tell a Story: Relevant Metrics to Help Reflect the Infinite Values of Integrated Healthcare
Speakers: Suzanne Daub, LCSW, Marsha Johnson, LCSW, & David Bauman, PsyD.

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Integrated Care DC Practice Spotlight

We are featuring one or more participating practices in the Integrated Care DC program that are making exceptional progress delivering whole-person care for DC residents. If you know a practice or someone deserving of this feature or want to feature yourself, use this link to tell us more.

La Clinica Del Pueblo’s new training program improved patient care and services

Integrated Care DC provided technical assistance and resources to support La Clínica del Pueblo’s work to develop a training program for new clinical skills, workflows with role accountabilities defined, and staffing patterns. It also provided evaluation support and a change management approach to foster team buy-in.

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Primary Care Behavioral Health Webinars

Have you attended the Primary Care Behavioral Health webinars yet? These popular group sessions provide practical and concrete skills for delivering behavioral health care that is simultaneously co-located, collaborative, and integrated within the primary care clinic. Topics included structuring the behavioral health consultation visit, planning with the patient, adapting evidence-based behavioral health interventions for primary care, and addressing chronic health conditions.

Each of these highly interactive sessions includes a case presentation and opportunities for providers to discuss their challenges and successes with Integrated Care DC experts. It’s never too late to join in. On November 15, we will discuss handling behavioral health emergencies in primary care, and on December 13, we will consider data collection to demonstrate program success. We hope to see you there!

Feedback from participants:

“I intend to use the knowledge to ensure a better experience in the discharge planning process of my patients.”

“I hope to reflect more on how I want to show up with clients. I intend to think more about my approach, guidance, and strategies, and how I can leave the client feeling empowered and safe.”

In case you missed them, you can access past PCBH series recordings on demand:

Advance Directive Learning Series

Did you miss our Advance Directive webinar series? You can now access these sessions on-demand on the Integrated Care DC learning resource page. During the three sessions, HMA’s Dr. Barry Jacobs led a panel that included Corey Main from DC CRISP and Nathanial Curry from DHCF through case discussions focusing on why and how the care team can talk to their patients about this sensitive topic. The panel also discussed ways providers could use the new CRISP Advance Directive tool. The Integrated Care DC team offers practice-level support on this critical topic. You can sign up for coaching here.

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