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Improving Community Health Through Integration

Blog - May 20, 2016
Stephen P. Kliewer, D. Min.

Our shared interest in effective interaction between primary medical care and mental health care facilitated an ongoing discussion about how our programs could work together more effectively and we began to dream of not just collaboration, but integration. We began to move together toward that goal.

Connecting Community with Providers & Resources

Blog - May 6, 2016
Maggie McLain McDonnell, MPH

Maggie, a Project Manager with ORPRN, interviewed Juli Gregory, RN, Education Director and Director of ConneXions at Good Shepherd Medical Center to learn more about how community health workers and primary care providers can work together to improve the health of their patients.

Behavioral Health Integration: Obstacles & Successes

Blog - April 29, 2016
Dr. Brian Sandoval

Behavioral health integration is a necessary and very beneficial part of patient-centered primary care. Yet it can be difficult to get an integrated behavioral health program started, as there are many moving parts to contend with and different models to choose from.

Partnering With CHWs to Improve the Health of Our Patient Populations

Blog - April 15, 2016
Rebekah Bally

As community health workers (CHWs) gain further prominence in our health care teams, they are also the subject of various research efforts. In particular, researchers are studying the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and versatility of CHWs in public health and health care.

Oral Health Integration Pilot in an Oregon FQHC

Blog - March 25, 2016
Mohamed Alyajouri

Oral health is a key component of providing organized, Evidence-Based Care and Care Coordination in a Patient-Centered Medical Home practice. The benefits of delivering preventive oral health care in the primary care setting are numerous and impactful in addressing the existing prevention gap.

Addressing the Emotional Pain of Our Patients: Focused Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (FACT)

Blog - March 21, 2016
Kirk Strosahl

In Focused Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (FACT) we often mention to clients that their emotional pain is the flip side of their values. Instead of trying to avoid or eliminate painful feelings, we can explore them and learn what they say about us. This converts painful emotions from a problem to be solved into a source of intelligence about who we are and what matters to us.

Beyond Meaningful Use

Blog - March 9, 2016
David Smith

You might have the impression that meaningful use is passé—and in many ways, I would agree with you. However, once you’ve mastered the basics of meaningful use, you’ll want to know how you’re being measured.

FYI: Improving Maternity Care in Oregon

Blog - March 4, 2016
Meghan Haggard

The OMDC was a vision of the Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), a group of - providers and organizations interested in improving maternity care in Oregon. The OPC began with the March of Dimes’ efforts in 2011 to stop Early Elective Deliveries (EED) in Oregon.

Full Circle: Students Connect Clinic and Community

Blog - February 26, 2016
Sophie Nathenson

Addressing population heath is a priority among healthcare institutions across the country, but how exactly to connect the clinical, social, and environmental facets of health remains an exciting work in progress.