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PCPCT: A Firsthand Reflection

Blog - August 4, 2016
Tammy Fisher

Embarking upon the primary care transformation journey can at times seem daunting. Enter; the Primary Care Practice Coach! With the guidance of a primary care practice coach the path to transformative care can seem less overwhelming and more exciting.

Students Play Vital Role in Behavioral Health Services

Blog - July 26, 2016
Natalya Seibel

Integrating behavioral health into primary care can pose many obstacles, including finding behavioral health providers trained to work in primary care. Recently, I was able to speak with multiple clinics around Oregon that have successfully integrated behavioral health, two of the clinics I spoke with address the issue by making their clinics a practicum site for doctoral psychology students.

STAR Pioneers - CHA Practices Achieve Highest Medical Home Rating

Blog - July 19, 2016
Dawn Creach

What does healthcare transformation really mean? What does high quality health care look like? Since 2011 Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program (PCPCH) has facilitated changes in the way care is delivered at more than 600 primary care practices in Oregon. In 2014 the PCPCH Program released a new set of standards, called Tier 3 STAR, to recognize exceptional practices that have truly transformed into advanced medical homes.

Online Learning Modules Help PCC Medical Assistants Prepare for Workforce

Blog - May 27, 2016
Marissa Sweeney

On May 12th I attended the Portland Community College (PCC), Medical Assistant program poster presentations on the core attributes of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) model.  This is the third time that I’ve attended the PCC Medical Assistant poster presentations on the medical home model.

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.