Making Integrated Care Work

Contact Us: 202.684.7457

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

View Menu
Glossary
Facebook Twitter Listserve Ask a Question

Questions and Answers

Ask a Question

  • What tools are you using to track improvement of health/behavioral health indicators? Asked by: Cheryl Holt
    • Currently we use a 15-item "Healthy Living Questionnaire" that includes the SF-8 Health Outcomes Questionnaire items to look at self-reported changes in both physical and mental health status and behaviors over time. This has been administered quarterly in our 50+ residential, clinic, outreach and shelter programs over the past two years. We have seen change primarily in consumers' access to primary care services. We also track weight and waist circumference for participants in our physical activity program. Clinic consumers are also supposed to have quarterly weight and BP measurements and yearly glucose and lipid monitoring, but we have not yet been able to obtain reliable aggregate data from clinic charts. We are hoping to capture in the near future whether consumers have documented health goals in treatment/service plans. We introduced an EMR in our primary/specialty care clinic over a year ago and are working on ways to monitor health indicators using this platform. Answered by: Jeanie Tse,MD
  • We are finally going to be a smoke-free campus, and we're giving clients and employees a few months to start addressing their smoking problems. The serious question that I have is regarding enforcing this policy with groups that utilize our Cultural Community Center after hours (mostly 12-step groups) who smoke in our parking lot and leave cigarette butts all over the place. Has anyone else had to confront this? And if so what was your plan and how well has it worked for you? Asked by: Andrea Washington
    • In Sarasota we have partnered with an agency that has helped us with your question. They are called GULFCOAST SOUTH AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER, INC. I wonder if you may have an AHEC near you as well. They provide free smoking cessation services. They have provided free classes to our staff (case managers, therapists, nurses, receptionists etc.) that has taught them to know how to interact and encourage our clients to begin the process of smoking cessation. They will also come in and provide smoking cessation classes and support to your clients on a monthly basis. I think all staff who interact in any way with the clients have to be taught first how to encourage clients to want to quit smoking or using tobacco products. Once they have the training we can have a universal approach to our clients. So far it seems to be working…….it’s a new approach for but so far it is very encouraging. I hope this helps. Find out if there is an AHEC near you: http://www.nationalahec.org/Directory/AHECDirectory.asp --Trina Dutta Answered by: Leslie Stratford
  • zppezjoufhsbujpo, Suite703 office gay, LOEBYdl, [url=http://clsearch.org/]Suite703.Com[/url], VqcBptd, http://clsearch.org/ Suite703.Com, dKAWxrY. Asked by: suite703com

Call Our Helpline: 202.684.7457

Ask a Question

  • What tools are you using to track improvement of health/behavioral health indicators? Asked by: Cheryl Holt
    • Currently we use a 15-item "Healthy Living Questionnaire" that includes the SF-8 Health Outcomes Questionnaire items to look at self-reported changes in both physical and mental health status and behaviors over time. This has been administered quarterly in our 50+ residential, clinic, outreach and shelter programs over the past two years. We have seen change primarily in consumers' access to primary care services. We also track weight and waist circumference for participants in our physical activity program. Clinic consumers are also supposed to have quarterly weight and BP measurements and yearly glucose and lipid monitoring, but we have not yet been able to obtain reliable aggregate data from clinic charts. We are hoping to capture in the near future whether consumers have documented health goals in treatment/service plans. We introduced an EMR in our primary/specialty care clinic over a year ago and are working on ways to monitor health indicators using this platform. Answered by: Jeanie Tse,MD
  • We are finally going to be a smoke-free campus, and we're giving clients and employees a few months to start addressing their smoking problems. The serious question that I have is regarding enforcing this policy with groups that utilize our Cultural Community Center after hours (mostly 12-step groups) who smoke in our parking lot and leave cigarette butts all over the place. Has anyone else had to confront this? And if so what was your plan and how well has it worked for you? Asked by: Andrea Washington
    • In Sarasota we have partnered with an agency that has helped us with your question. They are called GULFCOAST SOUTH AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER, INC. I wonder if you may have an AHEC near you as well. They provide free smoking cessation services. They have provided free classes to our staff (case managers, therapists, nurses, receptionists etc.) that has taught them to know how to interact and encourage our clients to begin the process of smoking cessation. They will also come in and provide smoking cessation classes and support to your clients on a monthly basis. I think all staff who interact in any way with the clients have to be taught first how to encourage clients to want to quit smoking or using tobacco products. Once they have the training we can have a universal approach to our clients. So far it seems to be working…….it’s a new approach for but so far it is very encouraging. I hope this helps. Find out if there is an AHEC near you: http://www.nationalahec.org/Directory/AHECDirectory.asp --Trina Dutta Answered by: Leslie Stratford
  • zppezjoufhsbujpo, Suite703 office gay, LOEBYdl, [url=http://clsearch.org/]Suite703.Com[/url], VqcBptd, http://clsearch.org/ Suite703.Com, dKAWxrY. Asked by: suite703com

© 2011 NCBH, all rights reserved.
1400 K Street NW | Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005

Email: integration@thenationalcouncil.org

Phone: 202-684-7457