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Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care
Forging New Collaborations for Patient-Centered Research - June 25, 2015

This past June, more than 100 community health and primary care professionals attended the forum, which had a two-fold purpose: to introduce participants to the myriad funding opportunities for Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care offered through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and to promote non-traditional collaborations between academic and research-ready community partners interested in developing proposals together around this timely and important topic. The idea for this forum came out of PHRP's Community Advisory Board, who served as proud hosts of the event.

The keynote speaker was Ayodola Anise, MHS, Program Officer, Addressing Disparities Program-PCORI. She was followed by a panel that featured two Boston-based PCORI-funded projects focused on innovation in behavioral health and primary care. Next, in a facilitated workgroup session, participants connected to community and academic partners interested in developing projects around specific topics within behavioral health integration in primary care, including adverse childhood experiences, chronic disease and comorbidities, domestic violence, substance abuse, and suicide. The event concluded with a cocktail networking reception.

Event agenda and materials:

Agenda - Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care: Forging New Collaborations for Patient-Centered Research

Keynote Address - Advancing Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care through Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research

Ayodola Anise, MHS
Program Officer, Addressing Disparities Program
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Panel - Integration in Action: Lessons Learned from Teams of PCORI Grantees

Integrative Medicine Group Visits: A Patient-Centered Approach to Reducing Chronic Pain and Depression in a Disparate Urban Population

  • Katherine Gergen-Barnett, MD: Boston Medical Center
  • Diane Rogers, Patient Participant

Mood Patient - Powered Research Network

  • Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Lucinda Jewell, Ed.M: Mental Health Advocate, Angel Investor and Philanthropist, Advisory Committee | Mood Patient-Powered Research Network