CO's Advancing Care Together (ACT) Program: July 16th Behavioral Health Presentation

PCPCC's Behavioral Health Special Interest Group (SIG)

Please join us Wednesday, July 16th from 12:00-1:00pm ET, for a special presentation by Maribel Cifuentes, Deputy Director of Colorado's four year Advancing Care Together (ACT) program, organized by an office in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado and funded by The Colorado Health Foundation.  ACT was designed to test strategies to integrate primary and behavioral health care for patients with emotional and behavioral problems in diverse Colorado clinics and community mental health centers.  After creating a statewide competition, eleven innovation sites were selected and received 3-year grants of $50,000 per year to offset costs of participating in the ACT evaluation and other grant-related responsibilities. The innovation sites include urban and rural communities, community mental health centers and community health centers, public and privately owned practices, and large and small practices. 

Call in tomorrow to hear about early lessons from the first year and half of this program.  A detailed agenda will go out tomorrow morning. Call-in Number: 712-432-0900, Access Code: 868853#.

Maribel Cifuentes, RN.  Prior to becoming ACT’s Deputy Director, Maribel served as the Deputy Director of the national RWJ program, Prescription for Health. Under this initiative, 22 primary care practice-based research networks developed, tested, and evaluated 27 practical, evidence-based strategies to improve the delivery and effectiveness of health behavior change services in frontline primary care practice.
New to the field of qualitative research, she is currently engaged in the study of a delivery model that marries elements of the PCMH and ACO into a unique Primary Care Based Accountable Care Organization. She is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Family Medicine; and prior to joining the University, she was a neonatal nurse at Denver Health Medical Center.

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