CoPs form to explore specific topics, identifying and sharing best practices for integrated care. To realize the benefits of being a part of a CoP, participants commit to a biweekly routine of collaboration, communication, and connection with members of the group.

Behavioral Health Technical Assistance (BHTA) is implementing four CoPs for integrated health care. Each CoP is comprised of 90-minute sessions, conducted 1 day every other week. The number of Health Centers that may join is limited, but more than one person from a Health Center is encouraged to join.

Participants may earn up to 1.5 CEs for each session they attend - a total of 12 CEs for all eight sessions.

Pediatric and Adolescent Behavioral Health Community of Practice

Dates: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays starting January 25, 2022 to May 3, 2022

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Facilitators: Dr. Rhonda Waller, PhD; Nyle Avery, MPH

Register now to reserve your spot!

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, delivering quality care to pediatric and adolescent patients necessitates coordination of care that factors in the patients’ unique care needs. Children are typically healthy, with their care based on a preventative approach. However, as many as 22 percent of children living below the federal poverty line and 17.4 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 8 have been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental health disorder. As children move into adolescence (between 11 and 21 years of age), with brain development still in process and the part of the brain that affects judgement still growing, risky behaviors are common. This is also when many behavioral health problems first become evident and when experimentation with drugs and alcohol often begins. Sexual activity and romantic relationships can also raise health and emotional challenges. The coordination of care that occurs within an integrated health care model has been shown to best screen for and address the needs of youth needing behavioral health services. 

The target audience is health center staff from various departments and disciplines who provide direct or supportive care to pediatric and adolescent patients and their families.

At the end of this bi-weekly, 8-session Community of Practice (CoP), participants will:

  • Understand the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents
  • Understand how to design organizational practices and policies to establish a family-centered medical home model in a primary care setting
  • Develop and implement care strategies to meet pediatric and adolescent behavioral health needs.

Rhonda Waller, PhD, is a psychologist with more than 25 years of professional experience in maternal and child health, education, and human services with an emphasis on program development, leadership development, capacity building, and training and technical assistance. Dr. Waller is highly skilled in program design and implementation, coalition building, and the development of community-based strategies to improve access to health care and education. She is a Senior Associate for Maternal and Child Health Initiatives with The Bizzell Group. 

Nyle Avery, MPH, is a research expert with more than 5 years of project development, data management, and training and technical assistance experience in the public health sector. She excels in implementing innovative and effective research strategies to analyze data necessary for project development, enhancement, monitoring, and evaluation. As a Technical Assistance Coordinator with The Bizzell Group, she conducts research and provides technical assistance for the HHS Office on Women’s Health, Increasing Vaccinations Among Mothers and Children technical assistance project. 

Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for each CoP session, with a maximum of 12 CEs for participation in all eight sessions.

Social Determinants of Health: Application of the PRAPARE Toolkit within an Integrated Behavioral Health Care Setting Community of Practice

Dates: Bi-weekly starting Tuesday, February 1, 2022 to May 10, 2022

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Facilitators: Amber Murray, BSN, MA; Sophia Shepard, BS

Registration is closed for this CoP.

The Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE) helps health centers use social determinants of health (SDoH) data to establish approaches to improve the quality of care and decrease cost. Developed by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in collaboration with other key partners, PRAPARE is a standardized, widely used SDOH assessment tool that is evidence-based, patient-centered, compatible with most EHRs, and helps accelerate systems change.  

This biweekly, 8-session CoP is designed to support the applied implementation of the toolkit within health centers. Participants in this CoP will work through chapters of the toolkit to take active steps in preparing to gather data on SDOH, collect and assess SDOH data, and develop strategies to respond to SDOH data. At the conclusion of this CoP, participants will have a sound understanding of PRAPARE and will have taken steps to sustainably implement PRAPARE in their health care setting. 

The CoP is structured toward health centers with basic knowledge and awareness of the PRAPARE Tool. The target audience represents health center staff who have basic familiarity of PRAPARE and are in early stages of planning or implementation. 

At the end of this CoP, participants will: 

  • Complete the PRAPARE Readiness Assessment to establish a PRAPARE implementation baseline  
  • Apply the “Five Rights Framework” to facilitate planning PRAPARE workflow and implementation  
  • Develop strategies for PRAPARE data collection and implementation  
  • Identify internal and community resources for implementing PRAPARE and responding to PRAPARE data results

Amber Murray, BSN, MA directs and supports training and technical assistance efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary healthcare settings for federally funded community health centers nationwide. Ms. Murray also plans, develops, and implements substance misuse prevention and treatment training and curriculum for colleges and universities as well as federal agencies including the Human Resources Services Administration and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. She has a background in nursing, management and evaluation, and training and technical assistance. She is a Project Manager and Senior Technical Assistance Lead at JBS International, Inc. 

Sophia Shepard, BS, has served as a research assistant to explore the extent to which human service programs successfully refer individuals to substance use treatment. She supported website development and product development for the teaching of Botvin Life Skills in rural MD communities while an intern with the University of Maryland Extension’s Rural Opioid Task Force. She also is focused on several graduate and undergraduate academic projects around telehealth including architecting a telehealth system to be implemented into primary care clinics. She currently serves as the IT Lead on the HRSA Bureau of Primary Care Behavioral Health Technical Assistance initiative. 

Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for each CoP session, with a maximum of 12 CEs for participation in all eight sessions. 

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