Expanding the Scope of Integrated Behavioral Health in South Carolina and Beyond
Speaker: Dr. Joe Parks, Medical Director for the National Council for Behavioral Health
Hosted by University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, Arnold School of Public Health, School of Medicine Columbia,School of Medicine Greenville, College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing
A consensus is growing that the best outcomes occur when health care providers treat the “whole person,” addressing psychological and social well-being in addition to physical health. Over the past decade, many health care systems have begun to move towards integrated behavioral health, defined as the systematic coordination of mental health, substance abuse and health care services. The advances have yielded promising outcomes in increasing access, improving outcomes and reducing costs. But more work needs to be done.
Integrated behavioral health remains a lofty goal rather than a reality in many health care settings, where the daily demands of patient care make transformative change difficult. There also remains unrealized potential to expand the reach of integrated health care beyond the primary care setting to specialists, hospitalists and other healthcare providers. In response, the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, Arnold School of Public Health, School of Medicine Columbia, School of Medicine Greenville, College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing will host the First Annual Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium. The half-day event will focus on exploring new frontiers in integrated health and include the following objectives:
* Developing strategies to integrate behavioral health care beyond primary care.
* Assessing social determinants of health within integrated behavioral health settings.
* Exploring partnerships with peer specialists to improve patient access and engagement.
* Extending the reach of integrated health into rural healthcare settings.
* Most effectively leveraging interprofessional training to advance each objective.
At the conclusion the symposium, participants will enrich their understanding of the latest advances in integrated behavioral health, and how they can be employed to enhance the quality and value of care within healthcare settings in South Carolina. The symposium will bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers in medicine, social work, public health, and other disciplines and professions. This will identify a series of action steps to foster the development of an integrated behavioral health system in South Carolina that can be a nationwide model.
Call for Poster Abstracts
We invite you to submit poster abstracts that relate to the theme of the conference. Poster space is limited.
Submit your abstract by December 18, 2017