Friday's Feature

News, Announcements, Celebrations

  • Training the Future Child Healthcare Workforce to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children, Youth and Families was a workshop sponsored by the National Academies of Science last fall. Workforce development for the range of health professions working with children, youth and families addressed levers for leading change and innovation in training. Videos, slide presentations, and posters from the workshop, along with the NAM discussion paper, are now available here.
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Health Colorado is collecting Colorado stories. Visit their story bank to read those posted.
  • Thinking humanity…maybe we have more in common than we thought
  • Mental Health and Well Being Summits April 25 and 26 in Glendale, CO sponsored by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, formerly known as the National Business Coalition on Health.
  • Some of the World’s Greatest Artists Featured in Free Exhibit talks about a special masterworks collection owned by Dr. Morton Mower (CU SOM cardiologist) and his wife, Tobia that includes works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, and Matisse. This collection will be on display free of charge at the Anschutz Medical Campus Fulginiti Pavilion Mondays-Fridays through May 24th.

 Community Prevention

Policy Efforts

 Research, Data, Evaluation

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Behavioral and Developmental Care for Rural Children is a “perspective” piece in The New England Journal Medicine by Drs. Kelly Kelleher and William Gardner who discuss a CDC report that offers further evidence that American children, and rural children in particular, are more likely to have MBDDs than those living in cities and suburbs. They also talk about how to deliver better care to those in rural areas.
  • Mental Health Interventions is an article by Veronica Nieva and colleagues posted on the Health Affairs Blog about a new program, Scouting Health, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This partnership between Westat and Rare Dots intends to inspire aware and capable communities by elevating the debate and highlighting advancements in various areas of health with unusual partners.
  • Integrating behavioral health and primary care beneficial for patients is an article in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine by Bijal Balasubramanian that continues to report on work from ACT. She and colleagues conducted 475 patient interviews from five practices. Each practice took a different approach to integration. But Balasubramanian reported that “integration is a worthwhile investment and that clinical leaders, policymakers, and payers should support integration in their communities.”
  • Higher Death Rate Among Youth with First Episode Psychosis is a press release on the NIH National Institute of Mental Health site about an NIH-funded study that highlights the need for increased early intervention programs.
  • Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain – Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies is an article in The New England Journal of Medicine by Drs. Nora Volkow and A. Thomas McLellan about how the authors drew on recent research to address common misconceptions regarding the abuse-related risks of opioid analgesics and highlight strategies to minimize those risks.
  • 150,000 at Risk of Losing Coverage as Ohio Considers Scaling Back Medicaid is a story on WOSU Public Media in Ohio by Karen Kasler about how the Kasich administration has been looking at scaling Medicaid expansion back, covering only those at or under the poverty level, which means that 150,000 Ohioans might lose Medicaid coverage.
  • Chris Murphy introduces act to help get mental health care for veterans is a story in the New Haven Register by Mary O’Leary talks about the Catch-22 situation where vets with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries are being given other than honorable discharges because of behavior tied to their injuries. And then the health care they need is denied by the Veterans Affairs Administration because of the status of their discharge.
  • House set to address mental health bills, one of the speaker’s top priorities is an article in the Dallas News by Madlin Mekelburg in the Austin bureau about how the lawmakers in the House will take up a slew of mental health bills this week including expanding insurance coverage for mental health conditions, establishing a jail diversion program an d improving mental health education.

SIM Update

  • Cost utilization webinar for SIM practices, April 13th, 1-2PM MDT. Click here to register.
  • Registration for SIM Cohort 2 is now closed. Participating practices will be notified this summer.
  • To learn how SIM practices are using proceeds from small grants from CMMI, click here. To learn how they are using proceeds grants from TCHF, click here.
  • Cohort 1 practices are receiving licenses to Stratus, a data aggregation tool that includes claims-based utilization data that is designed to help providers drive meaningful change.


Have fun this weekend!