Friday's Feature

18Aug 2017

News, Announcements, Celebrations


Community Prevention

  • Young People Want to Take Care of Their Mental Health, Repot Shows is a story in Teen Vogue by Brittney McNamara that cites a new report from the Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga’s organization dedicated to empowering young people, that says 57% of young people aged 15-24 years say their mental health is a priority to them, but 54% of them never or rarely talk about it. And of those young people who work, 29% don’t know if their employer offers health insurance that covers mental health treatment.
  • R U There? is an article in The New Yorker by Alice Gregory that discusses a new counseling service that harnesses the power of the text message…Crisis Text Line.
  • Health Literacy Insights for Health Crises is a discussion paper posted on the National Academy of Medicine site by Kim Parson and colleagues that highlights principles of clear communication and insights from several decades of health literacy studies to support such efforts.
  • Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos on His Fight to Make Mental Health Care Accessible for Artists is a story posted on Billboard by Ilana Kaplan about a musician’s pet project, The Wishart Group, a company dedicated to spreading mental health awareness and providing legal, educational and healthcare services to artists.
  • Race Bias in the Workplace is a podcast on NPR presented by our friend and colleague, Dayna Matthew that discusses how bias plays a major role throughout work places of employment.


Policy Efforts


Research, Data, Evaluation

by Kate Monica about how researchers found that standardizing the collection and presentation of data related to social determinants of health in Epic HER systems could lead to improved patient health outcomes.


SIM Updates

  • 162 practices have accepted the offer to participate in the SIM Cohort 2. Those not selected are encouraged to join one of the other practice transformation efforts included in this catalog and/or apply for Cohort 3 in a few months.
  • To help practices with data management/migration to HIE/engage in telehealth/use Qualified Clinical Data Registry for MIPS, practice funding has been increased by $1,000.


Enjoy your weekend.


Farley Health Policy Center awarded $1 million grant
to advance  integrated care

(Sept. 6, 2016) - The Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a technical assistance program for designing policies that help integrate behavioral health across healthcare.


05/26/2016: Dr. Benjamin F. Miller at the Senate Summit on Mental Health: A Call to Action for Comprehensive Mental Health Reform.

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