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3BLMedia/ Corporate Social Responsibility/ Health - On Friday, June 14, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the GE Foundation, and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will announce a new national institute focused on replicating Project ECHO and the launch of an innovative mental health clinic that could serve as a model for expanding access to behavioral health care across the country.
In addition, a panel of prominent experts will discuss how new care models such as Project ECHO can help meet the growing need for mental health and substance abuse treatment that is integrated and coordinated at the primary care level.
Friday, June 14, 10 am to 11:30 am
Newseum, Knight Conference Center – 8th Floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor, NBC News
Dr. John R. Lumpkin, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Care Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Corcoran, President, GE Foundation
Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Founder of Project ECHO, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque
Dr. Donald Weaver, Chief Medical Officer, National Association of Community Health Centers
Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, Senior Director, Health Care Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges
Dr. Michael Hogan, Former New York State Commissioner of Mental Health (2007-2012)
Dr. Richard Larson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Research, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a groundbreaking approach to expanding specialty care access that started in New Mexico for hepatitis C treatment. It has now moved far beyond New Mexico and addresses a number of chronic diseases.
At the June 14 event, participants will address these questions:
How does the ECHO model expand treatment capacity?
What are the benefits to patients?
Why is it important to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment with primary care?
What is the potential for ECHO to improve access to mental health and substance abuse treatment?
How can ECHO be adapted to expand access to other types of care?
Steven Tierney, a professor of counseling psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), discusses the teaching philosophy and classroom experience of CIIS' therapy programs. Tierney is chair of the Community Mental Health program, which is one of five concentrations at CIIS that lead to a master of arts in counseling psychology.
A simple, very powerful, 20 minutes guided Mindfulness Meditation with Dharma teacher and Aikido Sensei Miles Kessler. After a 90 second description you will be guided by Miles into a 20 minutes, easy to follow, Mindfulness Meditation session.
Note that this guided meditation was recorded outdoor, by the lake side of Zurich, Switzerland. You are going to hear the sound of the nature, including sounds made by human...:) Let it be!
Meditation make it possible to experience the deepest part of ourselves. Only then we are able to engage in life beyond the narcissistic self, and be fully functional human beings, creating a better future for us all. (As add-on "side effects", meditation is also know, and proved scientifically, to improve our mental and physical health, and make us feel a lot happier...:).
So, find yourself a quit place, sit in a comfortable position, and... follow the instructions.
Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health™ is a free skills-building program for adults experiencing low mood or stress with or without anxiety. It offers two kinds of evidence-based self-help:
1) "Living Life to the Full" DVD - 45-minute video with 8 sections that provide practical tips on recognizing and dealing with depressive thoughts, behaviours, and events. Available in Cantonese & Mandarin or English (as previewed in this 6-minute clip).
2) Workbooks with Telephone-Coaching - 3 to 5 self-selected sessions that introduce and reinforce the application of cognitive-behavioral strategies for improving mood by overcoming difficulties such as inactivity, insomnia, worry, and unhelpful thinking.
Bounce Back is offered throughout British Columbia by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and funded by the BC Ministry of Health - Integrated Primary & Community Care.
For more information, please visit bouncebackbc.ca or talk to your family doctor.