The Board of
Directors met for a two-day Strategic Planning Retreat in San Diego on July 10
and 11, to clarify strategic priorities for CFHA, and to formulate a
provisional action plan for the upcoming year. The external environmental
context for this work is the extraordinary interest in health care reform, and
specifically the interest in the Patient-Centered Medical Home and related
initiatives that will most likely lead to the participation of new "health care
teams” of clinicians rendering primary care.
While this is a promising
opportunity, there has been little explicit attention to how mental health
clinicians and primary care clinicians actually fit together and operate
collaboratively. The internal context for this retreat was the need for CFHA to
develop a clear focus on serving the needs of its members, on attracting new
members who would benefit from collaborative resources, on finding and hiring
an executive director, and on ensuring that our annual meeting and summits
continue to serve our membership well. The following action plan was accepted
by the board:
an Executive Director, which is in process and should be concluded in
the next few months. Add advocacy to the desirable skill set of this
position, as detailed below.
and begin planning CFHA-sponsored programs for training physicians in
systems, collaboration, team work, and integrated care.
a policy-relevant summary of the rationale and evidence for integrated
care in terms of outcomes and cost effectiveness. Consider putting
together a long paper and a one-page summary to use with stakeholders
and policymakers, and develop an aggressive advocacy program while
health care reform is still being debated.
Continue the annual conference with additions described above.
community: develop local, state, or regional chapters within CFHA.
Develop the blog section in the website. Have a booth at the conference
to advertise CFHA, with its short-term goals and demonstrate the
website to get participants involved and increase membership.
We are interested in vetting these ideas with our membership. Responses?