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Help Create the Collaborative Care Strategic Vision

Posted By Frank deGruy, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011

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:

Hire 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.

Discuss and begin planning CFHA-sponsored programs for training physicians in systems, collaboration, team work, and integrated care.

Create 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.

Creating 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?

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