Now is the time for CFHA.
Now is the time for collaborative care. Isn’t it time for our collaborative care revolution? Isn’t it time for us, we the collective, to occupy healthcare
? CFHA is more than a conference. CFHA is a movement. We are disruptors. We are innovators. We are change.
As president of CFHA, I want to focus on three areas:The first is Policy
– some of you may have noticed on your CFHA bags that the word research
was written. While CFHA has not always been known as a research
conference, we know that in order to help inform policies we are going
to need research with our amazing stories. We are going to need research
on integration and collaboration to be a strong part of our conference.
With the creation of the research committee and the Office of
Collaborative Care Policy (OCCP), we have an opportunity to combine the
increasing amount of research we are doing with our efforts to change
I will work towards CFHA becoming more involved in policy at the state and federal level. The second is presence
If we, CFHA, are not at the table for conversations around healthcare,
we have missed a chance to influence. To impact policy, we need to be
one of my policy mentors, Dr. Margy Heldring reminded me yesterday, we
must practice perseverance in any and all efforts we have around policy
and changing healthcare. The
third area is around creating a community contagion for collaborative
We want to have the community start to demand more from
healthcare. They, the community, expect fragmentation but we can give
them integration. We want to create leaders in our communities to rise
up and ask for everything we have to offer.
this room, we represent everything that is right about health. We are a
living representation of change. We are perpetual combaters of
fragmentation and proud of it. We are change agents on a mission.
in summary, CFHA, this community, is a strong one. I described it
yesterday as a place for me to go to recharge my batteries. A place for
me to come and feel like I am home. A place for me to grow, and a
platform for us all to work together on change.
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