It has been quite a year, spent planning the 14th annual Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) conference to be held in Austin in three weeks. After four years of immersing myself in the collaborative care research literature, I attended my first CFHA conference last year in Philadelphia. Wow! What an incredible, real world synthesis of everything I'd been researching during my PhD program, presented by some of the most prominent names in the literature!
As co-chair of the planning committee, along with Lynda Frost from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health (a trailblazer in integrated health care in Texas, and nationally) and my fabulous husband, Eduardo Sanchez, I am proud of the conference that we have assembled. And though there are many spectacular aspects to the CFHA conference in Austin, I want to highlight a couple of remarkable opportunities that I find particularly exciting.
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One truly unique offering this year is a preconference site visit to an indisputable leader in integrated health care in Texas, Lone Star Circle of Care
. A limited number of registrants will be able to hop on a shuttle and head up to Lone Star's Round Rock "hub” located at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Lone Star Circle of Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center committed to being a "behaviorally-enhanced patient-centered health care home” that provides care with a focus on underserved populations. Participants will have the opportunity to tour Lone Star's site, where fully-integrated services are provided including behavioral health, pediatrics, adolescent health, family medicine, senior health, and women's services. Participants will hear from various multi-disciplinary team members about the planning, implementation, funding, and current practice of integrated health care at Lone Star. Clinical as well as organizational/administrative perspectives will be included. The all-day workshop is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., departing from and returning to the Hyatt. Transportation and lunch included.
Another pre-conference workshop unique to Texas will present clinical teams from existing models of integrated care to discuss the art of the "warm handoff.” Physicians and social workers from three distinct settings will discuss their own experiences to help participants think through the various aspects of providing integrated health care and to develop potential models that may fit their particular system. Workshop participants will learn, practice and problem solve several strategies for summarizing and validating a patient's concerns for common types of behavioral health issues. Through role-play and discussion participants will learn how to describe the Behavioral Health Specialist/Consultant and the role that person will play in the patient's medical care. This is a talented group of experts!
Eduardo and I are really looking forward to visiting Austin at its most beautiful time of year. Though we miss Austin terribly, and all its cool things, one thing I don't miss is the heat – except in the fall. There is no more gorgeous time of year. We can't wait to go for a run on the lake, take in some live music, and grab some delicious eats on South Congress. Bringing your walking shoes and your adventurous spirit. You won't want to miss this!
Tomorrow is the last day to register early! CFHA has extended Early Bird Registration through September 15. Register today to take part in this amazing national conference that promises to highlight relevant, cutting edge collaborative care innovations on a spectrum from clinical practice to the research literature.
Katherine Sanchez, LCSW, PhD., is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. Dr. Sanchez practiced as a bilingual clinical social worker for 15 years, primarily in medical settings with monolingual Spanish-speaking populations. Her principal area of research is in integrated health care and the provision of socio-culturally, linguistically adapted models for the treatment of co-morbid mental and physical illness.