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Houston, Here We Come

Posted By Matthew P. Martin, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The 2017 Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) Annual Conference will soon take place in Houston, a city in recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s record-smashing rainfall and floods. CFHA members are proud to be in Houston this year and continue to support all the recovery efforts for everyone affected by recent natural disasters.

 

The Annual Conference is known as the premier yearly meeting for medical providers, behavioral health professionals, foundations, payers and other health care professionals to meet and share the latest innovations in the integration of behavioral/mental health and medicine. Our participants work in primary care, specialty medical settings, hospitals and mental health centers. Our presenters are our renown expert members who bring a practical and passionate, real-world perspective.

 

So, what’s in store for you this year? The main conference will start with a look into the future of integrated care by CFHA’s new Executive Director, Neftali Serrano. On Friday, Len Nichols, Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, will share his thoughts on future healthcare reform in the US. Be sure to grab a seat before all the policy wonks do! Finally, the very first episode of CFHA Shark Tank will take place Saturday morning. Clinician innovators will enter the tank to pitch ideas for integrated care in a variety of areas.

 

Beyond plenary talks, there are pre-conference sessions, numerous concurrent sessions, a job fair, poster sessions, task force groups, and speed mentoring. Perhaps best of all is the CFHA Debate which is back this year and promises to address some major questions in the field like “Is the Primary Care Behavioral Health model evidence-based?” Come see the light-hearted action that will certainly entertain and inform you at the same time.

 

To make the most of the conference, visit the CFHA conference webpage to begin selecting the sessions that most interest you. There are several tracks for sessions related to a particular topic like pediatrics, medically unexplained symptoms, ethics, research and evaluation, and Texas. Also, you can download the smartphone application sent to you via email following your registration. You can use the app to create your own conference schedule and receive real-time updates.

 

It’s a good time to meet in Houston. See you there! 

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