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Finding Family at the 2014 CFHA Conference

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Families and Health Special Interest Group welcomes you to the 2014 annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association! We have prepared this document of suggested concurrent education sessions for conference attendees who are interested in a special focus on families and health.


Period 1: Friday, October 17, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm


A1a: The Case for Utilizing Psycho-educational Multiple Family Groups (MFGs) in Medical Settings: Our 25-Year Experience with the Ackerman Institute MFT Model (Peter Steinglass, MD & Talia Zaider, PhD)

Although MFGs have been enjoying increasing popularity in medical settings, they still remain very much underutilized. To take up this challenge, for the past 25 years we have been implementing a manualized version of an MFG in a wide variety of clinical settings, including community hospitals, a tertiary care cancer center, and out-patient settings. Join us for a whirlwind review of our MFG experiences, and a discussion of why this model can be so effective and has been so positively endorsed by participating families.”   Based on innovative models, this presentation will describe ways that providers can work with families living with diabetes across both community and tertiary care environments. Participants in this interactive session will be able to: 1) describe multiple ways that providers partner with families to better manage health, 2) identify how these collaborative efforts can lower diabetes-related health care costs, and 3) apply these skills in their own professional and community networks to target a broad range of chronic health conditions.” 


Period 2: Friday, October 17, 2014  1:30pm – 3:00pm


D2a: Integrated Treatment of Child Obesity and Overweight in the Primary Care Pediatric Setting (Timothy Marean, MD, & Jennifer Fontaine, PsyD)


“The Healthy Kids Program at Evans Army Community Hospital is a fully integrated, evidence-based, collaborative approach to treating childhood obesity and overweight that includes a pediatrician, a psychologist, the patient, family members, and a dietician. The team works together to identify, assess, educate, and motivate children and families to develop healthy lifestyle behaviors that lead to improved health outcomes, currently tracked and measured in our clinic through an ongoing performance improvement research project. The program combines current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for medical treatment of obesity, as well as several evidence based behavioral interventions (including motivational interviewing), eventually leading to improved patient outcomes.”  


Period 3: Friday, October 17, 2014  3:30pm – 5:00pm


D3a: What Do I Do with this Family? Healthcare Innovations Using a Relational Lens (Tai Mendenhall, PhD & Jennifer Hodgson, PhD)


  This interactive workshop will offer a synthesis of contemporary advancements in healthcare using a relational lens through medical family therapy (MedFT) training, research, policy, and financial models. Presenters will highlight and draw from their recentlypublished text, Medical Family Therapy: Advanced Applications, wherein established and rising leaders across multiple disciplines have contributed cutting-edge knowledge about how to make the Triple Aim a reality in the ways that we prepare for, organize, practice, fund, and sustain care. From new trainees to seasoned practitioners, educators, administrators, and policy makers, participants will walk away with newfound energy and resources to take part in this exciting evolution. 


G3a: Beyond the Exam Room: Leveraging Perinatal Data to Increase Father Involvement and Improve Maternal-Child Health Outcomes (Mark Thomas, PhD)


With the proliferation of electronic medical records (EMRs), providers have increased opportunities to leverage EMR data to improve health outcomes among the populations for whom they care. This presentation will describe the results of research that examined perinatal health data to identify predictors of low father involvement, which is often associated with poor maternal-child health outcomes. Participants will learn how the perinatal data contained in an EMR can be leveraged to proactively identify and intervene with at-risk populations.   


Period 4: Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm


A4a: What’s Next? Advancing Healthcare from Provider-centered to Patient-centered to Family-centered. (Kaitlin Leckie, MS, Randall Reitz, PhD, Peter Fifield, MA, & Keith Dickerson, MD)


  With equal parts real-life application and hopeful idealism, this session presents the recent history and near future of healthcare's evolution. We outline the strengths and limitations of the paradigm shift toward patient-centeredness, and make the case that the full vision of "moving from fragmentation to integration" will only be achieved in a model that places family at its core. Direct application to care planning, care coordination, and health information technology provide take-home value. 


A4b: Putting Family at the Heart of the Collaborative Healthcare Team (Barry Jacobs, PsyD)


Family caregivers play essential roles as hands-on care providers, care coordinators and treatment effect observers for America's burgeoning numbers of chronically ill patients. Yet few collaborative care models embrace patients' family members as full-fledged team members. In this workshop, we will outline five ways for family members to be effectively integrated into healthcare and social service interventions from gaining recognition in the patient chart to granting access to professionals' treatment notes to practicing shared decision-making.   


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