was early in my graduate training that I began to understand how my own
discipline (medical family therapy) really
fit within a larger mosaic of care providers. I began to find the collaborative
processes of interdisciplinary work to be simultaneously engaging and
energizing, often messy and humbling, and almost always more effective than
anything that I or my colleagues could have offered by ourselves.
As this collaborative evolution in my
thinking and practice continued to grow, I (along with colleagues) came to
recognize that the greatest untapped resource for improving
health care is the knowledge, wisdom, and energy of individuals, families, and
communities who face challenging health issues in their everyday lives. "Collaboration,” then, must engage
providers with the communities in which they are positioned – with everyone
working together toward a common goal.
CFHA believes in this. As an organization, it values everyone’s
voice – whether it’s a physician, mental health provider, or a patient or
family who maintains wisdom not accessible through textbooks. It is my professional home, and I am honored
to be a part of it.