The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) is a multi-guild member association whose goal is to make integrated care the standard of care across the United States and beyond. For us, collaboration is not just a word in our name; it defines who we are, how we interact with each other and other organizations. We believe deeply that collaboration across professions is an essential element necessary for revisioning healthcare.
Our members include:
- Behavioral health professionals (MFT/LMFTs, Psychologists, Social workers)
- Medical providers (MDs, DOs, Nurses, Medical Assistants, PAs, Psychiatrists)
- Allied health professionals (Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Dietitians, Nutritionists, Health administration, Pharmacists)
- Workforce development (Academic training programs)
- Organizational members (FQHC’s, Training programs, etc.)
- Public and population health
- And more!
What we are about…
CFHA supports healthcare professionals in integrating physical and behavioral health.
All healthcare teams provide patients and families an optimal and fully integrated experience in the pursuit of health and healing.
CFHA envisions seamless collaboration between psychosocial, biomedical, and all other healthcare providers and views patients and families as equal partners in the healthcare process.
- all stakeholders
- supporting the development of Early Career Professionals
- a culture of shared learning
- diversity and equity
- systems thinking
- social justice
- the scientific process to acquire and disseminate evidence
- the Quadruple Aim
- high-quality products to the field
CFHA provides a network for all healthcare guilds and stakeholders, who share best practices and innovations throughout the year, highlighted by our annual conference.
CFHA provides technical assistance to clinics and health systems to implement best practices related to integrated care.
As the 1992 presidential campaign moved into high gear, it became evident that major changes in healthcare delivery were imminent. The compartmentalized, fee-for-service system in place was cumbersome, inefficiently protective of privileged sectors of the healthcare profession, unable to respond to the complex needs of disadvantaged populations, and plagued with intolerable costs. Most new designs focused on cost control by limiting access and redesigning benefit packages. In March of 1993, 15 colleagues from the fields of family medicine and family therapy met to develop a better healthcare paradigm. This model aimed to address pressing clinical and economic problems. The group considered this urgent question:
“No matter how financed, what should a thoroughly modern healthcare delivery system look like at the clinical level?”
It was agreed that a truly contemporary system would thoroughly integrate the expertise of biomedical and psychosocial providers and include family and community as key elements in the practice model. This became their design goal.
Naming their vision the “collaborative family healthcare model,” they formed an organization to bring together those interested in this innovative approach. Using an organization originally incorporated in 1975 by one of the founding members, Dr. Don Bloch, the association was born under the name, Collaborative Family Healthcare Coalition, Inc. In July 1995, CFHA held its first national conference in Washington, D.C., and has grown steadily as the field of integrated care morphed from a side-interest in the healthcare landscape to a broadly recognized cornerstone of high-quality care. Today CFHA stands as the only not-for-profit member association in the world dedicated solely to supporting healthcare professionals in integrating physical and behavioral healthcare.