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Plenary Sessions 2014

Plenary Sessions

There are four plenary sessions during the 2014 CFHA Conference. These sessions represent a broad scope of subjects related to the big picture of integrated care.


Thursday, October 16 2014 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Plenary Session 1

"Economics, Delivery System Reform, and Behavioral Health Integration: Don’t Be Left Behind"

Richard G. Frank, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services

Richard G. Frank, PhD, is assistant secretary for planning and evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He directs the Office on Disability Aging and Long-Term Care Policy. Dr. Frank is a health economist whose research has focused on economic issues related to mental health and substance abuse policy. Prior to joining ASPE, he was the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics at Harvard Medical School. He also served as editor of the Journal of Health Economics. Dr. Frank was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1997. He recently co-authored the book "Better but Not Well" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), which examines the history of mental health policy in the United States since 1950.

Content Level: All audiences  Session Length: 75 minutes


Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Plenary Session 2

“Mental Health Promotion and Prevention in Primary Care: An Idea Whose Time Has Come”

William R. Beardslee, MD, Preventive Intervention Project at Judge Baker Children's Center, Prevention of Depression Study; Academic Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic findings from the Institute of Medicine report on the prevention of mental illness.
  • Identify the opportunities in the prevention of depression in both adolescents and parents based on recent research. Opportunities to link this to primary care practice will be highlighted.
  • Explain about the opportunities and challenges in terms of broad scale implementation of mental health promotion and prevention practices under the ACA and implementation of mental health parity regulations.

Content Level: All audiences Session Length: 90 minutes


Dr. William Beardslee was appointed to the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1988. His long-standing research interest has centered on the development of children who are at risk due to severe parental mental illness and focuses on the ways in which self-understanding helps individuals cope with adversity. His early work describes civil rights workers and how they were able to endure and indeed significantly change the South. He studied resilience in survivors of cancer and in children of depressed parents that led to the development of effective public health interventions for families facing depression, and a ten year randomized trial examination of the two strategies which showed that they were safe and led to lasting gains. This approach has since received high ratings in the National Registry of Effective Programs and is being disseminated widely in Finland, Norway, Costa Rica, and in programs in this country.

Dr. Beardslee is currently directing a long-range study at Judge Baker funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) that explores the effects of clinician-facilitated, family-based preventive intervention. This research is designed to gauge the impact of direct intervention and measure its ability to enhance resilience and family understanding for children of parents with affective disorder.

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:00 to 1:15 PM Lunch Program

Plenary Session 3

“Transforming Primary Care Practices in Pursuit of the Triple Aim: How Great Leadership Can Make or Break the Deal”

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three characteristics of great leadership which can assist in facilitating practice transformation.
  • Describe two ways in which behavioral health integration is instrumental to a successful patient-center medical home.
  • Describe how various elements required in the PCMH model impact the three goals of the triple aim. 

Content Level: All audiences Session Length: 55 minutes

Marci NielsenPhD, MPH, joined the PCPCC as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Prior to the PCPCC, Dr. Nielsen served as Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Nielsen was appointed by then-Gov
ernor Kathleen Sebelius as first Executive Director and Board Chair of the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA). She worked as a legislative assistant to U.S Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska), and later served as the health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation for the AFL-CIO. She is a board member of the American Board of Family Medicine, and former member of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, TransforMED LLC and the Mid-America Coalition 
on Health Care. She was also a committee member for the Institute of Medicine’s Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 and Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action.

Early in her career she served as a Peace Corps volunteer working for Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and served for six years in the US Army Reserves. Dr. Nielsen holds an MPH from the George Washington University and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Saturday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Plenary Session 4

"Implementation, Evaluation, and Getting to the Triple Aim"

Russell E. Glasgow, PhD, MS, Visiting Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Associate Director of the Colorado Health Outcomes Program; and Deborah Cohen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the need for practical approaches to implementation and evaluation of integrated care models.
  • Discuss how the RE-AIM approach helps to focus on integrated care as population health, and can be used to monitor quality improvement.
  • Provide examples of how practical evaluation has informed practice improvement efforts, and Triple Aim goals.
Content Level: All audiences Session Length: 90 minutes

Russell Glasgow, MS, PhD, is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and Associate Director of the Colorado Health Outcomes Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He most recently was deputy director of implementation science at the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. 

Dr. Glasgow is a behavioral scientist who has worked on many transdisciplinary research questions including worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers and Native American tribes. He has researched issues ranging from smoking prevention and cessation to chronic illness management, patient-provider communication, use of interactive technologies in health care, quality improvement and guidelines adherence. He has published over 400 scientific articles and received the Society of Behavioral Medicine Award as Outstanding Scientist. 

Dr. Glasgow is particularly interested in patient-centered and team based intervention approaches for complex, sticky problems. For example, developing feasible and efficient ways to assist primary care in dealing with the wide range of health beha​vior, mental health and other risks faced by their patients or in helping patients with multiple chronic conditions manage their conditions and navigate the complex systems of illness care silos with which they have to contend. His more recent work has focused on public health issues of enhancing the reach and adoption of evidence-based programs, using the RE-AIM planning and evaluation model.

Deborah Cohen, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She has been developing her skills in qualitative methods for more than 20 years, and has spent more than a decade studying primary care practices, with a focus on clinician-patient communication, practice change and improvement and health information technology use.

Dr. Cohen has expertise in a range of qualitative methods and approaches, including interviewing, observation, and conversation analysis. Dr. Cohen is a highly skilled analyst, and she has experience supervising qualitative teams in data collection, management and analysis of qualitative and mixed methods data.

Dr. Cohen uses her qualitative expertise on mixed methods teams to look at how improvements are implemented in primary care practices, to identify what changes are made, and to compare the effectiveness of observed practice change on process and outcomes measures. She has been a Principal Investigator on several federal and foundation funded grants, leading mixed methods teams to understand and tackle the complicated problems related to implementing and disseminating new innovations and important quality improvements in primary care practice. Her work has focused on comparing the effectiveness of approaches for improving preventive services, health behavior and behavioral and mental health care in the primary care setting.

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