AIMS Center Newsletter: Collaborations, May 2015
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AIMS Center
May 2015

 Highlighted Resource

The idea of treating mental health conditions in primary care can be daunting to some primary care providers. Our Reasons PCPs Love Collaborative Care handout addresses some common concerns.

 Tip of the Month

One of the central roles for the primary care provider is patient engagement. Watch our PCP Role Training Module to learn more about how PCPs introduce the concept of Collaborative Care to patients.

  In the News

AJMC: Managed Markets Network
A panel of experts, including the late Wayne Katon, convened to discuss the ACA's effect on mental health care delivery.

UW Health Sciences Newsbeat
This article explains how Collaborative Care has helped adults living in the rural west.

US Medicine: The Voice of Federal Medicine
An article that examines telemedicine-based Collaborative Care versus usual care in US Veterans. 

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
This study discusses the integration and adaptation of evidence-based psychotherapy in primary care settings. 


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A PCP's Perspective on Collaborative Care

Angel Mathis working with Daniel at the Country Doctor clinic. 
Angel Mathis was the primary care provider (PCP) featured in Daniel's Story, a video chronicling how Collaborative Care helped a young patient named Daniel find help for his depression. In the video, Angel describes her experience as Daniel's PCP working on a Collaborative Care team to improve his quality of life and treat his depression. This Q&A article further describes what it is like treating depression in a primary care setting from the perspective of a PCP.   >>> Read More

Featured Partnership

The John A. Hartford Foundation

For nearly twenty years, the AIMS Center and the John A. Hartford Foundation have enjoyed a strong partnership while collaborating on many research and implementation projects. The partnership began in 1998 when Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA and the late Wayne Katon, MD were searching for funding to test the Collaborative Care model, a novel way of treating common mental health conditions in primary care. Hartford agreed to fund the Improving Mood – Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) Trial, which ultimately found that Collaborative Care doubled the effectiveness of depression care. To disseminate Collaborative Care in real world settings, Hartford funded the creation of the UW AIMS Center – formerly called the IMPACT Implementation Center – with a $2 million grant over five years to aid clinics and organizations in implementing Collaborative Care programs. Since its inception in 2004, the AIMS Center has helped train over 6,000 clinicians in Collaborative Care and provided resources, training, and implementation support to more than 1,000 clinics globally. A few years later, Hartford approached Dr. Unützer about collaborating on another project – The Social Innovation Fund (SIF). Dr. Unützer jumped at the chance and SIF is currently helping eight clinics provide improved mental health care to over 8,000 adults living in rural areas across the WWAMI region. Without the support of Hartford, the Collaborative Care model would not be the proven, evidence-based model of care it is today. 

To learn more about the history of our partnership with SIF, please read Hartford's recent blog post. 
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