198629 Mente y Cuerpo: Integrating Mental Health Screening and complementary health practices into primary care

Monday, November 9, 2009

Barbara R. Gottlieb, MD, MPH , Brookside Community Health Center, Jamaica Plain, MA
Janine Anzalota, MSW, LICSW, MPH , Coordinated Social Support and Training, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Elizabeth Sommers, MPH, LicAc, DSc , Research Dept., Pathways to Wellness/ AIDS Care Project, Boston, MA
Mente y Cuerpo (Mind and Body) is a bilingual/bicultural program that seeks to integrate mental health screening, referrals and education into primary care. The program provides case management services to Latina women 18 and older.

The project has the goal of using evaluation research to change provider behavior and institutional systems so as to incorporate routine mental health screening into primary care, connect patients more effectively to needed mental health and related services and better integrate mental health concerns into the management of chronic diseases.

The project partnership consists of: Lead agency: The Boston Public Health Commission, which is the city's health department. Health Care Facilities: South End Community Health Center and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center.

Pathways to Wellness Inc., is a local non profit providing acupuncture services to clients at both partnering health centers. Since July 2008, the project has provided 203 women with yoga and acupuncture services. All of the clients served were Latina women of varying ethnicities.

Funding for this project was received from the Office of Minority Health in September 2007. Funding has been pivotal in the provision of bilingual bicultural staff to partnering project health centers. Mental health screening, case management and referrals to acupuncture and yoga are being tracked over three years.

Learning Objectives:
1.Articulate the benefit of local collaboration in building capacity for comprehensive mental health screening, case management, and referrals to complementary therapies in Boston health centers. 2.Recognize the benefits of complementary medicine in the treatment of chronic physical/mental health conditions and stress reduction.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Hispanic

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project evaluator
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.