209115 Reaching across the chasm: Mental Health Care, Primary Care and Cultural Awareness Initiatives in one Community Health Care Center

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Penny Killian, RN, MSN, PMHNP , College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Within the health care delivery system, there has been an artificial divide between primary care, mental health care and increased provider cultural awareness, competency and practice. This divide makes it difficult to meet the challenge of decreasing the numbers of individuals in this country who experience health disparities.

It is possible that health care providers who ‘bundle' services and incorporate a culture of increased cultural awareness and sensitivity can help to mitigate some negative health outcomes with at risk populations. Efforts to support improved integration of these services are increasing through the efforts of federal, state and local government offices as well as within health care systems and organizations providing health care.

This presentation will describe the actions of the mental health task force of the National Nursing Center Consortium to better understand current practice and support increased cultural awareness within the centers Information will be presented on the process involved in the development of the mental health and primary care collaboration and the ongoing efforts to support increased primary and mental health care integration and cultural awareness, sensitivity and practice within this center and within the consortium. . The efforts of one federally qualified nursing health care center will be presented as one example of this initiative.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will: 1. Explain value of integrating cultural knowledge and sensitivity within health care centers. 2. Describe 2 strategies for improving cultural sensitivity/practice within a health care center. 3. Describe 2 strategies to support inclusion of client mental health assessment within a primary care health center.

Keywords: Primary Care, Health Care Delivery

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the co chairman of the Mental Health Task Force in the National Nursing Center Consortium. I have worked to identify and improve the delivery of health care to vulnerable populations within an urban environment for more than a decade.
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.