142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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MOST: A partnership approach for expanding mental health care

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Angela Alaniz, BA , Center for Community Health Development, School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX
Whitney Garney, MPH , Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Audrey Young , Center for Community Health Development, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, College Station, TX
Billie Castle , Center for Community Health Development, Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX
Monica Wendel, Dr.P.H., M.A. , School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX
Timothy Elliott, PhD , Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Carly McCord, PhD , Telehealth Counseling Clinic, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, Bryan, TX
Mental health counseling has been successfully delivered through telehealth in Leon County, Texas for the past six years. The telehealth model was developed using a partnership approach, which is a four-stage model that 1) establishes partnership goals, 2) organizes partners, 3) develops intervention strategies, and 4) evaluates outcomes. The Leon County telehealth model was originally managed by a community-academic partnership who received seed funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) in 2004 to implement the model; however, after grant funding ended in 2007, services have been sustained and managed locally. Mental health providers at the Texas A&M Telehealth Counseling Clinic have provided services successful in alleviating client distress, decreasing depressive symptoms, and increasing Mental Health Composite Scores among rural patients. Due to the successes achieved in Leon County, four additional rural counties within the Brazos Valley region of east-central Texas expressed interest in replicating the framework to expand mental health counseling services into their communities. Using a partnership approach, local counties organized regional stakeholders, including formal community leaders, academic researchers, and health and social service providers. In 2012, Madison County, Texas replicated the telehealth model through seed funding from ORHP.  In addition, Washington, Burleson, and Grimes Counties are in the process of replicating the model to expand telehealth services into their respective communities. The partnership approach has been successfully applied to expanding mental health counseling through telehealth in rural communities in Texas and can be applicable to rural areas.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the partnership approach; Detail methods for replicating and expanding telehealth mental health counselling in rural communities; Identify essential mental health telehealth counseling partners; and Define methods for disseminating information to rural-based populations.

Keyword(s): Mental Health, Partner Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am on the project research team and helped develop this poster.
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.