Fall 2013

Primary Care Integration

Puzzle graphic showing primary care, dental health and behavioral healthHealth Care Integration Offers Multiple Benefits
Holistic Approach Integrates Primary, Behavioral and Oral Care
by Candi Helseth
As healthcare reform encourages integration of healthcare to treat the patient as a whole, behavioral health and oral care are being integrated into primary care practices around the country.

Models of Care Integration Continue to Evolve
by Candi Helseth and Beth Blevins
There is not one nationally recommended model for care integration, but local and federal efforts support more widespread use.

Challenges for Human Services

by Kathleen Belanger
Finding Homes for Rural Foster Children
Rural America needs foster and adoptive homes in each community,  with families trained, licensed and ready to care for the town’s own children if the need ever arises.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
The Limits of Medical Care
We need new approaches to keeping people healthy, instead of trying to heal them after they get sick.

Around the Country

Dispensary of Hope prescription drugs binby Candi Helseth

Network Dispenses Hope, Prescription Drugs to Low-Income Patients
The Dispensary of Hope distributes donated surplus medications to its national network of licensed nonprofit clinics and charitable outpatient pharmacies.

 

Springfield HospitalRestructuring of Vermont CAH and FQHCs Puts Emphasis on Preventative Care, Collaboration
A Critical Access Hospital has engineered a restructuring that puts it and seven rural clinics under one corporate umbrella.

Rural Spotlight

Lander Cooneyby Beth Blevins
An Interview with Lander Cooney
The CEO of Community Health Partners in Montana discusses how witnessing poverty as a classroom teacher and as a traveler led her to health care.