OKEMOS, Mich. — The Capital Area Health Alliance (CAHA) launched a series of education and networking events on Wednesday to promote “Whole Person Care” in the Greater Lansing Area. Whole person care recognizes that the best way to provide care for people is to address their medical, behavioral, and socioeconomic needs. The series is intended to increase awareness and understanding of concepts and strategies that support whole person care.
The topic of the April 24 session was The Whole Person Care Team, with presenter Christopher G. Wise, MHSA, PhD, President of Wise Healthcare. Dr. Wise has worked with over 200 medical practices to help them redesign their work processes to provide care that is centered on the needs of patients and their families, with the goals of improving health outcomes and costs. Representatives of area hospitals, physician organizations, mental health and public health agencies and community organizations attended the two-hour session at the Leona Training Center in Okemos. Two additional education and networking events are planned in 2019, with dates and topics to be announced.
CAHA Executive Director Kathy Hollister said that the education series builds on the outcomes of CAHA’s 2018 Forum, Integrating Physical Health and Behavioral Health Services, which highlighted collaboration among Greater Lansing health systems, primary care practices and the Community Mental Health Authority to co-locate medical and behavioral services. “People’s health needs have become increasingly complex; medical, behavioral, social and economic concerns all weave together to influence health.” said Hollister. “CAHA hopes that these learning opportunities can inspire additional collaboration to address the full spectrum of needs affecting the health of our community.”
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