Disruptors at Work: An Integrated Care Podcast
By Cummings Graduate Institute
Disruptors at Work: An Integrated Care Podcast features discussions among healthcare subject matter experts, integrated care providers, and patients brought to you by Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI). CGI is focused on moving the needle of healthcare integration forward through advanced research, education, and training. Our vision is to improve the way the world experiences healthcare by raising awareness of what integration is, and best practices for disrupting antiquated models of care delivery.
Ask a DBH Episode 6 with Dr. Baldwin: Roe Vs. Wade Decision - Where do we go from here?
Dr. U. Grant Baldwin talks with a panel of CGI DBH students about the fallout from the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, and what DBHs must do to support persons making healthcare decisions. Panelists include: Jeny Rodrigue, LAC, DBH-c, SAP, SAE, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, Doctor of Behavioral Health Candidate, Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional, and Certified Substance Abuse Expert practicing in Louisiana. Shadiase Jack LCSW-C, DBH-c a staff therapist at an outpatient mental health agency in Maryland where she provides mental health therapy to children and adults. Jerrika Henderson, MA, DBH-c a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling who currently works on a specialized team as a community therapist catering to underserved youth and their families where she provides in-home intensive intervention treatment as a way to decrease inpatient and residential admissions. Rhea Hill, LPC, DBH-c, who provides counseling for adult individuals with depression and anxiety in the State of Texas. Her areas of concentration include women's issues, codependency, self-esteem, domestic violence, stress- management, and relationship issues. She is licensed in Texas and has practiced counseling for eight years. CDR Sean Bennett, LCSW, DBH-c a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Diplomate. He has worked extensively in the areas of Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Suicide Prevention, and the treatment of trauma. Pauline Pablo, BCBA, DBH-c a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and International Behavior Analyst who specializes in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and/or developmental delays. Links and Resources Recommended by our Panelists: Planned Parenthood Action Steps https://www.plannedparenthood.org/blog/roe-v-wade-is-overturned-heres-how-you-can-take-action National Women's Law Center- www.nwlc.org Grossman D, Perritt J, Grady D. The impending crisis of access to safe abortion care in the US [published online ahead of print, 2022 Jun 23]. JAMA Intern Med. 2022;10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.2893. [This article includes a list of organizations that help patients find abortion care in a wide variety of ways.] For anyone who is interested in learning more about assisting birthing mothers and their families from conception to early parenthood, visit https://thelohm.org/doula-initiative/ or https://commonsensechildbirth.org/ The Guttmacher Institute: provides up-to-date information about abortion laws and statistics in the United States and all over the world. National Advocates for Pregnant Women: provides support and information for the public and pregnant women, whether they intend to abort or not; information about criminal cases against pregnant women; and advocacy. Physicians for Reproductive Health: a group of clinicians who use evidence, training, and organized action to champion health care rights American Civil Liberties Union: provides information about legal challenges to abortion restrictions.
August 08, 2022
Ask a DBH Episode 5: DBH on the Frontline: Serving Communities of Color
This episode series highlights the work of clinicians of color in the field of integrated healthcare and healthcare innovation. Shadiase Jack LCSW-C, is a staff therapist at an outpatient mental health agency where she provides mental health therapy to children and adults. She willingly accepts challenges and pursues everything possible to bring speedy and workable outcomes. She embraces difficulty with the fist of courage, determination and strong will as failure is not an option. Jerrika Henderson joined the DBH program at CGI after obtaining a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis. She currently works on a specialized team as a community therapist catering to underserved youth and their families where she provides in-home intensive intervention treatment as a way to decrease inpatient and residential admissions. Ms. Henderson is devoted to being a change agent, proactively providing support to all through the facilitation and organization of groups, therapy, training, and events all centered around subjects that promote well-rounded health. Ms. Henderson believes that through our commitment to lifelong learning and collaboration with people from all walks of life we are able to share ourselves with the world. She aspires to continue creating and normalizing mental and behavioral health by providing safe spaces for underserved communities. One thing Ms. Henderson wants everyone to always remember is that you may be bruised but you are never broken. Rhea Hill, LPC, DBH-C, provides counseling for adult individuals with depression and anxiety. Her areas of concentration include women's issues, codependency, self-esteem, domestic violence, stress- management, and relationship issues. She is licensed in Texas and has practiced counseling for eight years. CDR Sean Bennett is a Behavioral Health Clinical Consultant with IHSC BHU and works out of the San Diego Field Office. Prior to joining the team, CDR Bennett served as the Behavioral Health Team Lead at Otay Mesa Detention Center (San Diego). His previous assignment was with Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters in Rockville, MD where he worked as a Public Health Advisor in the Division of Behavioral Health. At IHS, Sean served as the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Program Official; Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Nashville Area Project Officer; and IHS National Lead for Zero Suicide. Jennifer Wims-Madden, MSN, PMHNP-BC is an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has served in the mental health field since 2007. She has experience treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings and also enjoys her teaching roles. She currently works full time at a Community Mental Health facility as a medical director and provides direct patient care and also provides outpatient services at her own private practice. Jennifer strives to provide a holistic, individualized, personalized, and comprehensive experience for every patient she cares for. Napoleon Harrington MA, LPC, DBH(c) is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing clinical mental health at Ambassador Counseling & Resource Group in the Metropolitan Detroit area. He also serves as the vice-chair of the State of Michigan Board of Counseling, appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Napoleon is currently completing his doctoral work at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. He is the husband to Faith Harrington and father to twin 2 year olds - Isabella and Imani.
July 05, 2022
Integrating Women's Health Settings with Dr. Belinda Hodder, CNM, DNP
In this episode, host Dr. Cara English talks with Certified Nurse Midwife and Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Belinda Hodder, co-owner of Willow Birth Center in Arizona. Listeners will learn about the evidence for improved maternal health and birth outcomes in free-standing birth centers, opportunities and challenges for integrating behavioral health in women’s health settings, and how to address the rising maternal mortality rate in the US through well-integrated maternal and child care teams. Belinda Hodder Belinda Hodder DNP, CNM is the clinical director and co-founder of Willow Midwife Centers for Birth and Wellness AZ. Belinda has practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in the East Valley since 2010; she is well known for her passion for evidence-based women-centered care. Belinda is also a powerful advocate for a woman’s right to personalized ethical, consensual care. Belinda has been a registered nurse for 34 years, of which she has been a CNM for 23 years. Belinda has attended in excess of 3,000 births both in and out-of-hospital. She is certified in both the UK and USA. Belinda served for 10 years in the British Army’s Nursing Corps where she was decorated with the Gulf Medal for active service in Desert Storm. The birth of her first son brought her military career to an end and saw the start of her career in midwifery. Belinda has assisted thousands of women and their families in making health care decisions. She believes that through encouragement and empowerment, women can make the best possible choices for their personal journeys. Links and resources: Willow Birth Center: https://willowbirthcenteraz.com/ Apter, G., Kulkarni, J., & Osborne, L. M. (n.d.). Editorial: Neurobiology of Peripartum Mental Illness . (J. L. Pawluski, Ed.). Frontiers in Global Women's Health. Retrieved June 3, 2022, from https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgwh.2022.888088 Health and Health Care for Women of Reproductive Age | Commonwealth Fund Integrating mental health care into the OB practice | American Medical Association “At Least Your Baby Is Healthy” Obstetric Violence or Disrespect and Abuse in Childbirth Occurrence Worldwide: A Literature Review MMHA Suicide remains leading cause of direct maternal death in first postnatal year A Humane Approach to Caring for New Mothers in Psychiatric Crisis The Maternal Mental Health Crisis Undermines Moms’ and Babies’ Health
June 27, 2022
Ask a DBH Special Episode: Suicide Prevention and State Policy
On June 13th, 2022, Oklahoma City police have a large presence at Integris Southwest Medical Center after a suicide at the hospital's campus Monday. “Integris officials said they cannot disclose any details because of privacy laws other than there was a death at the campus. Hospital officials are cooperating with the Oklahoma City Police Department.” This was news from KOCO 5, a local TV station in Oklahoma City which was published on their website Monday, June 13. Just 3 sentences, 51 words. Today is Thursday, June 16 and not another word about it. In today’s episode, three Doctors of Behavioral Health will discuss suicidality in the US and what states and healthcare systems can and should be doing to address this crisis proactively. Guest Bios: Jackie Carro, Owner, Marketing Ideals Company, a boutique agency specializing in strategic marketing, public relations, event, video & web production. We opened our doors in 1994. We enjoy working with small to medium size companies, non-profit organizations and municipalities. We’re based in the heart of Tempe, Arizona and serve a variety of clients representing diverse industries nationwide. Dr. Larry Ford, Founder & CEO at Hands to Guide You, a behavioral and mental healthcare practice located in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Ford is a DBH (Doctor of Behavioral Health) and with a staff of a dozen, has been practicing for well over a decade. He serves as a vital member of his community, also teaching at MidAmerica Christian University and is founder of Let’s Play Sports, a program dedicated to providing school tuition and scholarships for young athletes living in under-served communities. Dr. Ford also serves on the Board of Directors for Cummings Graduate Institute. Dr. Cara English, CEO of Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Dr. English has been a counselor for over 16 years, with specialties in women’s health, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infant and child development, and family wellness. She earned a master’s degree in counseling in 2002 from Northern Arizona University and worked as a community and school counselor and behavioral health consultant in a wide variety of settings during her graduate work at NAU and following graduation. She earned a DBH degree from Arizona State University in 2013. Dr. Janet Cummings, Chair for Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies and daughter of the institute’s founders Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings. Dr. Cummings serves as Chair for Cummings Graduate Institute and is an internationally recognized psychologist and author whose specialties include Pathophysiology, Psychopharmacology, Neuropathophysiology, Biodyne Model and Suicidal Ideation. Founded in 2015, the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is one of a handful of universities worldwide that grant the distinguished Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree and is the only university that exclusively focuses on the growing field of integrated healthcare. CGI credits its origins to the work of Dr. Nicholas Cummings, an American psychologist, author, and former president of the American Psychology Association (1979). Learn more about degree programs and continuing education at cgi.edu National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Learn more 800-273-8255
June 17, 2022
Healthcare Leadership Series Episode 3: HIT like a Woman! with Julie Mann
Leadership diversity starts with inclusion and enablement of powerful women in healthcare. Julie Mann has dedicated her entire career to elevating women in Healthcare Information Technology. In this episode, she joins the Disruptors at Work podcast to share her journey in healthcare leadership and, more importantly, her passion for inclusion and health equity using Health IT as an enabler for improved outcomes. In this podcast, Gabe Orthous (Director of MHL) has an intimate conversation with Julie, who is a veteran health IT enabler with a passion for bringing innovating solutions to the healthcare marketplace with a focus on collaboration and partnership. Guest Bio: Julie Mann is passionate about solving the challenges in healthcare through technology, innovation, and collaboration. Julie has spent 20 years focused on healthcare information technology, working to deliver innovative solutions that help make the health system work better for all. She has held services and sales roles at organizations from startups to Fortune 500 firms, and from providers to technology companies, equipping her with a unique perspective into clients’ challenges, and enabling her to formulate solutions to meet their needs. Julie leads commercial operations for Carium, a leader in virtual care technology. Carium’s mission is to lead the digital transformation of healthcare towards a model that revolves around patients and their lives. The cloud-based, multi-tenant platform, combined with modern web and mobile applications are purpose-built for providers and patients, enabling the delivery of virtual care across a wide spectrum of use cases. Julie resides in New York with her family where she enjoys coaching two competitive soccer teams, serving on her local YMCA’s board, paddle boarding, and occasionally making martinis. Ways to connect with Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliemannphm/ https://www.nuance.com/index.html ttps://twitter.com/Julie__PHM
June 15, 2022
Ask a DBH Ep 3: Impact of Mass Shootings on Mental Health Community
Trigger warning: In this episode, three Doctor of Behavioral Health educators and leaders come together to discuss recent literature and events related to mass shootings in the US. Drs. Cara English, U. Grant Baldwin, and Fanike Kiara Olugbala Young discuss recent mass shootings, the toll the recent shootings have taken on DBHs and their healthcare colleagues, and share strategies for what the public and mental health providers can do when faced with yet another shooting in the news headlines. Links and resources: Social determinants of health in relation to firearm-related homicides in the United States: A nationwide multilevel cross-sectional study Online posts reveal suspected gunman spent months planning racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket The Mental Health Consequences of Mass Shootings Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting
June 07, 2022
Health Impacts of Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation
In this episode, our host, Dr. English, talks with CGI co-founder, Dr. Janet Cummings, about the health impacts, including mental and behavioral health impacts, of recent legislation such as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2021 was the worst year in recent history for state legislation attacking LGBTQ equality. A total of 268 anti-equality bills were filed, 27 of which were signed into law, including 13 that specifically targeted the rights of transgender youth. Even though 2022 is still relatively young, it’s already shaping up to be similar to 2021 in terms of discriminatory state legislation. Merely introducing anti-transgender bills and peddling anti-transgender rhetoric has already had a damaging impact. A new Trevor Project survey shows that a startling 85% of transgender or gender non-binary youth say their mental health has been negatively affected by these legislative attacks. In today’s episode, Dr. Cummings and I will address what we know about the health impacts of anti-LGBTQ legislation, and CGI’s education and training focused on advocacy for the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ community. Guest Bio: Dr. Janet Cummings, Psy. D., is the daughter of Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings, an internationally-recognized psychologist and a clinical social worker. Dr. Cummings’ educational training includes a bachelor’s degree focus in Pre-med, minoring in Genetics/Molecular Biology and Linguistics, a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. Janet is the author of over two dozen journal articles and book chapters, and she has co-authored or co-edited ten books with her father. She served as adjunct professor at both the University of Nevada, Reno and The Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO. She was Co-founding Associate Director of the Doctor of Behavioral Health Program at Arizona State University, and served as a Professor and Co-founding Sponsor until 2014 when she co-founded Cummings Graduate Institute. She leads the medical literacy pillar for the program, and teaches Pathophysiology, Neuropathophysiology, and Psychopharmacology for CGI’s DBH Program, where she receives outstanding student ratings and is considered a favorite Professor. Links and Resources: Legislation tracker by state: https://freedomforallamericans.org/legislative-tracker/anti-lgbtq-bills/ Proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation is associated with a small but statistically significant increase in texts to Crisis Text Line from LGBTQ youth. https://www.childtrends.org/publications/anti-lgbtq-policy-proposals-can-harm-youth-mental-health American Medical Association. (2022). Advocating for the LGBTQ Community Issue Brief https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2019-12/conversion-therapy-issue-brief.pdf AMA Talking Points: https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2019-12/conversion-therapy-talking-points.pdf
May 16, 2022
Ask a DBH with Amanda Harrison
Cummings Graduate Institute’s CEO and Disruptors at Work Podcast Host, Dr. Cara English, talks with CGI’s COO, Amanda Harrison, about some of the frequently asked questions related to integrated care, healthcare delivery challenges in the US, and things folks aren't always comfortable asking their doctor. Ask a DBH will be a recurring series in which Cara and Amanda take questions from the CGI community or our listeners and talk together about the frequently asked questions about being a Doctor of Behavioral Health, the field of integrated care, the intersection of physical and emotional health, and much more. To submit a question for consideration, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Guest bio: Amanda Harrison is the Chief Operating Officer at Cummings Graduate Institute. Amanda has been a key leader in helping CGI gain accreditation, and ensures that we have the talent, technology, and tools each day to be the disrupting force in educating and training healthcare professionals.
May 09, 2022
Healthcare Leadership Series: Episode 2 with Don McDaniels
In this episode, we'll be talking about the Educational Determinants of Healthcare Leadership with Don McDaniels of Canton & Company. Don McDaniel is a proud serial entrepreneur, in healthcare for more than 25 years, experiencing its arrested development from many seats. Because of this deep “pathology” we have this wonderful opportunity to re-imagine it. Don is the CEO of Canton & Company, an integrated growth, innovation, and ventures firm focused solely on whipsawing healthcare. He is on a mission to partner with innovators – incumbents and new entrants – to disrupt the status quo, displacing the “old health economy.” Don is also a speaker and strategic facilitator, endeavoring to educate and learn. He has been teaching health economics, strategy and entrepreneurship for almost 20 years at The Johns Hopkins University. Don’s extensive experience in management consulting and healthcare strategic planning gives us a wealth of insight into what it takes to be a healthcare leader in today’s landscape. Key points in this discussion include: How consumerism is changing how healthcare services are delivered Key skills leadership our current healthcare leaders should have to survive in the future of healthcare New and disruptive models of healthcare leading to different kinds of challenges and solutions Key modalities of care for future healthcare leaders to manage Visit Don on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rdmcdaniel/ Canton & Company: http://www.cantoncompany.com
May 07, 2022
Healthcare Leadership Series: Episode 1 with Sepi Browning
In our first episode of the Healthcare Leadership Series, co-hosts Gabe Orthous and Cara English are joined by Sepi Browning to discuss some of the changes and challenges in healthcare leadership as well, the formula for success in change management, and expectations for the future of healthcare leadership in the US. Sepi Browning, FACHE, FHIMSS, MHA/MPH, PMP a Healthcare Management Professional with 31 years of successful leadership in a variety of roles, with 16 of those years in healthcare information technology. Her in-depth experience offers operational, project and change management leadership within a healthcare environment spanning the entire Revenue Cycle workflow in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Sepi is currently serving at Emory Healthcare as the Site IT Director/Enterprise Technology Advisor, as the Founder, Owner, CEO and CIO at Brighthour Farms. Visit Sepi at LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sepibrowning/ Visit Brighthour at http://brighthour.net/ Visit Emory Healthcare: https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/
May 07, 2022
Maternal Mental Health through a Trauma Informed Lens
The National Partnership for Women and Families recently published a bulletin on the Maternal Mental Health Crisis in the United States which stated, “Our maternity care system often fails to provide equitable, respectful, culturally centered, safe, effective, and affordable care. It spectacularly fails communities struggling with the burden of structural racism and other forms of inequity, including: Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC); rural communities; and people with low incomes. The multiple crises of the COVID pandemic, economic downturn, and national reckoning on racism have underscored the need to address the social influencers of health.” In this podcast, Cummings Graduate Institute Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) student Allison Earl and I will discuss ways to improve maternal and infant health by tackling some of these factors through the lenses of trauma informed care and integrated primary and maternity care. Guest bio: Allison Earl joined the Hands 2 Guide You team in 2018. To learn more about Hands 2 Guide You, visit the site here https://www.h2gy.com/ Ms. Earl is a candidate at Cummings Graduate Institute in the Doctor of Behavioral Health program. She is currently a Behavioral Health Consultant providing patient care across the lifespan. She graduated from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City with her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Ethics. She continued her education and received a Master’s degree with a focus in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Earl believes in helping patients strive to be the best version of themselves by setting and meeting appropriate treatment goals. She is passionate about helping others using evidence-based strategies and patient-centered care. She has experience working with patients with a variety of needs from a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about Allison, visit her bio here: https://www.h2gy.com/about-us/allison-earl/ Links and resources: https://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/health/moms-and-babies/the-maternal-mental-health-crisis-undermines-moms-and-babies-health.html https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-YCyZu4ql796jnQUAyZpDQ/videos - Allison talking about maternal mental health series - bonding and postpartum depression
May 02, 2022
Workplace Toxicity & PTSD
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about toxic healthcare environments, and connecting these to the mass resignation in healthcare today which has brought national attention to the staffing crises our hospitals and community practices are now facing. What often happens in healthcare is that the providers shoulder all of the blame, and the public believes that doctors and nurses should be perfect. The same toxic beliefs underlie the mass resignation in K-12 education today. The sacrificial lambs of our society: healthcare workers, educators, and mothers, have taken note of society’s unwillingness to do what we can to support them so they can keep supporting us. The mass resignation isn’t a surprise to any educator, healthcare worker, or mother I’ve spoken to since 2020. Sadly, though, healthcare executives, leaders, and managers are often poorly trained in identifying toxic workplace behaviors and cultural practices and in adequately holding toxic employees accountable. Today we’ll talk about how toxic behavior at any company yields bad results, but having it on the hospital floor can have serious consequences. Guest bios: Pauline Tolentino Pablo, MA, BCBA, IBA, DBH-C is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and International Behavior Analyst who specializes in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and/or developmental delays. Pauline co-founded Symphony Behavioral Health Inc., a clinician owned ABA practice alongside her husband who is a nurse consultant. You may find them at www.symphonybh.com. Pauline is also the co-founder of Asian & Pacific Islander Association for Behavior Analysis www.apiaba.org. This group aims to disseminate the science of ABA within the Asian and Pacific Islander population, as well as promote diversity within the field to better serve diverse clients. Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CCPT, CRP, DBH-C serves as a national expert on SDoH, currently serve as the chair of the annual RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health. Ellen’s experience with occupational trauma dates to her first job as a social worker in East New York in the mid-1980s at the cusp of AIDS and HIV. Ellen’s company, EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC, offers organizational training, mentoring, and consultation services to empower the interprofessional workforce. Ellen is a prolific writer, a sought-after speaker for national conferences, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Award of Service Excellence (2016) from the Case Management Society of America (CMSA). LinkedIn: Ellen’s Ethical Lens; Twitter:@epflcswccm; Blog: Ellen’s Ethical Lens Links and Resources: Pablo, P. (2021). What my experience taught me about psychological safety. Blog post: https://www.symphonybh.com/post/psychological-safety Fink-Samnick E. (2015). The new age of bullying and violence in health care: the interprofessional impact. Professional case management, 20(4), 165–176. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCM.0000000000000099
April 28, 2022
The Future of Healthcare Leadership
Dr. Cara English, DBH and Gabe Orthous discuss the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) degree program offered at Cummings Graduate Institute. In this episode they explore why the MHL program was created, how the MHL program differs from other Master’s level healthcare degrees, how the COVID-19 pandemic shaped the program's curriculum, and career opportunities for MHL graduates. To learn more about the MHL program, visit: https://cgi.edu/mhl/ Gabe Orthous is a healthcare information technology executive offering 20+ years of progressive experience as a value-based care strategic thinker and executor with a history of scaling and driving return on investment of complex HIT solutions. He is accomplished in helping large healthcare systems and insurer organizations develop analytics strategies that are highly effective in raising quality levels, improving patient outcomes and reducing costs and has co-authored the best-selling book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide currently in its fourth edition.
April 25, 2022
Substance Abuse Treatment Through an Integrated, Trauma-Informed Lens
Recent leaps in trauma research have transformed the fields of addiction treatment and mental health. Awareness of the neurobiological impacts of trauma and violence has shifted our understanding of how to work effectively with individuals in addiction recovery, and innovative trauma-informed practices are now being implemented in communities globally. Unfortunately, these updated, evidence informed models are not making their way into medical settings as quickly, leaving trauma survivors at risk of being retraumatized due to the lack of training in trauma-informed care for most healthcare professionals. Today’s episode focuses on best practices in addiction care from a trauma informed lens. Dr. Valerie Kading is the CEO of Sierra Tucson, where she provides the strategic vision to ensure that the facility’s patients and their families receive the most innovative, compassionate, and leading medical and psychiatric treatment for trauma, addiction, and other mental health conditions from a world-class staff of clinicians and behavioral health professionals. Dr. Kading joined Sierra Tucson in 2015, where she rose to become chief medical operations officer, then interim chief medical officer, chief operations officer, and ultimately Group Chief Executive Officer for the entire 258-bed Sierra Tucson Group – Sierra Tucson in Arizona, along with Sierra Southlake in Southlake, Texas and Sierra Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Kading brings to Sierra Tucson a special interest in women’s mental health including perinatal mood disorders, maternal well-being, and postpartum depression. In addition, she has deep expertise in addressing the trauma of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) that can lead to substance use and other issues in adulthood. Dr. Kading has written articles for multiple professional journals. She has led a variety of webinars and CE events on topics ranging from adverse childhood experiences to compassion fatigue and provider resilience for organizations including: Recovery Plus Conference, London, United Kingdom; Southern Arizona Advanced Practice/Nurse Practitioner’s Primary Care Conferences; Tucson Postpartum Coalition; C4 Conferences; Philippine Nurses Association; and the University of Arizona. Dr. Kading graduated with honors from New Mexico State University at Las Cruces, New Mexico, with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her doctoral studies focused on optimizing health care systems, translational methods, and evidence-based practice, health care organization innovation, epigenetics, utilization of informatics in healthcare, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her dissertation focused on increasing health care provider knowledge on perinatal depression, and she created a web-based educational program for health care providers aimed at facilitating evidence-based treatment to perinatal women. Dr. Kading graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a master’s degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Dr. Kading also received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona. In 2006, she founded and served as president of the Southern Arizona Advanced Practice Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Society. She has received recognition with honors and awards throughout her career, including most recently “Leaders to Watch in 2021” by AZ Business, “The 10 Most Admired Women Leaders in Business, 2020” by CIO Views and the “Advocate State Award for Excellence” from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Links and Resources to be shared with the episode: https://www.sierratucson.com/about/staff/valerie-m-kading/ https://www.sierratucson.com/ https://www.sierratucson.com/programs/maternal-mental-health/
March 30, 2022
Pediatric Whole Person Care: How Integrating Speech and Occupational Therapy is Monumental in Child Development
Armida Carr is the founder and owner of New Horizon Therapy located in Phoenix, Arizona. Armida holds a MS from Arizona State University, is licensed by the State of Arizona, and is certified as a Speech Language Pathologist by the American Speech-Hearing and Language Association (ASHA). As a bilingual speech-language pathologist, Armida has extensive experience with both the pediatric and geriatric population in providing monolingual and dual-language therapy. She holds certifications in Orofacial Myology Disorders, SOS Approach to Feeding, Myofascial Release and Hanen Parent Training “It Takes Two to Talk” in addition to providing individualized services to address speech and language disorders. Armida has been practicing speech and language therapy for 13 years and is driven to ensure that each of her patients receive the best quality treatment and care. New Horizons Therapy: https://www.newhorizontherapyaz.com/
March 04, 2022
Mental Health Policy & Advocacy with Dr. Jennie Bever, PhD, IBCLC and Elizabeth Wood of 4th Trimester Arizona
Episode Title: Mental Health Policy & Advocacy with Dr. Jennie Bever, PhD, IBCLC and Elizabeth Wood of 4th Trimester Arizona. Jennie Bever is a mother, a healer and a visionary. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, and the Executive Director of 4th Trimester Arizona. Elizabeth Wood has a B.S. of Physics from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. While this education did prepare her for a 15-year long career in the nuclear energy industry, none of it prepared her for the radical transition into motherhood. Driven by her own motherhood challenges, she founded Matrescence: 4th Trimester Planning & Support, a unique preventative approach to help expecting parents become more informed, prepared and supported in their 4th Trimester transition. She is also a certified Maternal Mental Health Peer Support Specialist, and serves on the Arizona Maternal Mortality Review Committee as well as Arizona's Maternal Mental Health 2020 Mom Nonprofit Fellows: The aim of 2020 Mom's NonProfit State Policy Fellows program is to assist backbone organizations in developing a foundation for regulatory and statutory policy change to close gaps in maternal mental health in their states. Policy fellows are introduced to the State Legislative Process, thinking of the State Budget as a Policy, Creating Individual Calls to Action & Organization Sign on Letters, Social Media Advocacy, Communicating Effectively with Policymakers and Staff, Administrative Advocacy & Working with State Agency Leaders, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System, and Addressing Racial Disparities through Policy. At the end of the program Fellows will have developed an action plan presented to their peers and leadership, and will continue to receive support through the group listserv. To read more about the 2020 Mom Nonprofit Fellows Program, visit https://www.2020mom.org/state-policy-fellows Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance: https://www.mmhla.org/
March 01, 2022
Health Equity for Transgender Individuals
Transgender patients currently encounter multiple barriers to accessing adequate health care. While we are making strides to improve transgender patients' health care experiences, we still have a long way to go to achieve the goal of delivering ample support in navigating the existing obstacles. A recently published article from the JAMA network confirms the challenges that trans youth have in accessing culturally competent healthcare. The article also confirms what we knew: that transgender and nonbinary youths have a higher incidence of a range of health conditions and may paradoxically face limited access to health care. As the push for integrated care continues, healthcare providers need to be identifying strategies to fill gaps in care for vulnerable patient populations. In today’s discussion, we’ll talk about the role of professional case managers and other integrated care providers in connecting transgender patients to services that better meet their physical and behavioral health needs. When these kinds of gaps are addressed, we can improve health care utilization while decreasing disparities. Introducing our guests: Michal Garrett is a Principal at Mercer, where he Leads consulting engagements with large plan sponsors regarding their health benefit plans and Works with clients in developing and implementing new care delivery models such as accountable care organizations. His education includes a Masters degree from the University of Idaho in clinical psychology and a Bachelors degree in psychology from Gonzaga University. He is a Certified Case Manager, Certified Vocational Evaluator, Board Certified Patient Advocate, and a Nationally Certified Psychologist. Michael has authored and/or edited six case/care management books and is the author of numerous journal articles in the field. Michael is frequently invited to speak at national conferences related to his areas of SME. Jennifer Kelley, MS, LPC is a student in the DBH program at CGI, is currently working in an integrated setting, and is the Author of a recently published article called “Transgender Discrimination and Its Influence on Patient Health”, which appears in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Professional Case management. We’ll link to this article and more resources in the notes for the podcast.
January 31, 2022
Psychedelics Research with Allison Earl
This episode focuses on a hot topic in modern behavioral health and integrated care: emerging research related to the use of psychedelics. This topic is controversial in the medical field because most physicians and clinicians have been trained to counsel our patients to stay away from psychedelics due to poor potential mental health outcomes, as well as because these drugs have been illegal in the US for most of our careers. Emerging research indicates there may be benefits for some patients or some conditions; however, the medical community at large has been skeptical about the effectiveness of these treatment options. Additionally, in recent years past, clinicians and physicians who appeared neutral or “soft” on drugs (even in the 2000’s) have been accused of ethics violations, and licenses have been challenged. The political climate has certainly caused some clinicians to develop a hard set bias against rather than an open mind towards emerging research and practical applications in this area. The problem with avoiding or remaining neutral on this topic is that if your patients aren’t yet asking about psychedelics, they most likely will be in the very near future, and it is our duty to be prepared to provide evidence based recommendations.
January 28, 2022
Native American Partnership Grant with Dr. Leolani Ah Quin
Leolani Ah Quin currently serves as the Wellness Center Director for the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona where she is building on a current movement in the community to build capacity across all disciplines to establish a disease prevention and crisis response model. Dr. Ah Quin is an active lead in these efforts and is supported by the medical, psychiatric care providers, and local schools; thus increasing accessibility of much needed services. She is a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a recipient of the 2018 Cummings Graduate Institute Biodyne Award for the individual that most embodies the Biodyne model of integrated behavioral healthcare. In 2019 while working as the director of Elbowoods Memorial Health Center’s behavioral health department, Dr. Ah Quin was appointed to the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, and participated in North Dakota State BRSS TACS training to create policy change and implement recovery supports across the state. As a trained provider in integrated behavioral health she has been a primary influence in redefining the provision of healthcare delivery services in Indian Country and in developing integrated health care through comprehensive behavioral health services, and integrated behavioral health in both primary care and as an adjunct to psychiatric services. Dr. U. Grant Baldwin is the Assistant Director of Academic Programs at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, where he serves as a faculty member, subject matter expert, a student advisor and mentor, a member of the academic leadership team, and a leader in student and alumni services. Dr. Baldwin is also the Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Health and Behavioral Medicine in The Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina region, and most recently joined the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine as an Adjunct Professor.
January 26, 2022
Cortical Anxiety Intervention with Dr. Liza R. Clancy, DBH, MSW
This episode of Disruptors at Work: an Integrated Care Podcast explores the Culminating Project (CP) research of Dr. Liza R. Clancy, DBH, MSW, a recent graduate of the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree program at Cummings Graduate Institute (CGI). The Culminating Project, the capstone experience of the Doctor of Behavioral Health program at CGI, is an applied integrated care project demonstrating innovation in the field and ability to respond creatively and competently to the needs of rapidly-evolving patient population and healthcare environments. Dr. Clancy’s culminating project explored the neurobiological underpinnings of anxiety, evidenced-based treatments for cortical anxiety, and the differentiation between cortical and amygdala-based anxiety. Her project points to the need for an intervention, grounded in the Biodyne model, to address cortical anxiety. The REMA protocol, developed by Dr. Clancy, is an intervention to interrupt the rumination process, common to those suffering from cortical anxiety. Dr. Clancy’s journey to the DBH program was fueled by her frustration with the fragmentation of the healthcare system. Having graduated from NYU with her MSW, Dr. Clancy worked in medical and behavioral health for a large health care system in New Jersey for many years. With its doctorate in integrated care and mission to change the way healthcare is delivered, CGI offered the opportunity to disrupt the norms and advance the delivery of behavioral health. Now in private practice, Dr. Clancy is utilizing this new perspective to provide integrated care to those struggling with anxiety secondary to chronic and comorbid conditions and life transitions.
November 16, 2021
Integrated Pediatric Care & Astronaut Training with Lyndsey Steele & Amber Eck of Milestone Pediatrics
In this episode of Disruptors at Work: an Integrated Care Podcast, Dr. Cara English, DBH is joined by Lyndsey Steele and Amber Eck of Milestone Pediatrics. They dive into the topic of integrated pediatric care services for children and families with disabilities including an innovative protocol, Astronaut Training. Astronaut Training is a precise, powerful, therapeutic protocol that is designed to to develop optimal vestibular function, an essential foundation for all sensory processing and movement control. This protocol is administered by occupational and physical therapists that have received advanced education. Milestone Pediatrics was founded in 2009 by two ambitious women looking to make a difference in the special needs community. To effectively meet the challenges of raising children with disabilities, families have a strong ongoing need for therapeutic interventions for their loved ones. As Milestone Pediatrics saw that need, they decided to fill that void by creating several programs for individuals with disabilities. Their services include Speech Therapy, Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy, Music Therapy and caregiving services. Milestone Pediatrics acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have meaningful opportunities in our community and can be a part of an inclusive society. Learn more about Milestone Pediatrics: https://www.milestoneaz.com/ Episode recorded April 23, 2021.
October 19, 2021
The Connection Between Long-Term Medical Costs and Unaddressed Childhood Trauma with Dr. Heather Jelonek, DBH
This episode of Disruptors at Work: an Integrated Care Podcast explores the Culminating Project (CP) research of Dr. Heather Jelonek, DBH, a recent graduate of the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree program at Cummings Graduate Institute (CGI). The Culminating Project, the capstone experience of the Doctor of Behavioral Health program at CGI, is an applied integrated care project demonstrating innovation in the field and ability to respond creatively and competently to the needs of rapidly-evolving patient population and healthcare environments. In this episode, Dr. English and Dr. Jelonek dive into the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the connection between the long-term medical costs associated and unaddressed childhood trauma. Dr. Jelonek completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Illinois – Chicago before beginning her healthcare career at First Health Group Corp., where her passion for integrating healthcare began. As she rose within the ranks of the health insurance industry, she earned her Master Degree in Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University in Lisle Illinois. Heather holds professional licenses in the States of Illinois and Arizona as a Counselor specializing in childhood and adolescent behavioral health. Throughout her career, Dr. Jelonek struggled with closing the mental health gap with the healthcare industry and viewed this obstacle as the primary threat to the spiraling costs of healthcare. During her studies at Cummings Graduate Institute, she was introduced to the ground breaking CDC/Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences study and the connection between the long-term medical costs associated and unaddressed childhood trauma, which sparked the research for her Culminating Project. Dr. Jelonek currently serves as the Director of Medicaid Program Innovations at Health Current, the health information exchange (HIE) that helps partners transform care by bringing together communities and information across Arizona.
September 15, 2021
Advocacy and Leadership in Mental Health Professional Organizations with Napoleon Harrington, MA, LPC
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Napoleon Harrington, MA, LPC on the topic of advocacy and leadership within mental health professions and professional organizations. This episode of Disruptors at Work:an Integrated Care Podcast focuses on the importance of leadership and advocacy as mental health providers. Napoleon shares about his work in Michigan and how it led to legislation changes impacting the work and lives of mental health counselors and providers throughout the state. Napoleon Harrington is the Founder and Therapist of the Ambassador Counseling & Resource Group (ACRG), a clinical mental health private practice counseling group that offers therapeutic services from focusing on addressing the inherent challenges of a broken family structure to individual mental health clinical intervention. He serves as an adjunct faculty Professor on topics related to psychology, mental health, and human services and is currently a Doctor of Behavioral Health candidate at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Napoleon’s leadership has been recognized by civic organizations and government officials. In 2020, Napoleon was awarded Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association. To learn more about Ambassador Counseling & Resource Group, visit http://www.ambassadorcounseling.com/.
August 20, 2021
Marketing for Integrated Care with Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, BC & Jackie Carro
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, BC and Jackie Carro on the process of marketing integrated care practices and services. This episode speaks to lessons learned from marketing integrated care during the COVID-19 pandemic, improving virtual accessibility for patients, and social media strategies for marketing healthcare services. Dr. Larry Ford received his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. Inspired by the volumes of studies Dr. Ford completed on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You, an integrated behavioral health clinical practice based in Oklahoma City, OK, in November 2011. Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly Dr. Ford has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health. Hands to Guide You, with Dr. Ford at the helm, enjoys distinction for engendering unparalleled patient rehabilitation and recovery rates, and expansive patient health literacy.It is for Dr. Ford’s principal leadership over the compassionate interdisciplinary treatment team at Hands to Guide You, that epitomizes skilled behavioral health services in Oklahoma. To learn more about Hands to Guide You, visit: https://www.h2gy.com/. Jackie Carro is the owner of Marketing Ideals Company, a boutique agency specializing in strategic marketing, public relations and event planning based in Tempe, AZ. Marketing Ideals Company enjoys working with small to medium size companies, medical practices, non-profit organizations and municipalities. To learn more about their services, visit: https://marketingideals.com/
July 20, 2021
LGBTQ+ Health Disparities with Michael Garrett
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Michael Garrett, Principal at Mercer, on the progress and ongoing challenges in pursuing health equity for the LGBTQ+ population in 2021. Topics featured in this episode include health challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ population, how to provide culturally and clinically competent care for LGBTQ+ individuals, addressing environmental and social factors that can affect their mental and physical well-being, and evidence-based solutions and innovations to work towards equity. Michael Garrett is a Principal at Mercer, where he leads consulting engagements with large plan sponsors regarding their health benefit plans and works with clients in developing and implementing new care delivery models such as accountable care organizations. His education includes a Masters degree from the University of Idaho in clinical psychology and a Bachelors degree in psychology from Gonzaga University. He is a Certified Case Manager, Certified Vocational Evaluator, Board Certified Patient Advocate, and a Nationally Certified Psychologist. Michael has served in operational management, business development, product development, consulting, and strategic planning roles. His work experience includes leading successful pursuits of long-term, multimillion dollar contracts as well as leading more than 100 professionals delivering a wide range of care management services from multiple locations, and he has worked with Medicare, Medicaid, long-term disability, state employee benefit plans, self-funded health plans, workers’ compensation, and other programs. Resources referenced in this episode: IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm Report: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25057539/ Working with Transgender Individuals in Case Management Practice: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29176340/ Identifying Health Disparities, Striving for Health Equity: https://cmsa.org/identifying-health-disparities-striving-for-health-equity/ Genderbread person: https://www.genderbread.org/resource/genderbread-person-v4-0 Mercer’s Broad DEI Point of View (POV) - The Time is Now: Addressing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Workplace: https://www.mercer.us/our-thinking/career/addressing-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-in-the-workplace.html Mercer’s Inclusive Benefits Point of View (POV)- Are your Health and Well-Being Approaches Inclusive? https://www.mercer.com/our-thinking/health/mmb-turning-health-risk-into-value-inclusive-benefits.html? Mercer’s DEI and Benefits Blog - On the DEI Journey, Health Equity Must be a Goal: https://www.mercer.us/our-thinking/healthcare/on-the-dei-journey-health-equity-must-be-a-goal.html? Mercer Blog on Creating a Culture of Equality - The Future of Work Requires a Culture of Equality: https://www.mercer.com/our-thinking/career/mercerchats-rewind-the-future-of-work-requires-a-culture-of-equality.html?
June 21, 2021
Chronic Cannabis Among Teens with Dr. Jodie NewDelman, PsyD
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Dr. Jodie NewDelman, PsyD on the emerging epidemic of chronic cannabis among teens. They discuss substance abuse exposure with teens, environment and family functional dynamic factors in teens' lives which may contribute to cannabis use, and changing legislation regarding medical and recreational use of marijuana, including measures to protect citizens from criminal penalties for using marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. Dr. Jodie NewDelman has been a licensed psychologist for over 20 years in the arenas of clinical care, program evaluation, and test construction. Her formative entrepreneurial and research experience drives a tendency to pair best practice, competitive analysis, and systematic accountability processes. She is a co-owner of a pending patent application in big data process called MeDataBank that has been acquired by PSYCHeANALYTICS. This is in support of the company’s mission to transform the access and delivery of healthcare in the digital age. Dr. NewDelman has held both academic teaching and clinical supervisory roles that emphasize a passion for whole-person, precision medicine. She earned a BA in Public Communications and Psychology from American University, Washington, D.C., a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and a post-doctoral post at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Additionally, she presently serves as a member of the Advisory Board at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. To learn about PSYCHeANALYTICS, visit https://www.psycheanalytics.com/.
June 09, 2021
Depression and Chronic Pain with Dr. Zachary Fisk, MD, MBA and Dr. Christina Julian, MD
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Dr. Zachary Fisk, MD, MBA and Dr. Christina Julian, MD of Acute Pain Therapies & Ketamine Clinic on the impact the pandemic has had on people with pre-existing depression, the increase of patients coming to their offices seeking new treatments for clinical depression, and how they are combatting the correlation between depression and chronic pain without the use of opioids. Acute Pain Therapies & Ketamine Clinic has two locations in Bellevue, WA. Their mission is to prevent opiate addiction that could otherwise occur in the absence of alternative means of controlling pain outside of the hospital. They aim to improve movement through non-opiate pain relief and tissue restoration in their patients. Their scope of services includes depression, acute surgical pain, chronic joint pain, chronic pain management, traumatic pain, and nerve pain and crps/rsd treatment. To learn more about Acute Pain Therapies & Ketamine Clinic, visit https://acutepaintherapies.com/.
May 24, 2021
Collective Occupational Trauma with Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP on tackling collective occupational trauma in healthcare environments as well as non-healthcare environments. Collective occupational trauma refers to what happens when we are forced to push through stressful and traumatic daily work experiences, including exposure to, hearing, or seeing others in pain, fear, and terror. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and national civil unrest due to gross inequities people of color are facing on a day-to-day basis have introduced even higher levels of stress for healthcare providers and what happens during a trauma tsunami, when patient and provider boundaries are muddy. Ellen Fink-Samnick is an award-winning industry thought leader who empowers healthcare's transdisciplinary workforce. Known and highly respected as 'The Ethical Compass of Professional Case Management', she is a sought out professional speaker and author, with hundreds of offerings and publications to her credit. Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board-certified Case Manager, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Rehabilitation Provider. Her academic affiliations include roles as subject matter expert for Western Governors University, and adjunct faculty for the University of Buffalo’s School of Social Work, and George Mason University’s Department of Social Work. She is also a Doctor in Behavioral Health candidate at Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies. Connect with Ellen on twitter: https://twitter.com/epflcswccm. Learn more about Ellen and her research: http://www.efssupervisionstrategies.com/.
April 29, 2021
Black Maternal Health with Dr. Fanike Young, DBH, LCSW & Dr. Kerry Griffin, MD
Dr. Cara English is joined by Dr. Fanike Young, DBH, LCSW and Dr. Kerry Griffin, MD to discuss black maternal health and how healthcare providers can best serve their patients and help them achieve the best health outcomes. Fanike Young is a licensed clinical social worker and a Doctor of Behavioral Health, a master addiction counselor, and a certified clinical hypnotherapist. Dr. Young also serves as the Director of the DBH program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Her passion is the healthy development of adolescent females and women, physically, mentally socially and spiritually. She strives to promote the integration of healthcare within medical clinics, healthcare facilities, and human service agencies using consulting projects as well as private practice. Dr. Kerry Griffin a board-certified OB/GYN who serves as the Chief of Women Services for Georgia Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Griffin chose Obstetrics and Gynecology because it has the perfect blend of routine health maintenance surgery and obstetrics. He feels that women make the majority of healthcare decisions for their families, and it is a great avenue to educate members and immediate families. Dr. Griffin feels that he learns much more from his patients by being an effective listener, and he finds managing obstetric patients with high risk conditions to be extremely rewarding. Interview recorded June 24, 2020.
March 22, 2021
Integrated Pediatric Care with Dr. Melissa Johnson, DBH, LPC
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Dr. Melissa Johnson DBH, LPC, on the topic of integrated pediatric care, which refers to the integration of medical and behavioral or mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families in traditional pediatric care settings. Professionals involved in pediatric integrated care may be working collaboratively in a variety of settings rather than all under one roof. The goal of integrated pediatric care is to achieve the highest level of care and collaboration between health professionals. Dr. Melissa Johnson DBH, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Doctor of Behavioral Health in the state of Arizona. She has received a certificate in infant and family clinical practice o from the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute. Dr. Johnson is a Clinical Supervisor for an outpatient mental health clinic for children and families and has worked at Canyon Pediatrics delivering integrated care services for over four years. She enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with other doctors to provide comprehensive care. She has almost 2 decades of experience providing mental health for patients across the lifespan.
February 24, 2021
Psychological PPE with Dr. Cara English, DBH
In Aug 2019 after surveying 5 and a half thousand adults, the CDC estimated that anxiety symptoms have tripled and depression symptoms have quadrupled. Similar results were found in a May 2019 survey of pregnant and postpartum mothers; anxiety went from 29% pre-pandemic to 72% and 74% of mothers rated their mental stress as worse than prior to pandemic. Statistics like these often only add to our depression and burn out because they aren’t very helpful. So, what? You might be thinking? What can we do about that? In this podcast episode Dr, Cara English, DBH shares a set of daily practices and strategies referred to as psychological PPE or mental health first aid that you can utilize to promote your own mental health wellbeing.
January 22, 2021
Leading Managed Care in Oklahoma, Part 2 with Dr. Larry Ford
Dr. Cara English, DBH speaks with Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, BC, on the process of transforming Hands to Guide You from a carve-out behavioral health organization to a patient center medical home providing behavioral health and primary care services. Dr. Larry Ford received his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. Inspired by the volumes of studies Dr. Ford completed on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You, an integrated behavioral health clinical practice based in Oklahoma City, OK, in November 2011. Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly Dr. Ford has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health. Hands to Guide You, with Dr. Ford at the helm, enjoys distinction for engendering unparalleled patient rehabilitation and recovery rates, and expansive patient health literacy. It is for Dr. Ford’s principal leadership over the compassionate interdisciplinary treatment team at Hands to Guide You, that epitomizes skilled behavioral health services in Oklahoma. To learn more about Hands to Guide You, visit: https://www.h2gy.com/.
January 19, 2021
Reverse Integration with Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, BC Part 1
In this 2 part interview, Dr. Cara English, DBH interviews Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, BC, on the process of reverse integration, including accreditation for clinical practices and the operational and financial processes that it takes to prepare an outpatient behavioral health practice to transform into a fully integrated medical practice. Dr. Larry Ford received his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. Inspired by the volumes of studies Dr. Ford completed on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You, an integrated behavioral health clinical practice based in Oklahoma City, OK, in November 2011. Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly Dr. Ford has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health. Hands to Guide You, with Dr. Ford at the helm, enjoys distinction for engendering unparalleled patient rehabilitation and recovery rates, and expansive patient health literacy.It is for Dr. Ford’s principal leadership over the compassionate interdisciplinary treatment team at Hands to Guide You, that epitomizes skilled behavioral health services in Oklahoma. To learn more about Hands to Guide You, visit: https://www.h2gy.com/.
December 10, 2020
Veteran Suicide Prevention and Mental Health with Dr. C. Carl Wilson DBH, LPCC, CADC
Dr. Cara English, DBH interviews Dr. C. Carl Wilson DBH, LPCC, CADC, on the topic of veteran suicide prevention and mental health. Dr. Wilson is a Doctor of Behavioral Health who is licensed in professional clinical counseling from the states of California, Missouri and Iowa. Dr. Wilson served as a Non-commissioned and Chaplain candidate in the United States Army for 11 years. He has worked as the Behavioral Health Program Manager for the United States Marine Corps and as a Readjustment Counselor for the Veteran Outreach Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.His treatment specialties include anger management, substance abuse, PTSD, and relationship issues with a client focus on veterans and adolescents. Dr. Wilson is the owner of Covenant Behavioral Health, with offices in three states. Learn more about Dr. Wilson's practice at https://www.covenantbehavioralhealth.org/
November 19, 2020