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Mission Statement Building

When the #MedPsych community formed, over a year ago, it was driven by a desire to truly change healthcare.  Over the last year, we have had a wonderful core group form.  And now, we recognize that changing healthcare is going to require action. And action needs a plan. So, during our January 13th chat, Dr. Giurleo and I invited the community to brainstorm a mission statement.  This post is the summary of the wonderful ideas that were generated.  Actually, this post is the next step in building our mission statement into a tool that can power forward action.  So let’s start with a list of some of community’s thoughts:

  • If we can get rockets to fly, we can integrate health care. — Susan Giurleo
  • We pledge to be an inclusive community together working towards holistic health- mind, body & spirit. We connect to each other. — Gia Sison
  • Nike had the best mission statement ever. Just Do It. Mission statements tend to be so long these days they can become meaningless.  — Scott Strange
  • Maybe what we need more operationally is a clear goal. Let’s brainstorm one clear goal for our work in the coming months. — Susan Giurleo
  • Healthcare should connect brain & body. Connection shouldn’t be only patient’s responsibility. Let’s not reinvent the wheel. — Ann Becker-Schutte
  • Increase awareness on both sides of the HCP/PT relationship to facilitate open communication. — Laurel Ann Whitlock
  • Impress upon all stakeholders the interconnectedness of mental health to physical well-being. — Laurel Ann Whitlock
  • Increase provider and patient demand for whole health care. — April Foreman
  • Create resources and open channels for information – increase awareness through education. — Laurel Ann Whitlock
  • Increase provider and patient awareness that whole person healthcare EXISTS and MATTERS. — Laurel Ann Whitlock
  • We are all in this together to collaborate, problem solve, heal and create #wholepersonhealthcare. — Sean Erreger
  • We are bringing together all county safety nets to collaborate on uninsured pts w/high ER admissions: community-centerered-health-home. — Jen Platt
  • Need to educate people about the benefits of shifting to #wholepersonhealthcare . Spread the word.  — Sean Erreger
  • I think a huge practical goal is to get people to bring forth personal anecdotes re: how combining mental/physical health worked. –Laurel Ann Whitlock
  • A piece around how integrated care leads to better health outcomes AND cost savings. — Susan Giurleo
  • Breaking down Tx silo’s benefits all stakeholders. — Sean Erreger
  • Seems like the goals I’m hearing are that #MedPsych should be a clearinghouse for best practices in #wholepersonhealthcare (or #wphc).  — Ryan Lucas

Okay folks. There’s the summary.  What happens next is that we try to consolidate this impressive list into a few clear points, so that we have a mission that can be explained quickly and easily understood.  We will also be working on identifying a series of action steps.

As part of this process, I’ll be sharing this as an editable document in our Google + Community.  Stop on in and add your thoughts.

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Come on In, The Water’s Fine!

I believe psychologists have an important role to play in bringing about health care change. And I am so very excited to be partnering with innovative thinker and psychologist Dr. Susan Giurleo to begin exploring how that might happen.

After a discussion in which several psychologists were sharing frustration over our wish to contribute more and our sense that our voices aren’t heard in other spaces, we realized that we could do something about that. We could build a space and reach out to others from that platform. I talked about this a bit more in my post “Why #InnoPsy?

Now it’s time to actually get it started.

The Medicine and Psychology Tweetchat started January 7th 2014 as the #InnoPsy chat, and continues every Tuesday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. Why a Tweetchat? Because Twitter is a platform that allows for global conversations–and it’s where I met most of the innovators that I admire and respect.

You’ve never participated in a Tweetchat, you say? No problem. First of all, you need a Twitter account. They are free and easy to establish. If you’re starting your first account, you’ll be prompted to follow some folks. You could start with Susan Giurleo (@SusanGiurleo) and I (@DrBeckerSchutte). You can also follow the @MedPsychChat account for chat topics and moderation.

Once you have your Twitter account up and running, I would recommend using another tool to participate in the chat. My favorites are Tweetchat or T.chat. Either of these tools allows you to enter a hashtag (ours is #MedPsych) and you will see the chat in a full screen window, which makes it easy to follow along.

So, if you want to join a #MedPsych chat, then pull up your device of choice at 9:30 pm ET on a Tuesday night.  Open your Tweetchat, T.chat, or other Twitter interaction tool.  Type the #MedPsych hashtag into the search bar, and jump on into the conversation.  We’ll ask for introductions, and then be off and running on our topic of the night.

Not a psychologist or a doctor? No problem! #MedPsych is open to all stakeholders (and if you live in a body, you are a healthcare stakeholder).  We believe that a big-tent community is how we will truly find solutions to the challenges that we face in healthcare.

The first chat included some community brainstorming about topics we wanted to explore in a discussion about innovation in psychology.  Now, we’ll introduce a new topic each week.

I hope we see you there! I’m excited to explore new ideas in psychology, medicine, and integrated healthcare.

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