Hi folks. Susan and I want to thank everyone who has participated in #MedPsych so far. We have an amazing community, and there is a lot of energy here toward improving and integrating our healthcare system.
At the moment, Susan and I are facing a good news/bad news issue. The good news is that we both have a lot going in in our private practices, which is keeping us very occupied. The bad news is that everything happening in our businesses and families means that the two of us have had to push #MedPsych to a back burner in the past few months.
We both believe that this community and our goals deserve a lot more than a last-minute chat topic. And we are trying to figure out what steps would ensure that “more” takes place. We will be continuing to talk, however, until we get some answers figured out, #MedPsych is going to take a break.
We will be available to group members on Twitter and in the Google+ community, and the hashtag will remain active. We just won’t be conducting a weekly chat on Tuesday nights. While we are on hiatus, please continue to connect and share in our group spaces (Twitter & G+). Please connect with the #hcldr chat (health care leadership), the #healthdoers chat (people actively working toward health), the #MHStigma chat (mental health stigma), the #hchlitss chat (health care, health literacy & social science), or others.
Susan and I will be continuing to work towards whole person healthcare, with brain and body integration. We’ll let you know more as we know it.
Thanks again for everything. You are amazing and we look forward to continuing to rabblerouse with you!
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.