The AHRQ Academy Webcast Series

The AHRQ Academy disseminates timely and relevant information to support and advance the field of Integration. In addition to other resources, the Academy shares various webcasts on specific topics related to integration of behavioral health and primary care.

For several of the webcasts listed, the Academy partnered with the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. They enlisted national experts on integration to lead webcasts on a variety of topics, such as key components of a successful integrated system, workforce needs, financial models of integration, and integration in the current health care system. Many of these experts are members of the National Integration Academy Council (NIAC).   

Upcoming Webcasts

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Past Webcasts

Behavioral Health

Fostering Sustainable Behavioral Health Services Delivery in the Medical Setting

Drs. Ron Manderscheid and Roger Kathol, a NIAC member, discussed an article published in the January 2014 Annals of Internal Medicine. They also discussed the position of integrated medical practices, where we are today in the integration of care, and where we need to be.

Competing Perspectives on Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird?

Dr. Patrick Corrigan presented on mental illness stigma and stigma change research.

Behavioral Health Integration

Integrating Comprehensive Pain Management Into Primary Care

Drs. Kim Swanson and Scott Safford presented a comprehensive intervention implemented within an integrated primary care setting. The program was designed to improve both patient care and physician satisfaction. They also provided attendees with a model of chronic pain care that might be successfully implemented within their own primary care clinics or medical training programs.

Integrated Health Care for Racial and Ethnic Minorities: An Opportunity To Improve Access and Reduce Disparities

Drs. Teresa Chapa, a NIAC member, and Katherine Sanchez discussed the delivery of integrated health care to racial and ethnic minority populations. The presenters highlighted the collaborative project led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

Practice Transformation: Lessons Learned From Multiple Integration Projects

For their efforts to succeed, practices integrating behavioral health and primary care require transformation on multiple levels. Implementation of elements of the patient-centered medical home model is necessary, along with dealing with culture change and culture clashes. The result is improved quality of and access to health care for patients, but the path to this transformation can be challenging. Dr. Perry Dickinson presented lessons learned from multiple integration projects regarding the practice transformation process.

Integrated Primary Care: Bringing Mental Health Care to Those Who Need It

Dr. Andrew Pomerantz discussed the evidence for integrated primary care and provided an overview of some successful approaches. He also highlighted the current efforts in the Veterans Health Administration, which is the largest integrated health care system in the United States and a recognized leader in integrated primary care.

Measuring Integration: The Integration Quality Measures Atlas

Dr. Neil Korsen, a NIAC member, reviewed the development of the Web-based AHRQ Quality Measures Atlas, which is grounded in the Lexicon. He also provided a sneak preview of Phase 1 of the Atlas project.

Integrating Your Practice: Key Building Blocks

Dr. Parinda Khatri, a NIAC member, presented the key elements needed to build a successful integrated practice, using examples from Cherokee Health Systems.

A Workforce for Integration

Dr. Alexander Blount, a NIAC member, reviewed models of integration and how they affect workforce calculations, including heritage of the roles that are evolving and why these roles are still in flux; and training needs and options of an integrated workforce.

Finance and Sustainability

Alternative Payment Models for Sustaining Integration

Dr. Roger Kathol, a NIAC member, discussed alternative payment models being used to sustain value-added care for medical patients with behavioral health (BH) comorbidity and BH patients with medical comorbidity. He suggested which model is most likely to succeed.


Working With Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder in Primary Care

Dr. Shandra Brown Levey discussed practical tools for primary care and behavioral health providers treating patients with borderline personality disorder and related behaviors in primary care settings.

Peer-to-Peer Support for Managing Physical and Emotional Well-Being Among Patients

Using examples of advocacy and outreach from the Diabetes Online Community, Kerri Sparling illustrated how patients with diabetes were changing their personal health care landscapes and helping shape the diabetes discussion on national and global levels.


State of Health Care Policy

Dr. Kavita Patel presented a review of national health care policy. She also discussed integration in the current health care policy landscape.

Primary Care

Addressing Sleep in Pediatric Primary Care

Dr. Sarah Morsbach Honaker summarized the current practices in guidance, screening, and intervention around sleep problems in youth ages 0-18, as well as barriers and facilitators to addressing sleep.

Social Media and Your Primary Care Practice

Drs. Jay Lee and Mike Sevilla discussed how to use social media for patient education and how to dispel medical myths. They also discussed community and legislative advocacy.


Taking Science to the Trenches: Dissemination and Implementation Research

Drs. Jodi Polaha and Christina Studts provided an overview of the cutting-edge field of dissemination and implementation (D&I) science research in the context of collaborative family health care. They shared insights about the methods and approaches used in D&I research, the current momentum and opportunities in D&I research, and resources available from the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.