Social Innovation Fund: Healthy Futures

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IMPROVING DEPRESSION CARE IN THE RURAL WEST:
SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND

Colleen Harrison, MD and Charles Rourke, care manager, discuss a patient before going into the exam room. Photo courtesy of the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Poor mental health is a major public health issue that robs millions of people of their chance to lead healthy and productive lives. Depression alone doubles overall healthcare costs, worsens other medical conditions, and results in a staggering loss of productivity at work. In underserved rural areas in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region, a severe shortage of mental health providers compounds these problems.

Through a public-private partnership, the AIMS Center supported eight rural community primary care clinics serving low-income patients to implement collaborative care (also called collaborative care management or CoCM) in the WWAMI region, a geographic area served by the University of Washington School of Medicine and representing 27% of the land mass of the United States. These 8 clinics planned to serve 3,250 patients but ultimately enrolled 5,392 patients. This represents 16% of the total unique patients served by these clinics and is a significant increase of the patients they were able to reach before implementing CoCM.

Read; One Clinic's Story.

Funder

The John A. Hartford Foundation through a grant from the Corporation for Community and National Service (Social Innovation Fund)

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