Get Well/Stay Well
In an effort to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life for older Niagara County adults, the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is integrating primary care, behavioral health care, and senior services in two of its primary care clinics. Most of its patient population is over 55; of these, a high percentage lives alone in poor housing conditions, below the federal poverty level, and with lower education attainment levels than the rest of New York State. The Get Well/Stay Well project is meant to address the multiple issues of this population and serve as a training ground for its osteopathic residents to learn how to do Collaborative Care. This last element provides the AIMS Center with a new opportunity to develop and deliver training to primary care provider residents. The results of these efforts will inform future training offerings and may well lead to the eventual inclusion of Collaborative Care curricula in some residency programs.
Our training effort focused on the whole team with a special emphasis on primary care providers and resident primary care providers. Team training was delivered through a combination of web-based online materials and in person case-based learning.
The New York State Office of Mental Health