Through Archstone Foundation’s Depression in Late Life Initiative, the Care Partners project seeks to improve depression care for older adults by building innovative and effective community partnerships. Specifically, the Care Partners project has the following goals: 1) develop late-life depression innovations among primary care, community-based organizations (CBOs) and family, 2) build a learning community of clinics, CBOs, and researchers in California who will work together on the Care Partners Late-Life Depression Initiative to improve care for depressed older adults, 3) conduct an evaluation of the developing models, and 4) develop and conduct a Learning Collaborative in Year 5 for California clinics and CBOs interested in improving depression care for older adults. Throughout the project, project teams at the University of Washington (UW) and UC-Davis (UCD) provide technical assistance and evaluation to support site development and sustainment. Together, the community-engaged partnerships have tremendous potential to improve access to care, patient engagement, patient care experience and quality of care. In addition, CBO and clinic partners are well primed to improve care through addressing the social determinants of health.
- This video describes the Elder Care Depression Team Program, which blends services from Sonoma County Adult and Aging Services and Petaluma Health Center as part of the Care Partners: Bridging Families, Clinics, and Communities to Advance Late-Life Depression Care project.
- Partnering with Community-Based Organizations to Improve Collaborative Care for Late-Life Depression
- Task Sharing in Collaborative Care
- Engaging the Community to Improve Late-Life Depression Care
- Care Partners: How Philanthropy can Kick-Start Programs to Engage Community and Family Members to Improve Depression Care for Older Adults
- Directions for Effectiveness Research to Improve Health Services for Late-Life Depression in the United States
- Costs of implementing and sustaining enhanced collaborative care programs involving community partners