About 1.45 million individuals in Wisconsin, have some mental or behavioral health issues, and the percentage of major depressive episodes for adults aged 18 and over is 6.56%. The mental health disorder treatment gap in Wisconsin is 49%, which equals roughly 441,378 individuals annually not receiving the care they need. Screening for depression within primary care as well as investing in evidence-based behavioral health delivery models in the primary care setting allows for greater health care capacity and improvements in health outcomes.
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), in collaboration with Health Innovation Program, developed the Wisconsin Health Disparities Report to identify where disparities in health outcomes and care exist in Wisconsin and to help inform and accelerate programs that are working to eliminate disparities.
HIP collaborates annually with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) to sponsor a learning event on topics of current importance to health in Wisconsin. This year's event will showcase several national and state models that are successfully expanding access and integrating behavioral health services into primary care settings. HIP Investigator Rachel Grob will be speaking about HealthExperiencesUSA and the DIPEx methodology to elevate the patient voice in healthcare. The assembly will be held on October 16 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Learn more and view the agenda for the assembly here.
The Database of Patient Experiences (DIPEx) methodology used to develop HealthExperiencesUSA.org, a website that brings patients' voices to American healthcare, was recently featured in articles in both the New York Times and USA Today as an important resource that can enable patients with depression to identify with others who suffer from the disease.
African American young adults who have depression often suffer alone and lack the support and resources to manage their condition. In recent article in Ebony magazine discussing these issues, HealthExperiencesUSA.org is highlighted as a powerful resource that can help everyone better understand depression in diverse young adults.
HealthExperiencesUSA.org, a website created by Drs. Nancy Pandhi and Rachel Grob in partnership with DIPEx International to elevate the patient voice in American health care, was recently featured in a news story by News 3/Channel 3000. The story discusses how the website can be a helpful resource for young adults with depression by helping them hear other patients' stories about depression first-hand. One young adult from Madison said that the "words of the young adults on the website let others know there is help, and they are not alone." View the story here.
Researchers at UW-Madison, including Dr. Nancy Pandhi, recently launched a new web-based resource to help patients, doctors, and researchers learn more about patient experiences with illness and health. The first stories available on the website are about depression in young adults, and over time, the website will grow to include patient stories on other conditions and health issues. Learn more about the project here.
Nancy Pandhi et al. Win Patient Choice Award for Work on Engaging the Community in Research on Behavioral Health
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Pandhi and her research team on winning the Patient Choice Award for their Dane 1 in 4 work. The winning poster, titled "Engaging the Community in Identifying and Prioritizing Outcomes for Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health," was presented at the annual North American Primary Care Research Group in October.
A new effort led by Dr. Nancy Pandhi to integrate mental health care into the primary health care system is being undertaken by several Dane county healthcare organizations and UW-Madison programs. The project, Dane 1 in 4, kicked off Monday, September 20 with a forum at the United Way that involved attendees from more than 15 health delivery systems, advocacy organizations, school mental health programs, and other agencies. Starting in October, Dane 1 in 4 will be seeking patient feedback through an anonymous survey that will be available on their website (dane1in4.org) and in various Dane county clinics and health centers.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently awarded Abiola Keller, PhD, MPH, clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Marquette University, a 2-year $100,000 grant through the New Connections program. She will be evaluating the increasing role of non-physician providers in improving the quality and equity of depression treatment in the United States. View the official press release here.