Community Partners of WNY Team Presented at NY DSRIP Symposium

Representatives from the Community Partners of WNY (CPWNY) attended the New York State Population Health Symposium in New York City, New York. One of the CPWNY team members, Roxanne Cuebas, presented: Integration is Not One Size Fits All. The presentation described two models for behavioral health and primary care integration. One is a “fully integrated practice, and the other is a primary care practice with on-site behavioral health services using a satellite license.” Alongside her colleagues from some of our partner behavioral health and primary care clinics, they examined some of the lessons learned, challenges, and successes for each of the unique models.

The slides for the presentation can be found here.

D’Youville College Health Professions HUB

Catholic Health has partnered with D’Youville College to help implement a community clinic within the Health Professions Hub. The Community Partners of WNY (CPWNY) invested $5,070,000 to help aid the building of the Hub. As described on the D’Youville College’s website, the Hub will be used as a teaching hospital, and will offer home health and community services with a wide variety of trained health teams. The Hub will offer education programs for undergraduate and graduate students, all levels of certification programs, and even programs for high school students. The partnership with Catholic Health will extend professional staffing and necessary resources to operate patient-centered primary care services for the community. Construction is expected to be complete around the Fall of 2020.

For more information, you can read this article on the building of the Hub, or access the Hub’s main site here.

Just Tell One Program

Recently, Niagara Falls High School teachers were trained through the Just Tell One Program to bring tools to teach mental health awareness into the classroom, and for students to be able to get help, and help others. As described on Just Tell One.org, the program is a public awareness initiative whose mission is to “give Western New York youth and young adults the tools and confidence to start the conversation about their mental health or behavioral health issues.” This initiative is led by the Mental Health Advocates of WNY, and works with the Community Partners of WNY. As also decribed on the website, they work with many different issues: depression/mental health, substance/alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and suicide; their main focus with this initiative is the younger generation.

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2019/11/16/niagara-falls-teachers-get-a-lesson-in-peer-to-peer-mental-health-training-program

More information about the program can be found here.