1. How Three Unlikely Partners Pooled Resources to Provide a CME Activity to Benefit Returning Military

    How Three Unlikely Partners Pooled Resources to Provide a CME Activity to Benefit Returning Military

    How a CME provider, a nonprofit, and an insurance company pooled their resources to provide education to improve behavioral healthcare for returning military personnel How a CME provider, a nonprofit, and an insurance company pooled their resources to provide education to improve behavioral healthcare for returning military personnel read more

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    1. PTSD and TBI have been recognized as common co-morbidities in this population. They're the silent and often unrecognized signatures of these particular combats.
    2. We quickly realized that there was going to be a shortfall.
    3. Because we thought primary care would be our main audience, we focused on assessment and treatment.
    4. We were totally in agreement with the sourcing of the speakers. Part of the core mission for both of the organizations is training healthcare providers.
    5. What we found was that this was far and away of greatest interest to those on the behavioral side, which ranged from behavioral health nurses to licensed clinical social workers and psychiatrists.
    6. We covered Pennsylvania pretty thoroughly in 2011, so we used the Red Cross and Health Net data to pinpoint concentrations of post-deployed Guards and Reserves to determine where to take it next.
    7. We've seen them demonstrate these resources at other meetings, and we invited them to send a presenter this year; we invited participants to bring their smartphones and tablets so they could be walked through the various resources and apps.
    8. We're starting now to focus on not just raising awareness of the issues, but also what resources are available and what participants can do to learn more.
    9. They need recognition and screening strategies and first-stop management strategies for mild TBI, which is less than what the behavioral health side needs on the topic.
    10. We're looking for more ways to work with our partners.
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