Category: Primary Care

Symposium

Symposium 45 - Addressing Mental Health Disparities via Integrated Pediatric Primary Care

Friday, November 17
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom M & N, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Integrated Care | Cultural Diversity/ Vulnerable Populations | Child
Presentation Type: Symposium

One-fifth of all children and adolescents experience behavioral or emotional problems (U.S. Public Health Service, 2000); however, only 20% of those in need of mental health services receive such services (National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, 2007). Primary care physicians traditionally under-identify children and adolescents with mental health problems (Weitzman & Leventhal, 2006) and many do not have the appropriate training to treat these issues independently. Therefore, many clinics across the country have started to incorporate behavioral health services into the pediatric setting.

Within the last decade, the prevalence of pediatric behavioral health clinics has grown across the country, co-locating psychologists and other behavioral health specialists in the pediatric primary care setting (Arsarnow et al., 2017). Despite challenges of delivering treatment in a pediatric, the literature indicates that integrated behavioral health services in pediatric primary care can be effective.  For example, behavioral health interventions in pediatric primary care have been successfully utilized targeting pediatric headaches (Allen et al., 2002), pediatric obesity (Ewing et al., 2009), and pediatric behavioral problems (Kolko et al., 2011).

This symposium will present 3 papers discussing the delivery of behavioral health services in pediatric primary care. Each paper highlights the challenges of working with diverse populations in this context. The first paper identifies referral characteristics of African American children presenting to an integrated behavioral health team in an urban pediatric primary care center. The second paper investigates the treatment outcome differences between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking caregivers of children receiving integrated behavioral health services. The final paper presents efforts to increase parental engagement in behavioral health services for low income families. The discussant, an internationally-recognized expert in child mental health and pioneer in the study of integrated pediatric behavioral health, will discuss how research and clinical practice may be informed by the aforementioned papers.

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Heather A. Jones

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University

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Anna J. Lau

Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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    Heather A. Jones

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Virginia Commonwealth University

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    Ana J. Bridges

    Associate Professor
    University of Arkansas

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    Jenelle Nissley-Tsiopinis

    psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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