In 2018, a Health Affairs article written by CHRT staff and staff from The Kresge Foundation argued that the integration of health and human service systems could effectively diminish health disparities, and that community life—and human lives—would be better better served through organized collaboration and coordination.
However, significant barriers stood, and continue to stand, in the way of integration, including:
- siloed government departments,
- data systems that don’t allow treatment partners to collaborate,
- decentralized funding sources, and more.
These and other barriers present significant challenges for all of those who wish to advance integration, better serve clients, and achieve health equity. But while there is a strong evidence base to support the value of integration, we have mountains of work ahead of us.
On this page, we share resources we have developed to improve health through integration.
- EVOLVE: A new framework for integration.
- How integrated are you? A continuum of health and human services integration.
- Michigan physicians screen patients for social needs. What happens next?
- A financial impact calculator for pediatric practices exploring the economic feasibility of behavioral health integration.
- An evaluation of the Pediatric Integrated Healthcare Model at two pediatric practices in Wayne County, MI
- The advantages of becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)–for organizations, communities.
- Nine lessons for leaders of health and human services integration (and for the grantmakers that want them to succeed).
- Strengthening public health through integration with primary care: State and local efforts