Behavioral Health Provider Education Initiative
Established in March 2016, the Behavioral Health Provider Education Initiative at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta aims to educate healthcare providers on behavioral and mental health issues within the pediatric population. By equipping physicians with proper educational tools and resources that directly impact children, the goal of the initiative is to improve the quality of care provided to patients in our community by providing the educational tools and resources. Approximately 25 percent of our primary care providers’ patients have behavioral and mental health concerns. These concerns span all demographics and are estimated to touch the lives of more than a hundred thousand kids in Georgia. Studies have shown that early detection, assessment and intervention in patients who exhibit behavioral and mental health concerns can impact future outcomes.
This initiative is funded by a grant from the Children's 1998 Society. After the initial pilot, the behavioral health initiative committee overseeing the program will periodically evaluate its success to determine if the program will continue.
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The committee has designed a three-pronged approach to meeting the needs of healthcare providers and their patients. The three areas of commitment for implementation in 2016 are: