The Department has focused on Health Risk Assessment(HRA) tools and integration of HRA activities into the process of team care of patients. The Medicare Women's Wellness Visit was an obvious priority for integrating a HRA tool and process into the clinic practice utilizing the healthcare team including data management services to measure outcomes. Once risks are identified, the patient and provider negotiate a shared care plan , given to the patient in writing. The plan provides goals patient self management resources in the community. Identifying or creating and integrating templates and forms into the electronic medical record chart to standardize the process continues to be a work in progress. Although the HRAs are conducted at the Family Medicine Clinic, the Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and PA faculty have been working together to plan, implement, and evaluate the HRAs process and outcomes. The Family Medicine residents are enjoying the new clinical tools and interdisciplianry care process.
The several Family Medicine residents
GAFP Go Diabetes QI projects
Depression Screening Project>> interdisciplinary scholarly project to educate faculty, residents, and staff about depression in primary care, screening tools and scoring, decision trees, options for management by the team team, and community resources to support management.
All department trainees participate in scholarly activities, many of which have resulted in publications, national presentations and awards.