The Transition to Integrated Health

August 17, 2022

Integrated health is a coordinated team-based, person-centered approach designed to bring together all the components that make humans healthy – physical, oral, pharmacy, behavioral (brain), and supportive services focusing on providing comprehensive care to improve outcomes and ensure health equity for all. 

As of July 1, 2022, the Iowa Primary Care Association Clinical Consulting Team was renamed the Integrated Health Team to better align with the team's focus on integration and to expand funding opportunities to support the work of the team (and the Iowa PCA overall). The healthcare industry, and particularly our health centers, are taking on a whole-person approach. This change will allow any of the team's consultants to assist in all areas of integrated care and provide a broader portfolio to support health centers in the great work they are doing.

In order to support this initiative, the Integrated Health Team has created a bi-monthly newsletter. The newsletter will incorporate key areas of integrated health into a joint publication to share with providers and care teams across Iowa's network of community health centers. The goal is to strengthen the knowledge among disciplines and care teams on the value of working together and highlighting the various touchpoints each has with each other and with patients.

This bi-monthly newsletter will take the place of weekly/monthly email updates; there may still be occasional emails with time-sensitive information. Also, the IowaHealth+ monthly update will still be sent out separately to health centers with updates specific to all the great work occurring in IH+. If you want to receive the IH+ Monthly Update, please reach out to Amanda Gerardy.

The Integrated Health Team's title changes are as follows:

  • Julie Baker, Director of Integrated Health
  • Amanda Gerardy, Value-Based Care Consultant
  • Megan Westerly, Integrated Health Consultant
  • Michaela Keller, Clinical Informatics Consultant
  • Nancy Adrianse, Integrated Health Consultant

View the July 2022 Integrated Health Newsletter here!