- Sarah Shelton, PsyD, MPH, MSCP, Founder & CEO, Shelton Forensic Solutions, Louisville, KY
- John Penezic, MA, Psychology Resident, Charles George VA Medical Center, Shepherdsville, KY
Addressing behavioral health factors during the onset and duration of a public health crisis are critical elements to sustainment of healthcare systems. The SARS-Cov-2/Covid19 pandemic quickly overwhelmed healthcare facilities around the world, as demand for care exceeded the available supports. Health behavior change can be protective by reducing potential patient exposure and promoting immune function. Additionally, it can serve as a functional part of the morbid phase treatment plan to enhance recovery. Integration of care, in this context, serves to increase efficiency, mitigate patient decompensation, and moderate provider workload. This poster presents information on utilization of Behavioral Health Consultation to increase efficiency and reduce PCP workload during surge capacity operation.
- Recognize the impact of public health crises on primary care operations, specifically as they relate to healthcare team and patient experience and wellness.
- Identify ways in which integrated behavioral healthcare can minimize negative impact and optimize effectiveness and efficiency during a public health crisis.
- Describe what the recent Covid-19 pandemic has revealed in terms of how to function more nimbly and appropriately in healthcare in future situations of a similar nature.