Colorado’s Office of Suicide Prevention is engaged in health systems transformation efforts to integrate suicide attempt and mortality prevention as a core component of patient care. This presentation will explore how the Office is working with behavioral health care providers to institutionalize health workforce competence and confidence around evidence-based practices in suicide prevention. Some examples of this work include administration of population health grants as part of Colorado’s State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, implementation of a statewide Zero Suicide framework, a post-crisis telephone follow-up project, and partnerships with health care educators and trainers. Providers who are interested in an evolving, state-level approach to violence and injury prevention by bridging public health efforts and health care reform and quality improvement initiatives will find this presentation engaging and a valuable insight into the future of integrated suicide prevention.
- Understand Colorado’s public health approach to suicide prevention in health care systems.
- Question state public health leaders about challenges and opportunities in implementing health systems change.
- Envision opportunities for suicide prevention in their own systems of care.
- Colorado Vital Statistics Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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- Beth S. Brodsky, Aliza Spruch-Feiner, & Barbara Stanley. (2018). The Zero Suicide Model: Applying Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Practices to Clinical Care. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 33.