OPINION: Expanding integrated care is good for Wilmington’s health

OPINION: Expanding integrated care is good for Wilmington’s health

OPINION: Expanding integrated care is good for Wilmington’s health
Khadijia Tribié Reid, MD, MPH Pediatrician and public health advocate
Published 6:30 am ET Mar 12,2021

Last month, Carolina’s Cape Fear region received big news. Basketball icon Michael Jordan donated $10 million to Novant Health to build two primary care clinics in New Hanover County. He delegated these dollars to create clinics that will provide primary and mental healthcare in the same space. This model is called integrated primary–behavioral care. As a physician, I can testify that expanding integrated care is just what the doctor ordered.

Under an integrated care model, medical providers, counselors, psychiatrists, and social workers collaborate to get patients what they need to be healthy. This model recognizes the link between medical and physical health. As a professional, integrated care has revolutionized the way I practice medicine. Here are just a few ways providers can use primary-behavioral health integration.

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