Development of an Evidence-based, Culturally Centered Integrated Care Model to Address Depression and Selected Co-occurring Chronic Diseases
In a Community Based Primary Healthcare Center: Implications for Health Policy
Addressing the multi-faceted health and mental health needs of ethnically and culturally diverse individuals is a complex issue that warrants attention from policymakers, clinicians, researchers, scientists, and public health professionals that can offer unique perspectives and strategies to support efforts for greater well-being among individuals.
Our proposed research study seeks to add to the existing, yet limited body of literature concerning integrated healthcare models to help address one of the most deleterious mental disorders, depression and selected co-occurring chronic health conditions. Thus, the specific aims of the proposed research investigation are (1) to design, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of a culturally centered integrative healthcare model to address depression and selected co-morbid chronic diseases among underserved ethnically and culturally diverse adults; and (2) to assess the impact of mental health insurance mandates and coverage on access to a community-based integrated mental and primary healthcare model for vulnerable populations (e.g., veterans, LGBT, homeless, and uninsured individuals). It is our intention to provide greater insight into use of an innovative culturally-centered integrated care model and strategies to support the health, mental health, and well-being of these understudied populations.
This research study seeks to add to the existing, yet limited body of literature concerning integrated healthcare models to help address one of the most deleterious mental disorders, depression and selected co-occurring chronic health conditions. The ultimate goal is to help to reduce health and mental health disparities, improve health equity, and enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.