2014 CHALLENGE: CREATE AN INTERVENTION (IDEA + PLAN OF ACTION) THAT INCLUDES AN EDUCATION, ACCESS AND/OR SERVICE COMPONENT FOR BEHAVIORAL/MENTAL HEALTH IN A RETAIL CLINIC. ALL INTERVENTIONS SUBMITTED MUST HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY MAY 2014.
Problem Statement: This year’s Design Challenge is exploring the most effective avenue to integrate mental health care into retail clinics. An American Heart Association (AHA) report stated to improve the quality of mental health care in the United States actions must be taken, which includes:
- Improving public awareness of effective treatment.
- Making it easier to find the care needed and access to it.
- Reducing the financial barriers to treatment.
Retail Clinics (CVS' Minute Clinic, Walgreens' Take Care Clinic, Target Clinic, and local healthcare systems clinics) have existed since 2000. They are small health clinics located within a larger store in which patients can receive basic primary health care. They are known for convenience, low cost and high quality care however the model of retail clinics focuses on primary physical health and currently does not provide behavioral health interventions (e.g. screening, referral, and crisis management).
Award: The winning solution will be considered for implementation at QCare, the first retail clinic in North Philadelphia. QCare is operated by Family Practice and Counseling Network.
Photos from QCare in North Philadelphia (Jan. 2014)
Additionally, the Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation has started a crowd-funding page on the website, Indiegogo, to support the funding for mental health care at QCare.
** The Scattergood Foundation has agreed to match $1 for every $1 raised through the Indiegogo crowd-funding website (up to $2,500) ** Spread the word to other interested parties!