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Integrative Healthcare Settings: Addressing Mental Health in Primary Care Post-Webinar Discussion

The Post-Webinar Discussion provided an intimate format for service providers to learn from Dr. Fox’s experience in providing integrative care to refugee populations from the perspective of a physician working in a Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Fox emphasized the importance of addressing mental health as part of primary care and that all the staff are part of the behavioral health team. Dr. Fox further discussed the necessity of primary care providers to discuss mental health with patients and the importance of being able to identify somatic symptoms. Finally, she described the importance of interpretation and knowledge of cultural beliefs and traditions, as well as best practices in streamlining services.

The objectives of this Post-Webinar Discussion were to:

  • Share trauma-informed approaches healthcare providers can use when addressing mental health concerns, such as somaticized symptoms
  • Describe the best ways to facilitate a mental health referral in an integrative healthcare setting
  • Explore the ways in which healthcare professionals can be integrated into refugee ongoing healthcare and well-being

See a link to the recording here.

See a link to the powerpoint here.

Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Andrea Fox, M.D., MPH

Dr. Fox is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Boston University School of Medicine. She did a residency in Internal Medicine at the Social Medicine Program at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx where she also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. She has been a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She focused her work on community-based care of older adults and teaching students about caring for older adults. In 2006 she accepted the position to be the founding Chief Medical Officer of the Squirrel Hill Health Center, a new Federally Qualified Health Center in Pittsburgh. Since that time the Health Center has had significant growth and opened a second site in December 2015. The Health Center has developed expertise in the care of refugees and immigrants with 60% of patients speaking a language other than English. The Health Center provides multi-disciplinary services including primary health care including behavioral health, women’s health services, dental care, care navigation, and house calls.

Additional Resources

This webinar was the second installment in a four-part series on integrative healthcare settings.  For further discussion on this topic, view the following links: