Integrating behavioral and physical health is hard work yet there are a growing number of SIM practices that are delivering “whole-person care.” A key component to success is awareness and stigma reduction, which is one reason we are highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s also the reason we continue to highlight successes among cohort-1 practices on the website and social media channels (see bottom of this email for social media links). This issue of the newsletter includes a short story about a 13-year-old’s experience that illustrates the value of delivering whole-person care and supporting providers in this important work. We will share more examples of SIM successes during the month of May and beyond and hope you will support “Let’s Talk Colorado,” a SIM-funded campaign developed by local public health agencies to reduce stigma. Learn more and spread the word using hashtags #LetsTalkCO/#HablemosCo.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to correct the number of applications reported in the April issue of the newsletter. The SIM team is pleased to report that 225 practices applied for cohort-2. We will share more information in the coming weeks about cohort 2, which will start its SIM work in September and are thrilled to see such strong interest from the provider community.