Fund for Public Health in New York
Initiative to address the need for improved physicians-patient communication through providing detailed training and creating tools to facilitate implementation of self-management support in daily practice
Executive Summary: To increase the capacity of physician practices to provide effective self-management support for their patients, the Fund for Public Health in New York developed a toolkit comprised of easy to use tools integrating behavior change techniques and chronic disease self management. In the second year of the grant, the grantee implemented two training cycles that varied in length. Each training cycle included a day and a half of person training and either four or seven one-hour monthly conference calls. During the final year of the grant, the grantee revised the training program with feedback from prior attendees. The revised program offered two training courses, an in depth six-month training for leaders who committed to conduct a training for providers at their site and a basic five week course for care team members. Over the two years of training, 90 participants completed the program and 10 of the participating providers personally trained 94 of their peers. Additionally, 70 medical students and 10 family medicine residents at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine were introduced to the tools.