Using Integrated Behavioral Health to Reduce Healthcare Disparities: Primary Care Behavioral Health Strategies Serving Rural Populations

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at noon until 01:00 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Audio Conferencing
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

NW Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC)
Dr. Phillip Hawley
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Training Overview Description

This one-hour training will outline the foundations of the primary care behavioral health (PCBH) model of integration and discuss a variety of clinical applications to why meeting patients where they are at and working within the primary care system provides holistic and quality to patient care.

Event-specific Details

The presenter will also provide statistics and case examples highlighting how this approach covers gaps in our healthcare system and works towards true population health strategies.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand what PCBH is and how this is defined
  2. See examples of how this model address social determinants of health to reduce healthcare disparity
  3. Learn clinical applications about how holistic primary care that encompasses behavioral health allows for improved outcomes in behavioral health and physical health metrics.


Dr. Phillip Hawley is the Primary Care Behavioral Health Director for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC). Phillip is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked in primary care for the past 6 years. Phillip manages the Primary Care Behavioral Health program, consisting of 17 BHCs across Washington and Oregon who provide behavioral health service within the PCBH model of integration. Phillip’s role as director includes: Site visits and ongoing support of BHC within the organization; reporting for internal and external stakeholders; supervision for the BHC post-doctoral residents; hiring/ onboarding and training of newly hired BHCs; coordination with regional healthcare and behavioral health organizations through sub-committees and workgroups; direct patient care through same day consultation; and providing in-service trainings to assess mental health concerns to staff and the community. Phillip is focused on assisting in complete health care for patients.