Expanding Missions of Rural Community Care Teams: Accomplishments and Challenges


Pat Conway, Ph.D., MSW.
Senior Research Scientist, Essentia Institute of Rural Health

Heidi Favet, BS
Certified Community Health Worker, Essentia Health Ely Clinic; Ely Community Care Team Leader

Jenny Uhrich, BA, MPA
Executive Director, Well Being Development-Ely, MN

Session Details

Date and time: Tuesday, April 5, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Learning track: Expanding the Team
Learning level: Intermediate

Session Description

Developed as a subgroup of the successful Community Care Team, the Behavioral Health Network (BHN) coordinates, expands access to, and improves the quality of behavioral health care services through care coordination in remote rural communities. This session will focus on strategies to successfully establish, grow and sustain networks. Topics will include building value for network members from various disciplines; making evaluation an asset; and overcoming challenges and barriers to networks.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to expand the care team model to include other teams with focused missions.
  • Identify challenges and solutions to network development within and among organizations regionally and statewide.
  • Plan for long-term outcomes while accomplishing short-term wins.