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Society further focuses efforts on mental and behavioral health

The Wisconsin Medical Society hosted the second meeting of a new mental and behavioral health work group last week to further focus efforts on three key areas: mitigating stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, improving patient access to care and developing the mental and behavioral health workforce.

The group, which first met in March, is comprised of representatives from integrated health care systems, specialty medical societies and federally qualified health centers.

The group established a framework for achieving improvements in each of the three key areas as well as specific goals and metrics. Participants also identified other key stakeholders that will be integral to advancing the state of mental and behavioral health in Wisconsin.

Participants included representatives from Agnesian HealthCare, Aspirus, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System and the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee, as well as representatives from the following specialty societies: Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Contact Society Policy Specialist H.J. Waukau at 608.442.3807 for more information or if you wish to get involved in Society efforts to improve mental and behavioral health.

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