to better serve patients and families, and involving patients and
families in treatment plans, for example — for more than two
It’s the right time to get on board, she says. “While there are a
lot of unknowns and a lot of stress and anxiety related to [these
changes], there are some really exciting opportunities as well.”
One such opportunity is the “patient-centered medical
home” or “patient-centered health-care home,” a primary-care
model that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based,
coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety, and
the general philosophy on which the Affordable Care Act is
Kaslow wants to be sure that patients, their families and
other health-care professionals understand the critical role that
psychologists can play to make such patient-centered practice
a reality. She is particularly interested in ensuring that people
from diverse social classes and ethnic and racial backgrounds
have access to psychologically minded patient-centered medical
homes. That’s why she is creating a task force to evaluate and
communicate the research that shows how psychologists can
enhance behavioral and physical health outcomes, lower costs
and reduce health disparities.
The task force will use that information to create a toolkit
for psychologists interested in working in such settings, says
Kaslow. Components will include a website on best practices,
and tip sheets to help psychologists build the case to other
health care providers and to patients and families about what
psychologists bring to the table.
• Translating Psychological Science for the Public. Kaslow
also is keen on ensuring that psychology’s best scientific
findings become more widely known.
“Psychology does fantastic science, but we need to get that
out more effectively to the public,” she says.
A presidential task force related to this third initiative will
tackle the issue, providing consultation to APA staff who will
create and disseminate new public education material. Kaslow
wants to target a range of media, including blogs and webinars.
She wants information presented to all relevant audiences,
including the news media, legislators, non-psychology
professionals, the lay public and young people.
The success of all three initiatives depends on member
collaboration, Kaslow says.
“The more we can learn from each other, the better,” she
says. “If we’re going to do things meaningfully, we have to do
them together as a team.” n
Tori DeAngelis is a writer in Syracuse, N. Y.
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