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Five Minute Mental Health Clinics

We have historically undertreated or ignored mental health issues but this is about to change with the ACA as Americans will get access to mental health services. Millions live with chronic stress, self-medicate with alcohol, illicit substances or misuse prescriptions. A fourth of adults suffer from mental illness but only 1/3 receives treatment. Almost 10% of the population has a depressive disorder which increases the ...more »

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Fast-Tracker – Turning Helplessness to Empowerment, Waste to Productivity

“A three month wait to see a psychiatrist!? I felt helpless and hopeless.” I went online and www.Fast-Trackermn.org found me an opening that week.” An idea so simple that it’s revolutionary – Fast-Tracker peels away the clutter to focus on the patient and provider. Providers post their location, services, and instantly update availability. Patients engage to find providers with openings. Providers fill cancellations ...more »

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icanhelp early identification tool for substance use and mental health disorders

Across the country, our youth are not engaging in services until their substance use and behavioral health/mental health issues have progressed to the level of truancy, lower school and pro-social engagement, drop-out, school expulsions, juvenile justice involvement and poly-substance abuse. The icanhelp℠ program is a novel school and community based program that trains individuals-viz. teachers, administrators, nurses, ...more »

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MyHealthMentor: First Online Platform for Health Mentorship

MyHealthMentor was formed with a vision to tap into the power of sharing personal experience in order to cope with and overcome health challenges. A mentee benefits from learning skills and strategies from the mentor, and the mentor gains the satisfaction of making a real impact in another's life. This realization came to one of the founders, who battled two mental health conditions, when he began sharing his insights ...more »

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Advancing Student Wellbeing

You can find quality ratings for doctors or restaurants; but students & families looking for information about the mental health support systems available at colleges won’t find it. As a result, the scope and quality of a school’s mental health safety net is not part of the college selection process. Meanwhile, 64% of drop-outs report a mental health reason for leaving college. JedCampus, a new certification program, ...more »

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Telehealth and innovative partnerships that can improve patient care by treating body and mind.

TH4MH - Telehealth for Mental Health – is designed to provide mental health screening and services to patients in general clinics. Imagine a mother brining her baby to the pediatrician’s office and while she’s there she begins to cry. Suddenly a mental health specialist, a trained Nurse Practitioner, appears on the screen to help her. Telehealth can transform the primary care medical home into a one-stop shop, adding ...more »

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Improve a person’s health by improving their employment status

Today we hear so much about improving our health, but the focus on improving one’s health is primarily on a person’s physical health - access to health care, exercise and nutrition. We need to increase our scope of thinking to truly have an impact an individual’s overall health. We at HRU believe that physical health should not be looked at as an isolated silo, but part of a larger picture. In order to increase an ...more »

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Reduce the high cost of mental health care by educating families of adults with mental illness

To reduce costs to the mental health system, educating and including families in their loved one's treatment is key. "There is significant evidence that providing information to family members of adults diagnosed with a mental illness…can decrease the frequency of relapse…up to 75% reduction in relapse and re-hospitalization after two years." Univ. of Kansas, School of Social Welfare Our program, which is customized ...more »

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Internet-based cognitive training to expand access to evidence-based mental health care

Approx. half the U.S. population experiences serious mental health problems during their lifetime, and the large majority never receive treatment. Barriers include costs, difficulties accessing evidence-based care, and stigma. Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) can overcome these barriers. CBM can be delivered without a therapist via the Internet. This will dramatically reduce costs, expand access, and enhance privacy. ...more »

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Reduce childhood trauma & adult health problems by teaching healthy relationship skills to parents

The ACE study shows that risk factors for many chronic diseases cluster in people who experience maltreatment in childhood often due to family instability. Children raised in fragile families all too frequently experience abuse, violence, and trauma. This new approach of teaching at-risk parents the skills necessary to form and sustain long-term, stable romantic relationships to prevent childhood trauma is a primary ...more »

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FR&SH1st: FAMILY REPRODUCTIVE & SEXUAL HEALTH FIRST "CLUBS"

FR&SH1st is an “infotainment” approach to healthcare delivery, merging our society's hyper-sexualized entertainment and media environment with education, prevention, harm-reduction, and treatment in a clinical setting that's more like a trendy spa than a public clinic, with specially-trained navigators, employing motivational empathy and technology in patient-centered interactions. Marketed in a "reality tv" format, ...more »

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Medical School Without the Books

People should have access to the same knowledge that hospitals, insurance companies, drug companies, and pharmacies use to decide their care and the access to it. Today, you're expected to manage your health and make intelligent decisions without going to medical school. We went for you. Cube Linked is a neuroinformatics (Wiki it) company that builds software to better diagnose, treat, manage, and understand brain disease. ...more »

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