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The guest in this episode of The Health Leader Forge is Joel Hornberger, the Chief Strategy Officer and National Training Director at Cherokee Health Systems, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. Cherokee Health Systems is a combined Federally Qualified Health Center and Community Mental Health Center, which is kind of unique. Cherokee provides care for more than 70,000 patients through it’s 23 brick and mortar locations and 23 additional telemedicine sites.

Cherokee has been an innovator in the area of integrating behavioral health and primary care, which is the focus of the conversation with Joel. In the interview they talk about how Cherokee uses embedded behavioral health consultants (BHCs) to collaborate with primary care providers as well as the Clinic developed a unique rating system called the BPSA to quantify the needs of individual patients, among other things.

During the podcast Bonica makes reference to a presentation that includes a floor plan used for integrating primary care and behavioral health, as well as the BPSA. You can find that presentation here.

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The Health Leader Forge


Co-produced by University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services (UNH CHHS) and Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives (NNEAHE).

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