Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Highlights WIPHL for Its Work Addressing Behavioral Health Issues

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recognized the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) as a “Service Delivery Innovator” for its work in implementing behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) in primary healthcare settings.

The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange profiled WIPHL’s BSI service delivery model, which is a preventive approach aimed at reducing unhealthy drinking, drug and tobacco use and depression. In its profile, AHRQ reviewed WIPHL’s successful implementation strategy, summarized its results, and offered suggestions for those considering adopting BSI.

“WIPHL is extremely honored to be featured by AHRQ for our work helping primary care settings identify and address patients with important behavioral health risks,” said Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH, UW Professor of Family Medicine and Director of WIPHL. “We know many health care experts and providers view AHRQ as a well-respected resource for improving healthcare outcomes.  We hope more clinics in Wisconsin and elsewhere will ensure that all patients receive cost-saving, effective BSI.”

For the past seven years, WIPHL has helped deliver BSI services to more than 150,000 patients in more than 40 primary care clinics and hospitals in Wisconsin. With grant funding from AHRQ and other sources, WIPHL provides free training, consultation services and support to healthcare professionals.

AHRQ is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for improving the quality and effectiveness of healthcare in the United States. The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange is an online resource that offers health care professionals and researchers opportunities for sharing evidence-based innovations and tools.

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