From May 1 to May 20, a team of five IBMers will be working with Unity Health Care. Unity is one of the largest community health centers in the country, providing quality primary care to more than 100,000 medically underserved and vulnerable patients and families in Washington, DC annually. Unity operates 26 health care sites including at homeless shelters, school-based health centers, and the DC jail. It serves the homeless, working poor, under/uninsured, children, the elderly, and persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis.
IBM Health Corps will work with Unity to develop a strategic roadmap for behavioral health-primary care integration at two pilot sites initially, before expanding across the organization. Behavioral health is a major concern within Unity’s population, with an estimated 40% of patients facing behavioral health (BH) challenges, including mental health and substance use. BH conditions also inhibit patients’ ability to manage other co-morbid chronic diseases.
Our team will explore the operational and financial aspects of behavioral health-primary care integration in an effort to advance Unity’s transition into an era of accountable care. We are very excited to be partnering with Unity and look forward to an amazing three weeks together!