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Integrated Health Care (IHC)

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Julia KyleJulia Kyle is the Director of Integrated Health Care (IHC). Mrs. Kyle holds an MBA from George Washington University and an MSW from the University of Michigan. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership skills to DWMHA with over 13 years of experience in the areas of integrated healthcare and working with Medicaid, Medicare and HMO providers. She joins us from the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry as the Outreach Director for Medicaid Projects and Clinical and Training Supervisor where she built and sustained partnerships with over 100 health care clinics. 

Julia’s experience will help as we lead DWMHA in the further development of the Integrated Healthcare Model among our Provider Network. She has created and supervised a self-management program for Veterans with serious mental illness that reduced long-term risk for cardiovascular disease by 15% in 12 months; and managed a multidisciplinary team of national experts in the 2 year development of an integrated care intervention and website. The intervention is now listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and used broadly in the U.S. and internationally.

What is Integrated Healthcare (IHC)?

Integrated Health Care is a systematic holistic approach to the overall care of an individual. It is the coordination of integrating health care services for physical health, mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental disabilities.  By combining medical care with behavioral health services it will fully address the spectrum of problems that a patient might bring to the health care provider whether it is in a primary care or mental health setting. Integrated care produces the best health outcomes which effectively cares for people with complex healthcare needs.

In Detroit-Wayne County, integrated health care will give individuals and family members comprehensive and easy access to recovery-oriented supports and services from health care professionals who are welcoming and trained to deliver integrated health care that meet the individual’s needs. Medical and behavioral health professionals will work together as a team, to improve the overall health and well-being of each individual at any provider location.