Are Learning Collaboratives Effective in Implementing Interventions for Obesity and Tobacco Dependence to Reduce Early Mortality in People with Mental Illness?

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 10:30-11:30am ET, our Principal Investigator, Dr. Stephen J. Bartels, will present “Are Learning Collaboratives Effective in Implementing Interventions for Obesity and Tobacco Dependence to Reduce Early Mortality in People with Mental Illness?”. This presentation will describe health promotion interventions for obesity and tobacco dependence in persons with mental illness including use of health coaches, mHealth, and social media. Results of a statewide learning collaborative will be discussed followed by a description of an ongoing multi-state randomized trial comparing learning collaboratives to targeted technical assistance in the implementation of an evidence-based health promotion program with respect to organizational, provider, and patient-level outcomes.

The session will include approximately 40 minutes of discussion from our speaker and 20 minutes for engaged discussion and Q&A with the audience. Below are references that will provide good background and foundational knowledge for this topic—please review the article(s) and come with your questions and thoughts for discussion.

Relevant References: Recommended to be reviewed in advance of the session

  1. Bartels SJ. Can behavioral health organizations change health behaviors? The STRIDE study and lifestyle interventions for obesity in serious mental illness. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Jan;172(1):9-11.
  2. Bartels SJ, Pratt SI, Aschbrenner KA, Barre LK, Naslund JA, Wolfe R, Xie H, McHugo GJ, Jimenez DE, Jue K, Feldman J, Bird BL. Pragmatic Replication Trial of Health Promotion Coaching for Obesity in Serious Mental Illness and Maintenance of Outcomes. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Apr; 172(4): 344–352.
  3. Aschbrenner KA, Brunette MF, McElvery R, Naslund JA, Scherer EA, Pratt SI, Bartels SJ. Cigarette smoking and interest in quitting among overweight and obese adults with serious mental illness enrolled in a fitness intervention. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2015 Jun;203(6):473-6.
  4. Aschbrenner KA, Naslund JA, Shevenell M, Kinney E, Bartels SJ. A Pilot Study of a Peer-Group Lifestyle Intervention Enhanced With mHealth Technology and Social Media for Adults With Serious Mental Illness. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Jun;204(6):483-6.