Episode 19 – Mind Shift: Taking Whole-Person Care From Concept to Practice

Episode 19 – January 2021
Topic: Mind Shift: Taking Whole-Person Care From Concept to Practice
Host: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C
Guests: Amber Danielecki Buzzi, MSPAS, PA-C, and Phyllis Peterson, MPAS, PA-C

This episode of Vital Minds is a collaborative effort between the nccPA Health Foundation and the PA Foundation and is part of the PArtners in Mental Health Initiative. This initiative leverages a collective impact change strategy to improve the nation’s health by advancing the roles of PAs and strengthening partnerships to address issues impacting mental health and substance use disorders. Achieving that goal means encouraging all PAs, regardless of discipline or practice setting, to be champions of mental healthcare and to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Join the movement today.

Resources:
nccPA Health Foundation – Mental Health
SMI Adviser
SMI Adviser – My Mental Health Crisis Plan app
American Psychiatric Association – “New app will help people with serious mental illness develop a crisis plan”
American Hospital Association – Behavioral Health Integration: Treating the Whole Person
Medical Group Management Association – Integrated behavioral health in a clinical primary care setting
HRSA Health Center Program – Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration
HealthAffairs – How We Are Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care


Episode 18 – Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse

Episode 18 – August 2020
Topic: Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse
Host: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C
Guest: Laura Katers, MS, MCHS, PA-C

Resources:
View the Foundation’s full suite of resources: “Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse: Empowering Future Providers Through Education”
View other SUD resources, including “Shutting Down Stigma Against SUD” video


Episode 17 – COVID-19: Emotional Toll on Healthcare Providers

Episode 17 – June 2020
Topic: COVID-19: Emotional Toll on Healthcare Providers
Host: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C
Guests: Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psychiatry, DFAAPA, and Charles Raison, MD

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Resources:
National Center for PTSD – “Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak”
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network – Coping During COVID-19
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network – “Preparing for COVID-19-Induced PTSD Among Health Care Providers”
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network – “Strengthening Our Well-Being During COVID-19”


Episode 16 – PA School and Beyond: Perspectives From PA Student Leaders

Episode 16 – May 2020
Topic: PA School and Beyond: Perspectives From PA Student Leaders
Hosts: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C, and Andrea Lowe, PA-C
Guests: Cooper Couch, PA-S; Kaci Hardsock, PA-S; and Katie Ganser, PA-S

Resources:
AAPA Career Central – Become a PA
AAPA Member Central – Pre-PA
9 Reasons to Become a PA
6 Steps to Become a PA


Episode 15 – Meeting a Growing Need: PAs in Palliative Care

Episode 15 – March 2020
Topic: Meeting a Growing Need: PAs in Palliative Care
Guest host: Andrea Lowe, PA-C
Guests: Rose Direny-Jean, PA-C, and Rose Rutherford, PA-C

Resources:
PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM) – PAHPM.org
Oman Medical Journal – “Palliative Care: Time for Action”
Mayo Clinic – “Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice”
BMJ Open – “What matters most for end-of-life care? Perspectives from community-based palliative care providers and administrators”
The American Journal of Medicine – “Public Awareness and Perceptions of Palliative and Comfort Care”
The Ochsner Journal – “The Role of Palliative Care at the End of Life”
Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) – 8-Step Protocol


Episode 14 – Beyond the Baby Blues: Addressing Postpartum Depression

Episode 14 – February 2020
Topic: Beyond the Baby Blues: Addressing Postpartum Depression
Host: Andrea Lowe, PA-C
Guests: Kathleen Ehrhardt, MMS, PA-C, and Jacob Wills, PA-C

This episode of Vital Minds is a collaborative effort between the nccPA Health Foundation and the PA Foundation and is part of the PArtners in Mental Health Initiative. This initiative leverages a collective impact change strategy to improve the nation’s health by advancing the roles of PAs and strengthening partnerships to address issues impacting mental health and substance use disorders. Achieving that goal means encouraging all PAs, regardless of discipline or practice setting, to be champions of mental healthcare and to join in the movement to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Join the movement today.

Resources:
nccPA Health Foundation – Mental Health
CDC – “Depression Among Women”
National Institute of Mental Health – “Postpartum Depression Facts”
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network – “Counseling Interventions Can Prevent Perinatal Depression”
Postpartum Support International
SMI Adviser – “What treatments are available for postpartum depression, or depression after childbirth?”
SMI Adviser – “Using Antidepressants in Pregnancy”
SMI Adviser – “Perinatal Psychiatry”
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale


Episode 13 – Food for Thought: Reframing Nutrition with Patients

Episode 13 – September 2019
Topic: Food for Thought: Reframing Nutrition with Patients
Host: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C
Guests: Ellen Mandel, MPA, PA-C, RDN, CDE

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Abbott Nutrition.

Resources:
AAPA CME Central – Nutrition Toolkit
Jean Ferrières – “The French paradox: lessons for other countries”
American Diabetes Association – Prediabetes resources
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – EatRight.org
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (hhs.gov) – Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (health.gov) – Dietary Guidelines
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion – ChooseMyPlate.gov


Episode 12 – Tackling Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital Setting

Episode 12 – April 2019
Topic: Tackling Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital Setting
Host: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C
Guest: Richard Bottner, PA-C

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Indivior, a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of patient advocacy and health policy, as well as education on evidence-based treatment models.

Resources:
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Inpatient Buprenorphine Induction for Opioid Use Disorder
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Inpatient Management of Opioid Use Disorder: Buprenorphine/Naloxone
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) Nursing Quick Reference Sheet
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) Pharmacist Quick Reference Sheet
SAMHSA TIP 63 Part 2: Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in General Medical Settings
Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association – Guidelines for Medication for Addiction Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder within the Emergency Department
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Reducing Stigma Educational Tools (ReSET)
PA Foundation SUD resources – “Shutting Down Stigma Against SUD” video


Episode 11 – Healthcare Provider Burnout

Episode 11 – March 2019
Topic: Healthcare Provider Burnout
Host: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C
Guests: Nelae Keene, PA-C, and Jay Somers, PA-C

This episode of Vital Minds is a collaborative effort between the nccPA Health Foundation and the PA Foundation and is part of the PArtners in Mental Health Initiative. This initiative leverages a collective impact change strategy to improve the nation’s health by advancing the roles of PAs and strengthening partnerships to address issues impacting mental health and substance use disorders. Achieving that goal means encouraging us, as PAs, to care for ourselves and one another so we’re the best that we can be for our patients.

Resources:
nccPA Health Foundation – Mental Health
AAPA – “Are PAs Burned Out?”
National Academy of Medicine – “Implementing Optimal Team-Based Care to Reduce Clinician Burnout”
National Academy of Medicine – “Burnout and Job and Career Satisfaction in the Physician Assistant Profession: A Review of the Literature”
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners – “Efficacy of the Well-Being Index to identify distress and stratify well-being in Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants”


Episode 10 – Addressing Addiction in PA Practice

Episode 10 – January 2019
Topic: Addressing Addiction in PA Practice
Host: James Millward, DMSc, PA-C
Guest: Gianni Migliaccio, PA-C

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Indivior, a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of patient advocacy and health policy, as well as education on evidence-based treatment models.

Resources:
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Addiction Medicine in Primary Care
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Integrating Addiction and Primary Care Services
Qualify for NP and PA Waivers
Society of PAs in Addiction Medicine
The Commonwealth Fund – “In Focus: Expanding Access to Addiction Treatment Through Primary Care”
Harvard Medical School CME Online – “Understanding Addiction”
NCBI – “Estimating Demand for Primary Care-Based Treatment for Substance and Alcohol Use Disorders”
PA Foundation SUD resources – “Shutting Down Stigma Against SUD” video