Care Partners: bridging families, clinics, and communities to advance late-life depression care

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Care Partners website

Through Archstone Foundation’s Depression in Late-Life Initiative, the Care Partners project seeks to improve depression care for older adults by building innovative and effective community partnerships. Specifically, the Care Partners project has the following goals: 1) develop late-life depression innovations among primary care, community-based organizations (CBOs) and family, 2) build a learning community of clinics, CBOs, and researchers in California who will work together on the Care Partners Late-Life Depression Initiative to improve care for depressed older adults, 3) conduct an evaluation of the developing models, and 4) develop and conduct a Learning Collaborative in Year 5 for California clinics and CBOs interested in improving depression care for older adults. Throughout the project, project teams at the University of Washington (UW) and UC Davis (UCD) provide technical assistance and evaluation to support site development and sustainment. Together, the community-engaged partnerships have tremendous potential to improve access to care, patient engagement, patient care experience and quality of care. In addition, CBO and clinic partners are well primed to improve care through addressing the social determinants of health.

Project Period:
July 1, 2014 July 31, 2022

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Archstone Foundation

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Practice Type(s):
Community-Based Organizations, Primary Care

Patient Population(s):
Older Adults

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Learning Collaborative: Community Partnerships to Improve Depression Care
With the generous support of Archstone Foundation, the University of Washington and the University of California, Davis released an RFP January 1, 2020 for those interested in joining a learning collaborative to improve depression care for older adults. Participants will learn to partner with community-based organizations (CBOs) and innovate to address patient’s physical, behavioral, and social needs to improve care.

We have awarded four partnerships to participate in a learning collaborative to improve depression care for older adults and reduce mental health disparities. The four selected partnerships include:

  1. Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHCCC) and Food Bank of Santa Barbara County (FBSBC)
  2. Eisner Health and Special Service for Groups’ SILVER Program
  3. San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services Age Wise program and Lifestyle Medical
  4. Grove by Sutter Health and Council on Aging, Santa Rosa, CA

Each partnership will receive a one-year award of $30,000 to participate in a continuous quality improvement learning community.

For additional information, please visit the Care Partners website.


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Jürgen Unützer, UW, Investigator / Practice Coach
Theresa Hoeft, UW, Investigator / Practice Coach
Patrick Raue, UW, Investigator / Practice Coach
Rita Haverkamp, UW, Practice Coach
John Kern, UW, Practice Coach
Lesley Steinman, UW, Practice Coach
Mindy Vredevoogd, UW, Project Manager
Katherine James, UW, Research Coordinator
Ladson Hinton, UC Davis, Investigator / Practice Coach
Melissa Gosdin, UC Davis, Evaluator
Stuart Henderson, UC Davis, Evaluator
Jenny Wagner, UC Davis, Evaluator