Poor mental health is a major public health issue that robs millions of people of their chance to lead healthy and productive lives. Depression alone doubles overall healthcare costs, worsens other medical conditions, and results in a staggering loss of productivity at work. In underserved rural areas in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region, a severe shortage of mental health providers compounds these problems.
Education & Training
The AIMS Center supports training and workforce development through our implementation efforts, by training providers who deliver Collaborative Care, and by creating innovative educational tools for a broader audience. We encourage you to explore our training and workforce development services to learn more.
For information about postdoctoral research fellowships, individual mentorships, and resident training at the University of Washington, please visit the Division of Integrated Care & Public Health. If you're looking for specific information on a particular topic or skill, we encourage you to visit our Resource Library.
MHIP helps low income or safety net populations throughout the state of Washington by integrating high quality mental health treatment into primary care settings using collaborative care.
CHAMP (Collaborating to Heal Opioid Addiction and Mental Health in Primary Care) is a NIMH-funded research study that will test whether Collaborative Care addressing both mental health conditions and co-occurring opioid use disorder can improve patient lives.
The AIMS Center is partnering with Premera to support up to 30 clinics in rural Washington and Alaska to expand access to evidence-based mental health treatment. Selected clinics will receive up to $245,000 over 15 months to defray participation costs.
In partnership with Healthier Washington, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched The Practice Transformation Support Hub (Hub). The Hub is a 2.5-year project that will provide WA State practices with the training, coaching, technical assistance, and tools needed to achieve the goals of integrating physical and behavioral health services, moving from volume to value-based services, and improving population health through clinical community linkages.
The Get Well/Stay Well project is meant to address the multiple issues of senior patients and serve as a training ground for osteopathic residents to learn how to do Collaborative Care, providing the AIMS Center with a new opportunity to develop and deliver training to PCP residents.
A clinical rotation curriculum that introduces a senior resident to the role of the psychiatric consultant in a Collaborative Care team.
The AIMS Center developed a series of six modules designed to introduce a psychiatrist to the practice of primary care psychiatry with a special focus on the role of a psychiatrist functioning as part of a Collaborative Care team.
To help build Kenya’s mental health infrastructure and research capacity, UW faculty are providing in-person training and on-going mentorship to University of Nairobi faculty and postgraduates as well as assisting with the development of a Mental Health Resource Center.