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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Gift will be used to teach community members to identify people at risk for depression, anxiety, suicide and substance abuse

The Katie Foundation announced it has made a $15,000 gift to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI). The donation will be used to purchase licenses for an online simulation to teach students, health providers and community members to identify individuals at high risk for depression, anxiety, suicide and substance abuse. The BHI plans to purchase 600 licenses to be used over a three-year period with a goal of educating 200 people per year.

The Katie Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving treatment and service for people coping with mental illness, raised the funds at its annual 5Kate. The event is a run/walk and mental health fair that celebrates the life of Katie Shoener and helps raise awareness in the community about depression and bipolar disorder.

“Our nonprofit is dedicated to shining a light on mental illness,” said The Katie Foundation’s Sarah Shoener. “We are happy to support the BHI, which has so effectively advanced the community conversation about mental illness.”

“We are once again honored to partner with The Katie Foundation. The foundation’s advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness goes hand-in-hand with BHI’s goal of making mental health care as integral a part of a person’s overall healthcare as a routine physical exam,” said Terri Lacey, RN. BHI’s executive director. “We are humbled by their generosity.”

After completing the online simulation, learners should be able to screen patients for depression and substance use using evidence-based tools; recognize risk factors and warning signs of substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation; conduct brief interventions using motivational interviewing techniques; engage in collaborative treatment planning with patients; and coordinate referrals to treatment or follow-up care. A study of the simulation with 425 health professionals shows that it results in statistically significant increases in skills to identify risk factors, screen patients, discuss treatment options, engage in collaborative decision-making, and build intrinsic motivation in patients to adhere to a treatment plan.

The BHI will begin using the simulation this month.


About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

 
Katie Foundation donation to GCSOM's BHI 2019
The Katie Foundation announced it has made a $15,000 gift to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI). The donation will be used to purchase licenses for an online simulation to teach students, health providers and community members to identify individuals at high risk for depression, anxiety, suicide and substance abuse. Seen from left to right are Jane Kanyock, GCSOM; Terri Lacey, RN, GCSOM’s BHI; Anthony Morada, GCSOM medical student; Ed Shoener and Sarah Shoener of The Katie Foundation; GCSOM medical students, Mahrukh Choudhary and Sana Chughtai; Leighton Huey, MD, GCSOM’s BHI; Nicole Gillman, GCSOM medical student; and Keith Loughney, GCSOM’s BHI.
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