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How can your organization help you use evidence-based practices?

Over the past decade, the city of Philadelphia has supported evidence-based practices, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, by funding training initiatives and creating infrastructure in the local mental health system.

In 2017, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed hundreds of therapists in community mental health organizations in Philadelphia to understand their experiences with using evidence-based practices.  Their most striking finding? Many clinicians shared that they are “not at all” rewarded or recognized for implementing evidence-based practice.  

In February 2018, we launched a Your Big Idea Challenge to learn more about this topic from frontline clinicians.  We asked, how can your organization help you use evidence-based practices in your work?

Over the course of 5 weeks, therapists from across the city submitted 66 ideas.  The challenge committee is currently in the process of reviewing ideas, and winners will be announced in April.  

Winning ideas, as selected by the challenge committee will receive $100 and the opportunity to partner with Penn researchers to further develop and potentially implement ideas.

Challenge Committee

Doug Jones

David T. Jones, MS
Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

Arturo Zinny

Arturo Zinny, LPC, MA
Project Manager, Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services
Community Behavioral Health

Cherie Brummans

Cherie Brummans, MBA
CEO & Executive Director
The Alliance of Community Service Providers

Kamilah Jackson

Kamilah Jackson, MD, MPH
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Community Behavioral Health

Alison M. Buttenheim

Alison M. Buttenheim, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine 
Senior Fellow, Leonard David Institute of Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania

Shivan Mehta

Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, MSHP
Associate Chief Innovation Officer, Center for Health Care Innovation
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania