Thursday, April 6, 2017

Two KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth staff named to Governor's subcommittee.

KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth staff members, Shawna Wright, Ph.D., assistant director of behavioral health, and Janine Gracy, MSE, project director for Heartland Telehealth Resource Center, were recently named members of The Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council (GBHSPC) Rural & Frontier Subcommittee.

The group includes 25 diverse stakeholders representing behavioral health and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout the rural and frontier areas of Kansas. The committee envisions behavioral health equity for Kansans across the lifespan. Leveraging rural best practices and research data, the group champions strategies, such as telehealth, in order to promote access to essential, high quality behavioral health services.

The group meets in Dodge City on the 4th Thursday of every other month. Dr. Wright will bring her experience of working in community mental health and as independent behavioral telehealth provider to rural areas, as well as her work with the Telehealth ROCKS program. Ms. Gracy will share her experience and work with rural and frontier telehealth startups and providers, as well as her background in prevention. For more information, please contact Dr. Wright at (913) 588-2257.

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