Colo. – A health policy center that aims to improve integration
in healthcare has been established at University of Colorado School of
Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, sponsored by the CU Department of
Family Medicine and named in honor of a former chair, aims to develop and
translate evidence into policy to advance comprehensive, integrated strategies
that improve individual, family, and population health.
formal designation as a center was granted last month when it was approved by
CU Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Donald M. Elliman Jr.
Miller, PsyD, director of the center and associate professor of family
medicine, said: “Our expertise is focused on better integrating mental health
and substance use throughout healthcare. We want to leverage innovation
happening in places like primary care, and begin to intersect health policy
with community-based prevention, workforce needs, and payment reform.”
advance health policy, the Farley Health Policy Center:
- Conducts, evaluates, and disseminates
relevant qualitative and quantitative research.
- Convenes stakeholders and decision-makers
to improve health and healthcare together.
- Consults with communities, state and
federal agencies, and foundations.
- Educates, trains, and mentors
professionals to develop a health policy lens for approaching research and
- Provides technical assistance for
implementing strategies for integrated care in health and healthcare systems.
- Fosters collaboration among
inter-professional, interdisciplinary, and community-based teams.
Shedden Farley, Jr, MD, MPH, was born and raised in Pennsylvania, served in the
U.S. Navy and attended Swarthmore College. He trained in general practice in
Denver and, after two years’ exposure to population health on the Navajo Tribal
Reservation in Arizona, he and his wife, Linda, opened a practice attached to
their home in small-town Trumansburg, NY.
starting the third accredited family medicine residency program in the country
in Rochester, NY, Gene enrolled at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public
Health and earned his MPH, specializing in learning how others dealt with
inadequate supplies and uneven physician distribution.
Rochester, he, Linda and others pioneered ways to train family physicians in
the community. In 1978, Gene came to the University of Colorado as chairman of
its fledgling family medicine department. Later he moved to the Wisconsin
School of Medicine.
made no distinction between primary care and public health, individual and
community, the mental and the physical, or personal doctoring and community
engagement,” Miller said. “Gene’s mantra was: Health care is a right, not a
Farley Center builds off Gene’s legacy. We want to push for change throughout
our nation, and create the healthcare system that we all deserve. We believe we
can do this through evidence-driven health policy.”
September, the Farley Health Policy Center announced that the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation had awarded it a $1 million grant to establish a mechanism
to better address health policy and payment that can advance integrated
healthcare. During the next 15 months, the Farley Health Policy Center will
create communications products, such as videos and policy briefs; establish a
network of technical assistance providers; and assess outreach efforts that are
aimed at helping policy makers and providers, payers and philanthropies
transition to practices that integrate mental health.