Severe mental illness affects millions of Americans, and is a substantial cause of mental and physical morbidity as well as premature mortality. In many patient populations, effective treatments and approaches to care may be difficult to access. Patients, caregivers, family members, advocates, clinicians, and researchers represent important resources to develop improved care paradigms through knowledge and research.
The NOLA Partnership for Mental Health is a novel community-academic partnership founded in New Orleans that seeks to bring together a growing community of patients, caregivers, primary care and specialty clinicians, advocates, and researchers to discuss issues of importance to those affected by serious mental illness and to improve outcomes of serious mental illness. NOLA Partnership for Mental Health works to build an engaging and innovative approach to find solutions for the mental, physical, emotional, and social challenges faced by people with serious mental illness, as well as by their caregivers, clinicians, and loved ones. PCORI’s support of the NOLA Partnership for Mental Health will foster new opportunities for dialogue and collaboration, ultimately leading to important patient-centered research and new evidence on how to improve patient care and outcomes.
The NOLA Partnership for Mental Health was founded by Diana Meyers, RN, of St. Anna Episcopal Church and Benjamin Springgate, MD, MPH, of the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.