Postdoctoral Fellowship in Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH)

About Us

HealthSource of Ohio is a private, not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center and a leader in primary care delivery in Ohio since 1976. We employ over 300 support staff and 60 medical providers, and serve 90,000+ patients east of Cincinnati. We are the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the state, with 20 locations, many of which offer multiple services, including family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, school-based health, dental, vision, and pharmacy. We are dedicated to the Quadruple Aim, striving for excellence in whole-person care of our patients as well as our staff and clinicians.

We are committed, from the top-down, to implementing the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model as routine care across our organization. We prioritize preparation, sustainability, and model fidelity as we do so. Management, medical leads, and staff are educated on the model before a Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) starts in their office. New BHCs and postdoctoral fellows spend two weeks on-boarding with our Director of Behavioral Health before they are considered available to see patients. Leadership endorsement, ongoing grant funding, and good payer reimbursement gives us confidence in the sustainability of PCBH at HealthSource. Furthermore, our long-standing commitment to being a premier training institution makes our postdoctoral fellowship a top priority.

For more information about HealthSource, integrated behavioral health at HealthSource, and how our PCBH fellowship fits into our organizational values and culture, watch Dr. Bruner in his “First Things First” video.

About the Fellowship

The overarching goal of our postdoctoral fellowship is for fellows to gain immersion and expertise in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model through clinical practice as a behavioral health consultant (BHC). This involves not only direct patient care, but a variety of activities all designed to help your team provide the best primary care. An excellent definition of the PCBH model, including a description of the BHC role, is provided by Reiter, Dobmeyer, and Hunter (2018):

“The PCBH model is a team-based primary care approach to managing behavioral health problems and biopsychosocially-influenced health conditions. The model’s main goal is to enhance the primary care team’s ability to manage and treat such problems/conditions, with resulting improvements in the primary care services for the entire clinic population. The model incorporates into the primary care team a behavioral health consultant (BHC), sometimes referred to as a behavioral health clinician, to extend and support the primary care provider (PCP) and team. The BHC works as a generalist and an educator who providers high volume services that are accessible, team-based, and a routine part of primary care. Specifically, the BHC assists in the care of patients of any age and with any health condition (Generalist); strives to intervene with all patients on the day they are referred (Accessible); shares clinic space and resources and assists the team in various ways (Team-based); engages with a large percentage of the clinic population (High volume); helps improve the team’s biopsychosocial assessment and intervention skills and processes (Educator); and is a routine part of biopsychosocial care (Routine).”

For more details, check out this video, in which Dr. Bruner provides an overview of the training activities offered across the fellowship year.

Training with Medical Students & Residents

HealthSource is a training site both for medical students from ATSU-SOMA and family medicine residents from The Wright Center. Our behavioral health team has increasingly been involved in the training for both programs, and we are so excited to offer our postdoc fellows the opportunity to train and to learn alongside their training medical colleagues! There is significant potential for expanding our involvement in this regard, but fellows can already look forward to these activities:

  • Being shadowed by med students & family medicine residents
  • Participating in “small group” with medical students
  • Shadowing family medicine residents to provide feedback & educate
  • Provide didactics to family medicine residents
  • Facilitate a Balint group with family medicine residents

See what our medical students and residents have to say about working with Dr. Bruner and the team in these videos!

Current Training Experiences

In this video, postdoctoral fellow Idalise Suárez-Velázquez, PhD, and graduate students Tulio Ortega, MA, Anna Delgado-Rodriguez, MA, and José Polanco, MA discuss their experience of supervision under Dr. Bruner.

Meet our first postdoctoral fellow, Idalise Suárez-Velázquez, PhD!

Benefits & Perks

Fellows receive HealthSource provider benefits and additional perks, which include:

  • Relocation assistance
  • Health, dental, & vision coverage
  • 20 days of paid-time off (PTO) throughout the year & 7 observed holidays
  • Additional time off for EPPP study & other needs will be considered
  • Opportunity to attend the annual Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) conference. Registration, time off, flights, hotel, and meals will be covered by HealthSource
  • $2,400 allowance for CFHA conference expenses and any other educational expenses (including EPPP test prep, etc.)
  • $500 in courtesy healthcare with HealthSource providers
  • Organizational membership to the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA)
  • Retirement & profit-sharing plans
  • In the event that both HealthSource and the fellow are mutually interested in the fellow taking a permanent position at HealthSource post-fellowship, the fellow will be eligible for a retention bonus in exchange for a commitment to remain with HealthSource for a specific amount of time after the fellowship year is completed

Application

Applications are reviewed throughout the year in the order received and may be sent at any time. The application deadline for a given fellowship year is January 1st of that year. We would love to meet applications in person (and can help cover the cost of a visit to HealthSource), but are also happy to conduct interviews virtually when needed. Dr. Bruner is also happy to set up an informational video call with himself, current fellows, or others for those interested in learning more before formally applying. Offers will be made no later than February 12th of the application year. Whether our positions are filled on this date or before it, we will notify other applicants immediately so that they can move on to other fellowship options without delay.

To apply, please send the following materials to Dr. Michael Bruner at mbruner@hsohio.org:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in HealthSource of Ohio’s fellowship program, and any existing experience with primary care behavioral health or other relevant integrated care experience
  • An updated curriculum vita
  • Three letters of reference

For more information, you can also visit our listing in the APPIC Postdoc Directory!

Questions

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about the training opportunities available at HealthSource of Ohio, or with any other questions about the postdoctoral fellowship.

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