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Internship: Mobile Mental Health Technology in Primary Care

Cambridge Health Alliance is a national leader in integrating primary care and behavioral health. This includes a collaborative care model, drawing from IMPACT for depression care and SBIRT for substance use.

In 2015, as part of an initiative to enhance patient self-management strategies, a core group of integrated behavioral health staff evaluated mobile apps for use with patients experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia and unhealthy substance use. Since this initial evaluation, integrated behavioral health staff have utilized these mobile apps within clinical care and provided feedback around areas for improvement.

This summer, we will re-launch this project in order to evaluate emerging mental-health related smartphone applications, create a "CHA-approved" toolkit, and to disseminate this information among PC sites and staff. This project will ensure that providers incorporate the most up-to-date and effective mental-health related mobile app technology into clinical care.

Under supervision of the Mental Health Care Partner (MHCP) Lead at Somerville Hospital Primary Care, the intern for this project would perform the following key functions:

1) Review of the marketplace and literature for new app developments
2) Identify websites and apps to review
3) Work with the CHA IT department and app developers to clarify security and other features
4) Test apps for ease of use and confirm alignment with evidence-based interventions
5) Introduce apps to a small pilot group of clinicians and coordinate with integrated mental health staff to introduce to patients and collect feedback
6) Update patient- and clinician-facing materials (smartphrases and toolkit within google drive)
7) Design a process for ongoing updating of the 'app toolkit' in coming months and years, so our system can stay up-to-date with emerging app technology.

The intern will be expected to work approximately 60-70 hours over the course of the summer and potentially early fall and will receive a stipend upon completion of the project. Work schedule and setting are flexible and will be discussed during the interview process.

Strong interest in mental health
Experience conducting literature reviews
Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Experience and interest using apps and websites for health concerns
Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision
Well-organized and detail-oriented
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

If interested, please send statement of interest and resume to:
Liza Hoffman, MSW, LCSW
Mental Health Care Partner Lead,
Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration (PCBHI)