A new workforce in Wisconsin and throughout the US is needed to provide one-on-one behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) for the unhealthy behaviors and behavioral conditions that cause over 40% of all deaths, 75% of chronic diseases, and most disability in the US,and generate over $600 billion in costs per year. BSI also addresses depression, which exacts additional burden through poor quality of life, productivity loss, poor self- management of chronic illness, and suicide, and carries an additional $82 billion in costs.
The goals of this project are to create, refine and disseminate a curricular model to develop a workforce that will systematically administer evidence-based, cost-saving behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services in Wisconsin and US healthcare settings.
Prepare UW-La Crosse health education faculty to deliver the curriculum components related to BSI, and continue to develop their expertise (Years 1, 2 and 3)
Design an integrated curriculum on behavioral screening and intervention for the Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education (BS-CHE) program at UW-La Crosse (UW-L), including the clinical Preceptorship experience at affiliated healthcare settings (Year 1)
Implement most elements of the curriculum for up to 12 students (Year 2) and refine them based on rigorous evaluation
Identify and work with current and new healthcare settings to serve as Preceptorship sites
Implement and evaluate the full curriculum (Year 3)
Disseminate the curriculum and findings, and seek funding for state and national expansion