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Vinfen Takes an Active Role at the 2016 Providers’ Council’s Convention & Expo

providers-councilVinfen played an active role at the 2016 Providers’ Council’s Convention & Expo.  Staff presented workshops, moderated a panel, and celebrated with our nominated award-winner Wellframe as they received the 2016 Business Partner Award. Over 60 Vinfen staff attended the event on October 24 in Boston, MA.

“The Providers’ Council’s Convention & Expo is a community event that promotes collaboration among organizations in our industry and enables participants to share state of the art practices,” said Vinfen Director of Project Management Elizabeth Cella.

Elizabeth, along with Project Coordinator Erin Gadbois, and Health Outreach Workers Gina Basteri and Stephanie Murray presented, “The Use of Telehealth in Community Behavioral Health Settings.”

The workshop focused on how to design a sustainable project management plan integrating telehealth into practice in community behavioral health settings to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric conditions. The group gave an overview on various technologies that have been implemented and evaluated at Vinfen, such as the Integrated Health and Wellness App. Thanks to a three-year grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts, Vinfen is evaluating the app for people with psychiatric conditions to determine its affects on users’ capacities to independently manage their physical and mental health. The App was developed by Vinfen in collaboration with the local digital health company Wellframe.

Wellframe Director of Implementations Melina Ward accepted the 2016 Business Partner Award on behalf of Wellframe during the event’s Award of Excellence ceremony. “We’re excited to have nominated Wellframe for the 2016 Business Partner Award Recipient and we are honored to continue our partnership,” said Vinfen CEO and President Bruce Bird.

Bruce also moderated the panel, “Chat with the Secretaries & Commissioners: Public & Mental Health, Veterans’ Services & Elder Affairs.” The panel consisted of a representative of the Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, a representative of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Department of Mental Health Commissioner Joan Mikula, and Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco Ureña.

Supported Employment Director Phoebe Goodman and Director of Training and Development Katherine Fox presented the workshop “Mindfulness and Yoga Exercises for Caregivers,” demonstrating techniques in yoga, breathing exercises, and mindfulness that attendees could practice and integrate into their daily lives to reduce stress and burnout caused by their profession.