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Through behavioral screening and intervention (BSI), patients are systematically screened for excessive drinking, drug use, depression, tobacco, diet, exercise, and obesity. read more

Applications for Cardiovascular Prevention Enhancement Program Due Feb. 28

February 10, 2014

WIPHL and Transform Wisconsin have issued a call for applications for their CDC-funded Cardiovascular Prevention Enhancement Program (CPEP). CPEP aims to help Wisconsin clinics improve outcomes for their patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertension or lipid disorders. To download a program description, click here. A program application is available here. For more information, contact Rich Brown, MD.

Presentations From WIPHL's September Symposium Are Now Online

September 24, 2013

Thank you to everyone for their support of our September Symposium on BSI. More than 170 people attended the day-long discussion of how to expand cost-saving, proven-effective BSI. Presentations can be found in PDF format here.

Why Behavioral Screening & Intervention

It’s needed.

BSI addresses behaviors or behavioral conditions known to cause 40 percent of deaths, most chronic illness, and most disability in the United States. Wisconsin’s problem drinking rates are among the highest in the nation and our tobacco use rates are also above average.

It works.

WIPHL has helped patient populations at partner clinics achieve a 20% decline in binge drinking, a 48% reduction in regular marijuana use, and a 55% reduction in depressive symptoms — all with high patient satisfaction.

It’s easy to do.

The addition of a dedicated health educator to the team frees up other staff to do what they do best. And WIPHL has helped dozens of healthcare settings deliver BSI over the last 6 years.

It cuts cost.

Alcohol services alone yield a 400% return on investment (ROI) within one year. Depression services pay for themselves within 1 year and yield a 4.5:1 ROI over 4 years. Tobacco services are even more cost effective over several years.

It’s the future.

Federal health care reform and a renewed national focus on prevention position BSI as a necessary service for future success.

Find out who supports the BSI Program