IMPACT - Evidence-based depression care
IMPACT in the media
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January 5, 2010
Behavioral Health Central featured the DIAMOND program in Minnesota as a model for tackling the high cost of employee depression. The online article included a discussion of cost outcomes from the IMPACT study and details on how the DIAMOND program is being implemented across the state.

October 22, 2009  
IMPACT Care is more effective than standard care in managing depression among older cancer patients
Dr. Jesse Fann and co-authors found that the IMPACT program was feasible and more effective than usual care in treating depression in older cancer patients in diverse primary care settings. The results were published in a supplement of the Journal of General Internal Medicine on cancer survivorship care in primary care.
Press Release
Medscape Medical News Story
United Press International (UPI)
University Week Online

October 13, 2009
Chris Langston, Program Director of The John A. Harford Foundation, highlighted the IMPACT project in a post on the Hartford Foundation blog.

September 13, 2009
WCCO-TV in  Minneapolis, Minnesota broadcast a story on the DIAMOND initiative.
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July 13, 2009
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR News) featured a story on the Minnesota DIAMOND project, including interviews with clinicians and administrators participating in the program.

May 1, 2009
IMPACT was profiled on the Philanthropy New York website as part of their ’30 Grants in 30 Days’ initiative.

March 6, 2009
Psychiatric News published two articles on collaborative care. The first article describes the increasing popularity of collaborative care models such as IMPACT, and discusses reimbursement as the main barrier. The second article discusses collaborative care efforts in Canada.

February 18, 2009
The Institute for Urban Family Health in New York City (one of the first organizations to implement IMPACT) was featured on as a finalist in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Designing for Better Health” competition.

February 13, 2009
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) posted an article in the Science News section of their website describing the recent study finding that health care costs are much higher for older adults with depression plus other medical conditions.

Influencing Public Policy

US Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing on Suicide in Older Adults: Based on findings from the IMPACT trial published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that showed that IMPACT reduces suicidal thoughts in older adults, we were invited to provide testimony at a hearing on September 14, 2006 conducted by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging. Dr. David Steffens, co-author on the paper and principal investigator of the Duke subcontract, gave the testimony based on materials provided by the IMPACT Implementation Center.

US House of Representatives Hearing on Mental Health Parity: On March 27, 2007 the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, chaired by Congressman Pete Stark, convened a hearing on mental health parity in Medicare and private health insurance. Part of the purpose of the hearing is to lay the foundation for Congressman Stark to present a Medicare Mental Health Modernization bill. A member of the IMPACT advisory board, Henry Harbin, testified at the hearing about the effectiveness of collaborative care programs like IMPACT.

Media Coverage of IMPACT - Broadcast

In addition, IMPACT has been featured by the following:

WRC-NBC, Washington DC
WCMH-NBC, Columbus, OH
KSDK-NBC, St Louis, MO
KSNW-NBC, Wichita, KS
KGW-NBC, Portland, OR
KVOA-NBC, Tucson, AZ
WLWT-NBC, Cincinnati, OH

IMPACT has been featured by a number of broadcast media outlets. Click on the links below to view news clips about IMPACT (used with permission of broadcasters). Note: Download of video files can take a few minutes.

Channel 21 (KQDS, Fox Affiliate, Duluth, MN)
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Channel 5 (WRAL, NBC Affiliate, Raleigh-Durham, NC)
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Channel 7 (KABC, ABC Affiliate Los Angeles, CA)
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Channel 10 (KGTV, ABC Affiliate, San Diego, CA)
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Selected Media Coverage of IMPACT - Print

Print media has also produced stories featuring IMPACT. Samples of print media coverage include:

September 9, 2008: An article in the Austin American-Statesman described implementation of IMPACT at People's Clinic in Austin, Texas as part of an integrated mental health initiative funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

May 2008: The IMPACT model was featured in one of six action briefs provided as a supplementary to a series of Healthy Aging and Depression Webinars produced by the CDC Prevention Research Centers in May 2008.

May 25, 2008: The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article on the DIAMOND initiative that is bringing IMPACT care to primary care clinics throughout the state of Minnesota.

February, 2008: IMPACT Care cuts medical costs over 4 years
Patients who received IMPACT care for 12 months had lower average costs for all of their health care over a four year period – about $3,300 less than patients receiving usual care, even when the cost of IMPACT care is included.
Press Release

National Institute of Mental Health announcement

February, 2008: Minnesota's DIAMOND (Depression Improvement Across Minnesota- Offering A New Direction) program, which is modeled after IMPACT, was profiled in the November 12, 2007 issue of Mental Health Weekly.

September, 2006: An IMPACT project sponsored by the National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare pairs community health and community mental health clinics to provide collaborative care for common mental disorders treated in primary care. This innovative project was profiled in the September 2006 edition of National Council Magazine.

March 21, 2005: USA Today feature article highlighting findings that effective depression treatment may slow physical decline in older adults.

March 2005: Editorial in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society praising IMPACT findings showing that effective depression treatment may slow physical decline in older adults.

January 9, 2004: Seattle Post-Intelligencer article addressing Medicare cuts and how collaborative care is effective to treat depression in older adults and a possible solution to Medicare cuts.

January 28, 2003: Seattle Times article featuring examples of patients who have been helped by the IMPACT treatment model. This article highlights the effectiveness of the key components of the model.