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UWM’s Behavioral Health Integration Project

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Jason Rieve
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Tom Luljak with Nicole Pryor (middle) and Bev Zabler.

People dealing with a mental or behavioral health issue often don’t seek medical attention because of the social stigma attached to those conditions. The problem is especially acute in low-income neighborhoods, where finding money for extra care can be challenging.

On this edition of UWM Today, we learn about a program that integrates mental health care and assessments into regular appointments for physical conditions like managing diabetes. Joining us are two researchers — Bev Zabler and Nicole Pryor — who introduced the program. Both are assistant clinical professors in the UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.