Welcome Workshops - Friday November 8
Please choose one when your register for the conference.  Fee is $25

Family Medicine and Behavioral Health
“You can be a psychiatrist, too – but if you’re not – you can significantly improve lives in your family medicine practice”

Patients often struggle with behavioral health issues that can either exacerbate chronic physical illness or injury, or negatively impact their ability to manage their conditions on their own. Learn how team-based approaches embedded in a FQHC system of primary care sites along with community partnerships, ensure that patients receive comprehensive and coordinated services under one team and with their medical and emotional or behavioral needs addressed in tandem.  Heartland Health Center integrates many services across the spectrum to provide a medical home for pregnant mothers, infants, up through adults and the elderly. Their behavioral health services also include MAT without a referral and substance abuse treatment. Most of Heartland’s community health centers are fully integrated, with one team working together looking holistically at the needs of each patient. 

Dr. Laurie Carrier, double boarded in family medicine and psychiatry, leads an integrated healthcare team of psychiatrists, a child psychiatrist, psychiatric nurses and psychiatric nurse practitioners as well as social workers to better connect patients to services they need. They also have a partnership with Alternatives, Inc. to provide counseling for students at our school-based health centers.
This workshop will cover:
-Building a team
-Building your personal behavioral skill set without pursuing a second residency
-Understanding and addressing the most prevalent and critical behavioral health needs in Chicago’s diverse communities
-Teaching Integrated Healthcare in residencies and student rotations

Lead Presenter: Laurie Carrier, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Heartland Heath Centers Dr. Carrier is responsible for overseeing all clinical operations at Heartland Health Centers. She completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati in combined family medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Carrier began her work at Heartland Health Centers in 2009 as the Director of Behavioral Health care. Dr. Carrier has a hospital appointment at Swedish Covenant Hospital. She also has an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg’s School of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Practice. She also teaches integrated healthcare to residents at Northwestern Family Medicine. Her interests include preventive health, global health, and anxiety and mood disorders.

Co-Presenters: Denise Fuentes - Director of Behavioral Health Services,  Heartland Health Centers -Denise is the Director of Behavioral Health. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago and her master’s in social work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. She has experience working in community mental health with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, dual diagnosis and providing services to underserved high risk populations. Her professional interests include integrated care, mindfulness, and solution focused interventions and harm reduction.

Sreela Namboodiri, MD is an Integrative Family Medicine Physician. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed residency at the Northwestern/McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Humboldt Park, one of the Teaching Health Center programs. After residency, she pursued integrative medicine through fellowships at the Northwestern Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She enjoys community-based primary care and practicing integrative medicine by discussing topics such as food and nutrition, movement, sleep, and stress management with her patients.

Top 10 Things to Know in Sports Medicine for the Primary Care Physician

Sharing the combined knowledge of working with school teams, athletes, caring for – both students and adults. This dynamic M.D. duo will keep fellow family physicians engaged with an interactive presentation on sports medicine, covering the assessment and management of frequently encountered sports medicine conditions in the primary care setting. These are the Top 10 topics to be reviewed: 

1. Concussion
2. Back Pain 
3. Osteoarthritis 
4. Overtraining
5. Heat Illness
6. Care of the Female Athlete 
7. Supplements: The good, the bad and the deadly 
8. Musculoskeletal Pot Potpourri 
9. Exercise is medicine 
10. Strength training in the young and the old


1. Review the current thinking regarding the 10 most common sports conditions
2. Recognize reasons to refer sports conditions to a sports medicine specialist
3. Cite the role sports injury prevention plays in overall treatment plans
4. Understand the role exercise plays in the treatment and prevention of medical conditions
5. Communicate effectively with sports medicine specialists for optimal continuum of care

Carrie Jaworski, MD, is the Director of the Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine, the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director and a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Family Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem & the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include concussions, the pediatric and female athlete population, nutrition/supplements, endurance medicine, dance medicine and the promotion of "Exercise is Medicine".

Hallie Labrador, MD, is the Associate Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and Director of Quality Improvement and Research in the Department of Family Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, focusing on endurance athletes, the female athlete, joint pain and sports injuries.

Part 1 Health Equity Advances in Health Systems and Residency Curricula

Learn the highlights from this report by the Institute for Health Improvement.  One of the eight health systems participating in the IHI study, Rush University System for Health (RUSH), will share results. Find out how a Teaching Health Center residency program has implemented a social justice and health equity curricula, and what are the best practices and challenges.

1. Describe highlights of the IHI Pursuing Equity Collaborative featuring eight health systems;
2. List the best practices and challenges from the experience of Rush University Health System in the IHI Health Equity Project; and
3. Develop a plan for health equity curricula based on the experiences of the NU Humboldt Park FMR Health Equity curricula


  • Michael A Hanak, MD, FAAFP, Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Rush University Medical Center; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine. In addition to clinical practice, he is Vice Chairperson for Clinical Programs in the Department of Family Medicine, co-chairs the Quality Committee for the Rush Medical Group, and is faculty for Rush Family Medicine Leadership Program. He has led efforts to reduce disparities among preventive health screening and intervention and continues a campaign to improve screening for social determinants of health.
  • Dr. John Whittington is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and IHI’s lead faculty for the Triple Aim: achieving the optimal balance of good health, positive patient experience of care, and low per capita cost for a population. Dr. Whittington brings more than 30 years of experience in medicine, population health and patient safety. 
  • Anuj Shah, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at Erie Family Health Center-Humboldt Park. He practices full spectrum family medicine at Erie, a federally qualified health center on the west side of Chicago. His interests include providing high-quality, compassionate primary care in underserved populations with a focus on affordable, holistic approaches to care for the body, mind, spirit, and community.

Part 2 - Power and Control for Family Medicine Women’s issues: Fighting for equity in health care organizations (1 hour)
Organized by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Women in Leadership Member Interest Group and presented by:
Presenters: Marian Sassetti MD, Deborah Edberg, MD, Gordana Krkic, CAE, Janice L. Benson, MD (in absentia, Emma Daisy MD)

Learning objectives
1a . Define Sexual harassment legally (EEOC) and locate web-based definitions, workplace policy examples
Identify key elements to draft effective policies to report incidents witnessed or experienced
1b. Apply helpful communication strategies as bystanders to case studies
2. Review new policy initiatives in IAFP and AAFP against sexual harassment
3. Learn and apply concept of link between gender equity issues and sexual harassment in the workplace.
4a. Share current experiences and best practices (note: includes Illinois WIL survey)
4b. Determine next personal and organizational action plans