CareNet Readies for Expanded Research Efforts
At CareNet, our mission is to improve the health of the mind, body, spirit and community through spiritually-integrated counseling, psychotherapy, research and education. Our clinical work remains strong and impactful, as does our education efforts through the growing residency program. With that strength and health established, we are now expanding our focus to enhanced research efforts.
Throughout 2017, CareNet is engaging in a qualitative analysis of CareNet employees’ experience of mission. In partnership with Campbell University Department of Public Health, focus groups and an online survey are being conducted statewide to obtain, honor and explore constituency voice regarding important issues related to CareNet’s mission and the evolving nature of behavioral health. This includes a more intentional health equity focus to be part of the solution to reduce health disparities in our area.
To reduce health disparities and improve health equity is in our DNA, as people of faith seeking to serve the needs of those most vulnerable. In many ways, this research is an extension of what we’ve been doing in the community. Formalizing the work and gathering data sharpens our focus and mission, because our alignment with the future of healthcare and our profession can come from the deepening of our mission in improving the health of the mind, body and spirit of families and communities. Analysis will be used to implement practical changes in the way that CareNet is addressing health disparities and health equity across different regions in North Carolina.
Preliminary findings indicate commitment to exploring how integrated care, improvements in technology and community-based approaches can more fully meet our mission. We look forward to sharing more as this project continues and future projects emerge.