The NARBHA Institute Endeavors

Arizona Community Grand Rounds

The journey of collaboration is enhanced by sharing expertise, research, community dialogue, and best practices. Hosted as a collaboration among Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Health Choice Arizona and The NARBHA Institute, and guided by leadership from Drs. Cara Christ, Mark Carroll and Teresa Bertsch the platform seeks to serve professionals and the greater community in featuring presentations on contemporary health issues led by local, regional, and national experts. The AZ Community Grand Rounds are offered virtually six times per year with the broad and dynamic goal of advancing wellbeing. A CME option is available, and the sessions are recorded and hosted on the sponsors’ websites.


Professional Presentations

Human Flourishing: What is it? Why Does it Matter?

April 3, 2024
This recorded AZ Community Grand Rounds explores how considerations of flourishing at the individual and systemic levels are vital for personal, professional, and community wellbeing. Watch the presentation...

Leading with Kindness: An Evidence-Based Approach

March 6, 2024
In this recorded session, Dr. Stephen Swensen provides evidence and inspiration on how the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of healthcare professionals leads to improved patient experience, outcomes, costs, and safety. Watch the presentation...

An Update on Long COVID: Emerging Evidence

February 6, 2024
In this first AZ Community Grand Rounds of 2024, Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy provides an update on the emerging evidence and research on post-COVID conditions and discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration. Watch the presentation...

Emerging Infectious Disease: What's Ahead in Arizona

December 6, 2023
This AZ Community Ground Rounds discusses trends in the Arizona pathogen surveillance dashboard and opportunities for enhanced information sharing regarding emerging pathogens in Arizona. Watch the presentation...

Addressing Diabetes in Arizona: From Plan to Action

November 1, 2023
In this AZ Community Grand Rounds, Dr. Cara Christ and Martin Tull gave an update on key initatives addressing diabetes in Arizona, including an overview of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona Diabetes Action Plan and an introduction to the America College of Lifestyle Medicine, Essentials of Medicine Course. Watch the presentation...

Transforming Mental Health Service Delivery: A Conversation with Dr. Tom Insel, M.D.

October 11, 2023
In this virtual AZ Community Grand Rounds, we sit down with Dr. Tom Insel to discuss how to transform mental health service delivery. Watch the presentation...

Maternal Mental Health: Arizona Resources and Best Practices

September 6, 2023
This virtual Community Grand Rounds session covered maternal mental health updates and resources on screening for perinatal mood disorders, referral sources and community services, information on perinatal maternal health certification (PMHC), and sharing of the development and services of the Arizona – Perinatal Psychiatry Access Line (A-PAL). Watch the presentation...

Collaborative Response to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: Prevention & Treatment

April 5, 2023
In this April webinar session of AZ Community Grand Rounds, the collaborative response to the opioid overdose epidemic was discussed with specific attention given to the prevention and treatment. Watch the presentation...

Long COVID: Emerging Research & Evidence

March 1, 2023
This AZ Community Grand Rounds featured a panel of speakers gathered on March 1, 2023 to host a discussion on the emerging evidence and research on long COVID as part of the monthly AZ Community Grand Rounds series. Watch the presentation...

Raising a Child with Down Syndrome

November 2, 2022
AZ Community Grand Rounds on Nov 2nd, 2022 featured a discussion on "Raising a Child with Down Syndrome: An Update on Current Research, Resources and Service gaps in Arizona." Watch the presentation...

Climate Change & Human Health in AZ: What Health Pros Need to Know

September 7, 2022
AZ Community Grand Rounds held a session on September 7th, 2022 to discuss climate change and human health in Arizona. Watch the presentation...

The AZ Emerging Therapeutics Consortium: Updates on COVID Therapy

August 8, 2022
On August 3rd, the AZ Community Grand Rounds participants and panelists gathered to discuss the latest updates on COVID therapy. Watch the presentation...

Evidence & Wellbeing: Models for Health Professional Fulfillment

April 6, 2022
This session highlighted organizational interventions and evidence-based frameworks designed to reduce burnout and promote health professional fulfillment during pandemic recovery. Watch the presentation...

Long COVID: Emerging Pediatric Research

March 2, 2022
AZ Community Grand Rounds hosted a webinar on March 2nd, 2022 discussing Long COVID and emerging pediatric research. Watch the presentation...

COVID in 2022: An Update on Omicron

February 2, 2022
On February 2nd, 2022 we discussed COVID in 2022 and an update on Omicron, hosted by AZ Community Grand Rounds. Watch the presentation...

Collaborative Telehealth Care on the Navajo Nation: Increasing Access to Autism Services

January 6, 2022
AZ Community Grand Rounds hosted a discussion on Collaborative Telehealth Care on the Navajo Nation centered on the topic of increasing access to Autism Services. Watch the presentation...

Closing the Year on COVID: A Panel Discussion

December 16, 2021
Discussion topics include: Genomic Epidemiology Trends, Perspectives from Public Health, Emerging Therapeutics, and Wellbeing for Health Professionals. Watch the presentation...

Suicide Prevention and Lethal Means Safety for Veterans

with Lisa A. Lahaie, LCSW
November 17, 2021
Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Northern AZ VA Health Care System, and Jon Perez, Ph.D., Program Officer, The NARBHA Institute. Watch the presentation...

Palliative Care: A Service-Focus on Improving Quality of Life

with Cindy Martin, MD, MBA
October 21, 2021
Palliative Care Service Staff Physician, Northern Arizona Healthcare, Verde Valley Medical Center Primary Care Physician, Ryan Internal Medicine. Watch the presentation...

Pediatrics and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Panel Conversation

with Sean Elliott, MD, FAAP; Sara Jager, MD; Sheila Mackell, MD; and Michael Ritchey, MD
September 9th, 2021
This timely and important conversation featured these distinguished panelists. Watch the presentation...

Early Childhood Trauma & the Juvenile Court: An Arizona Story

with Becky Ruffner
August 5th, 2021
Becky Ruffner, Founder of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona & The NARBHA Institute Fellow, hosts this discussion on early childhood trauma and the juvenile court. Watch the presentation...

National and Arizona Medicaid Policy Trends & Opportunities

with Thomas Betlach
July 20th, 2021
Thomas Betlach, former AHCCCS Director (2009 - 2019), hosts this month's AZ Community Grand Rounds session focusing on Medicaid Policy Trends and Opportunities at the national and state (AZ) level. Watch the presentation...

The COVID Youth Mental Health Crisis: Early Intervention Strategies

with Steve Adelsheim, M.D., DFAACAP, DFAPA
June 23rd, 2021
Dr. Adelsheim, MD, DFAACAP, DFAPA, Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Department of Psychiatry, presented on early intervention strategies for the youth mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the presentation...

A Civilian Emergency Medical System: Is It Time? What Will It Take?

with Denis A. Cortese, M.D.
April 15th, 2021
Dr. Cortese, Director at Arizona State University Center for Healthcare Delivery and Policy, presented on a civilian emergency medical system... Watch the presentation...

Innovations in COVID Vaccination Outreach: Updates From Three Counties | AZ

On March 30th, 2021, three Arizona counties – Pima County, Coconino County, and Maricopa County – presented their innovations in COVID vaccination outreach. Watch the presentation...

Update of Genomic Epidemiology of COVID 19 in Arizona

with Dr. Dave Engelthaler
February 16, 2021
Dr. Engelthaler presentation on the Genomic Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Arizona on February 16, 2021 by Dr. Dave Engelthaler. This video is an update to the presentation in June 2020. Watch the presentation...

CGR COVID 19 and the Transformation of Healthcare

with Dr. Rober Wachter
January 22, 2021
Dr. Wachter speaks about the transformation of healthcare systems and which changes will outlast the current pandemic and which ones will not. Watch the presentation...

Emerging Best Practices in Monoclonal Antibody Use

with Dr. Mark Carroll
January 14, 2021
Dr. Carroll speaks to a panel of subject matter experts about the emerging best practices in monoclonal antibody use in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the presentation...

Health Care Worker Resiliency

with Dr. Theresa Cullen
December 2020
Dr. Cullen speaks about healthcare worker resiliency in the face of the pandemic and the framework that healthcare workers work within and the long term coordinated response that requires a multipronged approach to identify, prevent, mitigate, and manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in health care workers. Watch the presentation...

Quality, Mercy, and the Moral Determinants of Health

with Dr. Donald Berwick
November 2020
This presentation contains Dr. Berwick's keynote address at the 2019 IHI National Forum challenging people to seek energy from their moral compass to provide more focus on the social determinants of health. Watch the presentation...

Suicide Risk in Uncertain Times

with Dr. Thomas Joiner
September 28, 2020
Dr. Joiner provides information about suicidology and risk of suicide as he compares rates of suicide in the United States in comparison to the global averages. Watch the presentation...

Behavioral Health Needs of Healthcare Workers

with Dr. Teresa Bertsch
July 28, 2020
This video is a presentation by Dr. Teresa Bertsch on the indirect costs COVID-19 has had on healthcare workers and upcoming responses for their behavioral health needs. Watch the presentation...

Genomic Epidemiology of COVID 19 in Arizona

with Dr. Dave Engelthaler
June 10, 2020
This video contains a presentation on the Genomic Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Arizona on June 10, 2020 by Dr. Dave Engelthaler. Watch the presentation...