Bizzell Group Opens Atlanta Office

Bizzell Group Opens Atlanta Office

The Bizzell Group (Bizzell) announces the opening of its Atlanta office.  Our new location, just minutes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) campus, will enable close collaboration and rapid response to our federal clients in the southern region, including the CDC.

“Our company’s growth will provide more opportunities to expand our work portfolio and global reach through our partnerships with the CDC and other clients on issues such as infectious disease, chronic disease, birth defects, and emergency preparedness,” said Anton Bizzell, M.D., CEO of Bizzell.

With a niche in healthcare, research and communications, Bizzell is committed to advancing knowledge and expanding access to the technology and information needed to build healthy, secure, and connected communities nationally and globally.

Our portfolio includes designing and implementing IT solutions, developing evidence-based research studies and policy reports, delivering expert technical assistance and training, and producing social awareness campaigns and conferences.

Bizzell is staffed by highly experienced project directors; experts in health, mental health, and social programs; scientists; meeting planners; and IT professionals with extensive experience supporting federal agencies and partners.

National Family Caregivers Month—November 2015

National Family Caregivers Month

November 2015

At some point in our lives, most of us will become caregivers to someone we love—whether offering support as they age or providing care due to a medical issue or chronic health condition. The recent National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP joint report, Caregiving in the U.S. 2015, indicated that nearly 43.5 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last year.

In addition to dealing with day to day living activities, family caregivers are often managing complex interactions with various providers, agencies, and healthcare professionals. They average about 24 hours a week on caregiving activities, although nearly a quarter provide more than 40 hours of care per week while also attempting to manage their personal health and wellness. These intense hours of caregiving can take a toll on the caregivers who, as a result, are more vulnerable to stress, financial strain, and health issues. During November, National Family Caregivers Month, we have an opportunity to recognize the critical and challenging role of family caregivers and to consider how to support these important members of society.

One way The Bizzell Group (Bizzell) is supporting these often unrecognized champions is through our current project to develop helpful resources for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Several caregiver modules are being developed for the Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provide caregivers with strategies for more efficiently managing their personal health and wellness and that educate providers on how to integrate caregivers as active members of the care team. The caregiver modules will supplement a broad set of curricula for healthcare professionals on the identification and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. With a rapidly growing population of Americans over 65, many of whom are also family caregivers, it’s critical that caregivers have a source for accurate information, cutting edge strategies, and available resources.

Bizzell Supports the Nation’s Efforts on Emerging Behavioral Healthcare Trends

Bizzell Supports the Nation’s Efforts on Emerging Behavioral Healthcare Trends

The Bizzell Group (Bizzell) is pleased to kick off our second year of support to the Office of the Director (OD) for the Center for Mental Health Services within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). CMHS leads federal efforts to improve the quality and availability of prevention and treatment services for behavioral health disorders. To date, Bizzell has provided in-depth research and writing on current and emerging behavioral healthcare trends and practices in various media including speeches, blogs, PowerPoint presentations, white papers, reports, and issue briefs. Bizzell has also offered editorial and design support, meeting and retreat facilitation, leadership coaching, staff development and business process analyses.

Moving forward, Bizzell will deliver the same high quality services and offer our collective expertise in a wide range of behavioral health topics. These include evidence-based behavioral health and wellness practices, effective intervention and treatment strategies for people with serious mental illnesses, primary and behavioral healthcare integration and financing, homelessness services, mental health and recovery promotion, and cultural competency. “It’s been an honor to support CMHS’ essential mission to promote better healthcare and wellness for adults and children who experience mental illnesses,” said Anton Bizzell, M.D., CEO of Bizzell. “Given that nearly 20% of Americans experience a diagnosable mental illness each year, effective and accessible treatment and prevention services are crucial. Bizzell looks forward to continuing to promote CMHS’ vital initiatives by providing customized consultation services and subject matter expertise to CMHS in the areas of program and resource development, as well as business operations.” With a niche in healthcare, research and communications, Bizzell is committed to supporting initiatives like these that build healthy communities and individuals.

Bizzell Awarded a Contract to Provide Technical Assistance to HRSA’s Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems

Bizzell Awarded a Contract to Provide Technical Assistance to HRSA’s Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems

The Bizzell Group (Bizzell) is pleased to announce that our firm was recently awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to provide technical assistance to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) / Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems (DHVECS).

This contract comes at a critical stage for HRSA, MCHB and DHVECS. The Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative was designed to improve health and development outcomes at the child and family levels for those at risk, through improvement and coordination of health and related services at the community, State, and Federal levels.

Three years into the MIECHV initiative, the impact of the significant Federal investment is being assessed. Data will be analyzed to assess MIECHV grantee performance and outcomes for families, as well as to assess the impact of the program investment overall. Technical assistance (TA) will be intensified to support struggling grantees.

HRSA’s primary objectives for this task order are to conduct data and impact analyses for the MCHB DHVECS program and provide TA to grantees through comprehensive site visits, intensive performance improvement site visits, and general TA site visits.

“Research has long demonstrated improvements in child and family outcomes for participants in home visiting programs”, according to Anton Bizzell, M.D., CEO for Bizzell. “We are excited to partner with HRSA on this important initiative and look forward to providing the experience, substance, creativity, level of leadership, TA, data analysis, and other support required by HRSA.”