Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation Center (EPIC)

Over the past several decades, researchers have identified a growing number of practices that are effective in supporting people with behavioral health challenges. These evidence-based and innovative practices are important components of a resilience and recovery-oriented behavioral health system. Therefore, DBHIDS has partnered with researchers, treatment experts and providers to promote the delivery of behavioral health evidence-based practices throughout Philadelphia.

EPIC was established in 2013 to advance system-wide strategies that support the implementation, sustainability and accessibility of behavioral health evidence-based practices in Philadelphia.

Activities of EPIC include:

  • Providing Education and Resources
  • Supporting DBHIDS EBP Initiatives
  • Identifying Key Strategies for Successful Community Implementation
  • Aligning Fiscal and Operational Policies to Optimize Practice Impact

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Healthy Minds Philly

Healthy Minds Philly is an initiative of DBHIDS; an online tool and resource designed to support and improve the mental health and well-being of all Philadelphians, regardless of ZIP code, insurance, or income status. Intended to look and feel different than traditional government sites, HMP is a welcoming and inviting space with a full suite of wellness tools and options.

Personal Health Record

A personal health record (PHR) is a health record maintained by the member/patient that includes medical history, medications, symptoms, and other health information. A PHR is kept online, allowing both the individual and healthcare providers to access it.

Personal Health Records and the HIPPA Privacy Rule (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Below are links to free PHRs developed by different organizations, and there are many others available online. We recommend looking at them and talking to your healthcare provider to choose one that best fits your needs.

Self Management Tools

Alcohol Use

The following tool will help you assess your use of alcohol. This tool has 10 questions and will take approximately three minutes to finish. At the end of the assessment, the tool will provide you with a score regarding your drinking habits and what this means for you. You will also be able to download information on alcohol use and its impact on your health.

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Healthy Weight

The following tool will help you assess your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat. You only need to enter your height and weight. At the end of the assessment, the tool will provide you with your body mass index and what your index means. You will also be able to download information on how to maintain or improve your health.

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Depressive Symptoms

The following tool will help you determine if you have any depressive symptoms. This tool has 22 questions and will take approximately three to five minutes to finish. These questions are related to your mood and lifestyle (for example, eating, sleeping, social engagement, etc.). At the end of the assessment, the tool will provide you with a score regarding your depressive symptoms and what this means for you. You will also be able to download information on depression and its impact on your health.

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Healthy Eating

The following tool will help you assess your knowledge of how many calories there are in the different types of food items you may eat on a daily basis. This tool has 10 questions and will take approximately three minutes to finish. At the end of the assessment, the tool will provide you with more information on the number of calories present in the different foods you eat. You will also be able to download information on how to improve your eating habits at the end of the assessment.

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Stress

The following tool will help you assess the level of stress in your life in the last month. This tool has 10 questions and will take approximately three minutes to finish. At the end of the assessment, the tool will provide you with a score related to your stress level and what this means for you. You will also be able to download information on how to better deal with stress and improve your health.

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Smoking and Tobacco

Nicotine is the chemical in cigarettes that makes you want to keep smoking. Finding out how much you depend on nicotine will help you as you choose quit-smoking strategies for your quit plan. Remember—no matter what your score, you’ll have to work hard to quit for good. Answer the following questions. The results will explain how much you depend on nicotine and provide ideas on how to reduce your cravings.

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Physical Activity

The following tool asks you questions about your physical activity. The questions also focus on possible barriers that prevent you from exercising. This tool has 21 questions and will take approximately three to five minutes to finish. At the end of the assessment, the tool will provide a score related to your physical activity and the barriers that affect your likelihood of exercising. You will also be able to download information on how to increase the amount of exercise you get and how this can improve your health.

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