Health Professions Week - Alumni Spotlight

Frannie Pryor is the first behavioral health consultant at Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Oklahoma City. She is dually licensed as a clinical social worker and alcohol and drug counselor and is also certified in behavioral health case management. She completed a post-graduate certificate program in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in May of 2014. Frannie serves as President of the Oklahoma chapter of NASW, as a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers and represents the social work profession as the alternate NASW member of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority's Medical Advisory Committee. As part of Health Professions Week, a program designed to help college and high school students explore the various career options in health, Frannie shares more about what she does below. 

As the first Behavioral Health Consultant at Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center, I have had the pleasure of working as a member of the Primary Care team for the past 3 years. I provide brief, solution-focused interventions to patients who need assistance with psychosocial stressors, mental health issues and/or chronic health conditions. I serve as a liaison between patients and their providers and work collaboratively with patients, their families and providers to provide concrete skills, education and counseling to empower patients to take a proactive role in managing their health conditions. I also provide screening and assessment of various mental health and psychosocial issues to better assist the patients and providers. The number and duration of sessions varies depending on the needs of the patient and provider.

I believe there is an intrinsic relationship between individual, organizational and community wellness. I am passionate about improving the wellness of individuals, organizations and the broader community and love that my job affords me the opportunity to provide interventions at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice. As a Behavioral Health Consultant I am able to help patients overcome problematic symptoms and set goals to improve their outcomes. The best parts of my job are first, watching patients feel better equipped to take the best care of themselves that they possibly can; and second, being a part of strengthening the relationship between the patient, their families and the provider. Every day is different and presents a new opportunity to use both the clinical and generalist aspect of my social work training.

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