CPPPH was formed in 2009 by organizations with a long-standing involvement with physician health, namely the California Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Psychiatric Association, the California Medical Association, and the California Hospital Association.
Its activities are based in the understanding that supporting physician health contributes to public safety by providing services for physicians who face medical, substance use, psychological, behavioral and/or emotional issues that, if left unaddressed, could adversely impact their ability to deliver safe patient care.
CPPPH activities and services are for the wellbeing committees and all who address alcohol/drug use and addiction, mental health, cognitive functioning, aging, and behavioral issues.
Defining Wellbeing and Wellness
CPPPH distinguishes between "wellbeing" and "wellness" using these definitions:
- Wellbeing activities focus on an individual physician and provide resources for identifying, evaluating, referring, treating, and monitoring for physicians when addiction, mental health, behavioral issues, and the effects of aging are a concern.
- Wellness activities address quality of life and professional satisfaction for all physicians.