Oklahoma City, OK – Hands to Guide You is pleased to announce that Larry Ford, DBH, Founder & CEO of Hands to Guide You and H2GYHealth was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) is a nonprofit, accredited, online post-graduate institution of higher learning offering post-graduate education and training in the field of integrated behavioral healthcare, including the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree, graduate certificate programs, and continuing education. Cummings Graduate Institute is dedicated to disrupting healthcare by preparing entrepreneurial integrated care professionals through innovative and affordable quality distance education programs, grounded in the Biodyne Model, and focused on delivering human-centered care, population health improvements, and medical cost savings. CGI is focused on meeting the healthcare industry’s need for a highly skilled workforce to support an integrated approach to addressing patients’ needs.
The CGI Board of Directors is responsible for providing governance and leadership to the CEO and administrative team that leads to accomplishing the mission and vision of the institution. When asked why Dr. Ford was nominated for the position, Dr. Cara English, CEO stated, “Dr. Ford enjoys eminent respect from both his patients and contemporaries as an authority on decreasing excessive health care costs in the state of Oklahoma, which has significantly reduced health insurance coverage denial due in great part to Dr. Ford’s accomplishments in holistic treatments. Dr. Ford’s integrated treatment has also decreased hospital re-admission by 30% in southwest Oklahoma City alone.”
Cummings Graduate Institute honored Dr. Ford with the prestigious Biodyne Life Change Award in October 2016 due to his leadership and outstanding business model of integrated behavioral health services in Oklahoma. In 2019 & 2020 Hands to Guide You received the Oklahoma City Small Business Award, and in 2020 Dr. Ford was awarded Doctor of the Year.
Dr. Ford has volunteered many hours of his time to provide critical input and assistance during the first and subsequent years of CGI’s growth and development. Dr. Janet Cummings, Psy.D and Dr. Cara English, DBH nominated Dr. Larry Ford, DBH to fill the empty Board seat after the passing of Dr. Nicholas Cummings.
When asked about his new role at CGI Dr. Ford noted, “It is a great honor and privilege to serve on the CGI Board of Directors. Dr. Nicholas Cummings was my mentor in education, profession, and life. He was a brilliant man and a true friend. I cherish this opportunity and look forward to working with the leadership, administration and faculty and CGI. Dr. Cummings paved the way. We will energetically and joyfully continue the journey as we innovate, integrate and truly change the way people experience healthcare.”
About Dr. Ford
Dr. Larry Ford received his Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University in Moore, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Ford received his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University.
Inspired by the volumes of studies Dr. Ford completed on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You as he fulfilled his doctoral studies in November 2011.
Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly Dr. Ford has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health. Hands to Guide You, with Dr. Ford at the helm, enjoys distinction for engendering unparalleled patient rehabilitation and recovery rates, and expansive patient health literacy.
Providing and teaching the necessity of integrated care, and the entrenched correlation between emotional well-being and physical health have become Dr. Ford’s trademarks. Hence, Dr. Ford’s esteemed reputation in integrating behavioral and medical health has yielded him requests from all over the nation to serve as a keynote speaker imparting erudition, expertise, and patient success stories. Dr. Ford has spoken and continues to receive invitations to lecture before hundreds of fellow clinicians and additional medical and behavioral health professionals.
Dr. Ford has become a preferred provider to the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and as a result of his affiliation created a non-profit organization, Let’s Play Sports, dedicated to coaching young athletes and giving them tools needed on and off the field for living happy, healthy & celebrated lives. Learn more at www.lets-play-sports.org.
To learn more about Dr. Ford go to www.drlarryford.com or www.h2gy.com.
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