The Systems Transformation team oversees a wide range and growing portfolio of programs dedicated to transforming primary care via practice improvement efforts and team-based care. While the majority of the Systems Transformation team’s programs are dedicated to facilitating collaboratives among the Harvard medical community and in the greater Boston area, new grant-based projects are extending the team’s reach internationally. (more…)
The Advancing Teams in Community Health Program (ATP) is a five-year initiative (2016-2021), funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Center has partnered with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and the Kraft Center for Community Leadership to create this collaborative, which reflects the Center’s aspiration to improve primary care at Community Health Centers (CHCs) across Massachusetts. (more…)
The Primary Care Improvement Network (PCIN) is a membership-based network that promotes continued practice transformation, focused improvement, enhanced leadership support and the dissemination and spread of best practices. The aim of the PCIN is to strengthen primary care as measured by improved staff and faculty experience, reductions in per capita cost and improved patient and family experience and outcomes. (more…)
The Alice Rosenwald Mental Health Integration—Improving Lives through mental health Integration into Primary Care.
There is a recognized need for the integration of mental health and primary care. Mental disorders affect nearly one in five adults in the US, and cause tremendous suffering and impairment. The majority of those affected do not receive proper, if any, treatment. Integration of mental health into primary care can help close the gap and ensure that patients get the care they deserve. (more…)
Throughout the two years of the AIC CARES Collaborative, a small, multidisciplinary subset of CARES participants known as the Leadership Academy attended alternating monthly calls and in-person “courses” on a variety of topics designed to improve their leadership skills. Providing professional development and leadership training to this cohort was a key element of the AIC’s strategy for long-term sustainability.
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The Academic Innovation Collaborative (AIC) CARES Initiative was a network of 28 Harvard-affiliated teaching practices in the greater Boston area that leveraged team-based approaches for care to improve safety and reduce risk, and to improve the quality of care and patient and clinician experience in its participating practices. (more…)
The Center’s Academic Innovations Collaborative was a two-year program, running from 2012-2014, focused on fostering innovation in education and care delivery. The Collaborative was made up of 20 Harvard-affiliated primary care teaching practices that care for more than 275,000 patients. (more…)
Care providers joined together May 19th at HMS for the AIC’s Mental Health Integration Initiative (MHI) spring retreat. MHI aims to improve patient care by integrating improving provider skills and confidence in providing mental health care at primary care teaching practices in the Boston-area. The Initiative fosters a team-based care approach for practices to better identify, track, refer and provide follow-up care for patients with mental health needs. Participating sites include practices at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Massachusetts General Hospital. (more…)
The Alice Rosenwald Initiative: Improving Lives through Mental health Integration into Primary Care
There is a recognized need for the integration of mental health and primary care. Mental disorders affect nearly one in five adults in the US, and cause tremendous suffering and impairment. The majority of those affected do not receive proper, if any, treatment. Integration of mental health into primary care can help close the gap and ensure that patients get the care they deserve.
To do this, primary care and mental health must be coordinated at various levels of care and supported by an encompassing health system development. Primary care providers must be adequately equipped to support mental health work, whether through assessment, diagnosis, treatment, or referrals. Investment is necessary to catalyze this change, which is why the Center has started the Mental Health Integration Initiative. (more…)
The AIC CARES Initiative is the continuation of the Academic Innovations Collaborative (AIC), a two-year effort by the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care and Harvard-affiliated teaching practices. The AIC was designed to transform primary care delivery at local clinics and community health centers. This next phase of the AIC will leverage team-based approaches to care to dramatically improve safety and reduce risk, and continue improving quality of care and patient and provider experience, in participating practices. Led by the Center for Primary Care, in partnership with Qualis Health, the CARES Initiative is supported through a partnership with CRICO/Risk Management Foundation. Seven major Harvard hospital affiliates and 20 primary care practices are engaged in this next phase of transformational work.
The Center’s Academic Innovations Collaborative fosters innovation in education and care delivery at 20 Harvard affiliated primary care teaching practices that care for more than 275,000 patients.
The program allows students and residents to work with local clinics to transform how they deliver primary care and builds upon curriculum reform efforts to provide training for students.
In July 2014, the Center launched the AIC CARES Initiative, a continuation of the AIC which leverages team-based approaches to care to dramatically improve safety and reduce risk.