In the following video, Stephen Persell, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Primary Care Innovation, discusses the goals of the collaborative.Watch the Video
Social, cultural and economic factors exert powerful influences on health outcomes and produce large disparities in health between groups along socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and cultural lines. The drivers of these disparities include differences in:
- Environmental exposures
- Education and literacy
- Income wealth, and social status
- Personal health behaviors (e.g., exercise, diet, smoking, substance use)
- Social networks and social supports
- Social stressors (e.g., discrimination)
- Access to/treatment by clinicians and healthcare systems
Changes in the social determinants of health likely lead to changes in population health that are as great or greater than those brought about by major medical advances.
Training in longitudinal primary care settings may be the optimal way to teach about the social determinants of health, especially situating training in diverse community settings. While some programs have published their content and structure, none has been rigorously studied to demonstrate its effectiveness. Because such immersive education is more resource intensive than simple didactic instruction, demonstrating its comparative efficacy is necessary.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Educational-Centered Medical Home is a novel, comprehensive educational program that exposes students to team-based medicine in an authentic outpatient environment and empowers students to take charge of patients longitudinally over their medical careers. Read more about how we are studying the impact of this model.
Learn more about our current projects via the links below.
Fellow AU-PCTE Grant Awardees
The AU-PCTE is a cooperative agreement between HRSA and selected units, each focusing on a specific aspect of education in primary care. Northwestern, with its focus on the social determinants of health, is one of six academic units, the other five, include:
- University of Pennsylvania
Focus: Behavioral health integration in primary care
- Harvard Medical School
Focus: Oral health integration in primary care
- University of Washington
Focus: Training for rural health practice
- University of California at Davis, School of Medicine
Focus: Health workforce diversity
- Meharry Medical College
Focus: Training for the needs of vulnerable populations