- SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Center for Primary Care Innovation is pleased to offer support to Feinberg School of Medicine Faculty and Residents for research in the specialty of primary care, in areas of internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine. The Primary Care Faculty Research Catalyzer is funded by the Feinberg School of Medicine’s Global Health Initiative.
The mission of the Center for Primary Care Innovation is to improve the health of our communities by developing novel methods to transform primary care clinical practice, education, and research.
Why Primary Care Matters
Primary care medicine focuses on the care of the whole person and serves essential roles that support the health and well being of individuals and populations. Considerable research evidence demonstrates that health systems with strong primary care deliver higher quality healthcare, achieve better health outcomes, promote greater equity throughout the population, and improve healthcare value.
The scope of primary care practice includes: prevention, acute care, chronic illness care, and the coordination of care across different providers and care settings. Not only can well-functioning primary care improve the way health care systems meet people’s medical needs, it also can enhance patients’ experiences when specialty and hospital-based care are needed.
Ultimately, the goal of the Center for Primary Care Innovation is deliver healthcare in ways that are better than in the past. To accomplish this objective we need a talented and prepared work force, research that answers important questions about how to make care better, and the successful implementation of this knowledge within healthcare systems.
Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement Grant
Our Program in Primary Care, Health and Society is funded through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE). Learn about the program and the research projects we are leading through this grant.
The Center aims to attract talented Northwestern trainees to primary care, provide experiences that nurture their interest, and equip them with the skills they will need to function in the innovative healthcare delivery models of the future. Offering mentorship and career development programs, opportunities for clinical experiences (particularly in rural, underserved or international locations), and opportunities for trainees to conduct research and scholarship related to primary care are all ways to engage and encourage medical students and residents interested in primary care careers.
Faculty associated with the Center work on diverse topics related to the conduct of primary care. Much of this work involves testing innovative ways to improve care delivery to individuals and populations. Research themes include the use of health information technology, health communication, redesigning systems of care, reducing healthcare disparities, improving medication management, changing clinician behavior and others. Clinical areas of active work include clinical preventive services, cancer screening, cardiovascular disease prevention, hypertension, diabetes, and acute respiratory infections.
Northwestern Medicine offers a fertile laboratory for conducting the types of research described above. Conversely, the Center serves as an important resource for Northwestern Memorial Health Care (NMHC). Faculty conducting research related to primary care work directly with NMHC leadership to promote the adoption of innovative best practices within this large healthcare system. In addition, as new payment models are introduced into healthcare over time, researchers in the Center are well situated to support rigorous evaluations of NMHC clinical programs and innovative strategies to improve care.
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