The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center for Primary Care announced the formation of an Academic Innovations Collaborative that will provide more than $10 million in resources over two years to nine HMS-affiliated hospital-based primary care teaching practices and eight affiliated community health practice partners. The center will award more than $5 million in grants to the selected affiliates who will directly match the funds, totaling more than $10 million.
“Harvard Medical School, the Center for Primary Care and Harvard’s affiliated clinical entities share a mutual commitment to transforming care delivery within their networks to benefit patients, clinicians, trainees and society,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at HMS.
The goal is to create a platform for training future health care leaders by transforming Harvard-affiliated primary care teaching practices through innovation in four key areas: team-based primary care, management and prevention of chronic illnesses, management of patients with multiple illnesses, and patient empowerment and behavior change.
“It is well known, and has been well documented, that primary care in the United States is in crisis,” said David Bates, one of three co-interim directors of the Center for Primary Care. “If the U.S. is to have higher-quality care at lower costs, primary care models will have to change, and this initiative provides the local grantees the chance to innovate solutions.”