The Center for Primary Care, which was created in 2010 by Harvard Medical School to address the current crisis in primary care with innovative solutions, announced today two new programs, The Abundance Agents of Change program and the Crimson Care Collaborative. As it continues its dramatic growth, the center also announced the appointment of six new faculty members.

“We are growing in leaps and bounds, underscoring the urgency of the center’s work and the need for innovation and change in primary care,” said Russell Phillips, director of the Center for Primary Care. “The ongoing crisis in primary care demands imaginative solutions. As we work to develop and implement these solutions, we will continue to add to our growing list of programs and staff.”

Through the Agents of Change Program, HMS student leaders will develop a student-led incubator for innovative ideas and products for improving access to health care and health outcomes, particularly for socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals. The program was made possible by a donation from The Abundance Foundation.

The grants will invest in the ideas generated through partnerships between Harvard Medical School students, community health centers, physicians-in-training from Harvard-affiliated hospitals, and students at other Harvard University graduate schools.

The center also announced a new partnership with the Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC), a network of HMS student-designed and student and faculty collaborative practices which give students clinical experience during the first two years of medical school and opportunities to learn about systems based care.

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