Frontline for Health Care Reform and Interprofessional Care
In addition to medical services, CUHCC offers a full range of dental and mental health services that are typically not offered at a community health center, such as prosthodontic services and psychiatry. CUHCC has pharmacists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, nurses, family nurse practitioners, family practice physicians, internal medicine physicians, internal medicine-pediatric physicians, licensed social workers and psychologists among other disciplines on staff.
CUHCC's interprofessional care model uses a collaborative, team-based approach to deliver education and patient care, integrating these services. Students and residents at CUHCC have the opportunity to work with other students and preceptors in other fields to best serve the complex needs of the patients. Over half of CUHCC’s mental health patients also receive medical services at CUHCC, allowing CUHCC providers to work collaboratively to provide patient centered care.
As a founding member in the country's first accountable care organization (ACO) for federally qualified health centers, CUHCC is leading change in urban health and improving patient outcomes to meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim: improve the patient experience, improve patient health, and reduce the cost of patient care.
A patient of mine immigrated from East Africa and had a severe endocrine disorder but couldn’t afford to get care at her endocrinologist when she lost her insurance. We were able to transfer her care to CUHCC and manage her medical and financial barriers—making sure she could get her medications at very low cost.
—Tim Capecchi, Med/Peds Resident.