A Night to Celebrate Innovation in Primary Care

Partners HealthCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield establish Thomas M. Menino Challenge Grant

Dr. Julio Frenk shares vision for reinventing primary care in the era of health reform

Five years after spearheading a taskforce to chart a roadmap for improving Boston’s primary care system, Mayor Thomas M. Menino presided over his fourth and final ceremony to award this year’s winners the Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care. It was a night to remember for both the Mayor and the awardees, as more than 150 people gathered in the Hiebert Lounge at Boston University School of Medicine to recognize impressive efforts to enhance substance abuse treatment, community fitness, and workplace wellness.

After the audience enjoyed a special video highlighting Mayor Menino’s leadership in primary care, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), announced the creation of a new challenge grant to honor the Mayor’s legacy. Supported by the generosity of Partners HealthCare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Thomas M. Menino Challenge Grant will ensure that the Mayor’s commitment to public health continues after he leaves office by fostering innovation, leadership, and collaboration among future medical professionals.

The grant will be a competitive one-year funding opportunity for up to two Boston-based medical students, residents, or fellows to work with local community health centers to increase access to and availability of high quality primary care services.

Dr. Paula Johnson, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Chair of the Board of BPHC, joined Mayor Menino to honor prize winners for their contributions to improve primary care in healthcare, community-based, and workplace settings.

Boston Medical Center’s Office-Based Opioid Treatment Program (OBOT) received the Mayoral Prize for innovations in a healthcare setting. Learn more about the program’s work in this video.

MayoralPrizePrimaryCare1

Healthworks Community Fitness, a nationally-recognized non-profit fitness and health education center for low-income women and children, took home the prize for primary care innovations in a community setting. Learn more about Healthworks’ impactful programming in this video.

MayoralPrizePrimaryCare2

Dr. Johnson and Mayor Menino presented the final award of the evening to Bowdoin Street Community Health Center for its ambitious workplace wellness initiative that engaged nearly 90 percent of staff. Learn more about how the workplace wellness challenge motivated Bowdoin Street’s employees to improve their health at work in this video.

MayoralPrizePrimaryCare3

Following the award presentations, Dr. Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and former Minister of Health in Mexico, inspired the audience with a thought provoking keynote speech about the future of primary care in the era of healthcare reform.

“The time has come to reinvent primary health care and re-launch it as a central component of universal health coverage,” explained Dr. Frenk. He cautioned that the renewal of primary health care should promote major shifts in the relationship between providers and the populations they serve.

Rather than being reactive to demand, providers should be proactive to health needs by anticipating risks in defined populations, Dr. Frenk suggested. He urged policymakers to take a broad look at primary health care instead of viewing it in the narrow sense of a patient’s first contact with services.

“Primary Health Care must articulate interventions by promoting healthy policies to act on the social determinants of disease and disability,” in his estimation. This approach would include “road safety measures to prevent traffic accidents, actions to promote environmental and occupational health, and tax increases to combat tobacco or junk food consumption.”

Dr. Frenk reflected on Mayor Menino’s commitment at a local level and advocated for other leaders to take a similar approach. “We must think of health not only as a specific sector under the responsibility specialized agencies, but as a social objective whose fulfillment demands a broad engagement of all sectors and ultimately the empowerment of individuals.”

While last night marked Mayor Menino’s final primary care awards celebration, thanks to his leadership, Boston will remain a source “not only of innovation, but also of inspiration,” for the rest of the country and the world, as Dr. Frenk concluded.

NEWS RELEASE: Mayor Menino to Celebrate 2013 Mayoral Prize in Primary Care Winners

Awardees will be honored for innovations that enhance substance abuse treatment,
community fitness, and workplace wellness

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Dr. Paula Johnson, Chair of the Board of the Boston Public Health Commission, will honor recipients of the 2013 Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care at a reception tonight. The annual celebration, now in its fourth year, raises awareness about best practices for improving the delivery of primary care services in health care, community-based, and workplace settings. The event is being hosted by the Boston University School of Medicine at the Hiebert Lounge, 715 Albany Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Five years ago we convened a task force of leaders from health care, academia, and the community to create a roadmap for improving Boston’s primary care system, and I couldn’t be more proud of the successes we’ve had since then,” Mayor Menino said. “Access to affordable health care is a hot button issue these days, but Boston will continue to be a model for other cities thanks to innovative efforts like those of our award winners.”

This year’s awardees are being honored for a variety of primary care innovations that range from improving access to addictions treatment to promoting fitness for low-income women and children and encouraging employee wellness in the workplace.

Boston Medical Center’s Office-Based Opioid Treatment program (OBOT) will receive the Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care in a healthcare setting for expanding access to addictions treatment. BMC’s OBOT, the largest such program in New England, provides medication-assisted treatment integrated into primary care and targets underserved hard-to-reach patients in a setting that also reduces the social stigma associated with substance abuse treatment.

Boston Medical Center’s model, which relies on physician-supervised nurse care managers, has dramatically improved access to addictions treatment. Within a year of opening, the hospital eliminated a treatment waiting list that exceeded 300 patients. Patients can now access treatment within 1-4 weeks of their first contact. OBOT is also available to all patients of Boston Medical regardless of their ability to pay.

Healthworks Community Fitness will be recognized with the Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care in a community-based setting. The nationally-recognized non-profit fitness and health education center for women and children operates from two locations in Dorchester and serves over 1,500 members annually. The fitness provider collaborates with primary care physicians that “prescribe” exercise to patients as part of their chronic disease self-management plan. The prescriptions are then “filled” by Healthworks in the form of a free trial membership for a given patient at one of its centers.

Client-centered offerings, such as the child-focused Fitspiration program, help to engage underserved women and children by making exercise fun and less intimidating. Many patients choose to continue using Healthworks Community Fitness after their free trial membership ends because of the affordability of regular memberships. Over half of members reported losing weight and feeling more energetic and relaxed as a result of the programs.

The Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care in a workplace setting will be presented to Bowdoin Street Health Center for developing a diverse, culturally competent wellness program for its employees. Created in partnership with the Mayor’s Boston Moves for Health initiative and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Bowdoin Street Workplace Wellness Challenge was a 10-week program to help motivate employees to improve their health at work. 89% of staff participated by choosing health and wellness challenges to suit their individual needs and engaged in health activities throughout the work day.

Participants in the challenge could track and monitor their progress towards personal fitness goals by using an online tool, and weekly interactive newsletters updated staff about fitness opportunities for the coming week. Ultimately, the staff was more prepared to educate and model healthy lifestyles for health center patients, demonstrating that in a supportive setting, everyone can achieve optimal wellness.

On top of the innovations that will be recognized tonight, a new report will be available that details the robust access to primary care services that Boston’s community health centers offer. 90 percent of health centers are open more than two evenings per week for adult and pediatric urgent care, for example, and a similar percentage offer urgent care during weekend hours. 95 percent can provide appointments to patients that are sick within 24 hours, and every center offers 24-hour phone consultations with a clinician. The vast majority of health centers are accepting new adult and pediatric patients immediately, with very few having a waiting list.

While access to primary care at health centers is extensive across Boston, half of the centers report that mental health and dental health services are more limited and often restricted to existing patients. The survey was conducted through the Mayor’s NeighborCare initiative, an effort to reduce unnecessary traffic to hospital emergency departments by highlighting community health centers as a resource for excellent preventive care.

To learn about previous winners of the Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care, visit http://www.bphc.org/Pages/MayoralPrize2013.aspx.

###

Mayoral Prize for Innovation: Progress of Codman Square Health Center

In 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino convened a summit of Boston’s leading healthcare, academic, policy, and community leaders to address primary care access in the city. As a result of that summit, Mayor Menino formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Improving Access to Primary Care in Boston, which created a set of recommendations that have served as a road map to increase access, improve quality, and integrate public health efforts with the primary care system.

Since 2010, the Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care has recognized Boston-based organizations that are transforming the primary care landscape and improving our city’s health in three settings – Healthcare, the Community, and the Workplace.  As Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s tenure concludes, we catch up with past winners to learn not only what the Mayoral Prize has meant to them, but also to learn what further achievements they have made since accepting the award.  

 

Since 1979, Codman Square Health Center (CSHC), a Dorchester-based community and health center, has addressed health inequities and poor health that are a direct result of poverty.  CSHC provides quality care services to over 20,000 clients, providing over 100,000 visits annually.  Open daily, CSHC offers primary and urgent care, dentistry, eye care, behavioral health, and specialty clinical services for patients with chronic conditions, including diabetes and HIV.   In addition to earning Level 3 status by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, CSHC has developed comprehensive community programs that go beyond the clinical setting, including adult education, anti-violence workshops, and financial literacy programs.  Its numerous collaborations include DotWell, a partnership with Dorchester House Multi-Service Center that aims to provide integrated clinical and community services to the community; Healthworks at Codman, which offers fitness programming to low-income women and children; and the Codman Square Neighborhood Council, which offers greater access to fresh produce and fitness opportunities close to home.

CSHC further sets itself apart as a unique healthcare and community member with the Codman Academy Public Charter School (CAPCS), the only high school in the nation that is embedded in a health center. CACS offers a rigorous curriculum and several professional development opportunities for 350 diverse students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade, 75% of whom are eligible for reduced-cost lunches.

Started as a charter school in 2001, the school offers an intensive 6-day program, a 30% increase in instruction time for Codman students throughout the school year.  The school’s main objectives are to graduate their students from college and to encourage low-income minority youth to become leading healthcare professionals.  By being situated in a health center, CACS students are exposed to healthcare professionals and can see first-hand what their day-to-day work life could potentially be like.  With 18% of jobs in Boston devoted to healthcare positions and only a small percentage of medical professionals of color, Codman aims to give underprivileged students the skills and motivation to excel academically and professionally.  In addition to being an Expeditionary Learning School and offering academic and extracurricular opportunities, CACS offers 2 -week required internship programs with CSHC during their junior and senior year. During their internship, students are paired with mentors from the health center‘s staff who serve as role models to the students. As a result of its intensive training and curriculum, 73% of CACS students have graduated from or are currently enrolled in college, with a large percentage passing standardized exams with high scores.

With municipal support, strategic fundraising, and strong community partnerships, Codman Square Health Center and its Academy has demonstrated outstanding success and aims to serve as a national model for school/community health center partnerships.  As the first Mayoral Prize Winner for Innovations in a Community Setting in 2010, CSHC has since made great advancements.  They developed a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan for growth and relocated to the William Walczak Health & Education Center last fall.  The school now offers a CSHC-employed nurse and is working with the Harvard School of Public Health to study the impact of a nutrition intervention program on Codman students.   Along with earning the Mayoral Prize, CACS received the School Wellness Award in 2010 and has been nationally recognized as an award-winning school for outstanding academic achievement under the EPIC National Charter School Consortium in 2012.  To date, CACS reached its goal of a 100% acceptance rate for students to attend college.  They have also expanded their support services, offering an on-site social worker and mental health screenings to all students, a regular Advisory Group, and a 3-day residential leadership program for students and faculty.  Acknowledging its high-risk patient and student population for chronic illness, CSHC-led initiatives have led to a Junk Food Free Zone at the academy and health center, an executive chef who prepares healthy meals with fresh, locally grown food; and a mandatory nutrition competency exam students must pass to graduate.

In addition to its collaborations with local partners to optimizing resources that promote a healthy, economically and environmentally sustainable community, Codman Academy offers the city a great service in ensuring the success of low-income youth of color in the field of healthcare.   With more minority youth entering health and medical professions, our healthcare delivery system is evolving to become more culturally competent and well-equipped to meet the health demands of the diverse communities they serve, and to make healthcare more equitable at both the patient and professional level.

To learn about all our past Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care winners, please click here.

Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care: Progress of Health Care Without Harm

In 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino convened a summit of Boston’s leading healthcare, academic, policy, and community leaders to address primary care access in the city. As a result of that summit, Mayor Menino formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Improving Access to Primary Care in Boston, which created a set of recommendations that have served as a roadmap to increase access, improve quality, and integrate public health efforts with the primary care system.

Since 2010, the Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care has recognized Boston-based organizations that are transforming the primary care landscape and improving our city’s health in three settings – Healthcare, the Community, and the Workplace.  As Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s tenure concludes, we catch up with past winners to learn not only what the Mayoral Prize has meant to them, but also to learn what further achievements they have made since accepting the award.  

 

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is an international coalition of over 450 organizations represented in over 50 countries with the mission of making health care practices more environmentally sustainable and less harmful to human health.  Their network of partners include professional health organizations, supply chain companies, government agencies, and non-profits across the globe.  Locally, they have worked closely with Steward Healthcare, Boston Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Children’s Hospital of Boston, as well public sector agencies, including the MA Department of Public Health and the Green Ribbon Commission on climate change mitigation.  For over 16 years, HCWH has made astounding accomplishments in developing best practices for organizations to improve their environmental impact while still cutting costs.

Some of their greatest feats have been eliminating medical devices containing mercury from the market and spearheading the movement for safer medical waste disposal.  HCWH is  responsible for co-developing the Green Guide to Healthcare (GGHC), the first green building framework to incorporate environmental health as a major factor in building design. The tool was eventually adopted by the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a guide for healthcare site constructions and eventually became the foundation for the LEED standards for Healthcare.

Last year, HCWH was recognized as a Mayoral Prize Winner for Innovations in a Community Setting for the multitude of work they’ve accomplished in implementing best practices and policies in healthcare institutions for a healthier environment.  One of their more impressive efforts was the Healthy Food in Healthcare Program, which enabled all major Boston hospitals to revamp their food system in providing healthier choices that align with the most recent dietary guidelines.  HCWH has worked closely with several major Boston hospitals recently to shift its food offerings, focusing less on sugar-sweetened beverages and more on healthier food alternatives for patients, staff and visitors.  The program not only makes healthier meals more accessible, but also reduces the usage of non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuel that cause air pollution and exacerbates respiratory problems With hospitals using 8% of the nation’s energy, efforts to promote renewable energy has a profound and lasting impact on the overall environment.

Having won the Mayoral Prize just a year ago, HCWH has made a substantial amount of progress, bringing their innovation to the national level.  Their collaboration with Partners HealthCare and 12 other health systems helped HCWH launch the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI).  Under HHI, hospitals pledge to achieve three healthy food and beverage goals, including a 20% reduction in the amount of meat served and a 15% increase in local and sustainable foods served after three years.  To date, over 800 hospitals nationwide are enrolled in HHI and are committed to an environmentally friendly food system.

HCWH envisions that healthcare institutions across America will invest in community agriculture and integrate it in their food systems, where physicians can prescribe fruits and vegetables to address diet-related conditions, and hopes that changing food procurement practices in the healthcare sector can lead to a more sustainable global food system.  With initiatives that foster more sustainable systems and practices that help protect the environment, adopting these changes can in turn protect the overall health of individuals, families, and communities.

To learn about all our past Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care winners, please click here.

Beauty Tips, While Staying Healthy Conscious

Although we usually think of the summer months as the time protect our skin from the harmful effects of the summer, the winter’s blustery winds, harsh cold, and the multitude of outdoor activities we partake in can be just as harmful. Each November, the American Academy of Dermatology reminds us to protect your skin from damage throughout the year.

One way to protect your body’s largest organ from damage is to limit the number of toxins in your lotions, soaps, anti-bacterials, and other products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition effort of health and environmental groups, working together to raise awareness about the harms associated with ingredients found in these products. The Campaign’s goal is to protect consumers’ health, by requiring the health and beauty industries to eliminate chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, and other serious health concerns- and replace them with safer alternatives.

Skin Deep
When buying a product that is to be applied to the skin, many would like to know the level of toxicity without reading complicated ingredient labels. The Skin Deep database was developed so that consumers could review ingredients found in thousands of name-brand personal care products. On the site, the ingredients found in a body care product are cross-referenced with various toxicity databases. The personal care product is then given a hazard rating ‘score’ after evaluating its total toxicity. A score of 10 means the product is found to contain highly toxic ingredients, even known human carcinogens, and the consumer should opt to use a lower-toxicity rated product. A score of 0 means the product has no concerning ingredients, and is likely made from plant-based or food-based ingredients, like a sugar scrub.

If you are interested in limiting the toxins on your skin, try the below home recipes. Remember, there are NO preservatives in these recipes, so keep these tips in mind to avoid bacterial contamination

    • Avoid touching products, like lip balms, with your fingers- use a cotton swab to apply
    • Separate mixtures into containers to make recipe last longer and avoid water/bacteria contamination
    • Store products in refrigerator and use within 2 weeks, unless stated otherwise
    • Oil/sugar based scrubs divided into containers can last for months
    • Some products may be an irritant to you, as every person has specific allergens, so modify as needed

Cleansing and Exfoliating Scrub
This scrub is used to stimulate and improve circulation to the slough, rub off dead cells and make your skin shine.

    •  1 cup oats (finely ground)
    •  2 cups white clay (cosmetic grade)
    •  ¼ cup almonds (finely ground)
    •  1/8 cup lavender
    •  1/8 cup roses or chamomile- optional

Prep: Grind the individual ingredients in a coffee or nut grinder- mix together with clay. Store dry. Moisten a small amount of exfoliant in the palm of your hand, apply to face and gently rub over face and neck. Rinse.

Peaches and Cream Moisturizing Lotion
This lotion is full of calcium and will leave you feeling soft and fresh.

    • 1 peach (very ripe)
    • Fresh cream

Prep: Peel and mash one peach. Strain through a sieve to extract all the juice. Mix peach juice with an equal quantity of fresh cream. Apply to desired area(s) and leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.

Shaving Oil
Oil will leave you feeling smooth and silky- a great alternative to shave gel.

    • Oil- Olive, Argan, Coconut, Jojoba

Prep: Put desired amount of oil on body on areas to be shaved. These oils are compatible with skin, so they will not clog pores. Rinse when finished shaving.

 

*Special thanks to Katie Kelly from Clean New York and Cedar Spring Herb Farm for sharing these natural recipes.

Raising Healthy Children, by Supporting Their Moms

Each November, we pause to bring awareness to Prematurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. It is an opportunity to increase awareness on the important steps needed to ensure women have healthy babies and, in turn, increasing the likelihood of healthier children later in life.

The Boston Public Health Commission’s Health Baby/Health Child program is a year-round partner in this effort – working in Boston’s communities to decrease infant mortality rates and increase positive birth outcomes and family unity through home visitation. Connecting with expectant mothers and families  with children under 5 years old, nurses, social workers, case managers and public health advocates help families foster  healthy children, highlighting parenting and school readiness, and incorporating familial strength exercises, all within a family’s own language and culture.

Based on the needs of a family, our Healthy Baby/Healthy Child staff can refer moms to programs such the newly launched Welcome Family program. This universal newborn home visitation program, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, centers on a home visit which is free, confidential, and voluntary. The goal of the program is to improve infant wellness by supporting parent’s knowledge of and access to needed services and support.

While many factors enter into health outcomes, current research places increasing focus on stress and its impact on health.  Home visiting can identify and assist with the social problems that may cause preventable stress, and other issues that may detract from a healthy mom and her child.  The Welcome Family program works to decrease these potential stressors by increasing parental awareness and confidence and connect new families with community support and resources.

It is the responsibility of all to ensure that new moms, and dads, are receiving the support needed to raise new, healthy Bostonians. If you are thinking of being pregnant, make sure you are taking the necessary steps for your own health to ensure your child has a healthy start.

To connect with the Healthy Baby/Healthy Child program, or to learn more about the new Welcome Family program, please call 617- 534-5832 or email HBHC@BPHC.org.

Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care: Progress of Harvard Vanguard

In 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino convened a summit of Boston’s leading healthcare, academic, policy, and community leaders to address primary care access in the city. As a result of that summit, Mayor Menino formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Improving Access to Primary Care in Boston, which created a set of recommendations that have served as a roadmap to increase access, improve quality, and integrate public health efforts with the primary care system.

Since 2010, the Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care has recognized Boston-based organizations that are transforming the primary care landscape and improving our city’s health in three settings – Healthcare, the Community, and the Workplace.  As Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s tenure concludes, we catch up with past winners to learn not only what the Mayoral Prize has meant to them, but also to learn what further achievements they have made since accepting the award.  

 

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA), now part of the Atrius Health care group, is a non-profit, multi-specialty medical group practice that offers over 480,000 patients quality care in more than 21 offices.  Founded in the late 1960’s as part of Harvard Community Health Plan, it has provided eastern Massachusetts with over 30 years of excellent medical care.

As the very first organization to win the Mayoral Prize for an innovation in a healthcare setting during its inception in 2010, HVMA has been a pioneer of primary care with the development of the Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) model, which extends patient-physician time and eliminates unnecessary patient-wait time through shared group appointments.

Carried out since 2007, the SMA is a 90-minute patient group visit made up of 8 to 12HarvardVanguard patients sharing one medical visit with their personal primary care provider and a medical support team, made up of a documenter (medical note-taker), a behaviorist (group facilitator that stimulates dialogue with patients), and a nurse/medical assistant who takes vital signs and conducts maintenance screenings.  Through this model, SMAs allow patients to have adequate face-to-face time with physicians without the dissatisfaction of appointments being cut short while equipping physicians with adequate support and ample time to thoroughly address their patient’s needs.

Under Harvard Vanguard, the SMA program is one of the largest in the country with over 8,000 patients who have voluntarily participated in this new, alternative form of primary care. In addition to improving the efficiency of medical appointments, it offers systematic support to physicians and fosters emotional and social support between patients.  The SMA model was primarily designed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable patients:  the elderly; patients with chronic disease, pain, or addiction; and residents who have limited access to care. To adequately address the needs of these patient groups, SMAs provide them the opportunity for peer support with groups experiencing similar health and social concerns.

Harvard Vanguard’s  SMA model reached success due in large part to using a highly organized approach and to building collaboration between providers and medical staff.  Using the SMA model has shown a 200% to 300% increase in the number of patients that can be seen in a 90-minute appointment.  Data showed that on average for 90 minutes, 8.6 patients were seen in a group visit compared to 4.5 patients seen individually.  Not only is the SMA model efficient, patients are allowed to drop in or come to appointments last-minute without an issue.

The additional component of a medical team behaviorist also relieves health inequities by providing special care needs to underserved and high-risk patients in steering discussion to addresses depression, family/social distress, substance abuse, and anxiety, health symptoms often seen in underserved communities.  SMA visits have also demonstrated equal, if not better quality of care for patients in comparison to individual visits, where under the same group of physicians, the percentage of patients that received After Visit Summaries (AVS) was 70%, while patients in the SMA who received an AVS was over 98%.

After winning the Mayoral Prize for Innovation three years ago, there are now a total of 22 SMA models currently active across all 10 of Harvard Vanguard’s sites.  To date, the SMA model has now expanded beyond internal medicine to other specialized health areas, including dermatology, pediatric asthma, opiate addiction, neurology, and cardiology to name a few.

In addition to the positive reception the SMA model has received from patients and medical care providers, Atrius Health has been making great strides in expanding the model to other Atrius Health/Harvard Vanguard sites with no previous experience with SMA where it is fully supported and in other specialty areas other than primary care.  With the SMA model growing in leaps and bounds with its increasing success and popularity, Atrius Health continues to be on the forefront of innovative care, challenging the status quo on the way we delivery care and transforming the healthcare system in raising the bar for quality care for patients from all walks of life.

With a demonstration of overwhelming success, Atrius Health hopes to expand the SMA model to other provider groups, particularly within Boston community health centers, in addition to making it a standard form of care and an integral part of their health care delivery system nation-wide.

To learn about all our past Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care winners, please click here.

%d bloggers like this: