In 2014, the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care, with funding from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, completed a comprehensive literature review outlining strategies CHCs use to integrate into the medical neighborhood in the domains of primary care-specialty care, primary care-diagnostic imaging, primary care-pharmacy, primary care-oral health and primary care-hospital care. A conceptual model which was used to classify innovations and strategies for integration can be found in the full report here.
In 2015, CEPC and the Center for Care Innovations developed an online resource center for safety net practices seeking innovations on integrating primary care in the medical neighborhood, through funding from the Blue Shield of California Foundation. The purpose of this Facilitating Care Integration site is to disseminate resources, build connections and provide a platform for inter-agency learning and collaboration as Community Health Centers and other ambulatory safety net practice tackle care integration challenges across the country. Assess your practice’s care coordination strengths and weaknesses using the self-assessment tools, in the domains of primary care-specialty care, primary care-diagnostic imaging, primary care-pharmacy, primary care-oral health, primary care-behavioral health and/or primary care-hospital care or find out what other health centers are doing through case studies and webinars. Please visit the Facilitating Care Integration website here. To read the National Association of Community Health Centers blog post featuring the resource center, click here.