Jefferson - Accelerating Primary Care Transformation (JeffAPCT) has three goals:
- To impact Triple Aim outcomes through improved/expanded primary care and population health curriculum across the continuum of primary care providers and trainees
- To create enhanced, sustainable models of primary care physician faculty development to support PCMH Transformation
- To create a new, sustainable model of faculty development for community‐based primary care preceptors (MD/DO, PA, NP, others)
Most current practitioners were not prepared during their training programs to incorporate principles of population health, quality, and safety into their daily practice. There is clear consensus that a robust primary care system capable of managing the health of populations is a critical component to the success of our healthcare system. Yet too few clinicians enter primary care and those in practice have acquired the key competencies to effectively manage populations. As the healthcare system undergoes dramatic and rapid change at the national, regional, and local levels, this curriculum will allow for increased competence in managing the health of populations. Because primary care is often the first contact for behavioral health, primary care providers should be familiar with the barriers to care as well as potential solutions such as integrated behavioral health. Clinicians often lack competencies related to addressing behavioral health from a population health perspective through models of integrated behavioral health.
Jefferson's Department of Family and Community Medicine has developed a series of online courses to help practitioners acquire the knowledge and tools to begin to incorporate population health and quality improvement strategies into their practices.
The series includes:
- JeffAPCT: Medication-Assisted Treatment in Opioid Use Disorders (available soon!)
- JeffAPCT: Population Health
- JeffAPCT: Quality Improvement (QI)
Christine Arenson, MD - Alumni Professor and Chair , Department of Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Arenson has served as faculty or project director for projects on UME, primary care fellowships, academic/administrative units, geriatric academic career award and geriatric education centers. She is the founding co-director of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education and is nationally known for her work in this area. She currently serves as Associate CMO for the Jefferson practices in the Delaware Valley ACO and is co-chair of the Jefferson Population Health Workgroup. She will be responsible for all aspects of JeffAPCT.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant number: T0BHP28581 and Title: Accelerating Primary Care Transformation at Jefferson (JeffAPCT) Total award amount: $350,000. Percentage financed with nongovernmental sources: 0%. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.