Education Health Center Initiative

Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) work in partnership on the Education Health Center Initiative (EHCI). EHCI’s mission is to develop training and workforce solutions for the provision of quality primary care to underserved populations through support and transformation of primary care health workforce training partnerships.

In order to better understand the EHCI, please click or scroll down for:
Definition of an Education Health Center (EHC)
Introduction to the Education Health Center Initiative (EHCI)
EHCI Consulting Services
EHC Trainings
Research Resources
Other Online Resources

DEFINITION OF AN EDUCATION HEALTH CENTER (EHC)

An Education Health Center (EHC) is a community health center which serves as a training site for health professions students and residents. There are multiple pathways to becoming an Education Health Center–a much broader approach than just the limited number of federally-funded Teaching Health Centers.

Visit HRSA’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education webpage to learn more about Teaching Health Centers.

View Developing an Education Health Center to read a Q&A with Kiki Nocella, Ph.D., Consultant, Education Health Center Initiative (EHCI) and CEO, Believe Health, LLC.

INTRODUCTION TO THE EDUCATION HEALTH CENTER INITIATIVE (EHCI)

The Education Health Center Initiative (EHCI) provides consulting services, educational materials, and information about developing relationships between health centers and residency programs. The EHCI partnership has conducted research, developed informational resources, and sponsored trainings at both the regional and national levels on the Education Health Center model. EHCI staff and partners can conduct an initial feasibility assessment to determine a member’s organizational capacity and to recommend next steps. This innovative program seeks to educate physicians while contributing to the stability of the primary care safety net.

Read Models of Education Health Centers by Kiki Nocella, PhD, MHA to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of health centers as sponsoring institutions, consortium partners, and outpatient training centers.

Visit The Education Health Center Initiative or download the EHCI brochure to learn more.

EHCI CONSULTING SERVICES

The Education Health Center Initiative (EHCI) offers a variety of consulting services for family medicine residencies and health centers to develop education health centers. Their consulting services include feasibility analysis, which can identify capacity, strengths, weaknesses, and resources. This analysis can also develop the strategy and steps for program implementation. Other consulting services include technical assistance to assist in grant applications, forms, and identifying possible collaborations.

To learn more about feasibility analysis and technical assistance, visit EHCI’s Consulting Services webpages.

EHC TRAININGS

Clinica Family Health Services
2010 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Annual Conference presentation slides
Colorado Family Medicine Residency Experience

Education Health Center Initiative
2010 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Annual Conference presentation slides and materials
Administration and Operations, Kevin Murray
Becoming a Teaching Health Center, Kevin Murray
Finance Toolkit, Mike Maples, MD and Joel Hughes
Mission and Governance Toolkit, Scott Early, MD
Teaching Health Centers, Frederick Chen, MD, MPH
What is an Education Health Center, Mike Maples, MD

Visit the EHCI Resources webpage for podcasts, PDFs of presentations and other resources.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
2010 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Annual Conference presentation slides
Collaborations Between FQHCs and Residency Programs, Jacqueline C. Leifer, Esq.

RESEARCH RESOURCES

Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
October 2010
Survey evaluates family physician training occurring in community health centers
Family medicine residency training in community health centers: a national survey

American Academy of Family Physicians
January 2010
Study that proposes family medicine residency training in community health centers as a solution to the primary care workforce shortage
Study: Health Center, Family Medicine Residency Pairing Is “Match Made in Heaven”

American Family Physician
November 2015
Study that discusses evidence that training in community-based underserved settings is associated with higher likelihood of practicing in those settings
Graduates of Teaching Health Centers Are More Likely to Enter Practice in the Primary Care Safety Net

Annals of Family Medicine
November 2009
Study that describes the facilitators and barriers to creating partnerships between community health centers and family medicine residencies
Training Residents in Community Health Centers: Facilitators and Barriers

Education Health Center Initiative
March 2010
Highlights of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that address primary care residency programs in health centers
Teaching Health Center Legislation

Family Medicine
April 2010
Survey to identify barriers to training family medicine residents at community health centers
Barriers to Training Family Medicine Residents in Community Health Centers

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
August 2010
Case studies of FQHC-Board Residency Programs and policy recommendations for the implementation of the Teaching Health Centers Programs
Health Centers’ Contributions to Training Tomorrow’s Physicians

New England Journal of Medicine
June 2016
Article regarding Education Health Center Initiative (EHCI) research into the cost of training residents in the Teaching Health Center (THC) setting
The Cost of Residency Training in Teaching Health Centers

OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
Proposal for increased participation in teaching health centers
Training Team Players to Provide Better Health Care to the Underserved

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Information on Teaching Health Centers, including Q&A and grant information
Teaching Health Centers

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Executive Summary, 2015
Educational Health Centers: Teaching and Learning in the Community
The Policy Shop Blog article on teaching health centers
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGME)