The Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University has established a new center, the Center for Primary Care Innovation (CPCI), directed by Dr. Stephen Persell, associate professor in medicine-general internal medicine and geriatrics, to identify and execute initiatives to improve primary care research, education, and clinical care.
“Primary care plays a crucial role in the supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations,” Dr. Persell said. “The CPCI aims to support the career development of the next generation of primary care physicians who train at Feinberg and to promote cutting-edge research that seeks to answer key questions about how medicine should be practiced.”
The center’s research will focus on health communication, reducing health care disparities, changing clinician behavior and improving medication management. The center’s educational efforts will highlight new opportunities in primary care careers for medical students.
The center will also work with Northwestern Medicine hospital and clinic partners to implement innovative practices and support evaluations of clinical programs and strategies to improve care under new payment models.