This discussion paper from the Prevention Institute connects concepts of community prevention to emerging models of medical or health homes and proposes the concept of “community-centered health homes”.  The paper proposes that the following elements be added and integrated into the current models of health homes:

  • Collect data on social, economic, and community conditions
  • Aggregate health and safety data
  • Systematically review health and safety trends
  • Identify priorities and strategies with community partners
  • Coordinate activities with community partners
  • Act as community health advocates
  • Mobilize patient populations
  • Strengthen partnerships with local health care organizations
  • Establish model organizational policies

The paper highlights the potential for community health centers, with often were formed using principles of community-oriented primary care, to become such community-centered health homes.

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