Boston, MA, March 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Centering® Healthcare Institute (CHI) today announced its first wave of awardees to expand the Centering model of group care. Through technical assistance and implementation services, the seventeen awardees representing thirty-two healthcare sites will expand the Centering group medical visit model into communities where evidence-based group care can have the biggest impact.

The awardees will receive group facilitation training and consultation support throughout the two-year implementation process. Over the next four months, the following sites will begin or expand Centering group care, including the prenatal model, CenteringPregnancy®, the pediatric model, CenteringParenting®, and/or the adaptable model, CenteringHealthcare® into their practices:

  • Advocate Health Care - Park Ridge, IL
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center – Brooklyn, NY
  • CCI Health & Wellness Services – Greenbelt, MD
  • El Rio Community Health Center – Tucson, AZ
  • Grace Health - Battle Creek, MI
  • Harlem Hospital Center Women's Health Services - New York, NY
  • Harris Health System – Houston, TX
  • Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center – Jackson, MS
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Children's Medical Practice – Baltimore, MD
  • Las Islas Family Medical Group – Oxnard, CA
  • Mount Sinai Hospital OBGYN Clinic - New York, NY
  • Neighborhood Health Centers of Lehigh Valley – Allentown, PA
  • Penn State Health St. Joseph OB/GYN – Reading, PA
  • Primary Health Solutions – Hamilton, OH
  • St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency Program - Grand Junction, CO
  • Swarthmore Pediatrics – Swarthmore, PA
  • UC Health – Cincinnati, OH 

“We have an incredible opportunity to improve lifelong health by transforming birth outcomes, early childhood and family health in the U.S. through Centering,” says CEO Angie Truesdale.  “We are thrilled to support these committed and innovative healthcare sites that are passionate about changing healthcare and improving health outcomes in their communities.”

In October 2017, CHI announced an aggressive expansion plan focusing on underserved communities with poor health outcomes. With the generous support of Valhalla Charitable Foundation, CHI is able to provide these awards to eligible sites - primarily in community health centers and academic medical centers  - eliminating the financial barrier to those in resource-limited communities. A second wave of awardees will be announced in May 2018 and another request for proposals will be available in Fall 2018.

CenteringPregnancy group care follows the recommended schedule of ten prenatal visits, but each visit is ninety minutes to two hours long—giving patients ten times as much time with their provider team. Patients engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure, recording their own health data, and have private time with their provider for belly check. 

CenteringParenting provides family centered well-child care for the first two years. Parents are actively involved in their child’s assessment at every visit: tracking their growth, development, immunizations and oral health. Individual well-child health assessments, immunizations and developmental screenings follow the Bright Futures™ nationally recognized guidelines. An emphasis on self-care, wellness and women’s health is woven throughout.

CenteringHealthcare is the group care framework for other health conditions and patient populations (i.e. diabetes, HIV, opioid addiction, transgender, etc). CenteringHealthcare offers medical care in a group setting following nationally recognized care guidelines.

CHI is improving health by transforming care through Centering groups. With over two decades of experience as the go-to resource for group healthcare, it has developed and sustained the Centering model in 500 practice sites and within some of the largest health systems in the world. The combination of health assessment, interactive activities and community building allows learning from the provider and from one another. Working with many dedicated individuals and organizations, CHI is building a future where group healthcare becomes the standard of care.


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Nicole Lewis
Centering® Healthcare Institute