Transforming Primary Care Practice at the Alaska Native Medical Center (2010-2012)

David Driscoll, PhD, MPH, MA

Quenna Szafran, BS 

 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) funding to conduct systematic studies of on-going, successful efforts to transform the delivery of primary care in Alaska. ICHS is partnering with Southcentral Foundation in this endeavor. This two year award assesses the impact of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model on the nature and quality of health care delivery for Alaska Native patients at the largest Alaska Native-owned and managed primary care center in the state. The study employs a mixed methods approach with the aim of assessing patient and provider experiences and satisfaction, as well as steps taken to overcome challenges and achieve the PCMH transformation.