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Community Driven Care

Author
VP Jakub Tolar
October 9, 2020

As a land-grant institution, we are charged with service to our state, but how do we provide this? How do we know, not just what we want to offer, but what our communities want and need? This is especially critical in a state as diverse as ours, and this is a question that we are all actively exploring.

In OACA, there are a number of excellent models demonstrating how to learn and get input from the people we are committed to serving. Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC), located in the heart of the Phillips neighborhood, is a multi-disciplinary clinic that offers a broad range of health care, as well as legal and other support. Their motto is: “Community-driven care.”

In Service to the Community

 

And their community includes patients from many different countries, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to CUHCC’s collaborative whole-person, whole-family approach to care, their governing board is led by community representatives. Learn more about CUHCC’s board chair, Jewelean Jackson, and the way the community and clinic are working together to solve health care inequities and barriers to access.

Examples of these efforts include an outreach program providing mobile COVID-19 testingorganizing donations for its neighbors, and continuing a collaborative care program for the Indigenous community.

CUHCC demonstrates the importance of building meaningful relationships with communities and including them in decision-making. CUHCC's commitment to community driven care is a model we can all learn from.

Thank you,

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Vice President for Academic Clinical Affairs


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