A newly-funded primary care initiative at Atlanta's Morehouse School of Medicine is taking aim at improving care beyond the concept of the patient-centered medical home into a community-based lattice that will enable the creation of a patient-centered medical neighborhood.

"Morehouse School of Medicine has always had a very strong commitment to primary care, delivering good healthcare and clinical medicine to all segments of the community, especially to minority communities and other underserved segments of the population," said George Rust, M.D., co-director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse. "We have also always had a very strong record of community-based interventions – the church programs, the wellness programs, and the prevention models. We've also had a track record of doing some population health outcomes data research. But like most places, those three things have mostly been disconnected from each other."

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