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8757 Georgia Ave
10th Fl

Silver Spring
Maryland 20910
USA
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The vision of the Primary Care Coalition is to assure that all County residents have the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. The mission of the Primary Care Coalition is to assure that all low-income, uninsured Montgomery County, MD, residents access to high-quality, affordable primary and preventive health care. Montgomery County has tasked the PCC with administering Montgomery Cares, a network of ten non-profit primary care clinics serving 19,000 adults and Care for Kids (CFK), a network of eight health care providers serving 3,500 uninsured children from low-income families. It is estimated that there are over 100,000 uninsured Montgomery County residents (US Census Bureau, 2000). Both Montgomery Cares and CFK serve county residents unable to afford private insurance, yet are ineligible for state and federal health care programs, such as Medicaid and MCHIP. The PCC is organized into five Centers: The Center for Health Care Access develops and maintains care delivery networks for adults and children, a pro-bono specialty care network, an information and referral service, and oral health, behavioral health, and health care for the homeless projects; The Center for Health Improvement seeks to improve quality, efficiency, equity, and outcomes for children and adults; The Center for Medicine Access assures that all patients have access to generic and brand medicine though a point of care distribution system, enrollment into the pharmaceutical industries patient assistance programs, and through a pharmacy benefit management program; The Center for Community-Based Health Informatics designs and supports a web-based, shared, Open Source electronic medical record for Montgomery County clinics and supports a variety of health information exchange (HIE) activities; and The Center for Children?s Health is a public-private partnership program, The Tree House Child Assessment Center for abused and neglected children. PCC accomplishments include developing and implementing a shared electronic medical record system (CHLCare); establishing a point-of-care pharmacy; a multi-clinic quality improvement initiative; and implementing Institute of Health Care Improvement (IHI) planned care and model of improvement theories. The PCC has been awarded grants from: the Health Research and Services Administration?s Community Access Program, to develop infrastructure of local systems of care (2004); the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for mental health services in primary care settings; the National Library of Medicine, to connect clinics to the digital health library; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to connect CHLCare to hospital emergency departments; NIH for two research grants to conduct community-based participatory research and assess health literacy; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, to develop patient-centered care enhancements to CHLCare; the Komen Foundation, for coordinated access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment; the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and the Consumer Health Foundation, including support for the healthy lifestyle program for overweight and obese children and their families (?7331: Healthy Families, Having Fun?).The PCC accomplishes its work through extensive use of public and private collaborations. It has active partnerships with the Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community (Department of {Psychiatry), the University of Maryland, and the Uniform Services University. The PCC is a member of Clinicians for the Underserved, Communities Joined in Action, the Campus-Community Partnership, and the Regional Primary Care Coalition.
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