Morehouse School of Medicine, United Health Foundation and Optum celebrated the announcement of a partnership grant to support the Patient Centered Medical Home and Neighborhood Project designed to improve health among Atlanta’s most vulnerable and underserved urban communities.
A partnership grant from United Health Foundation and Optum will help Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) create a patient-centered medical home at its department of family medicine clinical site, the Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center at Buggy Works in East Point, Georgia. The program will coordinate and enhance care through MSM's cultural-engagement approach and strong community ties, while working to improve health care delivery and outcomes, and reduce health care costs among MSM's adult patients between 40- and 75-years-old who are at high risk for disease or are living with multiple complex conditions.
"We are pleased to receive support from United Health Foundation and Optum to help us expand our efforts to improve the health of our community and help some of the most vulnerable individuals and families here in Atlanta," said Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., president and dean, Morehouse School of Medicine. "Morehouse's deep roots in the community make us uniquely positioned to address the health issues affecting our patients, and we look forward to expanding access to quality, coordinated care thanks to the foundation's support."
The $1.2 million grant and in-kind support from United Health Foundation and Optum will enable MSM to help patients better manage their complex conditions, reduce emergency room visits and, as a result, improve community health and lower costs for individuals.