Leaders Gather to Discuss Health Professions Education, Diversifying the Health Care Workforce at NEOMED-CSU Event
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Cleveland State University (CSU) celebrated the official launch of the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative on Monday, announcing support from a national organization dedicated to diversifying the health professions, new scholarship funding in support of the initiative, and plans for a new and distinct educational model for medical students in the program.
Support for the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative is being championed at the national level by the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions, which through its state, regional and national partnerships supports diversity initiatives that enhance the health professions pipeline.
“The NEOMED Education for Service regional initiative is one of the Sullivan Alliance’s national priority programs,” said Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. “By combining NEOMED and CSU’s strengths in urban health, primary care medicine and interprofessional education, I believe the resulting unique primary care education programs will become models for the nation.”
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center also announced support for the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative and Education for Service program. The downtown Cleveland hospital presented the initiative with a gift of $25,000 for student scholarship.
“St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s service to our downtown community has led to tremendous experience in responding to complex cases so prevalent in urban populations, including serving patients with multiple chronic conditions,” said David F. Perse, M.D., president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “Supporting the NEOMED-CSU Primary Care Initiative through scholarships, experiential learning opportunities and beyond is perfectly aligned with our devotion to healing since 1865.”
As part of the Urban Primary Care Initiative, NEOMED and CSU are working together to identify and train health care professionals to meet the challenges of creating a more diverse health care workforce that cares for medically underserved populations.
“With the projected shortage in primary care providers, our health care system must produce more health care workers in primary care fields and address the need for providers in practice settings that are in underserved rural and urban areas,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of NEOMED. “NEOMED and CSU are responding to these challenges by partnering to educate and support a new generation of primary care physicians. Through innovative health care workforce development, we seek to improve the health and economic vitality of Northeast Ohio.”
The NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative will facilitate even stronger, more lasting connections with the medically underserved communities in Cleveland and nearby suburbs by establishing a Neighborhood Clinic Model. Through this new educational model, students will be paired with a single site throughout their four-year medical school experience. This is distinct from other neighborhood-based programs because students will engage with specific community members, allowing students to get to know the people of a particular neighborhood well and increasing the likelihood the student will return post-residency to practice within that area and to serve those residents.
"Given the critical need for health care in our community and the support of health care institutions in Cleveland, this collaborative program between CSU and NEOMED promises to create a model for the rest of the country, while serving the unique medical needs of our urban community,” said Ronald M. Berkman, Ph.D., president of CSU. “On the student side of the equation, the Education for Service program will help attract talented CSU students to the program who might not otherwise have the financial resources to achieve a medical education."
The event also included remarks about how the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative will impact Cleveland and Northeast Ohio from Rob Portman, U.S. Senate; Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senate; Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. House of Representatives; Frank G. Jackson, mayor of Cleveland; Edgar B. Jackson Jr., M.D., co-chair of the Community Advisory Board; and, Louis Stokes, J.D., former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and co-chair of the Community Advisory Board.