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UAA Partners With Southcentral Foundation for Study

UAA PARTNERS WITH SOUTHCENTRAL FOUNDATION TO STUDY THE

PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME MODEL

AT THE ALASKA NATIVE MEDICAL CENTER

(Anchorage, Alaska, August 31, 2010) - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently awarded the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) Director and University of Alaska Anchorage Professor Dr. David Driscoll funding to conduct a systematic study of ongoing, successful efforts to transform the delivery of primary care health services at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies and Southcentral Foundation have partnered for the study based on Southcentral Foundation’s recognition for implementing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model as part of its larger Nuka Model of Care.

The study will employ a mixed-methods approach to assess patient and provider experiences and satisfaction, changes in clinical processes and health outcomes, and steps taken to overcome challenges and achieve the transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Home model.

The two-year award will evaluate the model’s impact on the nature and quality of health care delivery for Alaska Native people at the largest Alaska Native owned and managed primary care center in the state.

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Established in 1982, SCF’s mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The nonprofit health care affiliate of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., SCF has grown in its 27 years, from a single dental clinic to an internationally recognized, award-winning health care organization that employs more than 1,400 people and administers a budget of more than $181 million annually to manage more than 60 health care programs and services. 

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