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Community Health Centers Selected for LEAP Project

A select group of Community Health Centers across the country have been selected as exemplary primary care practices by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Group Health Research Institute and will be part of the Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (the LEAP project) project.

The LEAP Project selected 30 primary care practices—representing 20 states, private and large health systems, and Community Health Centers—that maximize access to their services through innovation and staff teamwork.  It’s not surprising that one of the Community Health Centers selected is Washington, D.C.’s Unity Health Care.  Unity may be the largest nonprofit health and social services organization, serving more than 100,000 individuals and families in the District, but the center also embraces innovation and patient-centered care at the heart of its approach to create healthier communities in the neighborhoods they serve.

“It is both a privilege and an honor to serve along with the incredible staff at Unity’s Upper Cardozo Health Center as well as our entire staff of over 1,000 providers, nurses, medical assistants, case managers, patient registration and administrative teams who work tirelessly to operate our health centers every day,” commented Vincent Keane, President and CEO of Unity Health Care.  “Our team is dedicated to excellence in care but it is our ability to embrace innovative thinking with regard to our model of leadership (servant leadership) as well as our operational philosophy that sets us apart.”

The LEAP Project team is observing the selected sites through three-day onsite visits to better understand what works and what doesn’t. Once the onsite visits are concluded, the selected primary care practices will come together to share best practices and refine them into training and technical assistance materials that can be shared across the country.

For more information about the project read the press release here: