Health Disparities Collaborative
About The Northeast Cluster Collaborative
The National Health Disparities
Collaborative is divided into five clusters: Northeast, Southeast,
Midwest , West Central and Pacific West that includes American
Samoa , and Guam Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands .
The Northeast Cluster is
composed of Public Health Service Regions 1, 2 and 3 and includes
Maine , New Hampshire , Vermont , Rhode Island , Massachusetts
, Connecticut , New York , New Jersey , Delaware , Maryland ,
Pennsylvania , Virginia , West Virginia , District of Columbia
, Puerto Rico , and the Virgin Islands.
During the first year of
participation in a Health Disparities Collaborative (HDC), participants
attend four face-to-face learning sessions over a 12- to 15-month
period referred to as “Phase 1”. Community health centers learn
three core models in the Health Disparities Collaborative: the
Care Model, the Model for Improvement and the Learning Model.
In the current HDC 2003-04 Phase 1 cycle, there are 29 health
center participants focusing on the following chronic conditions:
Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Depression and Cancer. Once
community health centers successfully complete Phase 1, they transition
to Phase 2 where they sustain the improvements they have implemented
and spread them to other providers and sites within their service
system. As of October 2003, a total of 74 health centers in the
Northeast Cluster have successfully transitioned to Phase 2.
The number of patients being tracked in electronic registries
at the end of Phase 1 for the 74 health centers was 14,180.
Those 74 health centers are now tracking a total of 34,839 patients,
an increase of almost fifty percent.
The goals of the Northeast
Cluster Collaborative are to:
||Generate and document improved health outcomes for the
||Transfer knowledge about how to promote positive
breakthrough changes; and
||Develop infrastructure, expertise, and leadership to
support and drive improved health, access, and cost outcomes.
Attainment of these goals depends upon continual learning,
improvement, and change.