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.
To learn more about the Health Disparities Collaboratives, visit
the project web site: