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Learning Centers

The Ohio Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (OPCPCC) includes learning centers that focus on specific issues regarding Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) transformation. An initial, and key, role of the learning centers involved a resource filtering or sharing of resources including both a simple sharing of resources that currently exist, as well as creating resources, learning opportunities, and facilitation of conversations. The learning centers are as follows:

Center for Provider and Patient Engagement: 

Focused on making sure the patient's perspective, needs, etc., shape the development of PCMH. The patient advisory learning center is chaired by Angela C. Dawson.

The Center for Provider and Patient Engagement has compiled a PCMH Patient Engagement Toolbox.  Resources included fall in the following categories:

  • What is a PCMH? (Tools for patients)

  • Patner with Patients (Tools for providers and patients)

  • Self-care goals (Tools for patients)

  • Improve patient safety (Tools for patients and providers)

  • Tools for the practice (Tools for providers/staff)

The complete toolbox may be accessed on the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians website

The OPCPCC Center for Provider and Patient Engagement hosts a quarterly webinar series to educate Ohio primary care practices, healthcare consumers, and stakeholders about best practices in patient engagement in the PCMH model of care.  Past webinars are archived in the OPCPCC patient engagement toolbox.


Workforce Learning Center:

 The former PCMH Education Advisory Group of the PCMH Education Pilot Project is now the OPCPCC Workforce Learning Center.  This learning center meets three to four times each year to continue scholarship and interprofessional curriculum work. This learning center is chaired by Pat Ecklar, MD.

The PCMH Education Advisory Group (EAG) and the Patient-centered Medical Home Education Pilot Program were created by Ohio’s medical home statute (HB 198 of the 128th Ohio General Assembly). The Ohio Department of Health oversaw implementation of the pilot program and sought funding to support the initiative, with the assistance and advice of the EAG. The design of this pilot was unique because of its focus on education and advancing medical and nursing education in the PCMH model of care delivery.

Forty-two (42) Ohio practice sites, each affiliated with one of four selected medical schools or one of five selected nursing schools completed the two-year practice transformation period through the pilot, which ended June 30, 2014. Limited support was available to practices through September 2014, as they continued to work to achieve PCMH recognition.  The project contracted with TransforMED to provide training and support for the pilot sites. Furthermore, to support the advancement of curricular reform to incorporate the aims and ideas of the PCMH, a Choose Ohio First scholarship opportunity for medical school and advance practice nurse (APN) students who commit to practice primary care in Ohio was also created.

A curriculum workgroup developed a patient-centered medical home curriculum for use in medical and nursing schools to train physicians and nurses how to deliver care in the PCMH model. View the Ohio PCMH Curriculum

The Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship Program was created with the passage of Ohio HB 198. The goal of the program is to provide 50 medical students with an annual scholarship of $30,000, allowing them to receive up to $120,000 in scholarship funding throughout their four-year medical education. Additionally, 30 advanced practice nursing students receive scholarships each year.  A requirement of the scholarships is that the student will go on to practice primary care in Ohio for three to five years after completing residency.  Learn more about Choose Ohio First.


Communications and Education Learning Center:

 This learning center created a PCMH consumer/patient website, which was launched in July of 2014.  A consumer focus group meeting was held on Sept. 9, 2014 to obtain input to refine the website content.  The learning center developed this flyer to promote the consumer website:  Consumer website flyer

The Communications and Education Learning Center is chaired by Kate Mahler.  This learning center is not currently meeting.


Learning Centers welcome participants.  If you are interested in partnering with others around the state through participation in a Learning Center, please contact OPCPCC for more information at PCMH@odh.ohio.gov.