Developed by Prevention Institute in 2011, the Community-Centered Health Home model outlines how healthcare systems can strategically support and engage in community prevention as they continue to deliver high-quality clinical services. It builds upon the pioneering work of Jack Geiger and John Hatch in advocating for community-oriented primary care, as well as current models and practices, like the patient-centered medical home. Community-Centered Health Homes take these concepts a step further by encouraging healthcare institutions to actively help strengthen their surrounding community. A Community-Centered Health Home not only acknowledges that factors outside the healthcare system affect patient health outcomes, but actively participates in improving them.

Since Prevention Institute first developed the CCHH model, it has gained significant momentum. To date, over $12 million philanthropic dollars have been awarded or promised to support implementation of CCHH in six states. We are pleased to have helped catalyze these efforts, serving as a learning partner, and providing technical assistance and training. With implementation at various stages, we gain valuable insights about the different ways that CCHH is being operationalized on the ground. Learn More Here.

Support from The California Endowment, The Kresge Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and Episcopal Health Foundation has been instrumental in helping Prevention Institute develop this model, and we are grateful for it.

 

Projects & Initiatives

PI works with a breadth of partners and communities to develop strategies and practices to keep people healthy and safe in the first place. Below is a selection of ongoing or recent projects.

  • Episcopal Health Foundation

    In Texas, PI is working with the Episcopal Health Foundation to develop a CCHH initiative for central and south Texas as the Foundation looks to catalyze the healthcare safety net’s adoption of community health strategies.

  • Advancing Community-Centered Health in North Carolina

    Prevention Institute conducted a landscape analysis, which was followed by information sessions and workshops hosted by the BCBSNC Foundation, to develop a commonly held understanding of community-based prevention, build a greater understanding of the CCHH model and related practices, and provide initial technical support.

Publications

We research and write reports, white papers, fact sheets, opinion pieces, and journal articles, as well as produce videos and podcasts. Here are some of our latest offerings.

Tools & Services

We have developed a broad range of practical, free-to-use tools to guide practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in planning and implementing  prevention strategies. We also provide services to help you use our tools to create healthy and safe communities.

Profiles in Action

These profiles, written by PI and our partners, show what community prevention looks like on the ground, all across the country.

  • Asian Health Services

    When a Chinatown resident was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street, the incident made Asian Health Services (AHS) staff aware of pedestrian safety as a health issue in their community. To better understand how to address structural factors influencing the community, AHS and the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce opened up a community design conversation that convened urban planners, designers, architects, and artists who together developed and proposed innovative ways to revitalize Chinatown.

  • St. John's Well Child and Family Center

    St. John’s has seen a ninety-five percent reduction in elevated lead levels as well as reductions in hospital admissions related to asthma. St. John’s commitment to supporting education, socio- economic, and mental health services, the health center has become an asset to other community organizations and an example of how the Community-Centered Health Home model can be manifested over time to address root causes of health issues that affect population health.