Community Health Centers Frequently Asked Questions

What role do community health centers play in the programs run by The Kraft Center for Community Health?

Community health centers play an essential role in both Kraft Center programs.  

For the Kraft Fellowship Program, community health centers serve as the clinical practice sites for Kraft Fellows. As such, they provide Kraft Fellows with hands-on clinical experience in a community setting, as well as mentorship from seasoned health center clinicians well-versed in the specific needs of underserved groups.

For the Kraft Practitioner Program, community health centers provide support for their own physicians and nurses in the form of protected time and dedicated mentorship for the duration of their participation as Kraft Practitioners.

What are the expectations for community health centers that participate in the Kraft Fellowship Program?

Community health centers that participate in the Kraft Fellowship Program must:  

  • Provide Kraft Fellows with appropriate clinical practice time – typically, three sessions per week that may include both continuity clinics and urgent care.  (Patient care revenues generated by the Fellows will accrue to the community health center).
  • Designate a primary clinician-mentor for Kraft Fellows. The clinician-mentor will: orient the Fellow to the community health center and its community; provide opportunities for the Fellow to observe and discuss how patient care visits incorporate social determinants of health and include appropriate referrals to community resources; and serve as an ongoing learning resource and sponsor for the Fellow within the health center.
  • Contribute to and provide guidance for the Kraft Fellow’s “substantive project,” which will reflect the interests of the community health center and may include: participation in a community-based participatory research project; design and implementation of a quality improvement initiative; or a policy and/or program development project related to an identified need in the community served by the health center.
  • Provide opportunities for Kraft Fellows to: participate in multidisciplinary clinical and administrative teams; have access to both the community health center’s Executive Director and Medical Director; engage in appropriate leadership development activities; and participate in health center-sponsored community initiatives, all with a view to enhancing Fellows’ learning about community-based care and community health.
What are the expectations for community health centers that participate in the Kraft Practitioner Program?

Community health centers that participate in the Kraft Practitioner Program must:

  • Nominate up to two clinicians (physicians and masters-prepared nurses) to participate in the Kraft Practitioner Program.
  • Ensure the 20% protected time component of the program, as well as provide scheduling flexibility so that Kraft Practitioners can participate in Kraft Center monthly formal day-long learning sessions, as well as other learning opportunities. (The Kraft Center will reimburse community health centers’ for 20% of Kraft Practitioners’ time).
  • Work with their Kraft Practitioners to identify a community health or quality improvement project that is a priority for the community health center.
  • Provide Kraft Practitioners with an on-site mentor for that project.
  • Meet with Kraft Center leadership at regular intervals to review their Kraft Practitioner’s progress, and provide overall support for their own Practitioners, the Kraft Practitioner Program, and the Kraft Center.
What are the eligibility criteria for community health center participation in the Kraft Center programs?

Community health centers must:

  1. serve a diverse, primarily low-income patient population;
  2. be actively engaged in assessing and responding to community needs; and
  3. demonstrate prior experience with quality improvement initiatives in order to be eligible for either Kraft Center program.


Additionally:

To be eligible for the Kraft Fellowship Program, community health centers must:

  1. model shared leadership, with the Chief Medical Officer or Medical Director participating in goal-setting, strategy development, and decision-making for the practice site; and
  2. be a patient-centered health home or have a commitment to practicing team-based care.


To be eligible for the Kraft Practitioner Program, community health centers must have made a demonstrated commitment to attracting, developing, and retaining excellent clinicians, and promote leadership development in their Practitioners.

Can a community health center participate in both the Kraft Fellowship Program and the Kraft Practitioner Program?

Yes, if a community health center meets all the relevant eligibility criteria.

How does a community health center apply?

Click here to find the application to become a Kraft Center Community Health Center.

Completed applications should be e-mailed to Elizabeth Smith, Administrative Assistant, Kraft Center for Community Health, at esmith35@partners.org.  

 

What is the application deadline?

The next application deadline will be December 2016.