The Weitzman Institute (WI) is a unique organization dedicated to research and innovation in primary care with offices in Connecticut and Colorado. Embedded within one of the largest community health centers in the country, our multidisciplinary staff is transforming the delivery of primary care through research, technology, education, and innovation.
The Institute was established by the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in 2007 and named in honor of Gerard Weitzman, a local community pharmacist who in 1972 was among the first members of the Middletown community to step forward and offer support for opening a free clinic for the poor and underserved. Gerry went on to become chairman of CHC’s Board of Directors and played a critical role establishing the health center. His “can do” spirit and vigorous support for new ideas infuse the health center and the Institute.
WI utilizes cross-functional teams working with national partners in three priority areas: transforming care delivery, conducting research, and training the next generation of healthcare leaders.
- Research: The WI is focused on areas that have direct implications on the day to day practice of primary care for medically underserved patients. Key areas of expertise at Weitzman include treatment of pain and opioid addiction, complex care coordination, behavioral health integration, elimination of health disparities, and telehealth. Through its Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) WI engages in research with multiple health centers nationally.
- Transforming care delivery: WI has developed an educational platform to provide collaborative learning opportunities to hundreds of health centers across the country. Using video conferencing and an online learning management system, WI expert faculty provide guidance in primary care delivery system transformation, data analysis, quality improvement, implementation of telehealth strategies, and team-based care. Using its Project ECHO® video conference platform, Weitzman ECHO provides training and specialty support in a range of clinical topics including pain care, behavioral health, LGBT healthcare, and opioid addiction treatment.
- Training the next generation: WI offers a wide range of training for health professionals and students. WI runs the country’s first formal post-graduate nurse practitioner residency training program for new NPs intending to practice as primary care providers in federally qualified health centers. WI also sponsors a one year post-doctoral residency for clinical psychologists. This unique residency trains residents in a care delivery model of fully integrated primary/behavioral health care. The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement trains students to be national leaders in primary care. In addition, students from regional medical schools and universities have a range of opportunities to conduct formal research projects working closely with WI expert staff.
With an established national platform and a talented, cross-function team, the Weitzman Institute is leading the way in transforming care delivery, conducting research, and training the next generation of healthcare leaders.