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Ohio Alliance


With the projected shortage in primary care providers, the Ohio healthcare system wanted to produce more healthcare workers in primary care fields and address the need for providers in practice settings that are in underserved rural and urban areas.

Responding to these challenges, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has partnered with Cleveland State University (CSU) and other higher education and health care institutions, clinical providers, businesses, communities and individuals to find solutions to meet the challenges of creating a more diverse health care workforce that cares for underserved populations. Through innovative health care workforce development, NEOMED and CSU seek to improve the health and economic vitality of the Northeast Ohio region.

Governor John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly approved the biennial appropriations bill, Substitute House Bill 153, which provides funding for NEOMED to add 35 additional medicine students to its College of Medicine in partnership with CSU, and provides for the establishment of the Northeast Ohio Medical University Academic Campus at Cleveland State University.

Although the NEOMED/CSU partnership held its official launch event in April 2012, this productive Ohio Alliance – officially called the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Care Initiative – has already begun to implement a specialized curriculum designed to prepare students for a career focused on issues of urban health and entry to NEOMED’s College of Medicine The Ohio Alliance enables:

  • Education Pipeline: Introducing middle and high school students to careers in medicine and the health sciences

    NEOMED is partnering with The Cleveland School of Science and Medicine — John Hay Campus and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Northeast Ohio Research Education Medical Alliance program to introduce students to the medical profession and careers in the health sciences. NEOMED is developing middle and high school partnerships throughout the Cleveland area to further Education for Service.

  • Innovative Curriculum: Focusing on the social determinants of urban health issues

    The Urban Primary Care Initiative begins with a two-year program at CSU after which qualified students will progress to the NEOMED College of Medicine. Through Neighborhood Clinic program experiences (while attending CSU and NEOMED), students will build strong and lasting relationships within Cleveland’s medically underserved and professional communities.

  • Community Engagement: Connecting students with the medically underserved community

    During their four years at the NEOMED College of Medicine, students will serve a single community and follow a select number of patients through the Neighborhood Clinic program.

  • Education for Service Scholarships: Supporting the next generation of primary care physicians

    NEOMED and CSU are working together to develop a pool of Education for Service scholarships for students who will commit to serve as primary care physicians in medically underserved Cleveland neighborhoods and attend the College of Medicine at NEOMED.NEOMED President Dr. Jay A. Gershen explores the importance of diversity in the healthcare professions and the advances made in Interprofessional practice, diversity initiatives to enhances healthcare in OhioIn June 2013, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, in partnership with North Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and with the support of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, convened a conference to show case best practices to advance diversity, interprofessional education and practice in healthcare through pipeline-to-practice efforts in Ohio.

Now that the College of Medicine class size has expanded by 35 new spots, the NEOMED-CSU Urban Primary Initiative has two pathways to entry:

  • Post Baccalaureate/M.D. Program – Individuals who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States may apply to this program. Students will begin at Cleveland State University (CSU), taking the required coursework, and matriculate to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) contingent on their demonstrated professionalism and satisfactory completion of academic courses and the MCAT.
  • Baccalaureate/M.D. Program – Undergraduate students will be admitted to the program at CSU as juniors and matriculate to NEOMED upon graduation from CSU contingent on their demonstrated professionalism and satisfactory completion of academic courses and the MCAT.
  • Health Professions Affinity Community-High school and university students from 22 counties throughout Ohio received recognition for community health projects completed throughout the year at the annual Health Professions Affinity Community Scholar's Day (HPAC) coordinated by National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High school. HPAC is a program designed to support hgih school students who have an interest for, a career in the health professions.

Please visit The Ohio Alliance website for more information about its programs and partners.