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J Am Optom Assoc. 1994 Dec;65(12):855-8.

New England College of Optometry's impact on Boston neighborhoods.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In the 1960s, the city of Boston developed and implemented an innovative plan creating an urban primary health care system. This bold undertaking was predicated on the maximal utilization of a growing network of multidisciplinary neighborhood health centers. Almost concurrently, the New England College of Optometry (NEWENCO) began a total restructuring of its clinical curriculum. The objectives of this NEWENCO initiative were compatible with those of the city's health care restructuring plan.

METHODS:

The background, planning, structure, implementation and benefits of this collaborative effort are addressed.

RESULTS:

The two formed a unique partnership that elevated the quality of care for the residents of Boston's neighborhoods and dramatically improved the training experience for NEWENCO students.

CONCLUSIONS:

The NEWENCO-City of Boston partnership has improved the quality of health care in the urban neighborhoods and enhanced the clinical training of optometric externs.

PMID:
7852703
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