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The Morehouse Model

How One School of Medicine Revolutionized Community Engagement and Health Equity

Ronald L. Braithwaite, Tabia Henry Akintobi, Daniel S. Blumenthal, and W. Mary Langley
foreword by Valerie Montgomery Rice

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How can the example of Morehouse School of Medicine help other health-oriented universities create ideal collaborations between faculty and community-based organizations?

Among the 154 medical schools in the United States, Morehouse School of Medicine stands out for its formidable success in improving its surrounding communities. Over its history, Morehouse has become known as an institution committed to community engagement with an interest in closing the health equity gap between people of color and the white majority population. In The Morehouse Model, Ronald L. Braithwaite and his coauthors…

How can the example of Morehouse School of Medicine help other health-oriented universities create ideal collaborations between faculty and community-based organizations?

Among the 154 medical schools in the United States, Morehouse School of Medicine stands out for its formidable success in improving its surrounding communities. Over its history, Morehouse has become known as an institution committed to community engagement with an interest in closing the health equity gap between people of color and the white majority population. In The Morehouse Model, Ronald L. Braithwaite and his coauthors reveal the lessons learned over the decades since the school's founding—lessons that other medical schools and health systems will be eager to learn in the hope of replicating Morehouse's success.

Describing the philosophical, cultural, and contextual grounding of the Morehouse Model, they give concrete examples of it in action before explaining how to foster the collaboration between community-based organizations and university faculty that is essential to making this model of care and research work. Arguing that establishing ongoing collaborative projects requires genuineness, transparency, and trust from everyone involved, the authors offer a theory of citizen participation as a critical element for facilitating behavioral change. Drawing on case studies, exploratory research, surveys, interventions, and secondary analysis, they extrapolate lessons to advance the field of community-based participatory research alongside community health.

Written by well-respected leaders in the effort to reduce health inequities, The Morehouse Model is rooted in social action and social justice constructs. It will be a touchstone for anyone conducting community-based participatory research, as well as any institution that wants to have a positive effect on its local community.

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An important book that will help train students, community leaders, and others willing to forge authentic partnerships through engagement to impact health disparities and health inequalities.

This effective book clearly appeals to instructors, students, and researchers, but it is written in a way that any layperson could understand.

The Morehouse Model describes a unique co-partnership between the community and the Morehouse School of Medicine in their joint quest for improving health. It is a testament to the importance of community engagement as a first principle in achieving health equity. It is a must-read for anyone working to effectively engage communities in medical education.

The Morehouse School of Medicine model highlights proven methods for incorporating health equity and community engagement in training the next generation of physicians. We are pleased that they are a leading partner with the AMA in our Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. Morehouse School of Medicine demonstrates that others can replicate this model in health professions education.

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9
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296
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9781421438047
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5 line drawings
Table of Contents

Dedication
Foreword, by Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Morehouse School of Medicine Model
Chapter 2. Social Accountability, Medical Education, and

Dedication
Foreword, by Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Morehouse School of Medicine Model
Chapter 2. Social Accountability, Medical Education, and Public Health
Chapter 3. Community-Based Participatory Research
Chapter 4. Evolution of the Morehouse Model for Community Engagement
Chapter 5. Engaging Micropolitan and Rural Communities in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Chapter 6. Educational and Leadership Development—for Communities, by Communities: The Strategic Engagement of Community Health Workers
Chapter 7. The Medical School of Tomorrow
Afterword
Appendixes
Index

Author Bios
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Ronald L. Braithwaite, PhD

Ronald L. Braithwaite, PhD is a professor of community health and preventive medicine and a professor of family medicine and psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Featured Contributor

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH is a professor of community health and preventive medicine, the director of the Prevention Research Center, and the associate dean of community engagement at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is the coauthor of The Morehouse Model: How One School of Medicine Revolutionized Community Engagement and Health Equity.
Featured Contributor

Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH

Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH (1942–2019) was professor emeritus of community health and preventive medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Featured Contributor

W. Mary Langley, PhD, MPH

W. Mary Langley, PhD, MPH is a professor of community health and preventive medicine and the director of the Health Promotion Resource Center at Morehouse School of Medicine.