Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Curriculum
Date of Review: January, 2019
This resource introduces learners to community-oriented primary care and includes a 4-module curriculum (plus supporting materials) to teach Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) principles to trainees and care team members at educational health centers and how to conduct COPC projects. Each module is accompanied by a separate set of instructions. The curriculum also includes a case study that walks a learner through the process of implementing a COPC project. Funded by the National Association of Community Health Centers, this educational resource was produced jointly by the Robert Graham Center and the Virginia Commonwealth University Family Medicine Residency program. It was developed to be applicable to a wide range of specialties and health professions, and includes resources for educators as well as instructions for how to geocode. Learners can earn CME credits for completing the curriculum. The main limitation is the lack of outcomes data – it would be helpful to know how the curriculum has been received in the past and what impact it has had on learners’ knowledge, skills and attitudes. In addition, it should be noted that some modules focus on the use of software to add geographic variables to data sets or on developing maps using geocoded data. As such, audiences that are not interested in related geographic issues may not find these modules especially useful. —Mobola Campbell, MD, NCEAS & David Liss, PhD, NCEAS
Corresponding Author’s Email:
Robert Graham Center; Virginia Commonwealth University, Fairfax Family Medicine Residency Program
Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?
Source of the Curriculum/Resource:
Graham Center website (https://www.graham-center.org/rgc/maps-data-tools/tools/copc.html)