Published August 19, 2015
The University at Buffalo is one of twenty schools selected to participate in the Second Annual Hotspotting Mini-Grant, funded by the American Association of Medical Colleges, The Camden Coalition and Primary Care Progress.
The initiative gives interdisciplinary teams of health professions students an unparalleled hands-on opportunity to learn and practice an innovative model of health care coordination called hotspotting.
In health care, super-utilizers are admitted to the hospital multiple times a year, often for avoidable complications of chronic conditions. Social barriers often prevent them from adhering to their care plan. Hotspotting proactively brings additional attention and follow-up to these patients to ensure, for example, that they are taking their medications correctly and maintaining other habits that keep them well. Through the Hotspotting Project, health care professions students see these patients in their homes and communities, which provides deep insight into why they might be so sick in the first place.
The UB student team is made up of four students: David Essi, '18 (Pharmacy), Jordan Katz, '16 (Medicine), Elizabeth Borngraber, '16 (Social Work), and Mallory Andrzejak, '18 (Nursing). The team will be working out of Jericho Road Community Health Center, which provides comprehensive primary healthcare services to the refugee and low-income population in Western New York.
Read more about this interdisciplinary hotspotting grant in our Spring 2016 Mosaics issue.