Howard University Urban Health Initiative Recognized as a Leader

WASHINGTONThe Howard University Urban Health Initiative: Shifting the Paradigm to Community - Centered Healthcare Delivery was recently selected by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) as one of eight projects across the country to be featured at its annual leadership challenge this fall in Chicago.

Howard University was honored for the project alongside partners Ward 8 Health Council, DC Community Health Department and Chapman Community Practice. The Howard University Urban Health Initiativeis the brainchild of Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu, a professor in the College of Medicine.

The project is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Howard University and a vibrant, community-based medical practice focused on linking patients receiving buprenorphine therapy for chronic opioid addiction (and their families) to comprehensive healthcare services via care coordination/patient navigation, tele-health services and a shared electronic health record.

The Leadership Challenge was established to accelerate the dissemination of innovative approaches to enhancing leadership competencies and collaboration across stakeholders to improve health in communities and populations. NCHL, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization, serves as a catalyst across the health sector on initiatives that will help ensure the availability of accountable and transformational healthcare leadership for the 21st century. Its vision is to improve the health of the public through leadership and organizational excellence. For more information please visit NCHL’s website at

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