Office for Community Centered Medical Education

The Office for Community-Centered Medical Education (OCCME), launched in 2021, enables and fosters meaningful engagement between students and faculty, and local community-based organizations (CBOs) and community health centers (CHCs), specifically focusing on the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Mission Hill, and Jamaica Plain.  The OCCME is uniquely situated in both Harvard Medical School’s Program in Medical Education (PME) and the Center for Primary Care (CPC).  The OCCME recognizes the vital and integral roles local CBOs and CHCs have in promoting and ensuring health access and equity through efforts of dismantling structural racism and addressing the social determinants of health. Through the engagement of Harvard medical and dental students and faculty, the OCCME serves to coordinate, manage and promote these important efforts in partnership with CBOs.