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MD Link: Partnering Physicians with Community Organizations: A Toolkit for Physician Champions


The purpose of this toolkit is to guide a physician “champion” in educating his/her colleagues about the benefits and practicalities of collaborating with community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve older adults. It will help a physician champion learn more about community organizations and share what he/she knows with others.

The information in this toolkit is organized into the following sections and tools:

  • Overview
  • Tips for collaborating with CBOs
    • Tips for the physician champion on engaging a CBO representative
    • Tips for a CBO representative on working with physicians
    • Template for a physician-to-CBO referral form
  • Effective group discussions with physicians
    • Suggestions for leading a discussion with physicians about CBOs
  • Tools for gathering information
    • Baseline survey of physicians regarding care of older adults and use of community resources
    • Post survey of physicians on satisfaction and action steps
    • Worksheet of action steps
  • Selecting sample cases to stimulate discussion
    • Three sample cases with discussion questions
  •  Contact information for national aging and health organizations


National Council on Aging

Funding Sources

National Council on Aging; Merck Institute of Aging and Health

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  • Release Date: 01/2005
  • Original Summary: 07/2005
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Last updated: May 05, 2008.