CPN is an academic community partnership between Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and affiliated physicians in the community whose practice includes at least 30% minority patients. Membership is open to physicians of all specialties.

Goal: Bi-Directional Practice Based Solutions to Eliminating Healthcare Disparities

CPN Tools:

  • Disease-specific registries for quality improvement in hypertension and diabetes
  • Deliver Targeted Educational Workshops and Expert Roundtables
  • Facilitate Adoption and Implementation of Personal Health Records.
  • Encourage small and medium size practices in adoption of Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Assist physicians qualify for the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program (DPRP).
  • Clinical Trials Training and Certification of Physicians
  • Participate in Research Workshops organized by Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP). The Community Engagement and Research Program is a component of the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a consortium of Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Georgia Tech.
  • Health 360x is an innovative intervention designed to use accessible health information technologies to support diabetes self-management efforts among a population of primarily African American adults with diabetes who receive care at local private, community/primary care clinics.
  • Access the MSM Health 360x site Click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • What do I need to know about joining CPN? Click here
  • Where do I register to join CPN?  Click here
  • Who do I contact?    Debra Teague, Program Manager;  E-mail:  . ,     Phone: (404) 756-5051

Membership Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) Initiatives
  • Participate in Continuing Medical Education Activities
  • Participate in MSM sponsored Clinical Research

Benefits of Membership:

  • Membership Benefit of Georgia State Medical Association (GSMA) and Atlanta Medical Association (AMA)
  • Membership benefit of the MSM National Alumni Network
  • Continued Medical Education (CME)
  • Training and participation in clinical trials
  • Patient Cantered Health and Wellness initiatives
  • Quality Reporting for Improved Reimbursement

MSM Faculty and Staff:

  • Priscilla Igho-Pemu, MD, MS; Medical Director
  • Debra Teague, BS/BA, Program Manager


  • Bolanle O. Adekioe Sogade, MD
  • W. Steen James, MD, FAAP

Hospital Partners:

  • Grady Hospital
  • Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center
  • South Fulton Medical Center

Organizational Partners:

  • Association of Black Cardiologists
  • Georgia State Medical Association
  • National Medical Association
  • National Minority Quality Form (NMQF)

Academic Partners:

  • Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute


  • The Medtronic Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

CPN Accomplishments:

  • 150 CPN practices and over 300,000 patient visits in metro Atlanta, Macon and Columbus participate in cardiovascular and diabetes quality improvement
  • Over 3000 patients in CPN Hypertension Registry for Quality Improvement
  • CPN doctors are certified in diabetes care
  • 22 CPN practices with EMR and data repository
  • 100 patients from CPN practices received tools for self-care/prevention through the Hearts of Humanity Program
  • 120 CPN physicians and clinical coordinators trained in GCP clinical trials Awards
  • Medtronic Foundation; National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities; Proclamation State of GA for Georgia Diabetes and Obesity Initiative; Exemplary Leadership Award (CHT)

 CPN Eligibility:  Morehouse School of Medicine alumnus; private practices of all specialties who service at least 30% of the underserved population -African Americans, Hispanic Americans other minority/economically disadvantaged patients; or if you are a member of Georgia State Medical Association (GSMA)/Atlanta Medical Association (AMA)