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Our mis­sion is to improve health, trans­form care and dis­rupt inequitable sys­tems through the Cen­ter­ing group model

Centering Healthcare Institute is a non-profit organization that works closely with healthcare providers from all sectors to change healthcare. With over two decades of experience as the go-to resource for group care, we’ve developed and sustained the Centering model in nearly 500 practice sites and in some of the largest health systems in the world.

Centering® facilitation training

We Offer

  • Implementation support for system change
  • Training in group facilitation and group care
  • Site approval for model fidelity and quality assurance
  • Practice management and support tools
  • Curriculum materials and supplies that support providers and patients
Sharon Rising, 1994, Waterbury Hospital, CT

Our History

Centering started in the 1990’s as one healthcare provider’s idea to provide more effective prenatal care to her patients. Instead of repeating the same information over and over to women one at a time, our founder, Sharon Rising, brought pregnant women together for their prenatal visits. Colleagues who learned about her groups started doing it too, and through word of mouth the demand grew for Centering facilitation trainings across the country.


Our Values

Centering Healthcare Institute has an aggressive plan to spread adoption of the Centering model of care as widely as possible, particularly in the most vulnerable, low-income, low-resourced communities.

CHI aims to transform healthcare delivery and outcomes by:

- Advancing high-quality evidence-based group care

- Creating an environment that inspires relationships of collective power in the health system

- Disrupting the structures and systems that drive poor health to co-create communities where everyone has an equitable opportunity to thrive

Read about our commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Belonging here.


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