Family Medicine for America's Health

June 2018 Update

June 2018 Update

Putting Practice Transformation Tools to Work.  FMAHealth’s Payment and Practice Teams are working with the AAFP’s Division of Practice Advancement to determine how to expand the use of payment and practice improvement tools and resources developed by the AAFP and FMAHealth. In early June the two FMAHealth Tactic Teams met with AAFP staff and with the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice to discuss how best to collaborate on this effort.

The AAFP is currently surveying many of its members to learn more about how they would like to be supported as they work to evolve their practices. The AAFP will build on findings from the survey to further explore, through a series of focus groups, ways in which members of the family medicine community would like to learn and put into action practice and payment tools and resources. Starting from where family physicians are in their own practice development, the AAFP and FMAHealth will be better able to design and distribute tools and resources in ways that will be most useful to the family medicine community.  For more information about FMAHealth tools and resources to help support Practiceand Paymenttransformation, see For more information about the AAFP’s practice and payment transformation tools and resources, see AAFP Practice Management.

Health Equity Curricular Toolkit in the Works.  The Health Equity Tactic Team has made significant strides in the development of a Health Equity Curricular Toolkit – a teaching resource for medical schools, residencies, and other organizations to use as a model for teaching health equity topics. The effort is being spearheaded by Core Team Member Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH and Sarah Davis, JD, MPA.

The Toolkit is one piece of a larger effort to disseminate the robust material from the Starfield II Health Equity Summitthat took place in April 2017 – and the content of the Toolkit is aligned with the four primary focus areas from the Summit: Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care, Vulnerable Populations, Economics & Policy, and Shifting the Paradigm Toward Social Accountability.

The Health Equity Team has partnered with a diverse group of faculty, residents, and medical students from across the U.S. to draft modules – with learning objectives, background information, questions for group discussion, and references for further exploration – that complement the IGNITE talks given at the Health Equity Summit. Together, the modules along with the IGNITE presentation materials are intended to provide a comprehensive guide for teaching about each topic to a wide range of audiences.

The Tactic Team is in the currently in the process of finalizing modules and partnering with the AAFP’s National Research Network (NRN) to develop a plan for evaluation. They will be utilizing the network represented by the module writing group and the Health Equity Tactic Team to identify institutions to host a pilot of the Toolkit before disseminating more broadly.

Stay tuned to www.fmahealth.orgfor more information in the coming months or to learn more, please e-mail

FMAHealth Featured at Spring STFM Meeting.  FMAHealth hosted several presentations at the Society for Teacher’s in Family Medicine’s Annual Spring Conference recently held in Washington, DC. This was an opportunity to showcase a variety of projects spearheaded by FMAHealth Tactic Team members – many in collaboration with a diverse network of partners representing family medicine educators, researchers, and practicing physicians across the U.S.

A sampling of the featured presentations included: What does Comprehensive Payment and Comprehensive Practice “Look Like?”– a glimpse into what a family medicine practice could look like 10 years from now led by FMAHealth Practice Core Team leader, Jason Marker, MD, MPA. Also representing the Practice Team was Cecil Robinson, PhD who shared lessons learned about practice transformation from a series of Bright Spots interviews along with leadership lessons gathered along the way. Members of the FMAHealth Payment Tactic Team presented the Comprehensive Payment Calculatorto attendees as a way to transform practice and reinvigorate the primary care workforce, while members of the Health Equity Tactic Team led a powerful workshop on family medicine’s responsibility to be leaders in health equity and social accountability. FMAHealth Board member, Diane Stollenwerk, MPP along with Ann Greiner, President & CEO of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative led a session on the Shared Principles of Primary Care– issuing a call to action for the primary care community to speak with one voice about the value of primary care. Outcomes of the Primary Care Leadership Collaborative, formed through a collaboration between the Workforce Core Team, the AAFP, and Primary Care Progress to help Family Medicine Interest Groups translate their passion into action, were presented and participants were given tools to help translate their own passion to action at their home institutions. In addition, Winston Liaw, MD, MPH led multiple sessions in which he shared results from Research Tactic Team projects – including identifying bright spots in primary care research.

A full listing of presentations can be viewed here.

Update from Health is Primary

Final Mainstage Session to be Held at AAFP’s National Conference. Health is Primary will hold its final mainstage panel at the AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students on August 2in Kansas City. This year’s session will focus on health equity and will feature nationally-recognized thought leaders, including:

  • Ned Calonge, MD, MPH
  • Daniel E. Dawes, JD
  • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH
  • Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH

The session will be moderated by author and journalist, T.R. Reid.  Click here to learn more about the conferenceand stayed tuned for updates on the panel discussion.

Health is Primary sponsored the Alliance for Health Policy’s Summit on Health Care Costs in America. The half-day session explored drivers of health care costs and highlighted programs – including PCMH and value-based payment models – that are showing success in bending the cost curve. A video of the event can be viewed here.  Next up is a Hill briefing on cost that will include a presentation on the Oregon Patient Centered Primary Care Home, which has shown that for every $1 spent on primary care, $13 are saved in downstream health care costs.  The Hill event will be held on June 29.

Health is Primary is focused on safe use of prescription medications this month. You can download our monthly toolkit at and help educate patients about proper use of prescription drugs. July will focus on promoting adolescent health.

New campaign videos are now available. Health is Primary has launched two new explainer videos on the value and cost effectiveness of primary care. The videos are available in the tool library at Additional videos are coming soon!

Join us on Twitter. Health is Primary now has more than 30K followers on Twitter! If you are not already a follower, we hope you will join the conversation about family medicine and the value of primary care in America.


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