Family Medicine for America's Health

March 2018 Update

March 2018 Update

Health Equity Workshops to be held at AAFP’s ACLF & NCCL Conferences. Attendees of next month’s 2018 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) and Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) in Kansas City, MO are encouraged to participate in two sessions led by members of the FMAHealth Health Equity Tactic Team.

On April 25th the Health Equity Core Team will be kicking off NCCL by presenting a Pre-Conference Workshop: “Family Medicine Advancing Health Equity” to bring issues of health equity to the forefront of the conference. Joining the Tactic Team will be special guest speaker Denise Rodgers, MD, FAAFP, who will deliver the keynote address. Her message will be followed by interactive exercises exploring intersectionality and institutional racism as well as a panel discussion highlighting tangible strategies workshop participants can use to become change agents for health equity in their communities.

Health Equity Core Team Member Dr. Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH will be leading an ACLF break-out session: “Examining Ourselves to Understand Others: Moving Toward Health Equity” on Friday, April 27th, with Core Team Leader, Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD. Their session will engage the audience in a participatory exercise designed to examine how bias and privilege can impact health equity.

For additional information on timing and a description of the above presentations, please see below or visit AAFP Leadership Conference:

NCCL Pre-Conference Workshop

Title: Family Medicine Advancing Health Equity (Health Equity Core Team + Denise Rodgers, MD, FAAFP)

Description: Join this power packed preconference on the important role of Family Medicine in Advancing Health Equity. Facilitated discussions and participative workshops will get attendees ready to stand against injustices that cause health disparities and become change agents leading the way to health equity.

Timing: April 25, 1:30 – 4:30pm

ACLF Break-out Session

Title: Examining Ourselves to Understand Others: Moving Toward Health Equity (Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH (lead), Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD)

Description: In this session we will explore how bias and privilege can contribute to health inequities.  While change needs to be made at an institutional level, cultural transformation needs first to be explored personally. Organizers will facilitate an activity that will actively engage participants in the private experience and public lens of intersectionality. We hope this helps frame ongoing discourse and engagement in moving toward health equity.

Timing: Friday, April 27th: 3:15 – 4:30pm

Update from Health is Primary

Health is Primary is focused on health equity in April. You can download our monthly toolkit at and help be a champion for health equity in America.

New campaign videos coming soon.  Health is Primary will launch two new explainer videos on the value and cost effectiveness of primary care.  The new videos will be available in the tool library at

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 2 in Kansas City.  The year’s session will focus on health equity.  Click here to learn more about National Conference and stay tuned for updates on the panel.

Health is Primary will be sponsoring the Alliance for Health Policy Signature Series in 2018.  This year we will focus on health care payment and aging.  The first summit will focus on cost and will be held in Washington, DC on May 17.  For those who cannot join in person, a video of the event will be available at

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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