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April 2015 Update


City Tour Events Kick Off in Seattle and Raleigh. The first Health is Primary city tour was held on Thursday, March 19 in Seattle. Seventy attendees heard from an all-star line up of speakers who are leading innovation and transformation in primary care across Washington State. Panelists discussed the impact of integration and coordination of care on patient engagement, patient satisfaction and health outcomes. This includes bringing together broad services like behavioral and mental health, nutrition counseling and group visits for chronic disease management into the primary care setting. Panelists also discussed the importance of training primary care residents in communities where they will practice – a critical issue as Washington State is responsible for training the primary care workforce for the entire region known as WWAMI – Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Click here to learn more about the Seattle city tour. Stay tuned to FMAHealth.org for a video from the Seattle city tour that will be posted later this week.

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August 2016 Update


Health is Primary Encourages Students and Residents to Be Champions for Primary Care. During the Health is Primary Main Stage Session at the AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, physician and rapper ZDoggMD premiered a poignant music video, which showcased the value of family medicine and primary care and the critical role we play in the health care system. To the tune of Lukas Graham’s hit song “7 years” ZDoggMD describes his journey to becoming a primary care physician – despite encouragement to choose subspecialties – and the impact caring for patients has had on his life. He highlights the need for change in health care and the importance of working together to produce a “Health Care 3.0” that values primary care and patients. The full four-minute music video can be viewed and shared from healthisprimary.org.

October 2014 Update


Family Medicine for America’s Health

Organizational Update

Health is Primary has launched (check out the launch press conference here)! Family Medicine for America’s Health – a new, 5-year coalition of eight family medicine groups – kicked off the campaign at the American Academy of Family Physician’s Assembly in Washington, DC last week. The goal is to demonstrate the value of primary care in delivering on the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs.

December 2014 Update


Health is Primary is hitting the road! In 2015, the campaign will visit Raleigh, Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Detroit. The Raleigh event is slated for Thursday, February 26. Stay tuned for additional city tour dates. These visits will bring together national and local leaders to showcase community-level innovations in primary care that are leading to better health, better quality and lower costs. We are looking for extraordinary examples of change that are underway around the country. If you have a story to share from anywhere in the U.S., we want to hear it. Please email us at [email protected].

Family Medicine for America’s Health Welcomes New Board Members April 2017


Family Medicine for America’s Health Welcomes New Board Members

LEAWOOD, KS, April 13, 2017 – Family Medicine for America’s Health today announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors. Diane Stollenwerk, MPP, executive director of Patients’ View Institute, will bring the patient perspective to FMAHealth having served for two decades as a patient advocate. Carolyn Gaughan, CAE, executive vice president of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, will represent the state associations of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Vision for a Principled Redesign of Health Information Technology


To support and promote the health of our nation, health professionals must develop meaningful relationships with the people, families, and communities they serve. Technology has great potential to help foster connections and relationships among health care professionals, individuals, and communities, and to be a catalyst instead of the barrier it frequently is today. In addition to putting up barriers to achieving the Quadruple Aim, poor usability and utility is resulting in health IT contributing to the growing problem of physician burnout.

March 2017 Update


Health is Primary to Co-Host Capitol Hill Briefing. Health is Primary will co-host a briefing for Members of Congress and staff Thursday, March 23. The briefing will be held in collaboration with the Congressional Primary Care Caucus, which is co-chaired by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC). Panelists will discuss innovation and transformation in primary care and the importance of collaboration within the medical neighborhood.

May 2016 Update


Health is Primary Launches New Website. The new and improved HealthisPrimary.org website is live! The new site is easy to navigate and allows visitors to view and share stories, access tools and resources, and become an active champion of primary care. Please visit often as the site is updated regularly with new information.

January 2014 Update


Future of Family Medicine 2.0

Organizational Update #5

Work on the Family Medicine for America’s Health: Future of Family Medicine 2.0 initiative continues. As a reminder, the purpose of this effort is to develop a multi-year strategic plan and communications program to address the role of family medicine in the changing health care landscape. To read earlier monthly updates from FFM 2.0, please visit the project Web page at www.fmahealth.org.