Starfield Summit I: Reflections from the Summit (JABFM Article)

The first Starfield Summit was held in April 2016 in Washington, DC. The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies (part of the AAFP) together with partners Family Medicine for America’s Health, the Pisacano Foundation, and the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation hosted the Summit. The Summit was designed to honor and advance the legacy of Barbara Starfield, whose research demonstrated the importance of primary care in achieving the Triple Aim.

The Summit provided a unique opportunity for conversation among a diverse group of leaders in primary care research and policy, young and old, intended to galvanize its participants, generate important discussion for public consumption, and enable research and policy agenda-setting in support of primary care function as an essential catalyst in health system reform.

The Summit focused on what policymakers should know and where evidence is still needed in order to:

• Measure and pay for the primary care function;

• Train and deploy teams in primary care in order to advance Barbara Starfield’s work in support of the Triple Aim.  The Summit brought together a diverse array of participants representing a host of primary care organizations in addition to the sponsors already noted, including: the Society of General Internal Medicine, the North American Primary Care Research Group, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, the Academic Pediatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Primary Care Progress, and others. Several federal and state agencies were also present and provided their perspectives.


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