National Primary Care Week – October 8-12, 2012
Launched by the American Medical Student Association(AMSA) in 1998, National Primary Care Week (NPCW) is an annual event that serves to highlight the importance of primary care. NPCW brings health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations. NPCW aims to focus the attention of health professional students from all disciplines on creating a healthcare system that provides high quality health care to all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race and other factors, and to provide students with the tools to address systemic inequalities. This year’s theme is Primary Care: The Future of Health Care.
During National Primary Care Week, primary care advocates and leaders are encouraged to host educational events in their communities and raise awareness about primary care. There were almost 250 events across the globe during NPCW 2011. Check out highlights here. Although we’d love to see as many people celebrating primary care during NPCW, lots of events continue throughout the year. The important thing is to take action!
In 2008, the AMSA Foundation received approximately $50,000 in support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to empower the next generation of primary care leaders over the next five years with the goal of strengthening primary care in the United States.
National Primary Care Week is co-sponsored by the American Medical Student Association and Primary Care Progress. NPCW is funded in part by the AMSA Foundation through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The American Medical Student Association is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. Please visit AMSA’s NPCW site to find out about their NPCW events or to learn more about becoming a member and starting an AMSA chapter.
Primary Care Progress is a national non-profit network of innovators, educators, learners and advocates united by a new vision for revitalizing the primary care pipeline through strategic advocacy and trainee engagement in clinical innovation. PCP’s mission is to engage local communities to promote primary care, inspire innovation in care delivery and develop the next generation of primary care leaders.
Click on the icons below to learn more about the National Health Service Corps’ “Corps Community Day,” taking place during NPCW, as well as NPCW resources and events from the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Medicine Interest Group Network.