The 23rd National Conference on Primary Health Care Access will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort April 16-18, 2012. The opening plenary session will review the developments in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that have occurred since the previous National Conference in April 2011.
The scheduled panelists are Joshua Freeman, MD of the Kansas University Medical Center (Kansas City) and Hector Flores, MD of the White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Doctor Flores is a Senior Fellow of the Coastal Research Group. Dr Freeman is a Fellow.
Last year Dr Freeman critiqued the PPACA legislation as the 2011 Stephens Lecturer. (See Proceedings of the 22nd National Conference: The 21st G. Gayle Stephens Lecture: Dr Joshua Freeman.) He is Chair of KUMC’s Department of Family Medicine and has been involved in issues of social justice and care to underserved populations throughout his career.
Dr Flores, who is nationally recognized as an expert on the provision of health care to disadvantaged communities, is one of the founders of the White Memorial Medical Center’s family medicine residency program in East Los Angeles. He has taken part in several federal committees and task forces relating to health care access.
Doctors Freeman and Flores will each speak to the issues and then will engage in an exchange first among themselves and with National Conference participants.
The National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access have taken place each Spring since April 1990. They are invitational conferences limited to around 50 persons. This is the third consecutive National Conference which has examined the efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive federal health care reform legislation.
Professionals interested in primary health care public policy who would be interested in receiving an invitation to the National Conferences should send an e-mail to [email protected]