27th National Conference: A Century of Change in Primary Health Care

The 27th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access will be held April 4 through 7, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt, Koloa, Kaua’i, Hawai’i.

An evening view of the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i
An evening view of
the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i

The conference theme “What Happens Next?” will address such issues as the implementation of national health care legislation a half-decade ago, designed to reform the system, which is having a transformational effect. It will also look at the current state of long-term efforts to promote community-based health care, family-oriented primary care, medical homes and health team practice.

The theme sessions will be integrated into plenary discussion panels which will focus on reform efforts that were in the process of implementation a century and half-century ago.

Perry A. Pugno, MD, MPH; Vice President Emeritus, American Academy of Family Physicians
Perry A. Pugno, MD, MPH; Vice President Emeritus, American Academy of Family Physicians

In 1916, a major emphasis was implementing ideas such as the Carnegie Commission’s Flexner Report and initiatives of the Rockefeller Foundation promoting research-based academic medical centers integrated with teaching hospitals.

In 1966, Medicare and Medicaid, along with health-oriented Great Society programs, had been enacted and were in the process of being implemented.

In addition several key national “citizen’s commissions”, named after their chairs, Folsom, Millis and Willard, had proposed major changes in reforming undergraduate and post-graduate medical education and in providing health care to communities.

William H. Burnett, MA; Coastal Research Group
William H. Burnett, MA; Coastal Research Group

Over the next few years, such innovations as the family medicine specialty, the federally funded community health center, and the National Health Service Corps were established.

Each of these events of a century and half-century ago achieved much of what was intended and yet had unintended consequences, many of which came to be recognized as problems that must be addressed.

These historical discussions are designed to bring insights into where we as a nation have been and what our feature might bring.

Panel members currently announced include Doctor Perry A. Pugno, Vice-President Emeritus of the American Academy of Family Physicians and William H. Burnett, MA, Program Coordinator of the National Conferences. Further announcements of panel participants are forthcoming.