J. Jerry Rodos, DO, a co-founder of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access, is to be memorialized on April 4, 2016, on the first day of the 27th National Conference, to be held April 4-7, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i.
Doctor Rodos was a co-founder of the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and later served as Dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He was long associated with national efforts to increase the role of primary care and family medicine in the nation’s workforce, the incorporation of the behavioral sciences into primary health care practice, and the geographic distribution of primary care resources.
In this role he served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Health Service Corps, then served as advisor to the Director of the Corps during the 1990s.
At the 10th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access, held in Baltimore, Maryland in 2002, he received the Surgeon General’s Medal for his contributions to the nation’s health from Acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu.
Jerry was a Senior Fellow of the National Conferences. In his honor, the National Conferences established the J. Jerry Rodos Lecture series, commencing in 1995.
At the 27th National Conference, James Herman, MD, MSPH, Dean of the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, will present the J. Jerry Rodos Lecture.