Participating in National Primary Care Week

National Primary Care Week | October 5-9, 2015

The AAFP encourages family medicine interest groups to take a lead role in National Primary Care Week (NPCW), an annual event on medical school campuses aimed at highlighting the importance of primary care. Activities focus on bringing health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care.

The theme for NPCW 2015 is "Climate Change and Its Impact on Health Care."

The goal of NPCW is to engage physicians-in-training, students across the health care spectrum, and the general population on the indispensable role of primary care in our health care system. Special programming and opportunities for medical students and other health trainees to learn about, experience, and spread awareness of primary care’s pivotal role in the U.S. health care system are planned and resourced by the American Medical Student Association, sponsor of NPCW.

Learn more about National Primary Care Week on the NPCW website »(

How to Organize National Primary Care Week Activities on Your Campus

Pick Your Date

If the scheduled week isn’t ideal for your campus, celebrate NPCW when it would have the biggest impact.

Consider Collaborating

Contact your AMSA chapter and other campus groups to see if they'd like to collaborate on an event.

Choose Your Programming

Organize events on your medical school campus that focus on primary care, and that define and highlight family medicine’s key role. Here are some ideas:

Participate in a live event:

Family Medicine On Air: What Med Students Need to Know About Changemaking In Primary Care(

  • October 5, 7:30 p.m. Central
  • Join Glen Stream, MD, board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, as he discusses the evidence for needed change in the U.S. health care system and the crucial role of primary care. The episode also will be streamed live and archived on YouTube(

"Change Makers in Health Care" webinar(

  • October 13, 6 p.m. Central
  • Hosted by Primary Care Progress, hear panelists Shannon Brownlee and Glen Stream, MD, discuss ways to make health care more effective, affordable, and "right."

Check out programming from other organizations celebrating NPCW:

Offer an update on health care reform:

Use materials from the AAFP to support your efforts

Spread the "Health Is Primary" message:

Ways to Advocate for Primary Care

  • Contact your state chapter for opportunities to advocate in your community
  • Make your voice heard with pre-written letters to Congress using AAFP Speak Out

See what other FMIGs are doing:

Funding for National Primary Care Week

If your FMIG applies early for the AAFP/AAFP Foundation FMIG Funding Initiative, you may receive your funds before NPCW. If not, your NPCW events may qualify your FMIG for the grant.