Participating in National Primary Care Week
National Primary Care Week | October 1-7, 2017
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 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 AMSA website »(www.amsa.org)
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.
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:
Show a video:
- Featuring Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, MD, family physician and AAFP board member.
- Hosted by Primary Care Progress, hear panelists Shannon Brownlee and Glen Stream, MD, discuss ways to make health care more effective, affordable, and "right."
Listen to a podcast:
- Featuring AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, MD, on the primary care "stigma"
Check out programming from other organizations celebrating NPCW:
- AMSA's NPCW page(www.amsa.org) has the week's schedule and ways to celebrate, from participating in national webinars to organizing a health fair on your campus.
- Primary Care Progress(www.primarycareprogress.org) offers a webinar series, suggestions for activities, and ways to connect with other PCP chapters.
Offer an update on health care reform:
- Invite a faculty member or physician expert to present on the health care law and reform.
- Download the presentation "Health Care Reform and the Future of Family Medicine,"(25 page PPTX) which includes facts and analysis of health care reform and its effects, especially on primary care and family medicine. The presentation is completely customizable and includes speaker notes and reference material.
- Download a handout(2 page PDF) about health care reform.
Use materials from the AAFP to support your efforts
Spread the "Health is Primary" message:
- Access monthly toolkits(www.healthisprimary.org) from the Health is Primary campaign, each with a different focus. The toolkits contain information sheets, posters, and a calendar with facts and sample tweets to spread the primary care message.
- Show this video from the Health is Primary campaign(www.youtube.com) before an FMIG event or morning rounds.
- This video from the American Board of Family Medicine(www.youtube.com) answers the question, "Why Should I See a Family Doctor?"
See what other FMIGs are doing:
- Glean programming ideas from an example National Primary Care Week schedule from the FMIG at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.(499 KB PDF)
- You may also scan winning applications from the AAFP's Program of Excellence Awards for programming examples from other FMIGs.
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.