On March 1, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, was a featured speaker at the Partnership for Primary Care Workforce (PPCW) Capitol Hill briefing. The event, open to Members of Congress and their staff, outlined the critical importance of primary care to a strong health care system. Dr. Shannon presented on the current primary care landscape, focusing on its history and the challenges facing primary care and the primary care workforce, as well as the importance of primary care to the health of all Americans. In his remarks, Dr. Shannon stressed that the primary care workforce is in jeopardy because of the substantial reduction in the production of primary care physicians from graduate medical education and that primary care is invaluable to the patient and the community, offering patients a sensible and convenient pathway to appropriate care.
Other featured speakers included Roland Goertz, MD, MBA, FAAFP, President, American Academy of Family Physicians, and CEO, Heart of Texas Community Health Center; and Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University. The Capitol Hill briefing focused on raising awareness within Congress of the importance of graduate medical education in meeting workforce demands, as well as primary care workforce programs, such as Title VII health professions programs and the National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs.
The PPCW is a non-partisan, nationwide effort by key professional, provider, and educational organizations to strengthen and improve the nation’s primary care workforce. In addition to AACOM, other associations active in the PPCW include the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the National Area Health Education Center Organization, the National Rural Health Association, and others.