Primary Care Innovation Circle

Innovation Circle in Long Island

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) will host its second Innovation Circle event of 2017, “Primary Care Under the New Administration,” which will continue the topic of discussion that started at the Annual Summit in January.

Led again by Deborah Bachrach of Manatt Health and moderated by PCDC Chief Executive Officer Louise Cohen, this panel discussion will continue to explore the political and operational realities of the health care reforms that are being proposed and debated on Capitol Hill and the effect they will have on primary care as we continue our work to achieve better outcomes and healthier patients.


Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:30pm – 9:00pm


Melville Marriott Long Island
1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY – Map it!



Event sponsored by Custom Computer Specialists



Louise Cohen, MPH | Moderator
Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Development Corporation

Louise CohenLouise Cohen is the CEO of PCDC, a not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to expanding and strengthening the primary care safety net in the United States. PCDC provides capital and technical assistance to a wide variety of primary care providers, and advocates for improved and increased primary care access, capacity, quality, reimbursement, and capital resources in order to improve health outcomes, create healthier communities, increase health equity, and reduce overall health care system costs.

Deborah Bachrach, JD
Partner, Manatt Health

Deborah BachrachDeborah Bachrach is an expert on health policy and financing at the local, state and federal level who provides strategic legislative and regulatory council to states, providers, insurers, foundations, academic medical and not-for-profit organizations, and provides analysis on current trends in health insurance coverage, payment policies, and delivery system reform. Deborah previously served as NYS Medicaid director and deputy commissioner of health for the NYS Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance program where she managed coverage, care and payment policies for more than four million children and adults, leading reforms to streamline Medicaid eligibility and enrollment process.

Christy Parque
CEO, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies

Christy Parque is the Chief Executive Officer of The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies (The Coalition), an umbrella advocacy organization representing more than 130 of New York’s community-based behavioral health nonprofits. She joined The Coalition from Homeless Services United (HSU) where she had served as Executive Director since 2007. Her work at HSU, a 50-member association of non-profit organizations serving homeless people, focused on creating sound homeless and housing policy, providing advocacy, information and training to providers around the provision of housing and support services for homeless populations in New York City.

L. Reuven Pasternak, MD
CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital

reuven-pasternakL. Reuven Pasternak, MD, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Vice President for Health Systems of Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH). A native of Hempstead, NY, Dr. Pasternak came to Stony Brook in 2012 from Inova Health System in Falls Church, VA, where he served for the previous four years as Chief Executive Officer of the Inova Fairfax Hospital campus and executive vice president of Academic Affairs for the health system. His leadership role included oversight of Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Pasternak received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Following his internship in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, he completed his residency in pediatrics and community medicine at the University of North Carolina. He completed his fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in anesthesiology.

About the Event

The Primary Care Innovation Circle, PCDC’s signature event series, brings together leaders working to improve our health care system, and to offer fresh perspectives on key challenges facing primary care. Past events have addressed issues such as private sector and social investment in primary care, payment reform, workforce challenges, delivery system reform and the sustainability of the medical home model.

The Annual Summit is the capstone event of the series, and it is open to all who want to participate in a discussion about the state of primary care with our expert presenters and colleagues.

In addition to the provocative dialogue, Primary Care Innovation Circles enable participants from diverse professional backgrounds to connect and share ideas about securing the future of primary care.