May 18

Expanding and Enhancing Primary Care: A Pathway to COVID-19 Recovery

12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Primary care is the foundation of a high-functioning, high-quality and equitable health care system. Research shows that increased access to primary care is associated with fewer hospital visits, emergency department visits, and surgeries. Yet, primary care represents only an estimated 5–7% of health care spending in the United States. At the same time, the neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 – those with a higher proportion of patients of color and low-income residents and higher rates of chronic disease – are the same neighborhoods that have poor access to primary care. The need for primary care is expected to increase significantly following the pandemic, particularly in the communities with disparities in acute and chronic illness. Many are calling for a stronger role for primary care in ‘building back better’ a high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care system. Join us for an online discussion with Maura Harris, MPH, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Primary Care Development Corporation to learn more about how increasing access to primary care can be a pathway to COVID-19 recovery.