March 2016



On March 9, 2016, a distinguished panel of experts discussed the fundamental inadequacy of spending on primary care, and how, through adequate and appropriate investments, primary care can deliver on the promise of better care, smarter spending and healthier people.


Louise Cohen
Ms. Cohen became CEO of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) in August 2015. Prior to assuming leadership of PCDC, she was Vice President for Public Health Programs at Public Health Solutions in New York City (2011-2015), and oversaw a variety of programs to improve community health through food access and nutrition, women’s reproductive health, tobacco control and child development. Ms. Cohen held successive leadership positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) for 12 years, including as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement. Among her accomplishments at DOHMH, Ms. Cohen led the development and execution of Take Care New York, New York City’s first comprehensive health policy agenda. She also oversaw the Primary Care Information Project, which brought a public health and prevention-oriented ambulatory care electronic health record system to more than 2,500 primary care providers. Before her tenure at DOHMH, Louise was Director of the Park Slope Family Health Center (now part of the NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers network). Louise served on PCDC’s Board of Directors from 2011 until she became CEO.