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9/27: Making Care Primary for FQHCs
10/4: Making Care Primary for Independent Primary Care Practices
10/18: Final Considerations for MCP

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PCDC’s Webinar Series Know Before You Enroll – Making Care Primary


CMS announced a new value-based model from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMMI) – “Making Care Primary” (MCP). This new model underscores federal policies around health equity, health-related social needs, and alternative payment models for primary care providers. Applications are now open in eight pilot states (Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Washington) to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or independent primary care practices interested in Value-Based Care. 

 We are experts who partner with health centers and primary care practices to transform and sustain their operations. We recognize that MCP is a comprehensive and complex program. That is why we created a three-part webinar series: “Know Before You Enroll – Making Care Primary” to break down MCP into simple components. The first is specific to FQHCs’ needs, the second is tailored to independent practices, and the third is to discuss any unanswered questions. 

Choose the webinar(s) you wish to attend. Each one is tailored, but all will cover: 

  • An overview of the program elements and new revenue opportunities 
  • Application guidance to determine readiness 
  • Introduction to PCDC’s services throughout the application period and beyond 

Webinar 1 – Making Care Primary for FQHCs, September 27, 1 – 2 pm ET Register
Webinar 2 – Making Care Primary for Independent Primary Care Practices, October 4, 1 – 2 pm ET Register
Webinar 3 – Final Considerations for MCP, October 18, 1:30 – 2:30 pm ET Register 


Past Webinars

Maximizing the Delivery of Telehealth Services: mHealth, Workflow Considerations, Reimbursement, and Webside Manner

The COVID-19 public health crisis has had an unprecedented impact on primary care practices across the country and throughout New York City. This webinar is the first of a four-part series to support primary care practices across New York City as they adjust their processes to best respond to the needs of their patients during this challenging time.


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

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.


Targeting High Risk Clinical Populations for Early Access

The COVID-19 public health crisis has had an unprecedented impact on primary care practices across the country and throughout New York City. The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) is offering a four-part webinar series to support primary care practices across New York City as they adjust their processes to best respond to the needs of their patients during this challenging time.


Remembering…Yet Thriving

In commemoration of Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, PCDC hosted an important and timely conversation about the health and wellbeing of the Transgender Community.


We’re in This Together

Nina Barkers, AMAAD Institute
Courtney Johnson, Ryan Health
Michelle Lopez, GMHC
Renae Taylor, Transcend Memphis
TY Williams, D.C. Department of Health/Damien Ministries

Primary Care Development Corporation and the New England AIDS Education and Training Center gathered with a panel of key community members to discuss HIV in the context of the overall state of health inequities in Black communities.


My Test, My Way: Lessons Learned and Innovations in HIV Testing


Chelsea Betlow, New Jersey Department of Health
Gary Daffin, Multicultural AIDS Coalition (Boston, MA)
Venesha Heron, MS, Connecticut Department of Public Health
Matt Murphy, MD, MPH, Open Door Health (Providence, RI)
Bobby Thompson, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health

June 5, 2021 marked the 40 year anniversary of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describing the first cases of a rare pneumonia among five men in Los Angeles, marking the first official reporting of what would later become known as HIV/AIDS. Since then, we have lost 32 million to the virus and 38 million are currently living with HIV globally.

Since 1981, we’ve witnessed many advancements in medicine and technology and today, the end of this pandemic is in sight. However, we’ve recently had to put our creativity and innovation to the test— while we are in the midst of ending HIV we were caught off guard with COVID-19. As a result, many health departments, community based organizations and health centers had to identify new ways to provide HIV prevention services, care and treatment. We will not give up on the fight. We now KNOW how effective HIV testing, PrEP/PEP and ART can be in eliminating new HIV infections, but we must continue digging away at stigma and the social and structural barriers that keep people from engaging in care. We must recommit ourselves to eliminating racism, homophobia, and transphobia in health care, and move towards health equity for all.


HIV Testing: 5 Things You Need to Know

PCDC and the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center AETC discussed HIV testing as part of the fight against HIV. The webinar was facilitated completely in Spanish.

Únase a los equipos de Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC/HIP) y el AIDS Education Training Center (AETC) del Caribe a participar en un webinar en ESPAÑOL sobre la importancia fundamental de las pruebas del VIH.


Improving Status-Neutral, Gender-Affirming, Integrated Services for Transgender People

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) hosted the launch of the virtual Northeast Region Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP brought together experts who have lived experience and/or members of the community working to increase transgender health equity and gender affirming care. Participants engaged in a collective learning process which will include sharing knowledge, lessons learned, best practices, and resources to improve health care and HIV status neutral services for transgender communities.

At this session we covered:

  • Discuss innovative practices on how to improve services for transgender persons
  • Brainstorm ideas for future community of practice sessions
  • Identify the needs of participants and discuss about how to make the community of practice most useful for your organization


Mejorar los servicios para la afirmación de género al igual que servicios integrados para las personas transgénero

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) fue el anfitrión del lanzamiento virtual de la comunidad de práctica o colaboración para el aprendizaje de la región noreste, incluyendo a Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes de EE.UU. Esta colaboración para el aprendizaje reunió a profesionales, expertos en la materia y personas transgénero involucradas en los servicios de prevención y/o la atención del VIH para personas transgénero. Los participantes participaron en un proceso de aprendizaje colectivo para compartir conocimientos, mejores prácticas y recursos para mejorar los servicios para las comunidades transgénero.


Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Webinar

Clients you serve may be experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). But has COVID-19 shifted ways to identify IPV and provide care for survivors? This webinar will share the latest information on recognizing IPV and adapting those practices within our “new normal,” including how to utilize screening tools, responsive approaches, and engaging with survivors. Featuring an expert from the IPV field in New York City with years of experience supporting survivors and training health care providers, law enforcement, and social service teams on their respective roles, be sure to join this timely webinar.

100 CMEs will be provided on a first come basis to eligible providers including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, and case managers at no cost. Click here for more information.


Informational Webinar and Q&A on PCDC-CHCANYS COVID-19 Community Health Care Resiliency Fund

The new COVID-19 Community Health Care Resiliency Fund provides flexible, low-cost working capital loans and customized technical assistance to community health centers in New York State. Click below to watch the webinar and learn more about how the $10 million fund and technical assistance can help health centers make the investments and operational enhancements needed to serve their communities through the COVID-19 crisis and recovery. Applications for loan capital and technical assistance are accepted at http://pcdc.org/covid19fund from October 1 to 30, 2020.


City & State: The State of Health Care in New York

New York’s health systems and services have been turned upside down this year with COVID 19. The health facilities became overrun and staff overwhelmed, issues with insurance emerged and various health services could barely keep up with the demand. Technology has become a bigger factor in terms of telehealth and telemedicine, electronic processing, shared data, etc. This panel discusses forward-looking measures that are happening right now such as controlling the spread of the pandemic through tracing, as well as how New York has and will respond to future urgent health crises, best practices for data security, and so much more.


City & State: Virtual Healthy New York Summit

The Coronavirus Pandemic shook up New York like almost no other health crisis in recent history. City & State’s Virtual Healthy New York Summit brings together health care decision makers and policy experts from all sectors to identify challenges and discuss solutions to improve our system. Attendees gain new insights and perspectives on the most critical issues and priorities in New York health care during and post the pandemic.


PCDC Virtual Town Hall: The Impact of COVID-19 on Health Care Providers and Organizations

Watch Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)’s 90-minute June 23, 2020 Virtual Town Hall on the impact of COVID-19 on health care providers and organizations. This global crisis has placed an unprecedented strain on our systems of care. Each day, providers (including all levels of health care staff), are asked to manage challenges and develop creative solutions for providing continuity of care in the context of the pandemic. The Town Hall provided a forum for providers to share information and ideas for making complex decisions, integrating rapidly changing clinical guidelines, exploring the impact of health disparities on health outcomes, addressing staff burnout, and sustaining health center operations.

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Reporting on Primary Care Access and Equity Across New York City Council Districts


Mary Ford, MS, Director, Evaluation and Analytics
Maura Harris, MPH, Policy and Advocacy Manager
Kirsten Weisbeck, MPH, Health Research Analyst

With financial support from the New York City Council, the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) produced an FY21 report, Primary Care Access and Equity in New York’s City Council Districts.

PCDC’s Evaluation and Analytics team reviewed key findings within the report, including the relationship between access to primary care and the severe impact of COVID-19 across the city. PCDC’s Policy and Advocacy team discussed several policy recommendations for Council Members, policy makers, and primary care advocates to consider to increase primary care access and equity across the city.


Primary Care Access and the Impact of COVID-19 In New York City Council Districts – Revisiting the Data


Helen Arteaga, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals, Elmhurst; PCDC Board Member
Mary Ford, MS, Director of Evaluation and Analytics, PCDC
Jordan Goldberg, J.D., Director of Policy, PCDC
Angela Allard, MPH, Evaluation and Analytics Manager

Do you know how primary care access and the lack of health equity in each New York City Council district has impacted how communities are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic? The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) hosted a webinar to re-present a report produced in FY21 with financial support from the Council, exploring primary care access and equity within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with data from New York City’s Council Districts.

Mary Ford, MS, Director of Evaluation and Analytics at PCDC reviewed key findings within the report, including the relationship between access to primary care and the severe impact of COVID-19 across the city. Jordan Goldberg, J.D., Director of Policy at PCDC discussed several policy recommendations for Council Members, policy makers, and primary care advocates to consider to increase primary care access and equity across the city.


Reporting on Primary Care Access and Equity Across New York City Council Districts

Angela Allard, MPH, Evaluation and Analytics Manager, Primary Care Development Corporation
Alexis Simonetti, Health Data Analyst, Primary Care Development Corporation
Ilse Bell, MD, PCME CCE, Senior Program Manager, Primary Care Development Corporation

PCDC released its new data brief indicating that better availability of primary care in a New York City neighborhood correlates with better health outcomes (including COVID-19 outcomes), with district-by-district information to help inform New York City Council Members and staff. PCDC’s Evaluation and Analytics team also provided an overview of PCDC’s Primary Care Safety-net Access project and free resources on primary care access across New York City. PCDC also shared information about a new partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation, investing in primary care workforce development programs to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to seek training and provide care in their communities.



Legislative Briefing Virtual Event


Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Health Committee
Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair, Senate Health Committee
Louise Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Development Corporation
Pascale Kersaint, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Inc.
John Rugge, MD, Founder, Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Primary care saves lives, leads to improved individual and community health, and is unequivocally central to health equity. Primary care is the only part of the health system that has been proven to lengthen lives and reduce population level health disparities and reduces overall health care costs. Yet, we continue to undervalue and underfund it, and the effects are felt most acutely by marginalized communities.

Pending legislation in the New York State legislature would initiate the first step in a transformational process to reorient New York’s health system towards primary care, encouraging investment in the care that works best for people and communities. A7230A (Gottfried)/S6534B (Rivera) would convene a collaborative of expert stakeholders to gather data, determine the best path towards centering primary care and make recommendations to the legislature to increase the proportion of health care spending that goes to primary care in New York State.

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) hosted a Legislative Briefing with legislative cosponsors Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Senator Gustavo Rivera, and PCDC CEO, Louise Cohen, as they shared critical information about how primary care matters both as a response to COVID and beyond, how investing in primary care helps communities and is essential to health equity, and why A7230A/S6534B is a critical first step towards increasing access to primary care for all New Yorkers.

The event also featured Dr. John Rugge, Founder of Hudson Headwaters Health Network and Dr. Pascale Kersaint, Chief Medical Officer at Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center as they shared their perspectives on how primary care providers make a difference in their communities, challenges providers face, and how we can support them and their communities better by investing in primary care.


Planning for Your American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Funding


Bonni Brownlee, Senior Consultant, Healthcare Solutions Division, Advocates for Human Potential
David Desai-Ramirez, Senior Director, Western Region Market Leader, Primary Care Development Corporation
Patrick Gauthier, Director Healthcare Solutions, Advocates for Human Potential
Isaac Kastenbaum, Vice President, Primary Care Development Corporation

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced new rounds of funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and provider organizations with $1 billion being allocated for HRSA-Health Center Program funded FQHCs to support major construction and renovation projects. Read more in the official announcement.

Additionally, $150 million was recently allocated for FQHC Look-Alikes (LALs) to support COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including vaccinations, testing, and other health services. View the official announcement impacting LALs.

PCDC and Advocates for Human Potential hosted a workshop on how to organize your organization’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts over the next two years. Participants were provided brief overview of the reporting requirements for the HRSA funds, tangible tools to organize their internal planning efforts, and guidance on other complementary sources of capital.


Expert Conversations: An Interview on Primary Care and the National Sleep Research Plan with Dr. Marishka Brown


Marishka K. Brown, PhD, Director of the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research

Primary Care Development Corporation hosted an Expert Conversation with Dr. Marishka Brown, Director of the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research, to discuss opportunities for addressing sleep in primary care and learn about how primary care providers can engage in the newly revised national Sleep Research Plan to help shape the sleep of the nation.


It Takes a Village: Leveraging Collaborative Partnerships to Increase Access to Behavioral Health

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) joins Mount Sinai Health System and Headway for a discussion focusing on integrated care and opportunities to increase access to behavioral health care through process and technology considerations.

This webinar will feature experts Dr. Anitha Iyer of Mount Sinai Health System, Scott Munro of Headway, and Dr. Andrew Philip of PCDC. Dr. Iyer is the Director of Behavioral Health Population Management at Mount Sinai Health Partners. In this role, she aims to promote better clinical outcomes for patients, streamline evaluation and treatment processes, and optimize provider performance through a systematic and data-driven approach. Scott Munro is the Head of Physician Partnerships at Headway, where he supports primary care groups and health systems by giving them a seamless path to match their patients with one of Headway’s 8,500+ affordable, in-network, quality mental health providers.


Solving for Sleep SAMHSA Webinar Series

In a year-long virtual initiative, Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), in collaboration the SAMHSA Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions, is engaging in series focused on addressing sleep and related social and health needs through enhancing integrated primary and behavioral health care. Watch the recordings below for live virtual learning opportunities, free tools and resources, and linkage to experts in the field.

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Screening for and Addressing ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Webinar Series

In a six-part webinar series, Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and special guests guide participants through screening for ACEs and providing trauma-informed care from a small practice perspective. Watch the recordings below for conversations on challenges small and medium practices face in incorporating new screenings and programs.

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Primary Care in COVID-19 Relief, Response, Resiliency Webinar Series

In a three-part webinar series, Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and special guests discussed COVID-19’s impact on the primary care sector and what primary care’s role should be in COVID-19 relief, response, and resiliency. Watch the recordings below for conversations on current challenges in primary care delivery and what primary care needs to sustain essential services going forward and reopen even stronger.

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Crain’s Health Pulse: Life After COVID-19: How the Pandemic Will Change Health Care

As the health care community wrestles with arguably the most devastating outbreak in its history, the question arises: What long-term effects will COVID-19 have on health care in the tri-state area? In this special Crain’s Health Pulse event co-sponsored by PCDC, top health care professionals discuss their biggest takeaways from the pandemic and what they foresee happening in the future. Moderated by Crain’s New York Business publisher, speakers include: Dr. Oxiris Barbot, NYC DOHMH Commissioner, Louise Cohen, PCDC Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Delmont, SOMOS Chief Medical Officer, Karen Ignagni, Chief Executive Officer, EmblemHealth, Dr. Adam Reed Stracher, Chief Medical Officer, Weill Cornell Physician Organization.


Crain’s Health Pulse: What COVID-19 Taught us about Underserved Communities in Health Care

Covid-19 has disproportionately impacted Black and Hispanic who have suffered higher rates of infection and mortality. These alarming trends showcase how essential it is to address gaps in health care. This webcast will discuss the pressing need to collect and evaluate Covid-19 data to ensure everyone has access to the resources they need, as well as better insight into how to meet the needs of certain communities. Discussion will focus on how modifications are crucial to support all individuals and building bridges and trust is the key to building healthy communities.


An Integrative Approach to Addressing Diabetes Learning Series

With over 100 million Americans living with diabetes, more providers than ever before recognize chronic disease screening and management as a best practice of integrated primary and behavioral health care.

In this free virtual learning series by Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions, national experts provide guidance through seven multifaceted sessions — each addressing a different aspect of team-based care to improve diabetes screening and management. Topics range from behavioral treatment to reimbursement to operational decision making.

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Operationalizing Integration SAMHSA Webinar Series

There are many components to integrated care, but how do you leverage the right ones for the clients you serve? Integration is expansive and includes aspects beyond behavioral health and primary care—it includes standing up multi-faceted responsive services that meet the needs of the individuals you serve in comprehensive ways. Identifying how you and your organization can operationalize the types of care that progress beyond the traditional pathways of integration is critical for your clients and your own sustainability.

Join us and experts from the field as we explore practical ways to integrate best practices such as workforce challenges, client sexual and reproductive health needs, and more!


Integration at Work SAMHSA Webinar Series

Integrated care is a journey for every practice – wouldn’t it be nice to have a little guidance for the road ahead?

PCDC, in collaboration with the SAMHSA Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions, provides the roadmap for what you need to know to keep integrated health “at work” within your care practice. This initiative is designed to empower professionals within the integrated health field with critical knowledge – from navigating upskilling on multi-disciplinary expertise to scaling operations. This webinar series includes printable tip sheets and recordings of our free and open to the public quarterly learning intensive events led collaboratively by a team of three experts from the field.


COVID-19 Telehealth and Telemedicine Webinar Series

Telehealth and telemedicine technologies are being increasingly embraced by physicians, healthcare organizations, and hospitals. This webinar series offers insights on how practices can implement computing technology to serve their most vulnerable patients. Topics covered include documentation requirements, patient perspectives, mobile health technologies, and communications styles conducive to telehealth.

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