Primary Care Summit

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Rebalancing Health Care Spending

Primary care is essential to high-quality care, healthier communities, and lower costs but receives only a tiny slice of health care spending. To build health equity and value-based care delivery, the answer is clear: a high-performing, primary care-focused system.

On March 24, PCDC and national experts discussed what’s at stake — and how states are tackling the issue.

Read a recap / watch the video

Primary Care Summit Panelists

Steven M. Costantino
Director of Health Care Reform for the Delaware Health and Social Services Department

As Director, Secretary Constantino emphasizes moving payment and delivery transformation to value-based, integrative care models across multiple payers of services. He also drives the state innovation model grant program towards implementable payment and delivery system reform. Previously he served as Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access where he provided leadership and strategy to increase access, improve quality, and contain health care costs for all Vermonters. Before acting as Commissioner, he was the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services in Rhode Island where he instituted innovative reforms benefiting those relying on the programs and services provided by the EOHHS, from infants to senior citizens. Prior to being appointed to head the EOHHS, Secretary Costantino served eight consecutive terms in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He also was Executive Director of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of RI from 1986 to 1995.

Chris DeMars, MPH
Director of the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center

Chris DeMars oversees the hub of innovation and quality improvement for Oregon’s health system reform efforts. In addition to managing the Transformation Center’s capacity building programs, Chris plays a lead role in the agency’s value-based payment and social determinants of health work. Before joining the Transformation Center in 2013, Chris was a senior program officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, where she managed the foundation’s health care reform grantmaking. Prior to that, Chris was a health policy analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, contributing to numerous reports for Congress on Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance payment policy. Chris has also held positions at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and health-policy consulting firms. Chris holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Christopher F. Koller, MA
President, Milbank Memorial Fund, and PCDC Board Member

Christopher F. Koller is President of the Milbank Memorial Fund and Publisher of the Milbank Quarterly. Before joining the Fund, Koller served the state of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner, an appointment he held from March of 2005 through June of 2013. Earlier, he was CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. He is a member of the IOM Health Care Services Board and serves in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Koller is also adjunct professor of community health in the School of Public Health at Brown University.

Louise Cohen, MPH – Moderator
Chief Executive Officer, PCDC

Louise Cohen is responsible for PCDC’s strategic direction and overall operations. Prior to assuming leadership in 2015, Cohen was Vice President for Public Health Programs at Public Health Solutions in New York City, where she oversaw a variety of programs to improve community health through food access and nutrition, women’s reproductive health, tobacco control, and child development. She held successive leadership positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) from 1998 to 2011, including as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement. Among her accomplishments was the development and execution of Take Care New York, New York City’s first comprehensive health policy agenda. Earlier, Cohen was Director of the Park Slope Family Health Center (now part of the NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers network). She served on PCDC’s Board of Directors from 2011 until her appointment as CEO.

PCDC Thanks Our Generous Sponsors




This event was made possible in part by public funds provided through the
New York State Department of Health with support from the New York State Legislature

2019 Summit

Closing the Behavioral Health Integration Gap

The 2019 Summit featured a case study on the East New York Health HUB, a successful co-located integration of the Institute for Community Living and Community Healthcare Network, followed by a formal published study by PCDC.

Watch the webcast recording here.