Primary Care Summit

Primary Care:  What Really Matters in Health Care Reform

Monday, February 26, 2018
3:00-6:30 p.m.
The Rooftop at Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway, New York, NY

Read a write up on the lively discussion at PCDC’s annual Primary Care Summit, or watch video highlights from the event.

Congressional debate on health care reform has centered on money and politics — not on what really matters for patients and health.

In February, PCDC hosted a timely keynote by Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News and author of the best-seller An American Sickness, at our annual Primary Care Summit.

A discussion and Q&A featuring Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, followed.

Moderated by PCDC’s CEO Louise Cohen, MPH, conversation centered on shifting our health care system to focus on health and the delivery of high-value, cost-effective care.

A reception closed the event.

3:00 pm: Registration
3:30 pm: Welcome and introduction by Louise Cohen
3:45 pm: Presentation by Elisabeth Rosenthal
4:15 pm: Discussion and Q&A with Elisabeth Rosenthal, Mitchell Katz, and Louise Cohen
5:15 pm: Networking reception
6:30 pm: Event concludes

Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal is the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News and the author of An American Sickness, a shocking investigation into America’s healthcare system. A former ER physician, Dr. Rosenthal was also an award-winning reporter at The New York Times for twenty-two years, gaining acclaim for her coverage of health and health policy issues. Drawing on her expertise, Dr. Rosenthal unpacks one of America’s most complex and frustrating institutions with a humanist approach, and examines what doctors, patients, and providers can do to help repair it. For more information on this Speaker, please visit
Dr. Mitchell Katz is the president and chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. Previously, Dr. Katz was the Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, an agency that combines the Departments of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health. For the past five years he served as the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), the second largest public safety net system in the United States. During this time, he created the ambulatory care network and empaneled over 350,000 patients to a primary care home, among other achievements. Earlier, he served as Director and Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years. He is the Deputy Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (previously the Institute of Medicine), and the recipient of the Los Angeles County Medical Association 2015 Healthcare Champion of the year.
Louise Cohen, MPH is the chief executive officer of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC). Prior to assuming leadership of PCDC in 2015, she 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. Cohen held successive leadership positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) from 1998-2011, 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. Before her tenure at DOHMH, Ms. Cohen was Director of the Park Slope Family Health Center (now part of the NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers network).