Primary Care Research Highlights

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The value of primary care to communities and the health care system has been well established. However, primary care can only be effective if it is accessible.

When developing resources that will enhance the health care system, it is essential to have data that examines disparities in access to and availability of primary care. PCDC conducts applied research to further understanding of primary care access and support policies that increase accessibility and reduce health inequities.

The data and research presented in PCDC’s reports may be used to advocate for policies that promote primary care, inform locations of new primary care facilities, and identify medically underserved communities.

Points on Care (2020) – COVID-19 Issue

In this special issue of Points on Care, COVID-19 rates and associations with chronic disease burden, socioeconomic factors, and primary care access are explored in the pandemic’s epicenter: New York City. This brief identifies deepening health disparities and calls for rapid response through the primary care system.

Points on Care (2019)

Introducing a data brief series examining all aspects of primary care access. Findings highlight geospatial, socioeconomic, and other key factors that contribute to population health and equity in access to care.

Closing the Behavioral Health Integration Gap (2019)

This case study focuses on the integration of primary care into behavioral health, where the gap between chronic health conditions and medical care is perhaps most profound. Included are in-depth profiles and policy recommendations.

New York City Council District Profiles (2019)

These reports capture multiple measures of primary care access and facilities across all 51 New York City Council Districts, as well as a Citywide Report which contains complementary information.


Rural Access to Primary Care in New York State (2019)

This report presents information on primary care access along the rural-urban continuum in New York State. Included are policy recommendations, data summaries, and an overview of key issues facing rural New York.

New York State Primary Care Profile (2018)

This report reviews key measures of primary care access in New York State by county. Also included are data and maps showing health status and socioeconomic position, as well as a correlation analysis between these measures.