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.

PCDC conducts applied research to further understanding of primary care access and support work that increases accessibility and reduces health inequities. The Evaluation and Analytics team is committed to making available data and analyses that examine disparities in access to and availability of primary care in the context of social determinants of health.

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.

Access to Primary Care in New York State (2022)

This new report explores how primary care access differs for New Yorkers. Findings highlight access in rural areas of the state and how COVID-19 has created new challenges including broadband access and vaccine hesitancy.

Points on Care – Data Brief Series

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.

New York City Council District Primary Care Access (2021)

This report examines primary care access and health equity for New Yorkers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides recommendations to strengthen primary care and equity in Council Districts.

Primary Care Access in Los Angeles County (2020)

This report reviews key measures of primary care access in Los Angeles County by Supervisorial District. Also included are data and maps showing measures of health status, sub-District uninsured rates, and socio-demographic characteristics.

New York City Council Dashboard

The New York City Council District Primary Care Access Dashboard is an interactive tool to visualize key measures of access across the city. Data on primary care access, health status, and socioeconomic position are available at borough and City Council District levels.

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.