We Are Not Yet Equal: Primary Care Advocacy for Underserved and Marginalized Communities
October 6-10, 2014
National Primary Care Week is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and bring health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations. NPCW’s goal is to engage physicians-in-training, students across the health care spectrum, and the general population on the indispensable role of primary care in our health care system.
Apply for the NPCW Microgrant
Click here for application. Microgrant applications will be accepted through Friday September 26, 2014 (11:59pm PT). Preference will be given to projects that align with this year's NPCW theme, which is "We Are Not Yet Equal: Primary Care Advocacy for Underserved and Marginalized Communities."
How can you participate?
During NPCW, participate in national webinars held Monday, October 6 through Friday, October 10, 2014. Organize a lunch lecture at your campus to participate virtually in the webinar. Topics, speakers, and schedule of webinars will be available shortly.
Plan a movie matinee. Videos can generate awareness about communities with limited access to primary care and will also educate those who are interested in working in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Organize a health fair on your campus or in your community during NPCW. Provide information on food and nutrition, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Set up a photo booth on your school campus during NPCW. A primary care photo booth provides a fun, but also impactful message about why students, clinicians, and primary care supporters are passionate about the field.
Create your own event at your school, using the Programming Menu displayed below or Events in a Box offered by National Health Service Corps. These are some great events to plan and topics to discuss with your fellow classmates in relation to primary care.
Collaborate with local ambassadors from National Health Service Corps to participate in National Corps Community Day events during NPCW. Find an event near you.
Come up with your own project/event. AMSA has put together tools and resources to help you put together a rock solid NPCW!
2014 NPCW Tentative Schedule
Monday, October 6
12-1pm EST webinar with Brian Forrest, MD of Access Healthcare speaking on the Direct Primary Care model for delivery of care to an underserved population.
Tuesday, October 7
12:15-1pm EST webinar with James Plumb, MD MPH of Thomas Jefferson University’s Center for Urban Health speaking about the urban underserved and homeless populations of Philadelphia.
Wednesday, October 8
7-8pm EST webinar with Heather Alva, MS3, speaking about her experiences as a patient, volunteer, and medical student.
Thursday, October 9
12-1pm EST webinar with Adrian Billings, MD, NHSC Scholar Alumni and member of the NHSC National Advisory Council, speaking on his experiences in a rural border health practice, NHSC's Corps Community Day & "Throwback Thursday"
7-8pm EST AAFP-hosted webinar with Robert Wergin, MD, AAFP president-elect speaking about his rural practice and his work with AAFP
Friday, October 10
12-1pm EST Introduction to Remote Area Medical documentary with Stan Brock, Founder of Remote Area Medical. Chapters are encouraged to screen this documentary on October 23. For more information go to RAMUSA.ORG. Click here for flyer.
Saturday, October 11
Chapters, feature your service projects (clinics, health fairs, etc) in your local underserved communities.