National Primary Care Week

UNC's National Primary Care Week

"The Future of Primary Care in America"

October 27th - 30th, 2008


National Primary Care Week (NPCW) is an annual event sponsored by the American Medical Student Association 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 aims to focus the attention of health professional students from all disciplines on the failure of the healthcare system to provide equal, high quality health care to all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race and other factors, and to provide students with the tools to address these inequalities.

For UNC, National Primary Care Week is an opportunity for health professional students our various schools to come together on the topic of primary care, sharing not only what our individual areas of expertise can offer but also looking for ways in which we can work together. During NPCW, the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing will be sponsoring a lunchtime lecture on an issue affecting the future of primary care and health care in America:



The School of Medicine's Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will sponsor representatives from US Senate Candidates Elizabeth Dole and Kay Hagan as part of their "Health Care Policy and Reform Series."

MBRB 2204, 12 - 1PM


Keynote Dinner:

The School of Medicine's Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and AMSA are sponsoring a keynote dinner to which all health professional students and faculty are invited. Beat Steiner MD, MPH will be speaking on "The Future of Primary Care." This will be a catered dinner so we ask that anyone who is interested in attending, please contact Amy Marietta in order to RSVP for the event.

Aycock Auditorium, Family Medicine Center, 7 - 8:30 PM



The School of Public Health's Student Government will sponsor a talk by Tom Ricketts, PhD, on "The Development of Measures of Primary Care Underservice and How They Related to the Safety Net and to Politics and Policy."

Rosenau Auditorium, Rosenau Hall, 12 - 1PM



The School of Nursing will hold a talk by Jean Davison MSN, RN(CS), FNP on "Service Learning to Increase Medical and Allied Health Students' Understanding of Migrant Latino Health." Ms. Davison is also the UNC ambassador for the National Health Service Corps and she will discuss the loan and scholarship programs available through this program.

Fox Auditorium, Carrington Hall, 12 - 1PM