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California Needs Revitalized Primary Care for Health Reform to Succeed: A State Policy Agenda

Kevin Grumbach, Professor and Chair of Family & Community Medicine, UC San Francisco School of Medicine
Feb 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
CA State Capitol Building, Room 4202, 10th and L Street
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California is at the vanguard in implementing the coverage expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Yet insurance coverage is necessary but not sufficient to assure access to care. A critical ingredient is a solid foundation of primary care to provide patients a medical home and integrate care across the medical neighborhood. Dr. Grumbach will discuss the challenges California faces in revitalizing primary care and an action agenda for transforming primary care as an engine for successful health reform.

Kevin Grumbach, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care, and Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. His research on topics such as primary care physician supply and access to care, innovations in the delivery of primary care, and racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions have been published in major medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA and cited widely in both health policy forums and the general media. With Tom Bodenheimer, he co-authored the best-selling textbook on health policy, Understanding Health Policy - A Clinical Approach, and the book, Improving Primary Care – Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice, published by McGraw Hill.

Dr. Grumbach has served as a campaign surrogate and member of the health policy advisory committee for the Barack Obama presidential campaign, an advisor to President-Elect Obama’s health transition team, and an advisor to Congressional Committees and government agencies on primary care and health reform. He chairs the steering committee for the California Advanced Primary Care Institute. Dr. Grumbach practices family medicine at the Family Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital and the Lakeshore Family Medicine Center at the UCSF Medical Center.


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