UConn Celebrated National Primary Care Week: November 10-16, 2017
National Primary Care Week (NPCW) is a celebration of the contributions that primary care work makes toward the health of the nation. NPCW aims to introduce health professions students to the importance of community-responsive primary care, encourage their collaboration as members of future primary health care teams, and to work to reduce problems in healthcare access experienced by underserved populations. The national event is a collaborative effort by student volunteers, the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Our NPCW celebration at UConn is recognized by a Governor’s Proclamation and participants are from the UConn schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dental medicine and social work as well as Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant Program. The NPCW celebration begins with a health care banquet on Monday. Other events scheduled include a series of lunch hour seminars, community health fairs in locations across the state and a retreat in the Berkshires. These educational efforts expose future health care providers to the diversity and importance of primary care and the altruism and caring that are part and parcel of the health professions.