Sustainability Beyond Relief: Bolstering our First Line of Care

Recent Legislation

“S.674 – Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act.” Office of Senator Patty Murray. March 10, 2021. Available at

“S.571 – Public Health Funding Prevents Pandemics Act.” Office of Senator Richard Blumenthal. March 3, 2021. Available at

“H.R.1319 – American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” Office of Congressman John Yarmuth. February 24, 2021. Available at

Key Resources

(listed chronologically, beginning with the most recent)

“The Room Where It Happens: The Role of Primary Care in the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign.” Klein, S., Hostetter, M. The Commonwealth Fund. July 7, 2021. Available at

“What Do Americans Think About Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19?” Shah, A., Schneider, C., Zephyrin, L., et al. The Commonwealth Fund. June 16, 2021. Available at

“Making Health Care Accountable.” Blumenthal, D., Lewis, C. Abrams, M. The Commonwealth Fund. June 9, 2021. Available at

“Summary of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and Provisions Affecting Hospitals and Health Systems.” American Hospital Association. March 17, 2021. Available at

“Vaccine Equity Planner.” Ariadne Labs and Boston Children’s Hospital. 2021. Available at

“Integration of Primary Care and Public Health (Position Paper).” American Academy of Family Physicians. December 2020. Available at

“Redesigning Primary Care to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Midst of the Pandemic.” Krist, A., DeVoe, J., Cheng, A., et al. Annals of Family Medicine. July 2020. Available at

Additional Resources

(listed chronologically, beginning with the most recent)

“Inequities in Health and Health Care in Black and Latinx/Hispanic Communities: 23 Charts.” Baumgartner, J., Aboulafia, G., Getachew, Y., et al. The Commonwealth Fund. Available at

“Missing the Point — How Primary Care Can Overcome Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Hesitancy.’” Ratzan, S., Schneider, E., Hatch, H., et al. New England Journal of Medicine. May 5, 2021. Available at

“Landmark Covid Relief Law Pumps More Than $100 Billion Into Public Health.” Findlay, S. Kaiser Health News. March 18, 2021. Available at

“PCDC Testimony: Preserving New York’s Primary Care Safety Net Through COVID-19 and Beyond.” Cohen, L. Primary Care Development Association. February 26, 2021. Available at

“How to Make Health Care Work Better for Everyone: Recommendations from the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Payment and Delivery System Reform.” Abrams, M., Blumenthal, D., Lewis, C. The Commonwealth Fund. January 26, 2021. Available at

“American COVID-19 Vaccine Poll.” African American Research Collaborative and The Commonwealth Fund. 2021. Available at

“Sustaining Primary Care Teams in the Midst of a Pandemic.” Sullivan, E., Phillips, R. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. December 28, 2020. Available at

“Private Video Consultation Services and the Future of Primary Care.” Salisbury, C., Quigley, A., Hex, N., et al.  Journal of Medical Internet Research. October 1, 2020. Available at

“Health Care for All: A Framework for Moving to a Primary Care-Based Health Care System in the United States.” American Academy of Family Physicians. December 2019. Available at

“How To Close the Gaps in Care Coordination.” Rosenfeld, J. Medical Economics. June 13, 2019. Available at

“Bringing Competitive Direct Primary Care to Medicare.” Capretta, J. American Enterprise Institute. February 25, 2019. Available at

“How Sharing Data Digitally Benefits Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. July 2018. Available at

“Organizational Factors Influencing Successful Primary Care and Public Health Collaboration.” Valaitis, R., Meagher-Stewart, D., Martin-Misener, R., et al. BMC Health Services Research. June 7, 2018. Available at

“‘Direct Care’ Could Help Ease Medical Costs.” Singer, J. Cato Institute. September 29, 2017. Available at

“Strengthening Public Health as the Foundation of the Health System and First Line of Defense.” Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future and National Academy of Medicine. May 16, 2016. Available at

“Access to Primary Care.” Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2014. Available at

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