PCC's Top Ten Accomplishments in 2021

This list serves as the PCC's "annual report" and presents our major achievements for the year in a succint way.

While we present these accomplishments as the PCC's, you, the members of the PCC community, were integral to them. It was with your support, involvement and engagement that we were able to achieve so much in 2021. Thank you for your partnership in this important work!

  1. Took steps to advance equity within the organization: The PCC increased the diversity on its board of directors and among its Executive Members, revised the Attributes of Advanced Primary Care through an equity lens, and issued comment letters with equity recommendations.
  2. Tracked primary care’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Continued collaborating with the Larry A. Green Center on regular surveys of clinicians and patients; results appeared regularly in the media and were used by prominent policymakers.
  3. Advocated for a bigger role for primary care in COVID-19 vaccinations: To ensure vaccines reached all communities, the PCC worked with the White House, raised the visibility of primary care’s role, and encouraged more integration with public health.
  4. Produced our annual evidence-based report: Primary Care and COVID-19: It’s Complicated—Leveraging Primary Care, Public Health, and Social Assets examines community factors at the county level—primary care, public health and social assets—that helped mitigate pandemic effects.
  5. Held the PCC online working summit Nov. 9-10: From Crisis to Opportunity: Primary Care for All Communities gathered high-level leaders to strengthen a coalition dedicated to payment reform and more investment.
  6. Called for oral health and primary care integration: A PCC report, Innovations in Oral Health and Primary Care Integration, highlights integration efforts to expand access to dental care and further equity.
  7. Identified ways primary care can be more responsive to patients’ preferences: A convening and op-ed focused on what millennial patients and clinicians want from lifestyle medicine and primary care. Another project produced recommendations on increasing the uptake of shared decision-making in integrated behavioral healthcare settings.
  8. Contributed to landmark state and federal primary care investment wins: With the passage of new legislation in Delaware, 11 states have now enacted legislation or regulations to measure, report and, in some cases, increase primary care spend levels. New efforts were also launched in 12 additional states.
  9. Made progress on federal payment policy: With urging by PCC and the primary care community, Medicare implemented new resources for primary care and important new telehealth flexibilities.
  10. Provided monthly forums to explore COVID-19 and other hot topics: Continued to offer monthly webinars, which two-thirds of attendees rated 9 or 10 on a scale of 10; on average, 40% of are first-time attendees
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