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Powering Primary Care Advocacy featuring the Milbank Memorial Fund
While Texas’s primary care physicians comprise approximately 35% of the active physician workforce in the state, primary care only makes up for 6-7% of Texas’s overall healthcare spending. Concurrently, while per capita healthcare spending in Texas continues to rise, the proportion of primary care spending of the total healthcare spending remains the same. Join TPCC and Milbank Memorial Fund as they share their research and efforts from across the U.S. on how greater investments and focus on primary care can achieve the Quadruple Aim. Specifically, this session will highlight strategies and successes from states and communities that have been successful in prioritizing primary care and share practical approaches to move the needle in Texas.

Learning Objectives:
1. Improve understanding on role and impact on greater investments in primary care
2. Learn strategies to engage health and non-health stakeholders in primary care advocacy
3. Understand the linkages between primary care and overall health system transformation efforts

This webinar is produced by the Texas Primary Care Consortium with support from Texas Academy of Family Physicians and Texas Medical Association.

Dec 2, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Christopher F. Koller
President @Milbank Memorial Fund
Christopher Koller is president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a 114-year operating foundation that improves population health by connecting leaders with the best information and experience. Before joining the Fund, he served the State of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner, an appointment he held between 2005 and 2013. Under Mr. Koller’s leadership, the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner was nationally recognized for its rate review process and its efforts to use insurance regulation to promote payment reform, primary care revitalization, and delivery system transformation. The office was also one of the lead agencies in implementing the Affordable Care Act in Rhode Island. Prior to serving as health insurance commissioner, Mr. Koller was the CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island for nine years. Read more about Mr. Koller at https://www.milbank.org/staff-member/christopher-f-koller/.
Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD
Director, Multipayer Primary Care Network @Milbank Memorial Fund
Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD, is the director and one of the founding members of the Milbank Memorial Fund Multipayer Primary Care Network, a consortium of 18 state and regional multipayer programs designed to transform primary care. She is actively engaged in advocacy for new and continued support for these efforts and other innovations at the state and federal levels. Dr. Watkins is the former chief of operations for the Vermont Blueprint for Health. She received her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and her BS from the City College of New York. Dr. Watkins completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and was in primary care practice as a board-certified pediatrician in Middlebury and Essex Junction, Vermont.
Sue Bornstein, MD, FACP
Co-Lead @Texas Primary Care Consortium
A resident of Dallas, Dr. Bornstein is the Executive Director of the Texas Medical Home Initiative and Co-Lead of the Texas Primary Care Consortium, a statewide collaborative whose mission is to advance accessible, continuous and coordinated person-centered care for all Texans. Dr. Bornstein is the Chair-elect of the American College of Physicians (ACP) representing internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. The Board of Regents is the main policy-making body for the College. Dr. Bornstein is currently Chair of ACP’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and previously served as Chair of ACP’s Health and Public Policy Committee and as Governor of the Texas Northern Chapter of ACP. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) since 2003. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.
Ankit Sanghavi, BDS, MPH
Co-Lead @Texas Primary Care Consortium
Ankit currently serves as the Executive Director of Texas Health Institute and Co-Lead of the Texas Primary Care Consortium. Previously, he served as the Director of Community and Oral Health Program at THI. Ankit provides leadership and direction on all Texas Health Institute initiatives and develops collaborative efforts with its local, state, and national partners. Ankit earned a Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University in 2014 and Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences India in 2011. His professional interests are research, innovation, and data in public health and healthcare.