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    Securing the Future of Starfield Summits


    The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Foundation and the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) recently partnered to secure the future of the summit series named in honor of Barbara Starfield. Three Starfield Summits have thus far brought the primary care community together to discuss important topics. The Starfield series has been supported by the Robert Graham Center, Family Medicine for America's Health, the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, OCHIN, NAPCRG, Oregon Health & Science University, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the ABFM Foundation. The breadth of support has been critical to the success of the summits and to the spread of their products. The proposal to formalize and continue the series was developed with Dr. Tony Holzman, Dr. Starfield's husband, who shared a vision for how to continue her legacy and advance international collaboration for primary care. With his blessing, the process was recently approved by the Board of Directors of both organizations.

    Professor Barbara Starfield (1932-2011), a physician and health services researcher, was a University Distinguished Professor and a Professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. Her research on primary care continues to be a source of rigorous evidence for the value of primary care worldwide, and her books are widely recognized as some of the most influential works in the field.

    The Starfield Summit was created to honor her memory, to advance related research, and to continue to improve primary care and related health policy. The Summits (www.starfieldsummit.com) provide a unique opportunity for conversation among diverse leaders in primary care research and policy. They are intended to galvanize participants, generating important discussion for public consumption, and enabling research and policy agenda-setting in support of the primary care function. The first three previous Starfield Summits focused on: Advancing Primary Care Research, Policy and Patient Care; Primary Care's Role in Achieving Health Equity; and Meaningful Measures for Primary Care as an Essential Catalyst in Health Systems.

    NAPCRG has agreed to manage requests to use the name as well as offer guidance on maintaining the model followed in past summits, and the ABFM Foundation has agreed to consider requests for financial support of future summits. The two organizations' commitments aim to maintain the level of quality and impact initiated by Family Medicine for America's Health. Hosting a Starfield Summit is not restricted to family medicine and the partnering organizations are keen to see other primary care groups host them.

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