Oct 7, 2018

At the 1978 International Conference on Primary Health Care, world leaders and health experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) endorsed the Alma-Ata Declaration “to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world.” The declaration identified primary care as the cornerstone of healthy, thriving communities; the foundation for integrating the full spectrum of health and social services to improve health outcomes; and the key to sustainable, accessible, and equitable health systems…

Now is an opportune time to revitalize a commitment to primary care. As leaders reconvene in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, an expected focus on universal health coverage is appropriate. But 2 additional priorities are fundamental to strengthen primary care in the United States: investing in primary care infrastructure and evolving primary care around a renewed repertoire of relationships that promote health. JAMA Oct. 2018