- Robert J. Havey, MD
- Robert L. Murphy, MD
- Kate Klein, MA, MPH
- Karin Ulstrup, MD
- Shannon Galvin, MD
- Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH
- Deborah S. Clements, MD, FAAFP
- Rebecca Dworkin
Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care
Our mission is to strengthen the global and local effort to improve global primary health care quality, access, and impact through partnerships and innovations in research, education and service.
As defined by the World Health Organization, primary health care is people, rather than disease, focused care that includes health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.
A primary health care approach includes three components:
- meeting people’s health needs throughout their lives;
- addressing the broader determinants of health through multisectoral policy and action;
- empowering individuals, families and communities to take charge of their own health.
As initially defined at the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978 and then revised with the Astana Declaration in 2018, sustainable primary care appropriate for the local context is the cornerstone of achieving health goals. However, over 50% of people worldwide lack access to these essential health services. In addition, while many programs do focus on health care needs of pregnant women and children, longitudinal care for adults has often not been prioritized.
The Lancet Global Health Commission on quality estimated that more people die from poor quality of, rather than access to health care services, with the undue burden occurring in low and middle income countries (LMICS). Measure of quality of primary health care delivery readiness and delivery show large gaps in meeting the needed 5 “C’s” including first contact, comprehensiveness, coordination and continuity plus care being people-centered. In addition, the growing role of private sector, as well as largely ignored challenges of PHC in urban settings, offers opportunities where innovation is needed.
Our Mission and Vision
The Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care Steering Committee
The Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care is currently advised by a steering committee made up of the following individuals.
Research Catalyzer Funding: Primary CareFOR FACULTY
The Havey Institute for Global Health is pleased to share this call for applications to supporting member faculty research projects focused on improving Primary Care services and systems throughout the world.
Project Award Funding: Primary CareFOR FACULTY
The Havey Institute for Global Health is pleased to offer support to affiliated Northwestern faculty for projects focused on improving Primary Care services and systems throughout the world.