The Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change (PGPCSC), part of the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, works through public and private partnerships to build sustainable, reliable primary care systems that advance health equity and access for communities worldwide. 

Achieving Universal Health Coverage Through Primary Healthcare

There is an increasing recognition of the need to fundamentally re-think traditional approaches to healthcare delivery and training. Key stakeholders are acknowledging the importance of returning to the Primary Health Care (PHC) strategies of empowering front-line health workers and taking a holistic, social approach to health promotion, disease prevention and treatment. Information technology, artificial intelligence, and data science promise opportunity to develop more disruptive, tech-enabled, and team-based models of PHC - a key strategy for accelerating towards UHC. Central to these initiatives is the recognition that governments must continue to be empowered and capacitated to ensure equitable access, healthcare quality, and safety through strategic purchasing and regulation. Achieving UHC by 2030 will require ecosystems that enable unprecedented collaboration between the public and private sector, with the private sector playing a leading role in developing and scaling innovative PHC services, technologies and products.

Goal: The Center's PGPCSC will play a catalytic role in the global effort to achieve UHC by 2030 by building on the global movement and commitment for PHC, leveraging Harvard’s network of relationships and partnerships to accelerate knowledge creation, and innovation in education and healthcare delivery. 

The PGPCSC will achieve this goal through:
  • Inspiring and training future leaders in UHC and PHC
  • Convening and creating learning collaboratives and community
  • Developing new partnership models of engagement
  • Conducting research on how to scale innovative models of care delivery
Interested in leveraging the Center's expertise in primary healthcare delivery? Seeking technical assistance or on-the-ground support?

Contact David Duong or submit a request to partner with the Center. 

New Report

Primary Care 2030: Creating an Enabling Ecosystem for Disruptive Primary Care Models to Achieve Universal Health Coverage in Low- and Middle-Income Countries