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.

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

Our Mission

To play a catalytic role in the global effort to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030 by building on the global movement and commitment for Primary Healthcare, expanding Harvard’s network of relationships and partnerships to accelerate knowledge creation, and innovation in education and healthcare delivery.

Hear more about PGPCSC

Watch this MGH/BWH Global Health Grand Rounds session to learn more about the work of PGPCSC. You’ll hear from the PGPCSC team about how they have built a multi-sectoral partnership to integrate hepatitis care and treatment in Vietnam and the Philippines within primary healthcare.

 

Think big about hepatitis elimination

"Thinking Big: hepatitis elimination in Asia Operational Research Priorities" was hosted by the Global Taskforce on Viral Hepatitis (John Ward) with the support of Gilead Sciences at the international APASL conference in Kyoto on March 27, 2024. View slides that were presented by Dr Thuy Pham, HAIVN, Vietnam.

 

Who We Are

David Duong, MD, MPH

David Zoomed FinalDavid is the Director of the Harvard Medical School Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change. In this position, David is responsible for the overall strategy development, partnership engagement, programmatic activities and donor relations for the Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change at Harvard Medical School in order to meet the goals and mission of Harvard Medical School as well as the local, national and global primary care community. He also provides teaching, mentorship and career development support to students, residents, junior faculty and staff.

David has led many research studies and has published on health care systems. David is a primary care physician, a World Health Organization's Young Leader in Primary Healthcare, serves on the 2020 World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare and a former US Fulbright Scholar. David earned both his Bachelor’s Degree and Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, a Medical Doctor from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

 

Beth Holt, MD, MPH

Beth HoltBeth is the Associate Director of Health Systems at PGPCSC. Within the program she currently leads the co-design and implementation of Strengthening the Integrated Treatment and Care of Hepatitis (STITCH), a primary care system strengthening program to design and scale up a new person-centered model of care within Vietnam and the Philippines from 2022 to 2026.

Beth brings a multi-disciplinary perspective gained through over 7 years of work in the health and social impact sectors. As an Australian-trained medical doctor she applies knowledge and tools gained through experience as a clinician, public health researcher, strategy consultant and development partner in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific to co-design health systems and solutions that reduce health disparities.  

Prior to medicine, Beth studied international relations and economics and graduated with an MPH in Global Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which she attended on Fulbright Scholarship. Her academic focus is on health systems strengthening through implementation science, community partnership and participatory research.

 

Rhea Racho, MPA

Rhea Racho

Rhea is a research assistant in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her primary focus is supporting the Strengthening the Integrated Treatment and Care of Hepatitis (STITCH) program. Previously, Rhea worked with the Hepatitis B Foundation for nearly 7 years, where she directed national and international storytelling campaigns, led the development and implementation of grassroots advocacy efforts, and supported other public policy and patient/community engagement initiatives. Rhea also worked in state and community advocacy for 3+ years with the American Heart Association and served as an AmeriCorps Member with Habitat for Humanity in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Currently, Rhea also volunteers as an Advisory Council Member and Communications Director for New Pathways to Enterprise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women achieve profitable, fulfilling livelihoods in the Philippines. Rhea has a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in International Studies from Baylor University.

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