Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner

November 16, 2023 from 6 pm - 9:30 pm at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, DC

Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner

November 16, 2023 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington DC

Don’t miss the premier networking event of the year where we celebrate the accomplishments of primary care champions. At this year’s Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner — immediately following PCC’s annual Summit — we will recognize two individuals, one organization and one research team for their distinguished accomplishments. The Barbara Starfield Award is sponsored by Elevance Health.

No other gathering in 2023 offers such unparalleled access to influential, national-level leaders in primary care and health care delivery as the PCC’s 2023 annual Summit Awards Dinner. Individual tickets to the Awards Dinner are $200 for non-members.

Executive Member Registration

Use this registration if you are an employee of one of the PCC Executive Members.

All Other Registrations

This is for all other guests including Prospective Members, Government Employees, and Fellows.

Meet our Keynote Speaker!

Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD

Deputy Director and Administrator of the Center for Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD is an accomplished, strategic leader with a deep understanding of health economics and a heart-felt commitment to outstanding patient care. As Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dr. Seshamani is responsible for policy and operations for the health care coverage of more than 64 million Americans in the Medicare program, with an annual budget of roughly $1 trillion. Since joining CMS, Dr. Seshamani has led her nearly 1,000 person team through historic transformation to further the agency’s goals to advance health equity, expand access to coverage and care, drive innovation for high-quality, whole-person care, and promote affordability and sustainability of the Medicare program for generations to come. She is also the senior official responsible for CMS’s implementation activities under the Inflation Reduction Act, which make the largest changes to the Medicare program since the enactment of Part D in 2003. Dr. Seshamani is a Hopkins-trained surgeon and Oxford-trained PhD economist, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She brings decades of policy experience to her role, including serving on the leadership of the Biden-Harris Transition HHS Agency Review Team. 

Thanks to our generous award dinner sponsors:


Show your support for advanced primary care and those who have made a difference! The 2019 Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner provides the perfect opportunity to feature your company or organization among the most influential leaders in health care transformation.

There are several opportunities for sponsorship at differing levels. For example, we currently have 20 tables available for sponsorship, with prices ranging from $2,000 – $6,000. Please contact Heather Seasholtz — [email protected] or 856-423-7222, ext. 232 — to talk about how you and your organization can take advantage of unique opportunities at the Awards Dinner to highlight your organization and the valuable work you’re doing.

We look forward to seeing you in an exclusive seat at the table this November!


Meet Our 2023 Primary Care Collaborative Award Recipients:



Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Ariadne Labs

Dr. Bitton has been a champion for primary care for several years. His work at the Ariadne Labs, CMMI, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the recent NASEM committee on primary care have had an invaluable impact on the policies, models, and payment strategies to redesign and re-invigorate primary care services in the US. He is also a gracious and generous collaborator to younger researchers and a strong supporter of effective teamwork models in primary care.


Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, C-FNP, Senior Vice President and Clinical Director of the Community Health Center, Inc./Moses Weitzman Health System

Senior Vice President and Clinical Director of the Community Health Center, Inc./Moses Weitzman Health System, Margaret Flinter is a nurse practitioner who founded America’s first nurse practitioner residency program that operates out of the Community Health Center/Moses Weitzman Health System. It is a national model for nurse practitioner preparation for service in primary care, preparing a new generation of healthcare professionals to provide outstanding service in underserved communities. Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut, her master’s degree from Yale University, and her doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut all reflect her commitment to continuous learning and academic excellence. Her credentials are a testament to her drive for personal and professional growth.

Additionally, Margaret also serves as a Trustee of the ABIM Foundation, created by the American Board of Internal Medicine to develop and implement projects in support of its mission to advance and improve the quality of healthcare.


Palm Beach Pediatrics

Palm Beach Pediatrics was founded 40 years ago in central Palm Beach County, Florida. With three clinical offices, nine doctors, four nurse practitioners, one psychiatric nurse practitioner and a psychologist caring for over 20,000 patients birth to 21, the practice’s mission is to give the highest quality of comprehensive, mind and body care by clinicians and staff with compassion and honesty.

As a Level III recognized Patient Centered Medical Home since 2013, Palm Beach Pediatrics has performed as a team with 60 staff members in the community above expectations. They take pride in integrating mental health care with physical care, receive referrals from community partners due to their well-earned reputation. Technology was leveraged early on to improve continuity of care amongst the three offices and continues today to be a focus for improving communication with parents. Access to care through late night hours during the weeknights and weekend availability is appreciated by busy families. Coordination of care for special medical needs is achieved through pairing with care coordinators to communicate with families in need of referrals to sub-specialists or mental health care.

Over 70% of new patients are referred by word of mouth from neighbors and friends due to the success of meeting their goal.

Dr. Shannon Fox-Levine is a pediatrician and the sole owner of Palm Beach Pediatrics, where she has worked for 20 years. She completed medical school at University of Maryland at Baltimore and trained in pediatrics at Bellevue/NYU Hospital. Her goal as a pediatrician is to give the best comprehensive medical care to children while also being an advocate for them in the community. Integrating mental health care for children into primary care is her special interest. She has worked with a non-profit organization for ten years promoting trauma-informed care and developed educational tools for other primary care doctors to evaluate, manage and treat common mental health disorders in children and adolescents.


Primary Care in Peril: How Clinicians View the Problems and Solutions

Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School

Erin E. Sullivan (PhD), Rebecca S. Etz (PhD), Martha M. Gonzalez, Sarah R. Reves (MSN, FNP-C), Jordyn Deubel, Kurt C. Stange (MD, PhD), Larry A. Green (MD), Asaf Bitton (MD, MPH), Elizabeth P. Griffiths (MD, MPH), Christine A. Sinsky (MD, FACP), and Mark Linzer (MD)


Primary care clinicians came under great pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic, exacerbating a long-standing crisis in U.S. primary care. In March 2020, the Larry A. Green Center for the Advancement of Primary Health Care for the Public Good launched a survey series of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants/associates, and other specialists. Analyzing both quantitative and open-ended responses over 2 years of the survey, which drew 32,817 responses from 8,100 respondents in every state, the authors report on clinicians’ concerns and propose a sweeping package of policy reforms to strengthen U.S. primary care practice. The findings showed severe staff shortages, financial stress, difficulty providing accessible care, challenges in sustaining telehealth, and mental exhaustion due to the growing patient burdens in mental health, untreated chronic disease, and acute care delays. These data support the 2021 recommendations on primary care by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, including expansion of population-based payment models. The authors also recommend immediate establishment of a Federal Emergency Primary Care Support Fund.

Erin E. Sullivan, PhD, lead author of the paper, is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Management at the Sawyer School of Business at Suffolk University and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine/Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School.

Professor Sullivan is a scientific storyteller in a discipline dominated by quantitative measures. She illuminates quantitative findings with rigorous thematic, inductive and deductive analyses of the stories of the human beings who comprise small and large datasets, thus providing texture and meaning to the numbers that healthcare and medicine favor but which fail to provide the context for the findings.